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What is The NewBuy Scheme and will it work? | Sunday, April 1st, 2012

There has been a lot of talk amongst local and online conveyancing firms as well as the wider public, about the governments latest attempts to kick-start the struggling housing market, the NewBuy scheme. Even with lower purchase costs thanks to the growth of online conveyancing, the credit crunch has hit the housing market hard and with wide-spread redundancies and harder economic times, the UK has seen a huge increase in the number of people defaulting on the mortgage. The banks natural reaction to this was to stop lending and the online conveyancing companies that only recently set-up found themselves without clients, with banks often requiring a deposit of as much as 30-40%.

 

As any well informed online conveyancing solicitor will tell you, the average house price in the UK is over £200,000 so the banks high deposit requirements meant that even with the cheap online conveyancing services making it easier than ever, only those with large amounts of available capital were able to get a mortgage. This has contributed to online conveyancing solicitors driving down costs, knowing that even those who would normally be keen to use a local firm could be tempted to use their online conveyancing service in such difficult times. But with hundreds of new build houses lying vacant and construction companies halting projects (and subsequently laying off staff) until the existing properties are sold, the government have stepped in to try and encourage the banks to start lending more leniently.

 

You may have seen in the news or through online conveyancing sites, the governments solution to this problem is the NewBuy scheme. The NewBuy scheme involves a loan guarantee to encourage the major banks to start offering mortgages again on new build properties, with a much lower deposit level – in this case as little as 5%. Under the rules of the new scheme, property developers who have these empty properties will pay the lender 3.5% of the purchase price of the property whilst the government will put up a further 5.5% as a guarantee – but will only pay out this amount should there be a further drop in house prices. This means the banks  they can now afford to give out much larger mortgages with a much lower level of risk, as they can rest assured that should the property need to be repossessed, they would not lose money.

 

Critics have suggested that in reality this isn’t a scheme to help potential homeowners but rather the developers who have so many empty properties. Whichever way you look at it, this hasn’t helped the online conveyancing solicitors who had launched their online conveyancing platforms shortly before the recession, as many developers will have their own local law firm deal with the process rather than allowing homebuyers to choose their own local or online conveyancing solicitors. These online conveyancing firms have however seen improved figures, with many customers turning against the traditional solicitors and choosing cheaper online conveyancing solicitors. As online conveyancing firms are generally cheaper than local ones and the economic crisis hitting homebuyers hard, online conveyancing solicitors have become a popular alternative.