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Mansfield Building Society supports First Homes roll out

Posted onPosted on 23rd Jun

Mansfield Building Society has become one of only seven lenders in the UK to support the roll out of the government’s First Homes initiative, which is designed to help first-time buyers and key workers get onto the housing ladder.

First Homes is a new form of affordable housing for new build properties, sold to first-time buyers at a discount of at least 30% against the market value – the discount remains attached to the property in perpetuity, enabling those with only a deposit of 5% access a new build property that would otherwise be out of their financial reach.

First Homes will be for first-time buyers only and councils will be able to prioritise them for local people and for key workers. The First Homes scheme is part of the government’s commitment to deliver one million homes by 2024.

Mansfield Building Society, along with six other banks and building societies, is amongst the first batch of lenders stepping up to play their part in the initial phase of this exciting new initiative, with one of the first developments already under way in the society’s Heartland Area, in Bolsover, before the government funds a further 1,500 homes to become available by the end of 2021.

Mansfield’s head of mortgage sales, Andy Alvarez, said “We are absolutely delighted to be one of the first lenders supporting the First Homes initiative and giving first time buyers and key workers something to cheer as they take their first steps on to the housing ladder.

“The scheme promises to be a great success and we are already receiving interest. With the first phase of developments being launched in our Heartland Area, we didn’t need much convincing to get involved from day one.

“We’re looking forward to being pioneers of a scheme that brings affordable home ownership that little bit closer for hard working individuals and families across the country.”

For more information about the First Homes scheme go to https://www.ownyourhome.gov.uk/scheme/first-homes/