Innovative mortgage scheme will help homebuyers in Scotland

Home-building industry body Homes for Scotland has been awarded £250,000 to enable it to work with lenders and builders to take forward the proposals.

It is hoped to develop a mortgage indemnity scheme that results in higher loan to value mortgages being available to those who can afford them.

Housing Minister Keith Brown said:

"We want to do all we can to create new home owning opportunities for buyers who can afford mortgages, but are currently excluded due to high deposit requirements.

"Earlier this year, when we published our housing blueprint, Homes Fit for the 21st Century, we promised to explore opportunities to develop mortgage indemnity schemes

"Introducing such a scheme would inject new mortgage liquidity into the market, protect jobs and support increased supply. This would also create more activity in the building sector as builders are able to unlock land and fund increased volumes."

Homes for Scotland Chief Executive Jonathan Fair said:

"We are absolutely delighted at today’s announcement which we believe has the potential to make a huge difference to the health of an industry so vital to our country’s social, environmental and economic well-being.

"The Scottish Government should be applauded for its vision in helping to bring the first industry-wide scheme of its kind in the UK to fruition.

"We look forward to working with the Council of Mortgage Lenders and our partner Jardine Lloyd Thompson to finalise parameters and launch the scheme in due course."

CML policy consultant for Scotland Kennedy Foster said:

"We look forward to working with Homes for Scotland and its advisers on the scheme. While much work still needs to be done in developing the details, this is a promising step."

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