Help to Buy ISA ends this Month 30 Nov 2019; Act fast starts from £1 deposit

Time is running out for first-time buyers who want to get on the property ladder with a help-to-buy ISA (H2B).

The Government-led scheme gives first time buyers the age of 16 and over a 25 per cent bonus to help them buy their first home, and you can start up an account with as little as £1.

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If you want to benefit from the scheme you’ll have to act quickly, as the application deadline falls on 30 November – giving prospective account-holders just a month to make a deposit.

Once the deadline passes, the H2B scheme will be replaced by the Lifetime ISA (LISA).

While you can have both accounts open at the same time, you’ll only be able to get the 25% homeowner’s bonus on one.

It’s important to weigh up the pros and cons of both accounts before making a decision on which to use. For more information contact your bank or an independent advisor.

Thinking of buying a property?

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How to increase your Credit Score for a successful UK Mortgage

To get a mortgage in UK to buy a property, you will need to have a good credit score. UK mortgage lenders are required to carry out a credit check to access your present and past financial liabilities and details of how they are managed.

Credit score can affect mortgage eligibility, deposit requirement and rate. Other factors are also used.

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Below are major steps you can take to increase and improve your credit score;

  1. Prove where you live.
    Register on the electoral roll at your current address – you can do this even if you’re in shared accommodation or living at home with your parents.
  2. Build your credit history.
    Having little or no credit history can make it difficult for companies to assess you, and your credit score may be lower as a result. This is a common problem for young people and people who are new to the country. Luckily, there are some steps you may be able to take to build up your credit history. default
  3. Make payments reliably.
    Paying your accounts on time and in full each month is a good way to show lenders you’re a reliable borrower, and capable of handling credit responsibly. Old, well-managed accounts will usually improve your score – although be sure to read about the potential impact of unused credit cards.
  4. Keep your credit utilisation low.
    Your credit utilisation is the percentage you use of your credit limit. For example, if you have a limit of £2,000 and you’ve used £1,000 of that, your credit utilisation is 50%. Usually, a lower percentage will be seen positively by companies, and will increase your score as a result. If possible, try and keep your credit utilisation at 25%.
  5. Limit credit applications.
    Applying for credit frequently in a short space of time can make lenders think you’re overly reliant on credit and therefore a higher risk. It doesn’t matter what form of credit you apply for, or how much you’re asking to borrow – each application will record a hard search on your report which companies can see. So, try to space out any credit applications – a good rule of thumb is no more than one every three months, but remember lenders’ criteria can vary. credit-score--mortgages_52572463eb46d_w1500
  6. Consider closing unused accounts.
    Having a large amount of available credit may make lenders think you can’t handle more. So, you may want to close any dormant credit accounts. Read more about deciding what to do with unused credit cards.
  7. Avoid delinquent and defaulted accounts.
    Delinquent accounts happen when you’re late on payments, and defaulted accounts are when your relationship with the company has broken down, usually because several missed payments. Both will harm your credit score.
  8. Only borrow what you can afford.
    Getting into trouble with debt may lead to things like County Court Judgements (CCJ), an Individual Voluntary Agreements (IVA) or even bankruptcy. These things will stay on your credit report for up to six years and will put a big dent in your credit score.
  9. Keep an eye out for fraudsters.
    Keeping a close eye on your credit report and looking out for any signs of fraudulent activity could help protect your credit score. If you see a surge in the amount you owe, or any applications you didn’t make, you may be a fraud victim. Note that if you do become a victim of fraud, your lenders should fix any damage to your score quickly.

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Help to Buy ISA will end on 30 Nov. 2019

Getting into the UK property market as a first time buyer can be daunting and very difficult, especially saving for deposit as average UK property prices and living expenses are expensive.

If you’re dreaming about buying your first home and your are over the age of 16, the Help to Buy ISA could be the savings account for you. It lets you save tax-free, gives you instant access to your cash, pays a competitive interest rate, and when you buy your first home you can claim a 25% government bonus on amounts saved between £1,600 and £12,000.mortgage-imagery-homes-made-from-twenty-pound-notesYou can only open a Help to Buy: ISA until 30 November 2019. After this date, the account will not be open to new savers, as the government is closing the scheme.

Even if you’re not planning on buying any time soon, or are unsure of your future plans, you can still open a Help to Buy: ISA with as little as £1 today, and continue saving into the account up until 30 November 2029. The government will boost your savings when you buy your first home up until 1 December 2030.

You can earn a competitive interest rate which will help your savings grow – up to 2.58% AER per year/2.55% or more tax-free per year variable depending on the bank or financial institution current interest rate available.. You can pay in up to £1,200 in the first calendar month, then up to £200 per calendar month afterwards.

Because it’s an ISA, interest paid on the account will be tax-free – just remember you can only pay into one cash ISA per tax year.

Thinking of buying a property?

Need help with property investment in the UK from start to finish, Please Contact me

Dennis Bebo – MSC, BSC, DEA, CeMAP

TA DenEco Consultancy – www.deneco.co.uk