“Dream of owning your own home but need a little help?” Not content with creating another housing bubble – Nationwide report house prices have risen 8.8% since January 2013 – HM government is now advertising its Help To Buy scheme on the television with a taxpayer-funded 30 second commercial. You can see it here!
Why? Surely people who cannot afford to buy their own home, should not be persuaded to buy by the government? It’s a bit like payday lending for home buyers. They know they cannot afford it but hey, the government is making it easy, so why not?
The advertisement says the scheme is for “People who can afford a mortgage, but not a big deposit” So it’s for people who cannot afford to save 5% – 10% of the purchase price – the very same people who will struggle to meet the monthly repayments when interest rates eventually go up. To buy the average UK home costing £176,500 a buyer(s) would need to be earning at least £42,000 based on a mortgage of four times earnings. Surely someone earning over £40,000 a year (£31,300 a year – £2,610 a month after tax and NI) should be able to save a sizeable deposit in a few years? After all, it is just a question of priorities.