A guide to Help to Buy (Scotland)

Help to Buy - Scotland

The Help to Buy (Scotland) Affordable New Build Scheme is a Scottish Government scheme to help first time buyers and existing homeowners to buy an affordable new build home from a participating home builder. The scheme will operate until 31 March 2021.

  • Open to first time buyers and existing homeowners
  • The scheme helps with up to 15% of the purchase price of the new build home.
  • The property purchase price cannot be more than £200,000 for financial years 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21.
  • The scheme works by allowing you to buy a new home without having to fund it’s full cost with the help of the Scottish Government.
  • You’ll be expected to pay a minimum of at least 85% of the total purchase price and the Scottish Government will hold the remaining % share under a shared equity agreement which it will enter into with you.
  • Although you’ll have complete title to your home and your name will be on the title deeds for it, there will be a mortgage (or ‘standard security’) on the home to make sure the Scottish Government’s share is protected.


When you buy through the Help to Buy scheme you have complete title to your home.

This means you’ll be responsible for:

  • paying your mortgage
  • factors costs
  • home contents insurance
  • repairs and maintenance
  • council tax
  • heating, lighting and water bills
  • fittings and furniture


Once you have spoken to one of the 9 official Help to Buy lenders, you can reserve the home and receive a full reservation agreement from Living by Robertson. You can then apply for funding through your local administering agent who will  assess your application and check your eligibility.

Borrowers will need to meet appropriate tests to ensure they can pay back the mortgage, as well as passing their chosen lender’s usual credit and affordability checks.

If the agent assesses that your application is eligible, they’ll send you an ‘Authority to Proceed’ (ATP), which confirms your eligibility and lets you go ahead with the purchase.

Your solicitor will then check to make sure the mortgage offer, property price and the funds you have are all valid under the terms of the Authority to Proceed.

Once everything’s been checked and the purchase is ready to complete, your solicitor will gather:

  • the funds from your mortgage lender
  • the Scottish Government’s contribution
  • the deposit you’re paying

They will then use these funds to pay the builder the purchase price of the home and complete the deal.

Once the deal is complete, you can move in.


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Help to Buy Eligibility

If you’d like to buy a new build home but can’t afford the total cost, the Help to Buy (Scotland): Affordable New Build Scheme might be your solution.

The Help to Buy (Scotland): Affordable New Build Scheme is open to first time buyers and existing homeowners. If you’ve saved a deposit of at least 5%, Help to Buy (Scotland) can help you with up to 15% of the purchase price of a new home. Your mortgage will be for the remaining 80% of the property price.

Originally launched in 2016 with the aim of running for three years, the scheme has been extended and will be available until March 2021.

YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE. This calculator is provided for guidance only; Robertson Living does not offer mortgage advice. Subject to full affordability checks, you may qualify for a higher equity loan amount from the government. You should take advice from a suitably qualified adviser before agreeing to a mortgage.

Your estimated monthly mortgage repayment
5% deposit
15% Help to Buy Equity Loan
80% mortgage
Property value

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