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What is the Help to Buy scheme?

It’s a shared equity scheme introduced by the Government, where first-time buyers can borrow up to 20% (40% if you live in London) of the cost of a new build house. This is interest free for 5 years! For more information, check out the official Government Help to Buy website:

When do I need a valuation?

If you have used the Help to Buy scheme and are now in a position to remortgage your home and start repaying your loan, then you need to get a RICS regulated valuation – Watsons are RICS regulated Independent Chartered Surveyors and Registered Valuers.

What criteria must be met?

You MUST hire a RICS regulated independent chartered valuer to carry out the valuation:

The chartered valuer must be registered with RICS and be independent to an estate agent.

They cannot be related to you.

The chartered valuer must provide at the least ‘3 comparable properties and sale prices’.

Those properties must be like-for-like, with regards to property type, size, and age, and must be within a 2-mile radius of your own property.

Valuations carried out for bank or mortgage purposes will NOT be accepted.

The chartered valuer must inspect the property interior and provide a full valuation report [not a survey].

The Valuation Report needs to be presented be on headed paper, signed by a RICS surveyor, dated, and addressed to the appropriate association. At Watsons, we meet all the above criteria and carry out regular Help to Buy valuations at an affordable price – If you would like to learn more or book in your own valuation, please get in touch today on 01603 751577

Transition to Target

Homes England, formerly Homes and Communities Agency is pleased to announce that they have agreed to partner with Target Services Limited (Target), to take over the administrative duties of all loans that were previously administrated by Housing Options Plus (HOP), part of Metropolitan Housing Trust.

Target is a credit solutions company which acquires and administers loans from other lending institutions. Target’s aim is to provide customers with the highest quality service and deliver the ongoing support they need to manage their loans.

Target Servicing Limited is part of the Target Group, which is one of the longest standing servicing and software providers in the UK, with over 38 years’ experience. Over 50 major financial institutions across the UK rely on Target to manage their lending, investment and insurance portfolios.

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