Help to buy equity loan

After speaking with a broker it looks like we could buy a house using the equity loan.
Looking for advice from anyone who has gone down this path. How do you propose to payback the loan? Or just pay the interest until you sell? The only worry I have with that is the increase in interest rate each year could end up being huge.
Would just like to get other view points as its such a big  decision. 
Thank you

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  • Amy32Amy32 Forumite
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    After speaking with a broker it looks like we could buy a house using the equity loan.
    Looking for advice from anyone who has gone down this path. How do you propose to payback the loan? Or just pay the interest until you sell? The only worry I have with that is the increase in interest rate each year could end up being huge.
    Would just like to get other view points as its such a big  decision. 
    Thank you
    We have recently purchased a house using this scheme (few months ago). It’s not for everyone but for us it was the only way we could get on the ladder as it stood now. We aim to use remortgaging in the future to pay off at least some of the loan and the perhaps the rest a couple of years later. We did put in 10% deposit of our own as well though. 
  • Amy32Amy32 Forumite
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    Just to add as well that our house we were in was being sold and didn’t want to move again as it was so wasteful chucking more money at rentals. Affordability wise we could get a bigger mortgage but didn’t have the huge deposit we needed at the time! 
  • RunningmadRunningmad Forumite
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    Thank you. I will look into remortgage. It's so difficult, and I worry we have left it too late as we are in our 40s and prices are so high, for us this seems the only way. Thank you for replying. 
  • After speaking with a broker it looks like we could buy a house using the equity loan.

    The only worry I have with that is the increase in interest rate each year could end up being huge.

    I assume the broker is providing advice on the equity loan and explaining it to you so what's your understanding on the equity loan interest?  Its quite easy to get mixed up on how the interest is charged.  Using the word 'huge' gives me the impression that it hasnt been explained to you properly. 

    Using the standard examples, at year 10 the interest rate is still under 2%.   Not what i'd call huge considering the alternative is a deal with a smaller deposit and rates above 3%. 



  • RunningmadRunningmad Forumite
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    Thank you for the reply. This is why I appreciate other points of view.
    On the help to buy website it states the interest will go up each April at the CPI plus 2% that's why I was thinking after a period of time that could increase quite a lot? Thanks again. 
  • edited 30 April 2021 at 6:30AM
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    @runningmad It's CPI+2% OF the interest rate. So if the starting interest rate is 1.75% and CPI is 1%, that would mean a rise to 1.8025%.

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  • RunningmadRunningmad Forumite
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    Oh thank you for making that clear, I feel a bit stupid now I thought the 2% was of the loan not the CPI rate. That makes it much more affordable. Thank you 
  • katkatmachinekatkatmachine Forumite
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    Hi. We also got the scheme, basically we have 5% deposit, 10% HTB, and 85% mortgage. Really helpful as it’s the only way for us to get into the propery ladder. Also the stress of living in a flat for so many years and WFH with no outside space really pushed us to finally buy a house. 

    We plan to pay the HTB in full on year 3. We are a bit worried that the value of the house might increase in the next few years so hope we can pay it soon in full. We don’t want to add it in the mortgage because as it is our monthly payment is already quite high and adding the HTB will definitely increase the LTV and interest so we will surely struggle paying it monthly. I hope everything goes to plan. 
  • getmore4lessgetmore4less Forumite
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    I ran some numbers a while back and house value had to increase something like 40% in 5 years  to be worse of with HTB rather than the alternative of a 95% mortgage.

    Covid  got rid of the 95% option for a while but they returning but not always a like for like as there are different restrictions on the property.


    Effectively you are a comparing HTB rate on 75%  against 95% rates on 95% for 5 years as a starting point.
    (although most looking at 95% would probably only fix for 2-3 years as rates can be lower on retention or SVR and LTV might improve)


    95% are popping up around 4%  with H2B 75% around 2%  say over ~25years 

    per £100k(it scales for higher values) paying the same as the 95% rate  £500pm

    after 5 years

    95%
    amount rate payment owing
    £95,000.00 4.00% £500.00 £82,845.19


    H2B 75%

    amount rate payment owing
    £75,000.00 2.00% £500.00 £51,357.24

    To be worse off  with H2B the £20k equity loan needs to now be  ~£31k that's a 55% increase in value over the 5years

    The20% interest free and 75% on a lower rate makes a significant difference to the costs
    (Interest/£100k  at start £317 V £125)

     capital raising H2B
    With a 55% increase would be against  <60% LTV
    With zero increase against ~72%LTV

    The 95% option ~83% after 5 years


    Where affordability is not the limit but deposit is H2B can still be a viable choice over the higher rate options.

    The gap narrows if you have bigger deposits or take a 2y on 95% and get better rates after 2y


    Where the £500pm/£100k is to much the H2B would be ~£277  which is a different choice, H2B  or not buy


    Whatever choice there needs to be an exit plan for the equity loan visibility of more money(income/lump) is still the better option 




  • RunningmadRunningmad Forumite
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    Wow thank you for your time and efforts, that was a lot of number crunching. Thank you 
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