What is First Homes?
First Homes is a new scheme designed to help local first time buyers and key workers onto the property ladder, by offering homes at a discount of 30% compared to the market price. The discounts will apply to the homes forever, meaning that generations of new buyers and the local community will continue to benefit every time the property is sold.
How does it work?
Buying a First Home is similar to buying a normal market home, except that your eligibility has to be confirmed by the local authority near the start of the buying process.
National eligibility criteria conditions apply (outlined below) and councils can also apply additional criteria such as local connections or key worker status.
If it looks like you could be eligible, then we can help you to complete a First Homes application to the local authority.
The other important difference is that you can only sell in the future to another qualifying First Homes buyer and at the same discount to the market value. This ensures that the First Home continues to benefit others when you have moved on.
First Homes are intended to help first-time buyers onto the property ladder. A set of national criteria has been put in place to help ensure that First Homes go to those who would otherwise struggle to buy a home:
Purchasers of First Homes must be first-time buyers and must have a household income not exceeding £80,000 and £90,000 in London (or lower if set by the local authority)
Post-discount price caps on first sale of the property of £250,000 across England and £420,000 in London (or lower if set by the local authority)
A First Home should be the buyers only home and a purchaser will need to use a mortgage or home purchase plan for at least 50% of the purchase price of the home
Local connections and/or key worker status is as determined by the relevant Local Authority
How can I find out more?
Detailed information on the First Homes scheme including eligibility requirements and application instructions can be found at https://www.ownyourhome.gov.uk/scheme/first-homes/