In simple terms, a green mortgage rewards you for buying or owning an energy-efficient home. Whether your home is energy efficient at the point of purchase or you make improvements to your home, a green mortgage could reward you for being active in the fight against climate change. Essentially, a green mortgage offers you preferential terms if you can demonstrate that the property you own or are hoping to own meets certain environmental standards. A property with a high energy efficiency rating is likely to qualify for a lower interest rate or cash-back incentive. On top of this, lenders may even increase the maximum loan amount – opening doors to different locations or property types. According to the Green Finance Institute, UK households account for around 20% of the country’s carbon emissions. This statistic alone demonstrates how everyday homeowners can make a real difference in the effort to reach net zero by 2050. What can green mortgages do for you?
The festive season is upon us. A time of family, togetherness and most importantly – presents! In a time of gift giving, it’s important to consider how you can protect any fancy new gadgets or expensive gifts you may receive this year. It would be devastating enough for your home to be broken into or damaged by fire or flooding – but the added anguish of losing your valuables could make it even harder. Of course, no one wants to think about these things happening to them – but it’s essential that you’re protected just in case.
After nine years, the Help to Buy scheme is coming to an end. With the application deadline having already passed – the attention for first time buyers now turns to the available alternatives. 361,075 homes were bought with a Help to Buy equity loan between April 1st, 2013, and March 31st, 2022 – a £22.5 billion hole left to be filled by alternative schemes. So, what other schemes are out there and available to help first-time buyers get onto the property ladder?