For the past seven years, the government’s Help to Buy scheme has been the driving force behind high loan-to-value (LTV) new-build lending. However, the scheme became more restricted in 2021, available only to first-time buyers, and with the introduction of regional price caps.
Given these changes, and the end to the scheme in March 2023, a group of 17 property developers—part of the trade body, Home Builders Federation (HBF) —recognised the need for a private sector mortgage guarantee scheme as an alternative.
This is where Gallagher Re, the reinsurance division of Gallagher, is providing support for a new low-deposit mortgage solution by way of an insurance-backed scheme.
Interested in joining the scheme?
Gallagher Re and the Home Builders Federation working together
On behalf of the 17 property developers, the HBF commissioned Gallagher Re to design, initiate and implement a private sector solution to galvanise the high LTV lending space and fill the void left behind by Help to Buy. The solution Gallagher Re designed is Deposit Unlock—enabling first-time buyers to purchase a new-build home with a small deposit.
Deposit Unlock provides mortgage insurance to lenders, to allow them to lend on new-build housing, with a 95% loan-to-value ratio, with reduced risk exposure.
Gallagher Re administers the Deposit Unlock scheme on behalf of HBF members.
Deposit Unlock—a low deposit mortgage solution for new-build homes
Deposit Unlock enables both those buying their first home, and existing homeowners, to purchase a new-build home with just a 5% deposit mortgage at competitive interest rates* issued by the lenders. This is achieved via an innovative insurance-led solution that was collaboratively built with lenders and the housebuilding industry, and led by the HBF (England and Wales), and Homes for Scotland.
This house builder owned scheme has been highlighted as the dominant low-deposit mortgage scheme to replace sales in a post Help to Buy market in 2023.**
After a successful pilot scheme, low-deposit mortgages through Deposit Unlock are now available through Newcastle Building Society, Nationwide and Accord Mortgages. We are also in the process of taking on 50+ new developers across the UK who wish to make use of the scheme immediately, and post Help to Buy.
Deposit Unlock will substantially increase access to new-build home ownership, backed by reinsurance and supported by mortgage providers. It is a fantastic example of what can be achieved through private-sector collaboration between house builders, lenders and the insurance industry.
*Nationwide’s Deposit Unlock 3.19% 5-yr fixed rate is 0.21% below the market average (Mortgage Strategy Rate Watch, 8 April 2022).
|Participating home builders:||Participating lenders:||Trade bodies:|
|Barratt Developments (BDW Trading Limited)||Newcastle Building Society||HBF|
|Bellway Homes Limited||Nationwide||HfS|
|Bewley Homes PLC||Accord Mortgages|
|Bloor Homes Limited|
|City & Country Homes|
|Countryside Properties (UK) Limited|
|Crest Nicholson Operations Limited|
|Croudace Homes Ltd|
|Davidson Developments Limited|
|Devine Homes PLC|
|Edenstone Holdings Ltd|
|Fairview New Homes Limited|
|Hill Holdings Limited|
|Keepmoat Homes Limited|
|Mandale Homes Holdings Limited|
|Miller Homes Holdings Limited|
|Nicholas King Homes|
|Norfolk Homes Ltd|
|Pat Munro (Alness) Ltd|
|Persimmon Homes Limited|
|Prospect (GB) Ltd|
|Redrow Homes Limited|
|St Modwen Homes Ltd|
|Stonebond Group Ltd|
|Taylor Wimpey UK Limited|
|Thakeham Homes Limited|
|Vistry Homes Limited|
|Wheeldon Brothers Limited|