Can I Use Help to Buy More Than Once?

Have you used Help to Buy before and need financial assistance purchasing your next home? Access our knowledge base for all you should know about making multiple Help to Buy applications for additional property purchases.

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Can I Use Help to Buy More Than Once?

Help to Buy is a widely used scheme that makes it easier to put together a decent deposit on a property purchase and access more competitive mortgage deals.

While Revolution receives many enquiries about finding the best Help to Buy offers, we also deal with lots of queries about using the scheme more than once.

Here we'll answer all of those questions, and all you need to know about the scope of the Help to Buy system.

For more information and advice, give us a call on 0330 304 3040, or email the team at

Can I Use Help to Buy Twice?

It depends which Help to Buy scheme you have used; some of the previous initiatives, such as the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee, and the Help to Buy ISA have been discontinued.

Other programmes remain current, so you need to know which scheme you have used in the past. That could be a Help to Buy equity loan, one of the discontinued schemes, or an alternative initiative such as shared ownership, or a bank product designed to help first-time buyers.

Help to Buy equity loans are one of the most popular options and are open to first-time buyers and home movers who are buying a new primary residence. If you already own a property, you need to have a confirmed sale of that home before you can apply.

If you have owned a property before, but since sold it, you can still apply for Help to Buy - although, from 2021, only first-time buyers will be accepted.

As long as a previous Help to Buy equity loan has been repaid, you can apply to use the scheme for a second time - although, don't forget that if you have owned a previous property and are no longer a first-time buyer, you won't be eligible from 2021 onwards.

Can Help to Buy be Used for Joint Mortgages?

It can indeed; if you are a couple, and want to buy a home, you can apply together and combine your income to meet mortgage lender affordability requirements.

Note that from 2021, if either member of the couple has owned a property before, you will not be eligible.

Can I Get a Remortgage on a Help to Buy Home?

This is also possible; if you have a Help to Buy mortgage and want to refinance, or look for a mortgage with cheaper rates, there is no reason you can't do so.

If you still have an equity loan balance outstanding, that will carry over to your new mortgage unless you are remortgaging to raise funds to repay it.

Who Can Apply for a Shared Ownership Scheme instead of Help to Buy?

Shared ownership means buying the proportion of a property, and paying a lower rent on the balance. This is an excellent option for first-time buyers who want to get on the property ladder, but do not have the funds to buy a complete home.

The qualification criteria are:

  • You are a first-time buyer, or have owned a home but are not in a financial position to buy a new one.
  • You have a maximum income of £80,000 (together) or £90,000 in London.
  • You are buying a property to live in as your main home.
  • You are 18 or older, and a UK resident.

In most cases, shared ownership is aimed at first-time buyers; but if you have had shares before and needed to sell them, you can reapply at a later date.

The key is to comply with the eligibility criteria for the scheme and the housing association.

Can I Apply for Shared Ownership with a Partner?

You can, yes. The shared ownership lease can be in joint names as well as one - and you can apply with a friend, spouse or partner.

The combined income of both applicants must be lower than £80,000, or lower than £90,000 in London.

What are the Other Eligibility Factors for a Help to Buy Mortgage?

There are lots of different factors, which lenders will consider, and will depend on whether you are eligible for Help to Buy support:

  • The property you wish to buy must be the primary residence. You cannot apply to purchase a buy to let or investment property, or if you plan to let out the property in the future. Help to Buy equity loans are only available for new-build properties.
  • Help to Buy equity loans are available on properties to a maximum value of £60,000.
  • You need at least a 5% deposit to qualify for Help to Buy - this can be up to 65%, but you need to apply for at least 10% of the property value through Help to Buy, with at least a 25% mortgage product, to be eligible.

Independent Advice on Help to Buy Mortgages

Whether you have used a Help to Buy scheme before, are new to property ownership, or want to assess your options before you apply for a loan, give us a call on 0330 304 3040.

Mortgage advisors are independent whole-of-market brokers who can guide you through all the relevant schemes, and make sure you end up with the most competitive deals.

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