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What are LIFT Mortgages in Scotland?

What is a Scottish lift mortgage, when might you need one, and are you eligible for the ideal mortgage product?

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What are LIFT Mortgages in Scotland?

The LIFT mortgage scheme in Scotland stands for Low-cost Initiative for First-time Buyers. It is designed to make it easier for first-time buyers to get onto the property market.

The Scottish Open Market Shared Equity Scheme, aimed at buyers who have lower-incomes, manages this initiative.

In essence, the scheme provides 10% to 40% funding towards the cost of a home to help successful applicants.

Here we'll run through how LIFT works and who is eligible. If you are looking for a LIFT mortgage or need more advice about financial support schemes, give the mortgage advisors team a call on 0330 304 3040, or email us at [email protected].

How Can the Scottish LIFT Scheme Help me Buy a Home?

The Scottish Government will finance a proportion of your property purchase cost and own the stake that they fund.

Your share needs to be between 60% and 90% of the property, and they will pay for the remaining balance.

There are rules about the types of property that you can purchase through LIFT, and you can only buy a home that is deemed as suitable for your needs and the size of your family.

Each region has a different price limit, determined by the local authority in that area.

To be eligible to apply, you need to meet these requirements:

  • Be at least age 18 and a UK citizen.
  • Purchase a property in Scotland.
  • Usually, be a first-time buyer.
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Who Gets Priority for the Lift Mortgage Programme?

All first-time buyers in Scotland can apply. Still, if you fall into one of the below categories, you will get priority:

  • Renting from a council or housing association.
  • Disabled people.
  • Aged over 60 years old.
  • Member of the armed forces, or a veteran who has left the forces within two years.
  • A service personnel partner or widowers for up to two years following the bereavement.

Does the LIFT Mortgage Scheme Require a Deposit?

The scheme itself doesn't, but your lender might well do. Most mortgage lenders need a 5% deposit as an absolute minimum, with 10% or 15% being more common.

Your lender will assess your application to decide what they can offer to lend and what size deposit they require. The factors include:

  • Your age and type of employment.
  • How much you earn and how much you spend.
  • Your credit history.
  • How old you are.

Can I Use an Online Calculator to Work Out the Costs of a LIFT Mortgage?

There are plenty of calculators online, but these can only ever provide a rough estimate, so they shouldn't be relied on for accurate information.

Suppose you need to know whether you are eligible for a LIFT mortgage, how much you can borrow, or what deposit you require. In that case, the best option is to consult an independent broker who can calculate this for you customised to your circumstances.

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