The policy will see the government, developers and lenders share the risk on 95% loan to value mortgages on new build properties.
It is hoped that this will assist up to 33,000 new home purchases each year until the end of the parliament.
The policy is open to all qualifying purchasers. Full details of the criteria have yet to be published, but it is not expected to be limited to first time buyers although Buy-to let and second home purchasers will be excluded from the scheme.
Under the scheme the purchaser pays a 5% deposit, with the lender providing the balance of the purchase price applying their usual criteria for eligibility. However, to mitigate the risks run by the lender the house builder deposits 3.5% of the property value into an indemnity fund, whilst the government also provide a guarantee for 5.5% of the property value. The lender takes the usual risk on the remaining value of the property whilst the purchaser takes on exactly the same risks as under a conventional mortgage.
It is hoped that house building will be boosted by giving this additional protection to lenders and by providing potential purchasers with access to higher loan to value ratio mortgages than are normally available.
For further information on the potential role of Mortgage Indemnity Guarantee in residential transactions, please do not hesitate to contact Katie Wright.