Help to buy



Help to Buy reaches 8,000 sales milestone

More than 8,000 households have now received support to own their own home through the Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme, social justice secretary Alex Neil has announced.

Published 24 March 2016

Next phase of Help to Buy ‘vital’ to sustaining growth in house purchase lending

A year-on-year growth in house purchase lending in Scotland has been welcomed as a signal of optimism for the sector by the country’s home building industry.

Published 25 February 2016

Scottish Government unveils £160m of support for home ownership schemes

More than £160 million of new funding will be targeted in 2016/17 on home ownership schemes to support 5000 households to buy their own home, the Scottish Government said today.

Published 21 January 2016

Harper Macleod appointed to advise Scottish Government on New Build Shared Equity Scheme

Law firm Harper Macleod has been appointed by the Scottish Government to help administer the £195 million successor to its hugely popular Help to Buy schemes.

Published 11 December 2015

Scottish housing policy should refocus towards boosting supply, says RICS

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has called on the Scottish Government to switch its housing policy from assisting demand to assisting supply if it is to effectively tackle the housing crisis.

Published 24 September 2015

Over 6,000 Scottish homebuyers benefit from Help to Buy

Thousands of homebuyers in Scotland have benefitted from the Help to Buy scheme since it was launched two years ago.

Published 10 September 2015

Blog: A challenge that we must embrace together

Housing and social security have a central role to play in the Scottish Government’s programme for government 2015-16, published this week. CIH Scotland policy and practice officer Ashley Campbell takes a look at the detail.

Published 3 September 2015

Government unveils details of £195m Help to Buy successor scheme

The Scottish Government has unveiled more details of its plans to spend £195 million over the next three years on a successor to the existing Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme.

Published 2 September 2015

Survey highlights need for collaboration to tackle housing shortage

Delays to planning consent are the most significant barrier to building new homes, according to a survey of the housebuilding sector conducted by law firm Brodies LLP.

Published 26 June 2015

New ‘Help to Buy’ homes taking shape at former Edinburgh school

Progress is well under way with the first new homes now on site at a new housing development in Niddrie, Edinburgh.

Published 17 June 2015

First time buyers and parents disagree over difficulty of owning a home

A new report has found a wide disconnect between prospective first-time buyers and their parents with regards to their perception of the first-time buyer market.

Published 9 June 2015

Homes for Scotland warns of ‘housing limbo’ as first time buyer lending falls by 23 per cent

Lending to first-time buyers in Scotland was down in both value and volume, according to the latest data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).

Published 28 May 2015

Help to Buy almost fully subscribed but Small Developers scheme to continue

The Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme is nearly fully subscribed due to a bumper level of sales reservations, the Scottish Government has announced.

Published 20 May 2015

Help to Buy “evolution” call from new industry body chair

Former minister Jim Mather has called on the Scottish Government to maintain positive progress to support buyers, build homes and create jobs.

Published 18 May 2015

Help to Buy scheme delivers 5,000 sales valued at £1bn

More than 5,000 families and first time buyers have purchased their home through the Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme, housing minister Margaret Burgess revealed yesterday.

Published 14 May 2015