The First Home Fund – revised in light of Covid 19
The First Home Fund has been introduced by the Scottish Government to assist first time buyers to
take their first step onto the property ladder. Funding has been increased from £150 Million to £200
Million in light of the Covid 19 pandemic. It is estimated up to an additional 2,000 homebuyers will
benefit from the increased funding.
The Fund allows a first time buyer to apply for up to £25,000 or 49% of the purchase price or valuation
(whichever is the lower) to purchase new or existing properties. Unlike some other schemes, there is
no limit on the purchase price of the property and it is open to single and joint purchasers. If you are
purchasing with a partner, you can submit a joint application, but the maximum contribution will still be
£25,000. You can also benefit from the Fund if you are a first time buyer but are purchasing with a
partner who has already owned a property. However, your partner must have sold their existing property
prior to you purchasing if using the scheme.
Points worthy of note are:-
• In order to take part the first time buyer must have a 5% deposit and their capital repayment
mortgage must be at least 25% of the purchase price.
• On the sale of the property the percentage of equity held by the Scottish Government is repaid
• Under the scheme you must reside in the property and importantly, you cannot lease it out at
• You cannot apply to use the scheme if missives have already been conducted for the
purchase of the property. An offer must however have been accepted prior to the application
• The award letter is for 3 months, and missives must be concluded within these three months.
• There is an arrangement fee of £550 payable to the scheme administrator, but it is refunded if
the application is not successful.
If you would like more information on the Fund and to enquire as to your eligibility, please contact us
on 01224 564636 or email – email@example.com and we would be happy to assist.