David Cameron visited the Loampit Vale "Renaissance" housing project today to launch a new mortage indemnity scheme called NewBuy, which is designed to support first-time buyers.
The BBC reports:
The government hopes the NewBuy scheme - supported by Barclays, NatWest and Nationwide - will help people to borrow up to 95% of the value of new homes. Critics argue the scheme is just a ruse to help the construction industry.
Under NewBuy, the builder pays 3.5% of the sale price into a special account held by the lending bank for seven years. Taxpayers will provide additional guarantees of 5.5% but that money will be called upon only in the event of a major property crash.
The scheme is being unveiled on the same day Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed the extension of the right-to-buy discount to up to £75,000 for social housing tenants.
During the launch, Cameron got to hang out and live the Lewisham dream at the Renaissance show-home (pictured).
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