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Is home ownership beyond your reach? Our involvement in and extensive experience of the affordable homes sector means that we are able to give you advice about the options that are available and help you to identify the one best suited to you.

Lift New Supply

As part of LIFT (Low-cost Initiative for First Time Buyers), this allows you to buy an equity share of between 60 and 80% of a property built under the scheme. The remaining equity share will be held by the Scottish Government (no rent is paid on this share). The scheme is funded by the Scottish Government.

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You are advised to seek advice from an independent financial advisor about obtaining a mortgage and all the costs associated with buying your own home.

Applicants should be:-

  • First time buyers or have experienced a significant change in circumstances or have specific housing needs
  • Able to achieve a mortgage plus deposit equal to at least 60% of purchase price and less than 80% of purchase price
  • Priority will be given to tenants of councils or housing associations, members of the armed forces, forces veterans, widows, widowers and other partners of service personnel

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Further Info and Application process

When you purchase a LIFT New Supply property you own the property outright but the interests of the Scottish Government will be secured by a 'standard security' on your property.

You will need to appoint a solicitor to act on your behalf to complete the work involved in buying a home. Highland Residential will instruct its own solicitor to deal with the Scottish Government's interest in the purchase.

You will pay for your share of the purchase price in the usual way, along with legal costs, survey fees and any other costs associated with the purchase. You will also pay for the documenting and securing of the Scottish Government's interest including all registration dues and (if applicable) stamp duty. You do not pay any form of rent on the property.

To apply download and complete the LIFT application form. Post the completed application with your mortgage information and any other supporting documentation to:

Highland Residential Ltd
LIFT
Inverness office
68 MacLennan Crescent
Inverness
IV3 8DN

For further assistance please call us on 01463 701271 or email LIFT@highlandresidential.co.uk

Download the full brochure here – http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/08/8198

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