Harborough Mail readers - are you or someone you know struggling to buy their first house in the Harborough area?
Then one local building society might have an answer - a special mortgage offer that - unusually - is “locals only”, aimed only at buyers of homes in south Leicestershire and north Northamptonshire.
Market Harborough Building Society (MHBS) is launching a special mortgage rate for local first-time house buyers that they guarantee will beat any other mortgage rate available. The building society, based in the town, says it has put aside £1 million a quarter for the scheme.
The offer applies to first time buyers of homes in the Market Harborough, Kibworth, Corby and Kettering areas.
“We are delighted to start the New Year with a traditional building society approach, by launching a mortgage product specifically for our local community” said Mark Robinson, chief executive of MHBS.
The rate will change, depending on the best rival rate available. At the time of writing it was 2,5 per cent, fixed for two years.
Home ownership in the UK increased for 100 years until 2003, when it peaked at 71 per cent. It’s slid down to a 30-year low of 64 per cent in 2016, due to the financial crisis and rapidly rising house prices.
The average age of a first-time buyer is now just over 30.
Mr Robinson said the local offer was “innovative, but also fantastically retro”.
One of the society’s original objectives was to “create a means to enable the less fortunate to buy their own homes within the local community”.