Local Authority Home Loan

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Buying your first home can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to financing. The Local Authority Home Loan, a government-backed mortgage scheme, is here to assist first-time buyers and Fresh Start applicants. Let’s break it down in an easy-to-understand way.

What is a Local Authority Home Loan?

A Local Authority Home Loan is a type of mortgage supported by the government, specifically tailored for first-time home buyers and Fresh Start applicants. These loans are administered through local authorities, making homeownership more accessible.

Who Can Apply?

The Fresh Start principle is at the core of this scheme. It means that individuals who are divorced, legally separated, or have undergone personal insolvency or bankruptcy proceedings can still be eligible for this home loan. Even if you have no financial interest in the family home, you can apply under this scheme.

What Can You Use the Loan For?

The Local Authority Home Loan can be used for various purposes, including:

  1. Purchasing new or second-hand residential properties.
  2. Self-build projects.
  3. Buying homes through State schemes like the Tenant Purchase Scheme and Affordable Housing Schemes. Note that the First Home Scheme is an exception and is not covered by this loan.

Availability and Repayment:

This scheme is available nationwide through all local authorities. The loan operates like a regular Capital and Interest-bearing mortgage. You’ll repay it through monthly direct debits, making the process straightforward and manageable.

Borrowing Limit:

You can borrow up to 90% of the market value of the property you intend to buy or build. The maximum market values for properties differ depending on your location:

  • In Dublin, Kildare, or Wicklow, it’s €360,000.
  • In Cork, Galway, Louth, or Meath, it’s €330,000.
  • In Clare, Kilkenny, Limerick, Waterford, Westmeath, or Wexford, it’s €300,000.
  • In Carlow, Cavan, Donegal, Kerry, Laois, Leitrim, Longford, Mayo, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, or Tipperary, it’s €275,000.

These limits are set to ensure the scheme remains accessible and helpful to those who need it.

In a nutshell, the Local Authority Home Loan is a government-backed mortgage scheme designed to make homeownership achievable for first-time buyers and Fresh Start applicants. It’s a practical and manageable way to finance your dream of owning your first home.

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