These Help to Buy bargains are perfect for commuters

The Help to Buy equity loan scheme is changing.

From April 1, 2021, the maximum you can spend on your new home will be less than the current £600,000 threshold.

Price caps vary depending on location, with only London unaffected.

This selection of houses and apartments, perfect for a regular or occasional commute to the capital, are all available through Help to Buy and with no stamp duty to pay – as long as you complete by March 31, 2021.

Make sure you reserve quickly to avoid missing the deadline, though, as conveyancing and mortgage approvals are taking longer than usual.

The Foresters at Middlebeck, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire NG24, from £267,500

This thoughtfully designed four-bed, two-bath house is in an evolving new neighbourhood offering a primary school, shops and other amenities, plus easy access to countryside walks and cycle routes. There’s a living room, combined kitchen/diner, utility and an integral garage.

South West price cap next April: £349,000

Wapping Wharf Living, Bristol BS1, from £362,500

Urban living doesn’t get any better than this, as these two-bed apartments enjoy a harbourside location in the city’s independent food, drink and shopping hub, normally thronging with people.

They have contemporary kitchens and bathrooms and open-plan layouts.

South East price cap next April: £437,600.

Hawthornden, Yalding, Kent ME18, from £460,000

Three-bed terraced houses forming part of a small development in a peaceful village with its own station, about six miles from Maidstone.

They have garages, roomy open-plan living areas and ensuite bathrooms, and there’s a choice of primary schools.

Coombelands Gardens, Addlestone, Surrey KT15, from £490,000

A three-bed semi-detached house with a generous living room leading out to a patio, a separate kitchen/diner and two bathrooms. The part-weatherboarded exterior is a nod to the site’s history, once a model village for workers at a local print factory.

Wychwood Park, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16, from £494,995

Embrace the outdoor life at this four-bed within an ancient woodland overlooking the South Downs, with an open-plan living/dining room and two bathrooms.

St Nicholas Place, Oxford OX4, from £450,000

Less than three miles from the city centre, these three and four-bed houses are great value yet don’t skimp on quality. They boast fitted kitchens with soft close units and fully integrated appliances and sleek all-white bathrooms.

East Midlands price cap next April: £261,900

Ashton Rise, Market Harborough, Leicestershire LE16, from £480,000

If you’re after somewhere with tonnes of space for the kids and working from home, look no further than this double-fronted four-bed house. It has a spacious kitchen/dining room, large living room, family area and study. The town centre, station and A6 are close by.

East of England price cap next April: £407,400

Fornham Place at Marham Park, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP32, £465,000

Ready for occupation in February, this four-bed detached house, spanning over 1,450 sq ft, features an open-plan kitchen/family/dining room, a separate living room and study, and has fitted flooring throughout.

Eaton Green Heights, Luton, Bedfordshire LU2, from £469,995

Just two three-bed Warwick houses remain on the former Vauxhall Motors site. Each has a kitchen/dining room opening to the garden, living room, family and ensuite bathrooms, and the station is within walking distance.

Athena, Eddington, Cambridge CB3, from £429,950

These sustainable two-bed apartments have app-controlled heating systems, triple-glazed windows, ultra energy-efficient appliances and private terraces.

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