Labour Party spokesperson on housing Ciaran Lynch has welcomed NAMA’s new 80:20 Deferred Payment Initiative, which insulates first time buyers from the threat of negative equity by up to 20%.
Speaking on the new scheme, which was unveiled yesterday, Deputy Lynch said: “For too long too much focus has been on the acquiring of property for speculation purposes, rather than for the building of a home. This announcement, however, sets to correct this as it will act as a normalising measure for the property market, focusing on home purchase over investment.
“The scheme asks buyers to pay 80% of the value of the house. Included in this 80% is the buyer’s own deposit, which must equal at least 10%. The outstanding 20% is then borrowed in a second loan five years down the line. If the value of the property falls over this five year period, however, the buyer will get a discount on the 20% still due, the exact amount depending on how much the value has fallen by.
“During this five year period home owners will repay the loan at the full amount, meaning that if the property does fall in value during the first five years, they will not only have to borrow a smaller amount for the second loan but they will have also accelerated the repayment of their loan.
“Many people are looking to buy a home but are worried about the consequences if the property they purchase falls in value. This scheme means there is a built in protection for those purchasing a new home and this will give many the confidence they need to buy.”