In fact, some developers have registered with the Help to Buy scheme during the lockdown, in an attempt to try to shift properties in an uncertain market.
Here’s a Homes & Property guide on where to look for developments offering Help to Buy across London.
Buying in north London: Harrow and Hornsey
Developer Hill just launched Harrow One, 119 new studios and apartments with private balconies, part of the £1.75 billion Harrow town centre regeneration.
The homes are built around a courtyard and there’s a community hub and storage for 400 bikes.
Prices start from £285,000. Visit harrowone.co.uk or call 020 3906 1951.
Help to Buy homes launched last month at Clarendon in Hornsey, Haringey, as part of a new 12-acre urban village delivering 1,714 homes.
Prices start from £363,080. Call 020 3944 1832.
Buying in south and east London: Woolwich, Croydon, Dartford and Limehouse
Prices start from £492,500.
There are just two Help to Buy one-bedroom flats left in the £180 million Langley Square waterside scheme in Dartford.
The two homes are priced at £232,000 and £238,000.
In Upper Norwood, Croydon council developer Brick by Brick has completed Auckland Rise & Sylvan Hill, five low-rise buildings with 57 one- and two-bedroom flats.
Help to Buy is available with prices from £360,000 and Croydon residents get priority.
The Kiln Works sits on the quayside in Limehouse with Help to Buy one-and two-bedroom flats launching on July 18, priced from £432,500.
Buying in west London: Hanwell and Southall
Open-plan flats overlooking lawns and podium gardens are available at Aspire @ St Bernard’s Gate in Hanwell, Ealing.
Prices start from £360,000. Call 020 3369 0138.
In Southall Village on the Grand Union Canal, three townhouses are left for sale. Southall, like nearby Hanwell, is being caught up in regeneration sweeping west London.
Prices from £545,000 with Help to Buy. Call Catalyst on 020 3993 6438.
Commuter homes with Help to Buy
Finance workers Danielle Jones and Matthew Wellington moved into their new home at Bellway’s Rivenhall Park development in Witham, Essex, using Help to Buy.
Danielle, 26, and Matthew, 24, had been living with their parents while they saved up to get a place together.
Danielle Jones and Matthew Wellington bought with Help to Buy in Witham, Essex (Louise Bellaers)
The couple chose The Campbell, a three-bedroom, semi-detached house.
Danielle says: “We had saved up a good deposit but Help to Buy made it possible for us to get the house that we really wanted.”
There’s currently a range of three- and four-bedroom houses available to reserve at Rivenhall Park, priced from £339,995.
Visit bellway.co.uk for more information.
Help to Buy homes at Royal Albert Wharf
PR man Keshav Barnwal, 34, and his wife Ankita, 30, bought a two-bedroom home using Help to Buy at Royal Albert Wharf, which sits between the Thames and the Royal Docks regeneration zone in E16.
The couple had been renting a one-bedroom apartment for £1,400 a month and through buying have reduced their annual outgoings by £2,400.
“I did the sums and realised how much we were wasting on renting,” he says. “Buying was the logical decision.”
Help to Buy homes at Royal Albert Wharf start from £482,500. Call 020 3815 2222.