Help to Buy South has helped hundreds of people to purchase or rent their new home.  Here are just a few of the success stories:

"Moving home to save my deposit worked for me!"

Like many young professionals, Scott Osbourne, 25, was privately renting to be able to have some space of his own. But ideally, Scott wanted to be living in a home that he could call 'his own'.

"I started to research a number of different schemes," says Scott, a PE teacher, "and came across the Taylor Wimpey development in Cosham. I was already renting in Cosham and have always lived in Portsmouth so knew the area well."

After looking on their website, Scott found out the Scholars Walk development was offering the government's HomeBuy scheme, FirstBuy.

FirstBuy is an equity loan scheme specifically designed to help first time buyers struggling with the need for a large deposit. The scheme can help you purchase a new build home on selected developments with the assistance of an equity loan up to 20% of the value of the home. With just a 5% deposit required, Scott thought this was the scheme for him.

"I really liked the development and decided to go for it! Needing a 5% deposit was far more achievable than trying to save possibly £20,000 to buy on the open market. I really wanted to commit to saving for my deposit so I moved back home with my parents."

Scott registered with the HomeBuy Agent for Hampshire & Isle of Wight, HomesinHants and within a few months, he has his deposit together. After visiting the development again, Scott reserved a spacious, top floor, two bedroom apartment at Scholars Walk.

With Scott's deposit of £6,850 and 20% equity loan, he is now paying just £550 per month to own his own home.

"The whole process was quick after reserving the plot and the HomesinHants team were very thorough in processing my application and purchase. The FirstBuy scheme has enabled me to get on the property ladder; it's a great scheme for other first time buyers like me to own your own property within a realistic timescale and in an affordable way."