Furness Building Society partners with Own New to help new-build homebuyers access lower-rate mortgages

Furness Building Society has joined forces with Own New to provide lower mortgage rates for new-build home purchasers.

The trailblazing Own New Rate Reducer scheme uses the incentives offered by housebuilders and offsets them against mortgage interest, reducing the buyer’s monthly mortgage payments for a fixed period of two or five years. The scheme was launched last month, and more than 250 housebuilders are now registering.

Furness has launched three new two-year fixed-rate Own New Rate Reducer mortgage products:

  • 2.11 per cent (£995 fee) for a mortgage of up to 80 per cent loan-to-value (LTV)
  • 2.66 per cent (£995 fee) for up to 90 per cent LTV
  • 3.56 per cent (no fee) for up to 95 per cent LTV.

Arranged exclusively through brokers, these mortgages are available for both first-time buyers and home movers, including people purchasing higher-value properties, houses or apartments.

Brokers will help their buyers apply for a Furness mortgage in the usual way and applicants will be subject to a standard affordability assessment by the building society’s expert underwriting team. All brokers are required to register with the Own New broker panel to be eligible.

Alasdair McDonald, Head of Intermediaries at Furness Building Society, said: “As one of the first lenders in the UK to participate in the Own New Rate Reducer scheme, we are pleased to be helping brokers empower their customers to take their first step onto, or next step up, the property ladder sooner than they had anticipated.

“By offering Own New Rate Reducer mortgages at Furness, we are equipping our intermediary partners with the means to unlock the dream of a new home for many more buyers.”

Eliot Darcy, founder of Own New, said: “It is great to welcome Furness Building Society on board with the Own New Rate Reducer scheme. The principle behind the initiative is a very simple one – to introduce a regular mortgage with lower rates to help more people either buy their first home or make the move they need to a different property.

“We’re particularly pleased that Furness is the first lender to offer Own New Rate Reducer with a 95 per cent mortgage, which will make it this innovative scheme accessible for buyers with lower deposits.”

Own New was founded in 2022 by Eliot, who set out to create a more accessible system of mortgage lending after being frustrated when he bought his first home. Despite having a stable income, he struggled to secure a mortgage, while friends with wealthy parents enjoyed a much more straightforward route to buying.

Own New works closely with each lender, with a target – to give customers the full benefit of the developer contribution by reducing their interest payments by at least the same value as the incentive.

More information about participating new-build developments can be found at ownnew.co.uk.