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With increasing property prices, many people cannot afford to buy a property outright and are finding it a struggle to get onto the property ladder. If this applies to you, we can provide you with an opportunity to purchase a new home through Shared Ownership. Shared Ownership is another way to buy a house. You buy a percentage of your home and pay rent on the rest.
Who is eligible for Shared Ownership?
Shared ownership is an option for lots of people. In brief:
- Can’t afford to buy a suitable home on the open market.
- Your household income is £80,000 a year or less.
- are assessed as being able to afford and sustain shared ownership.
- Note: if you own a home currently, either outright or through shared ownership, then you will need to sell your existing property before, or at the same time, as buying a shared ownership home.
- You should have savings, or be able to put down at least a 5-15% deposit on the share of the property you’re buying.
Part mortgage/part rent, how does that work?
Shared Ownership is part buy, part rent. This means you will have a mortgage on the share you own, and pay rent on the remaining share. For instance, if you buy a 50% share of the property, you'll pay a mortgage on the 50% share, and rent on the remaining 50% share. Usually, you can also carry on buying further shares, to own the property 100%.
Will I be classed as a homeowner?
When you buy with shared ownership, you are a homeowner and will take on all the responsibilities and gain the benefits that go with owning your own home. Shared ownership doesn't mean that you have to share your home with anyone else!
You begin by buying part of your home under a lease which is essentially the contract for the share you've bought. It means you've got the right to keep your home for the Lease Term of 990 years. The lease sets out:
- Your rights and responsibilities as a homeowner.
- How often your rent and service charge are reviewed.
- What you can expect from us.
You will be a leaseholder and Your Housing Group will be the landlord, but you will have the same rights as a homeowner.
Can I buy more shares?
You have the option to buy further shares in the property at the market value when financially possible. This is known as ‘staircasing’. The more shares you purchase, the less rent you will pay and once you have successfully staircased out, you will no longer pay us rent and you will own the property outright.
If the property you are buying is an apartment there would still be a service charge and management fee that would continue to be payable after staircasing.
We’ve so far helped hundreds of aspiring homeowners to purchase a new build home through Shared Ownership and a number of our homeowners have already ‘staircased’ to 100% already! For more information on this process, click here.
- Complete an application online with Help to Buy.
- Enter the Development name into the “property search” box and the properties will appear. Then click “apply online”, follow the instructions and apply for the property.
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We’re proud to be supporting Year Two of the National Shared Ownership Campaign.
The campaign aims to raise the awareness and understanding of Shared Ownership across the country and provide further information as to how Shared Ownership is a great way for first time buyers to take their first step onto the property ladder.
You can find out more about the campaign HERE.
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