Shared Ownership is a popular part-buy, part-rent scheme for people who can not afford to buy a home with a commercially-available mortgage.
It is backed by the government, and is a way to buy a share in a home now with the option to buy more of it in the future with the option to ‘staircase’ to 100% ownership. You will need a minimum level of income/savings depending on the value of the home you want to buy.
How much will it cost at the start?
You will need to be able to pay the cost of the mortgage valuation or survey and legal fees. The minimum savings you will need depend on the scheme you want to buy into.
You may also need to pay the cost of moving home and connection charges for gas and electricity supplies. In most cases, buying a home involves paying a deposit.
What are the monthly costs?
Every month you will need to make the following payments:
- Your mortgage repayment to your mortgage lender
- Your rent to Step Forward Homes
- A service charge and management fee for services you receive
Can I buy more shares in my home?
Yes, you can buy more shares in your home or buy outright whenever you can afford to. This process is called ‘staircasing’.
The amount you pay for additional shares will be based on the value of your home at the time you staircase. When you buy more shares your rent will reduce, and if you buy outright you will no longer be required to pay rent.
How do I find out what’s available in my area?
Visit the Property Search pages to look for property in your area.
What happens when I want to sell?
You can sell your share of your home at any time and an independent survey will decide what your property is worth. The property will be sold at the current market valuation. We will help you do this by looking for a possible buyer on our waiting list. This should reduce the cost of selling your share.