Pros of Shared Ownership
Deposits are generally lower than buying on the open market. Shared Ownership makes mortgages more accessible, even if you’re on a lower wage. Your monthly repayments can often work out cheaper than if you had an outright mortgage.
With a shared equity scheme you own all of the property, albeit you have a loan on a part of your deposit – whereas with a shared ownership scheme you only own a portion of your home with the chance to buy back more from the housing association when you can. You can read more about shared ownership schemes here.
However, the experts have stated that shared ownership is still a good decision in 2021. Ms Mitchell added: “Shared ownership is a great way for first time buyers to get onto the property ladder and a way of taking the steps to own your first home without the need for a hefty deposit upfront.
How can I buy 100% of Shared Ownership property? You can gain full ownership of your Shared Ownership property through a process called ‘staircasing’. Once you’ve bought your initial stake in your home you can staircase to 100% Ownership in batches of 10% or larger.
What is Shared Ownership? Backed by the government, the shared ownership scheme allows first-time buyers and those with a lower income to buy shares of their property whilst paying rent on the rest. For example, you might buy a 75% share of a property and pay rent on 25%.
Selling a Shared Ownership home is known as a resale, and you are able to sell at any time. If you own 100% of your property, you can advertise on the open market via an Estate Agent.
Yes, you can get a Shared Ownership mortgage with bad credit. It’ll be more difficult than if you had a perfect credit score, but it’s definitely possible. You’ll need to find a specialist mortgage lender who is likely to accept you.
What are the downsides to shared ownership?
- Maintenance charges. …
- No renting allowed. …
- Buying up increased shares in your property can be expensive. …
- Restrictions on what you can do. …
- The risk of negative equity. …
- Issues around selling your share when moving home. …
- You don’t have greater protection under shared ownership.
If your housing association is able to find a buyer within the nomination period they have to sell your share, the process can often be quicker than selling on the open market. However, if you live in an area where Shared Ownership properties are less in demand, finding a buyer can be harder.
Shared Ownership Basics
Also referred to as part buy/part rent, Shared Ownership allows buyers to purchase a share of a property; they will pay a mortgage on the share they own, and a below-market-value rent on the remainder.
Known as staircasing, this process allows shared owners to build the percentage share that they own in their home with most being able to staircase all the way up to 100% ownership.
You cannot own another home. Shared Ownership purchasers are often first time buyers but if you do already own another property (either in the UK or abroad), you must be in the process of selling it. You should not be able to afford to buy a home suitable for your housing needs on the open market.
You can not be evicted from a shared ownership scheme property that you partially own in the same way a landlord can evict a tenant. However, the housing association may be able to get a possession order through the courts to compel you to sell your share of the property if you can’t pay your rent.