The general eligibility criteria for Shared Ownership is as follows: You must be at least 18 years old. … 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.
There isn’t a specific score needed to get a Shared Ownership mortgage, because there’s no such thing as a universally-recognised credit score.
What deposit do I need for a shared ownership mortgage? A deposit for a shared ownership mortgage is typically between 5% and 10% of the value of the share you’re buying – not the full purchase price.
Shared ownership is a great way to get a stake in a property when you can’t afford or can’t borrow enough to buy outright on the open market. There are, however, common complaints from people in shared ownership schemes.
Your application will be assessed within around four days. If accepted, you can start looking around for a shared ownership property.
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.
Shared Ownership is a type of affordable home ownership when a purchaser takes out a mortgage on a share of a property and pays rent to a landlord on the remaining share. For example, someone might buy a 50% share in a property, and pay rent to the landlord on the remaining 50%.
The housing association which owns part of the property will be responsible for maintaining the structure of the house. If for example the roof on your property needs repairing, this will be down to the housing association. If however you need a wall plastered inside your home, this will be down to you.
Ground rent is usually payable on any leasehold property to the freeholder or ‘superior leaseholder’ for the length of the lease. However, ground rent isn’t usually payable on Shared Ownership homes until you own 100%.
Unlike full owners of leasehold properties who are unhappy with the firm running their block, shared owners cannot exercise the “right to manage” their building – it will always be run by the housing association. Another downside is that you could potentially lose your property if you fall behind on rent payments.
What is the downside of help to buy?
Cons of Help to Buy:
After the initial five year period, you will be charged an annual fee of 1.75% on the amount of the outstanding loan. This fee will increase each year with inflation. Your loan will become more expensive over time and must be repaid in chunks of at least 10%.
What are the disadvantages of Shared Ownership? Because Shared Ownership properties are always leasehold, ground rent may apply and you must pay this in full no matter what size share of the property you own. … Therefore, the price you pay per share will rise with house prices the longer you wait.
Who is eligible for help to buy?
The general eligibility criteria for Help to Buy is as follows: You must be at least 18 years old. You must be a first time buyer, meaning that you have never owned another property either in the UK or abroad.
And according to Ms Nettleton, selling a shared ownership property isn’t as hard as people have been led to believe. … “Normally, there is a nomination period where the home is offered to other shared ownership buyers first, but, if one can’t be found it can then be sold on the open market.”
Can I have pets in a Shared Ownership home? Your lease will tell you if you can keep pets in your home. If you live in a house then there aren’t usually any restrictions. However, if you live in an apartment you are unlikely to be able to keep a pet.