Buying & selling shared ownership properties
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Shared ownership schemes enable purchasers to buy a new or existing home from a housing association. You purchase the maximum share in the property that you can afford (minimum 25%) and pay rent to the housing association on the remaining share which they retain. Properties can be brand new (where you are granted a new lease by the housing association) or sold by existing shared owners (where you will take an assignment or transfer of an existing lease).
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Shared ownership schemes are provided through housing associations. You buy a share of your home (25% to 75% of the home’s value) and pay rent on the remaining share.
You’ll need to take out a mortgage to pay for your share of purchase price.
Shared ownership properties are always leasehold.
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You can buy a home through shared ownership if:
- your household earns £60,000 a year or less (or £71,000 a year or less in London for a 1 or 2 bedroom property, or £85,000 a year or less in London for a 3 or more bedroom property)
- you’re a first-time buyer (or you used to own a home, but can’t afford to buy one now)
- you rent a council or housing association property
FIRST STEPS London properties
First Steps offers a range of housing options to Londoners who cannot afford to get a foot on the housing ladder. These are provided by a range of housing associations and household named builders building new homes in the capital.
In London the Mayor of London has created an affordable home ownership programme known as FIRST STEPS . The scheme is designed to enable more Londoners to become home owners. The First Steps website provides a gateway to affordable home ownership options in London.
FIRST STEPS is the Mayor of London’s brand to promote low cost home ownership throughout Greater London. Specialist property portal www.sharetobuy.com delivers FIRST STEPS in partnership with the Greater London Authority and all the properties available to purchase through the scheme can be found at www.sharetobuy.com/firststeps.
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