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Shared Ownership Mortgages

Shared ownership mortgages are growing in popularity, as house prices increase and it becomes more challenging for many first-time buyers to take their first step onto the property ladder. The government shared ownership scheme is designed to assist people in buying their first home and provides the opportunity to purchase 25-75% of a property from the housing association or builder.

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Shared Ownership Mortgages

Benefits of shared ownership mortgages

One of the key benefits to shared ownership is the option of investing in a proportion of a property if you are unable to afford to buy a home elsewhere. The scheme offers lower mortgage payments, whereby the owner partially owns the property and rents the remaining share. It is important to understand that rent remains payable on the percentage of the property owned by the housing association, and this needs to be paid alongside the shared ownership mortgage repayments. Over time, the scheme allows homeowners the option of purchasing the residual proportion of the property from the association, and thus complete whole ownership.

How shared ownership mortgages work

The main difference between typical residential mortgages is that the deposit requirements are lower. This makes it more accessible to more people who do not have the minimum deposit available to invest in other purchase options. Through shared ownership mortgages, you only need to have the deposit available for the proportion of the property that you are purchasing. For example, a traditional mortgage on a £200,000 property would be around 10%, or £20,000. If you are buying 50% of the same value property through a shared ownership mortgage, you need to have 10% of that 50% value available; i.e. £10,000.

Criteria for shared ownership mortgages

As with any mortgage product, lenders have criteria that applicants need to adhere to apply.

These include:

  1. Maximum income bands
  2. Being a first-time buyer or not being able to afford a property through a traditional mortgage 
  3. Renting from a housing association or local council 
  4. Being a resident in the property
  5. Not sub-letting the property or any part of it

Selling a home with a shared ownership mortgages

It is crucial to understand that if you have a shared ownership mortgage, you do not own the entirety of the property. This means that if you wish to move and sell the property, your housing association has the first right of refusal for 21 years after you have made the purchase. They can, therefore, choose to find their own buyer, rather than your being able to sell your home on the open market. Over time, there is the potential to purchase a larger proportion, or all of, your home from the association. The timing of this process will depend on your circumstances and at which stage you are financially able to commit to purchasing a larger share of the property.

Key factors in shared ownership mortgages

As with any property, the value of your home will change with the property market. This means that the price you will have to pay to buy a larger percentage of your property may increase or decrease depending on the current market value at the time. The system is not the same as owning a property with friends or family members, so you need to understand your rights and obligations as a co-owner before deciding to proceed with a shared ownership mortgage.

Interest rates on shared ownership mortgages

Eligible applicants will find that different lenders offer different rates. These are usually somewhat different to standard mortgage rates, so obtaining a specific quote or offer for a shared ownership mortgage is important, as this will not be priced at any standard published rates. Factors that impact the interest rate you will be offered include the deposit you have available, what proportion of the property you wish to buy, and how affordable the mortgage is for you alongside the rental payments for the balance of the property.

Finding a shared ownership mortgage

Shared ownership is a scheme which has helped thousands of applicants get onto the property ladder, and secure affordable lending to help them purchase their own home. Not all lenders offer shared ownership mortgages, so it is important to make sure you have selected a lender who offers this type of mortgage product before proceeding with any applications. The first step of applying is to ensure you meet the criteria, and Revolution Finance Brokers are specialists in the field. Give us a call and we will be happy to help you understand the process, identify whether you are eligible, and find the right lenders for you.

FAQs

How are shared ownership mortgages different from traditional mortgages?

Shared ownership mortgages allow you to purchase a percentage of a property. The remaining share in the property is owned by the housing association, and you pay rent on the balance that they own. One of the benefits to shared ownership is a reduced deposit requirement, and that buyers without the budget to purchase their home are able to do so in smaller stages.

What are the main considerations when thinking about a shared ownership mortgage?

It is vital to understand that you own a proportion of the property, and that the association owns the rest. This means that you need to know what rent you will pay in the balance, and be prepared to enter into an ownership shared with the housing association. Shared ownership schemes are particular to different types of property and area, so if you need help finding a shared ownership lender in your region, give us a call and we can help! If you plan to purchase a further share in your property later on, you need to understand that this will be valued at market value at the point of purchase. Potentially, therefore, you will pay more for a further percentage if the property has increased in value in the meantime.

How can you find a shared ownership mortgage lender?

Finding a lender who understands and offers shared ownership mortgages is best done through a broker such as Revolution Finance Brokers. Get in touch with our expert mortgage team who will be able to find the right scheme for you.

What are the interest rates on shared ownership mortgages?

The interest charged on shared ownership mortgages is not fixed, and will therefore vary between lenders. What offer you receive will depend on the proportion of the property you are buying and what deposit you have available as well as other factors such as the term of the mortgage. Make sure you know the monthly repayments and the additional rental payments required before accepting a mortgage offer, as you need to be able to afford to keep up with both payments before going ahead.

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*Based on our research, the content contained in this article is accurate as of most recent time of writing. Lender criteria and policies change regularly so speak to one of the advisors we work with to confirm the most accurate up to date information. The information on the site is not tailored advice to each individual reader, and as such does not constitute financial advice. All advisors working with us are fully qualified to provide mortgage advice and work only for firms who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. They will offer any advice specific to you and your needs. Some types of buy to let mortgages are not regulated by the FCA. Think carefully before securing other debts against your home. As a mortgage is secured against your home, it may be repossessed if you do not keep up with repayments on your mortgage. Equity released from your home will also be secured against it.

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