Latest News archive
13th September 2016
A New Home of Your Own?
Are you looking to purchase a new home in London and are struggling to find a large enough deposit? Then come along to the London Home Show. The Help to Buy London Team will be there to offer advice on the equity loan scheme.
We are the Government appointed Help to Buy agent for Equity Loans in London, and can help to guide you through the process.
Click here to read more about Who Can Benefit from Help to Buy?
13th September 2016
Buying your first home means making big decisions:
• Where should I live?
• Which property should I make my home?
• How will I pay for it?
At Barclays, we’re helping first time buyers to feel a little more confident when it comes to making those big decisions.
We will be on-hand at the London Home Show 2016, with a team of Mortgage Advisors throughout the day to offer support and guidance to help you understand your property needs and how much you could afford to borrow. Read on
12th September 2016
Southern Home Ownership is part of Southern Housing Group; one of southern England's largest housing associations, with a growing portfolio of over 26,000 homes across London and the South East. We’ve been helping buyers onto the property ladder for over 30 years, making home ownership a reality for more than 4000 households.
9th August 2016
Part of Southern Housing Group, Southern Home Ownership provide affordable home ownership solutions to people living in Lodnon and the South East. They offer a wide range of developments, from traditional family homes to vibrant city apartments.
Southern Home Ownership are sponsoring the London Home Show Autumn 2016. We spoke to Vikki Walker, Sales Manager at Southern Home Ownership about what you can expect from them at the event.
8th August 2016
L&Q is a leading housing developer and housing association in London. L&Q build homes for a range of tenures, including a large Shared Ownership programme across London.
L&Q are sponsoring the London Home Show Autumn 2016. We spoke to L&Q's Regional Sales Director, Lucy Chitty, about what you can expect from L&Q at the London Home Show.
29th July 2016
The London Home Show Autumn 2016 is the biggest event for first time buyers in London. The event, supported by the Mayor of London, hosts a range of great exhibitiors from across the first time buyers sector, including housing providers, solicitors and mortgage brokers.
The event takes place on the 17th September, at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Westminster.
It's FREE to attend, click here for more info and to register.
8th July 2016
“Help to Buy enabled us to buy a property with a better specification. We already had a reasonable deposit but without Help to Buy on top, we probably would have got a much smaller flat on the outskirts of London. Overall, Help to Buy allowed us to get a higher quality property, in a better location.”
19th June 2016
“Buying through this scheme was a life saver for me and the only way that I was able to buy my own home in the location I wanted. Shared Ownership definitely gives people more of a chance to own their own property. I was able to put down what was comfortable for me financially and my outgoings are now really reasonable - unlike renting where I was paying such a high rent and the home wasn’t even mine.”
10th June 2016
"Having a new build apartment is so appealing; I prefer them to some of the older Victorian flats that you find around here. I also feel that a new build home is made to such a high standard that the worry of maintenance costs is taken away – plus, I can move in straight away." Keith, 32, recently moved into a brand new apartment at Peabody's flagship Merchant Walk development. Read his story here.
23rd May 2016
“There was no way I would have been able to afford a home without buying through the Shared Ownership scheme. Being in my early 20s, buying outright on my own would have been impossible and I found I was being priced out of London, even in places I could commute from. The scheme was the most reasonable and realistic option for me to get onto the housing ladder with the money I had available, and this meant that I was able to purchase a 50% share of my home.”
28th April 2016
Our latest blog is a quick look at Shared Ownership - who it it for and how does it help?
17th March 2016
Southern Home Ownership has been helping buyers into affordable home ownership for over 30 years. We've helped more than 4000 households make home ownership a reality and with the Government prioritising home ownership for first time buyers, 2016 is set to be a great year to get on the property ladder.
This is why we’re proud to be official sponsors of the London Home Show Spring 2016
15th March 2016
Our latest guest blog comes from Lucy Chitty, Assistant Director of Sales at leading housing provider L&Q.
Lucy takes you through the differences between Shared Ownership and Help-to-Buy – helping you to work out what’s best for you.
11th March 2016
Buying your first home means making big decisions. This guest blog from London Home Show Spring 2016 sponsor, Barclays, takes you through the range of mortgage options they have available to first time buyers.
7th March 2016
Peabody’s Property Pundit and housing expert, Andrew Peglau, talks to Share To Buy about the ‘must know’ behind Shared Ownership.
1st March 2016
The London Home Show Spring 2016 takes place on the 19th March at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Westminster. We have over 40 exhibitors, including Barclays, L&Q, Barratt London, Southern Home Ownership, Countryside, Fabrica, and Help to Buy London.
In this video, Lucy Chitty, Regional Sales Director at L&Q, explains why the London Home Show is a great event for first time buyers.
21st February 2016
After renting in London for many years, Natalie was desperate to take that first step onto the property ladder and buy a place of her own. In May 2014, Natalie achieved her dream and bought a one bedroom apartment at one of Family Mosaic’s developments in north London via Shared Ownership.
3rd February 2016
London Mayor Boris Johnson has just announced the capital's first boiler replacement scheme. The London Boiler Cashback Scheme – launched on 2 February 2016 - is providing 6,500 of the capital's home owners and accredited private landlords each with £400 cashback when they replace an old, inefficient boiler.
1st February 2016
To reflect the current property prices in London, from 1 February 2016 the Government is increasing the Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme’s upper loan limit from 20% to 40% for buyers in all London boroughs.
26th January 2016
The London Home Show Spring 2016, sponsored by the Mayor of London, takes place on the 19th of March. If you're a first time buyer looking for help to get on the property ladder then join us at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Westminster.
There will be a great line up of exhibitors available on the day, including our sponsors Barclays, L&Q, Countryside, Barratt London, Southern Home Ownership, Fabrica, Help to Buy London.
It's FREE to attend - click the link below for more information and to register for a ticket click here.
20th September 2016
Hyde New Homes will be hosting a live twitter Q&A on Wednesday 21st September from 12.30-1.30pm to answer any of your Shared Ownership queries. There expert Sales Manager will be on hand to answer all of questions and provide invaluable insight, advice and tips on the buying process.
To get your questions answered, tweet them to @hydenewhomes1 from 12.30-1.30pm.
16th September 2016
WHAT IS SHARED OWNERSHIP?
NATIONAL CAMPAIGN DISPELS MYTHS SURROUNDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING PRODUCT
Confused by shared ownership? Think it’s just for key workers? Or just for first time buyers? Think again. A week-long national campaign is returning for its fourth year to raise awareness of the more affordable alternative home ownership product, starting on Thursday 15th September, to help homebuyers understand how they could be eligible to secure a property with this pioneering scheme. Read on
15th September 2016
Buying Shared Ownership was stress-free
With buying a house on the list as one of the most stressful things to do in life, purchasing through Shared Ownership has been relatively stress-free and easy for 27-year-old Claire Harvey. Read on
14th September 2016
Our latest guest blog comes from Lucy Chitty, Regional Director of Sales at leading housing provider L&Q. Lucy takes you through the some of the advantages of buying a Shared Ownership home, helping you belong in London.
FIRST STEPS is committed to the promotion of all types of accessible housing in London. We want to make the journey into your new home as simple as possible and to be sure that you know what to look for when searching for an affordable accessible home. All developments must be rated according to the type of accessibility they offer. That is why we have the following guide, based on the information provided in the Mayor of London's Accessible Housing Register, to help you understand what the rating of each property actually means.
A - Wheelchair Accessible Throughout
Meets the design standards from the Wheelchair Housing Design Guide which superseded the Housing Corporation wheelchair design standards. These properties have been designed to meet latest wheelchair accessible housing design standards, offering extra space and full access to all rooms and facilities. This standard provides more space than previous wheelchair housing design guidance and also ensures that all rooms are accessibly. In view of the high density of new build housing stock in London, the parking features have been excluded from this category. This will enable wheelchair accessible homes built above ground floor level to be categorised as such.
B - Wheelchair Accessible essential rooms
Complies with the Wheelchair Housing Design Guidance within the Housing Corporation Scheme Development Standards. Properties designed of adapted to provide access for wheelchair users to essential facilities of the property (that is, a bedroom, bathroom, toilet, living room and kitchen). Other rooms in the house such as additional bedrooms or bathrooms may not be wheelchair accessible.
C - Lifetime Homes
Meets the space standards of the Lifetime Homes developed by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Designed to meet the space standards of Lifetime Homes. Main features include a level approach/entrance and wider doorways. This category will capture all new general needs housing built to Lifetime Homes standards. Properties achieving this category will not necessarily meet all Lifetime Homes design guidance as the LAHR framework does not assess features other than space and access. Properties may have an internal flight of stairs. If so, these will be wide enough to accommodate future provision of a stair lift subject to technical feasibility.
D - Easy Access
Compatible with the design standards in Mobility Standard Housing (1974) produced by the DoE and Housing Corporation Scheme Development Standards (pre-1999) and Part M of Building Regulations (2000). The main features of these properties include a level approach to the entrance, wider doorways and more space than in general needs housing. These properties may also have an internal flight of stairs and if so, there is enough space to accommodate future provision of a stair lift subject to technical feasibility.
E - Step Free
No published access design guidance. These are properties that are considered general needs housing but have a level approach/entrance into the property and throughout. Properties in this category that have an internal flight of stair will be likely to accommodate future provision of a stair lift subject to technical feasibility.
E+. Minimal steps
No published access design guidance. Properties that do not meet any accessibly housing design guidance and have a limited number of steps to enter the property. Properties in this category will have no more than four steps to access the front door and are likely to be ground floor properties or properties in a block with a lift and a small number of communal or property front door steps.
F - General Needs
General needs housing does not meet any of the above criteria. Properties in this category will have more than four steps or a ramp access that is steeper than 1:10 to access the property front door. These properties should be marketed with the number of steps to access the property as this will provide an additional factor for helping people choosing what to bid for.
The Accessible Housing Register captures the essential information which determines the category awarded to a property. Additional information is also collected. This includes:
- Details of major adaptations such as level access showers and stair lifts
- Private garden or balcony
- Proximity to local shops
- Proximity to public transport