FIRST STEPS Shared Ownership
You can find out more about Shared Ownership by reading the FIRST STEPS Shared Ownership Buyers' Guide.
With FIRST STEPS Shared Ownership, you buy a maximum share that you can afford in a new or existing shared ownership home. Shares start at 25%, and go up to a maximum of 75%, of the full market value of the home.
On the share of the home you don't own, you pay rent, initially capped at a maximum of 3% on the part owned by the housing provider.
If you buy a flat or a house on an estate with shared areas, you will also pay a service charge for maintenance and upkeep of communal areas and the grounds of your building.
You will need to be able to cover the cost of the mortgage valuation or survey, legal fees, and stamp duty (if applicable). You will need access to approximately £4,000 in savings. In most cases buying a home involves paying a deposit, which is in addition to the approximate £4,000 in savings needed to cover the costs of buying. The amount of deposit required will depend on the mortgage provider you chose, the terms of the mortgage and your credit rating.
When you can afford to, you can take your next steps and increase the share you own; this is known as 'staircasing'. The cost of the additional share that you buy will be based on the current market value of your home. You can staircase until you own your home outright. By buying an additional share through staircasing, you will reduce the amount of rent you pay. If you staircase to the point where you own outright, you will no longer have to pay rent.
In most cases you will be required to take out a mortgage to buy the maximum share that you can afford. However, if you are unable to raise a mortgage because of age, disability or a conflict with religious beliefs your housing provider will be able to waiver this requirement. You will still be required to undergo a financial assessment to establish the maximum share you can afford to purchase.
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
In addition to our property portal, we hold regular FIRST STEPS Home Shows which enable first time buyers to view Shared Ownership properties and discuss their options with a mortgage broker. Watch our Facebook page for updates on our next Homes Show.