First Steps update


Today will see the start of a new chapter for Share to Buy as the Mayor of London’s First Steps portal comes to an end.

What was First Steps scheme?

In partnership with Share to Buy, First Steps has been the Mayor of London’s official property portal for the past five years, helping low and modest-income Londoners to buy or rent a home at a price that’s affordable.

With a key focus on Shared Ownership homes in the capital, Share to Buy has been the official partner and home of First Steps for half a decade now. In the past five years, Share to Buy have helped to raised awareness of the Shared Ownership scheme, registering over 250,000 Londoners to date, and assisting hundreds of thousands of buyers on their journey to find a home to call their own in the capital. Check out our success stories to find out more about our buyers, and how Share to Buy helped them to get on the London property ladder.

What does the end of the First Steps scheme mean?

While the end of First Steps marks the end of an era for us, Share to Buy remains at the forefront of the industry, offering affordable homes across the country. Continuing to grow following the relaunch of our new website in February 2018, Share to Buy has further cemented its position as the home of Shared Ownership.

 Alternative buying schemes for first time home-buyers

Through the Share to Buy website, potential buyers are able to search for properties, compare mortgages and learn all about home buying schemes, including Shared Ownership and Help to Buy, using our helpful guides and FAQs. This ensures that our customers are not only more confident in their home-buying options, but the types of properties and services that are available to them.


Share to Buy is the UK’s largest online portal for Shared Ownership properties. Established in 2004 as the UK’s first specialist online mortgage broker for affordable homeownership products, the site has since developed into a one stop shop for first time buyers, offering the UK’s largest listing of Shared Ownership homes for sale.