What is Shared Ownership?
Shared Ownership is an affordable home ownership scheme which makes it easier for eligible purchasers to get on the property ladder. Buyers get a mortgage for the share they can afford, and pay rent on the remaining share.
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Does Shared Ownership mean sharing with someone else?
No – this is a common misconception but the ‘shared’ aspect of the scheme simply means you’re sharing ownership of your home with a housing association.
If you decide to buy a Shared Ownership home in Bristol, you’re effectively purchasing a portion of your property. Your initial share will usually be between 25% to 75%, paying a mortgage on the part that you own and a below market value rent on the remaining share.
Can I ever fully own a Shared Ownership home in Bristol?
Yes – Shared Owners can choose to buy additional shares in their property by ‘staircasing’.
When buying a Shared Ownership home, you will initially purchase a minimum percentage somewhere between 25% to 75%. Down the line, if you find that your financial circumstances have changed, buyers will have the option to buy more shares.
If you choose to buy a higher percentage, your mortgage repayments will increase while the rent you pay will decrease. In the majority of cases there aren’t any restrictions and you can buy 100% of your home – in this instance, you would become the outright owner.
Do I meet the eligibility criteria for Shared Ownership homes in Bristol?
As a home-buying product aimed at helping those who can’t afford to purchase a property on the open market, there are certain requirements that buyers will need to meet to be considered eligible for Shared Ownership.
For example, there are caps on household income which means that you must earn less than £80,000 to be eligible for the scheme – or less than £90,000 if you would like to buy a home in London. The criteria also states that buyers must be at least 18 years of age and do not own another property either in the UK or abroad.
How much does Shared Ownership cost in Bristol?
Shared Ownership properties enable you to put down a smaller deposit compared to those required on the open market – buyers will usually need to put down 5% to 10% of the share that they’re buying, rather than the full market value of the home.
On a monthly basis, buyers will be required to pay their mortgage, a subsidised rent and service charge on their home, however, these repayments often work out cheaper than or equal to renting privately in the same area. Other costs to consider when buying a home include solicitor and mortgage broker fees – you can find out more about these costs on Share to Buy.
Are there Shared Ownership homes in Bristol?
Share to Buy lists thousands of Shared Ownership homes all across Milton Keynes and beyond – including new build properties and those available through resale.
Shared Ownership is available on a variety of homes including cosy studios, stylish apartments and traditional family homes. Check out our property search tool to start looking for your new home today!
The steps to find your new Shared Ownership home
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Who are Share to Buy?
Share to Buy is the leading online portal for Shared Ownership properties. Established in 2004 as the UK’s first specialist online mortgage broker for affordable home ownership products, the site has since developed into a one stop shop for first time buyers, offering the country’s largest listing of Shared Ownership homes from many of the UK’s biggest housing providers.
Why should I register with Share to Buy?
Share to Buy is the nation’s biggest and best established affordable home ownership property portal, making it the ideal website for first time buyers looking to take that first step onto the property ladder.
Using our property search tool, you can search for homes that suit your needs via filters such as location, number of bedrooms, monthly outgoings and deposit amount. You can also set up alert preferences so you’ll be notified when new properties that meet your search are announced by email.
Acting as a one stop shop for first time buyers, Share to Buy also offers handy FAQs and guides, interactive mortgage tools, mortgage broker and conveyancing panels, and live events to help potential purchasers on their home-buying journey.
Can I advertise my home on Share to Buy?
If you are a housing association or developer selling properties through Shared Ownership, Help to Buy and other affordable home ownership schemes, we can list your new build and resale homes on the Share to Buy property portal.
As well as working alongside Registered Providers, we also partner with private sellers who are looking to sell their current Shared Ownership home.
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For first time buyers who believe that purchasing their own home is out of reach, Shared Ownership homes in Bristol can help them to take those vital first steps on to the property ladder. Help to Buy homes in Bristol can also help potential purchasers to put down roots in an area they love, and finally, find a place to call their own.
If you want to keep up to date with Shared Ownership and Help to Buy homes in Bristol, all you have to do is sign up to Share to Buy and register to receive alerts. We’ll then automatically notify you when new properties become available.
Bristol might conjure up rather twee images of harbours, hills and colourful houses, but it’s actually home to one of the largest populations in England. You might be wondering then, exactly why so many people choose to buy property in Bristol. Well, we think it’s because this is a location unlike anywhere else. Its blend of history, geography and culture mesh together to create an environment that’s a very special place to call home.
One of the first things people notice about Bristol is its characteristically hilly landscape and distinctive limestone areas, which make this a uniquely beautiful place to live. And despite its high population, Bristol is not a city that has turned its back on nature in the face of greater development. In fact, it was ranked the most sustainable city in the Sustainable Cities Index, meaning its natural assets can be enjoyed for many generations to come.
History is also a big part of Bristol’s proud sense of local identity. Once best known as Britain’s second most important port from the 15th century onwards and for exporting cotton, today Bristol’s modern economy couldn’t be more different to centuries past. However, the impact of its place in British history can still be felt in its many historical landmarks, which give its streets their unmistakable character.
But there’s more to Bristol than hills and old churches, with several fascinating museums to explore too. These include the much loved Oakham Treasures and science museum We The Curious, to name but a few. On top of that, there’s also The Wardrobe Theatre and Bristol Hippodrome, where you can see the best of both the local talent and the global cultural scene. This is all available alongside plenty of great bars, pubs, clubs, restaurants and parks. There’s more here to enjoy than you could explore in a lifetime.
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