The major providers of Shared Ownership, Help to Buy and other affordable ways to buy a home in Cambridge and nationwide have their homes listed on Share to Buy.
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.
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 Cambridge, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Share to Buy lists thousands of Shared Ownership homes all across Cambridge 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!
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.
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.
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.
For first time buyers who believe that purchasing their own home is out of reach, Shared Ownership homes in Cambridge can help them to take those vital first steps on to the property ladder. Help to Buy homes in Cambridge 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 Cambridge, 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.
If you’re not familiar with Cambridge, you’d be forgiven for only bringing its world class university to mind. This is not only understandable: it’s almost inevitable. After all, this is a university city, with its student population and the culture that comes with it giving Cambridge so much of its local character.
And this is certainly something to be hugely proud of. We imagine you know enough about this renowned educational establishment to know that it’s not only one of the finest in the country, but internationally as well. So well known and deserved are its accolades, that singing of its well-known praises is simply pointing out the obvious.
So with that in mind, we’d like to stress that in no way are we undermining the importance of Cambridge University, nor its achievements, by focusing on the other attractions and benefits of this city. There’s simply just so much more on offer here.
As a city, Cambridge is incredibly creative, with a love of art and culture matched only by few other areas. This is obvious through its multiple well-established theatrical venues, such as the famed Arts Theatre and the new kid on the block, Cambridge Junction. For larger performances, even the Cambridge Corn Exchange opens its doors to theatrical, comedic and musical acts.
Speaking of the latter, Cambridge has quite the musical legacy. It’s probably best known as the home of Pink Floyd but bands, including the likes of Muse and drum and bass producers Logistics, all have their roots here. It’s also a city with a rich love of history, as encapsulated by the likes of Fitzwilliam Museum and the Museum of Cambridge. And of course, if you prefer your history in the flesh, the city has plenty of fascinating landmarks for you to explore as well.
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For first time buyers who are looking to get on the property ladder in the CPCA, find out about the affordable homes available across the region.
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