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Shared Ownership FAQs

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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 Leicester, 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 Leicester?

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 Leicester?

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 Leicester?

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 Leicester?

Share to Buy lists thousands of Shared Ownership homes all across Leicester 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!

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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.

Find out more about advertising your Shared Ownership property on Share to Buy.

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For first time buyers who believe that purchasing their own home is out of reach, Shared Ownership homes in Leicester can help them to take those vital first steps on to the property ladder. Help to Buy homes in Leicester 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 Leicester 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.

Lots of cities are known for having one or two distinctive features. In the case of Leicester, there’s so much it offers and so much it excels in, that it can be hard to know where to start.

Perhaps we should begin by talking about its love of sporting history, with new chapters to its illustrious record books being written every year. The most striking example of this is, of course, their game-changing 2016 Premier League title win. This passion for sport isn’t just reserved for football either. They’re also home to the Leicester Tigers, who are considered by many to be the most successful rugby union time in British history, as well as the country’s oldest basketball team. It’s really no surprise that Leicester was voted the UK’s greatest sporting city in 2016.

However, just as important and impressive is Leicester’s musical legacy. This has its roots in rock and roll in the 50s and 60s, continuing through to the modern-day. You can catch all the best up and coming musicians in venues like The Shed, while those wanting to enjoy internationally renowned acts will find plenty to sink their teeth into at the O2 Academy.

It’s also a wonderful city for lovers of history, with enough museums and local landmarks to keep even the most insatiable history buff satisfied. Or perhaps you’d simply prefer a bite to eat, a quiet pint in the pub or plenty of green open space for you to roam around. Well, Leicester more than has you covered there too. And if for some reason, all of this isn’t enough to keep you occupied, excellent transport links mean that you never have to stay in one place.

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