Shared Ownership in Bedford
Across England, the Government supports a range of schemes to support affordable home ownership. All official schemes outside London fall under the homebuy brand of government backed affordable home ownership. The most established scheme is shared ownership, otherwise known as part buy part rent but there are also shared equity schemes (e.g. Firstbuy), and rental products, including rent to buy. For more detail on the specific homebuy schemes available in Bedford click on the tabs at the bottom of the page. In addition, at sharetobuy.com there are a range of options open to people wishing to research their affordable housing options:
- To search for shared ownership properties for sale in Bedford, use the search tool on the left hand side of the page or click here to go straight to search results in Bedford. If you cannot find anything that suits your needs at this time we are constantly adding properties and you can register to receive property alerts whenever we do so.
- If you are looking for a shared ownership solicitor in Bedford, you can find solicitors on the sharetobuy.com panel with huge experience of the various homebuy schemes.
- Share to buy are also authorised mortgage brokers and you can use our mortgage tool to compare products available for part buy part rent purchases. See our shared ownership mortgages.
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4th January 2015
The London boroughs of Croydon, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Merton, Richmond upon Thames, Sutton, and Wandsworth make up the South West sub region. There is a regular ongoing programme of shared ownership developments in the South West of London, in particular in Croydon, Lambeth and Wandsworth.
30th December 2014
There is a regular ongoing programme of shared ownership developments in North and Central London, in particular in Barnet, Camden, Hackney and Islington.
Part buy part rent in Bedford
The longest-running affordable home ownership scheme is 'shared ownership', and this is often referred to as 'part buy part rent' because you literally buy part of a property and then pay rent on the remainder. Thus, the product can be seen as literally offering a stepping stone between renting and buying. When you part rent part buy a home, the share can start from as little as 25% and the rent on the remaining share is usually capped at an affordable amount usually in the region of 2.75%. If you consider that availability of mortgages with a 5% deposit has historically been strong in the shared ownership scheme, you can potentially put down just 5% of 25% of the purchase price and as you may often not have to pay the purchase tax known as stamp duty, it makes the total cash you need typically far lower than buying on the open market. Another strong feature of the part buy scheme in Bedford and elsewhere is that there is an established second hand market of part buy part rent homes. Although most properties are available on a new build basis, over time, these properties can be sold on to new buyers and if the owner has not yet bought 100% of the property they can offer their existing share for sale on a second hand basis in a process known as a 'resale'. Search sharetobuy.com for part buy part rent properties in Bedford and across England.
Bedford is the county town of Bedfordshire, in the East of England. Bedford has a history of being an agricultural town, with wool being an important industry in the area. Later Bedford and much of Bedfordshire became one of the main centers of England's lace industry, and lace continued to be an important industry in Bedford until the early 20th century. Wool was also a major produce of the area but declined in importance with brewing becoming a major industry in the town. Bedford was a major host of national teams preparing for the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, and accommodated more Olympic teams in 2012 than any other town or borough in the UK.