Shared Ownership in West Dorset
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 West Dorset 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 West Dorset, use the search tool on the left hand side of the page or click here to go straight to search results in West Dorset. 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 West Dorset, 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.
Search for properties in West Dorset
These are examples of properties that are currently available in West Dorset. Click here to search for all properties in West Dorset.
18th March 2015
In today's Budget, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced the introduction of a new Help to Buy ISA.
5th March 2015
There is just over a week to go until the FIRST STEPS Homes Show Spring 2015, the major event for first time buyers in London. We want you to make the most of the day, so we've produced some guides for you to view in advance to introduce you to Shared Ownership and Share to Buy.
Part buy part rent in West Dorset
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 West Dorset 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 West Dorset and across England.
West Dorset is a local government district and parliamentary constituency in Dorset, a popular retirement area.
The main settlements in West Dorset are Dorchester, Sherborne and Bridport. Dorchester, an important settlement since Roman times, is the county town of Dorset to the south. Sherborne is in the north of the district and is also an important market town. Popular for its Jurassic Coast, Bridport is in the west of the district and the smaller coastal town of Lyme Regis is at the border with Devon.