Shared home ownership opportunities in East Anglia
Are you considering shared ownership of a property?
Shared Ownership is a form of low-cost home ownership. You would buy a share in the property and pay rent for the rest of the property together with a service charge.
What is Shared Ownership?
Shared Ownership is a form of low-cost home ownership. You will buy a share in the property and pay rent for the share that you have not bought, together with a service charge. Shared Ownership forms part of the government’s HomeBuyscheme.
What shared ownership properties are currently available?
Havebury offers a variety of new homes to purchase on a Shared Ownership basis and there may be homes available where the existing shared owner is selling on.
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Who qualifies for Shared Home Ownership?
The scheme is intended to help people who cannot buy a home any other way.
Havebury Housing accepts applications from people who have successfully applied for the HomeBuy scheme through the local HomeBuy Agent.
BPHA is the government appointed HomeBuy Agent for the region and is responsible for the assessment of shared home ownership applications to ensure they comply with the HomeBuy scheme.
Details of how to register can be found below. Havebury will consider your financial position to assess whether or not you can afford the purchase or whether you can afford to purchase a home on the open market.
Understanding Shared Ownership
What happens if I wish to buy?
As part of the application process, you will be required to provide financial details relating to your income and other commitments.
You will also be required to provide a copy of a form of photographic identity. A credit check will be carried out together with a financial assessment which is required as part of the legislation for shared ownership sales.
We will then explain your rights and responsibilities as a property owner and provide you with further information on the Shared Ownership scheme. If your application is approved, you will then need to arrange a mortgage to purchase your share of the property. You will also need to appoint a solicitor.
How does it work?
The share purchased depends on the property you are purchasing and ranges between 25% to 75% of initial shares, on a 99-year lease.
The lease is a binding contract between you and Havebury. You may also buy additional shares and the terms of the lease will specify the criteria for this. If your circumstances change, you can purchase a larger share of your home and, in most cases, you can eventually own the property outright.
What are the costs involved with shared home ownership applications?
We estimate that you will need a minimum of £4,000 to cover the legal and associated costs of purchasing. These costs are likely to include the following:
Havebury may require a reservation fee of £500 once you decide to purchase a property. This fee is deducted from the final purchase price. After your application has been approved, if you cannot proceed with the purchase, this amount will not usually be refunded. However, depending on the reasons for you not being able to proceed, this may be reviewed.
You will need to arrange a mortgage for the share you are purchasing. The majority of high street building societies or banks are able to deal with shared ownership mortgage applications.You may need to place a deposit with the bank or building society.
This is normally a percentage of the total purchase price. Some mortgage providers do not require a deposit.The mortgage company will require a survey of the property and you will be charged the valuation fee.
There may be further costs associated with your mortgage application such as administration, arrangement fees, and broker fees. These costs should be made clear to you by the mortgage provider.
There are many different types of mortgages available. Taking advice from an Independent Financial Advisor is recommended. Havebury does not provide mortgages and does not offer financial advice.Stamp Duty
The purchase of a Shared Ownership property may incur Stamp Duty Land Tax. This can be paid on the full value of the property at purchase or on your share. It is important that you obtain professional advice on the Stamp Duty Land Tax implications.
These are payable to a solicitor who carries out legal work on your behalf. This will cover the cost of preparing the legal documents for the purchase of your home. The associated costs of Land Registry fees, search fees, and other costs will also be included in the estimate provided by your solicitor. Some mortgage lenders will offer legal services as well.
Furnishings and Removals
You will need to furnish your new home and arrange for your furniture and effects to be moved to it. New Havebury properties will usually have the floor coverings provided, or in some cases, you may be able to choose the colour of the carpets in your new home.
Once you have purchased the property, you will be solely responsible for:
- Mortgage repayments
- Rent and service charges – these are reviewed on an annual basis
- Council tax
- Gas, Water, Electricity
- Telephone, TV and internet
- Contents Insurance
- Repair costs
Shared home ownership responsibilities and charges
Who is responsible for repairs and insurance?
Havebury will insure the structure of your home under its building insurance policy and you will be charged the cost of the premium as part of the service charge.
If your Shared Ownership property is a house, you will be solely responsible for all repairs and redecoration internally and externally.
If your home is a flat, you will be solely responsible for all internal repairs and redecoration. Havebury is responsible for repairs to the structure of the main building and to the communal areas.
The proportion of the costs of repair and maintenance relating to your property is collected from you through your service charges
On the date of completion, you will need a contents insurance policy in place to cover carpets, furniture, and other belongings, as these are not covered by our building insurance policy.
What is a service charge?
A service charge is a fee you pay to Havebury which will include building insurance and other services such as maintenance of communal areas such as gardening, cleaning and lighting etc. and are paid in full regardless of the percentage share owned.
Important considerations before you buy a shared ownership home
Is the property suitable for you? Buying a home is a long-term investment and your circumstances may change.
Does the property provide the right type of accommodation or will you need to have a larger or smaller property within five years?
Do you like the area? Are there good local schools and shops in easy reach?
Can you afford the costs? You need to ensure that you can afford the cost of buying and running your home. Remember prices of gas, electricity and water can all increase as well as decrease.
What am I buying? You will be an owner-occupier and therefore have the full responsibility for the home you have bought.
Want to increase the share you own in your Shared Ownership home?
If you are thinking of purchasing a further share in your home (known as staircasing) then view our handy guide here to give you details of the process.
Thinking of moving on from your Shared Ownership home?
Havebury's programme of new build, shared ownership homes is the perfect starting point for people entering homeownership. However, you may now be thinking of moving and are not sure what you need to do. View our guide here, detailing what the process involves.