Our New Homes Department works closely with a number of housing providers on and off of the Island to help secure affordable home ownership. The schemes we help them to market are listed below with a brief understanding on how each scheme works.
Help to Buy Equity Loan – also known as The Help to Buy Scheme.
This scheme has helped many people onto purchasing their first home or dream home. This scheme is a loan interest loan towards your deposit to purchase a property, you will need a 5 % deposit and the government lends up to 20% with you getting a mortgage for the remainder. You must meet a certain criterion to be able to qualify to use the scheme, we have detailed this below:
The property must be a new build
Has a purchase price of up to £600,000 in England
Be the only home you own
You are not allowed to rent or sub-let the property once you have purchased it
The developer must be registered on this scheme for you to be able to purchase using it.
The Equity loan will have fees but you don’t pay anything back for the first 5 years, in the sixth year you then get charged a monthly fee in which the help to buy agent will contact you to discuss arranging payment. You must pay back the loan when you sell your property or after 25 years if you haven’t sold it by then. The amount you will pay back is dependent on how much your home is worth. If you wanted to pay back the loan sooner, you are able to in part or full at any time, please note the smallest repayment you can make would be 10% of the market value on the property.
Shared Ownership Scheme
Shared ownership is provided by housing associations, it is where you can purchase a share of a property and you pay a rent on the remaining share to the housing provider. Shared ownership properties are always leasehold. Each shared ownership scheme may differ from others depending on the lease and the provider of the properties. Some schemes will allow you to purchase a minimum share or maximum share depending on your affordability, you may also be able to staircase to owning more shares in the property this would be subject to the lease. Due to only purchasing a share of a property the deposit needed for a mortgage will be considerably lower when compared to the deposit needed to purchase a property outright, allowing for a more affordable purchase and ideal for first time buyers to get onto the property ladder. There will be terms and conditions to meet to qualify on purchasing a shared ownership property and this can vary depending on housing providers.
Buying more shares in your shared ownership home.
Depending on the terms of your lease, once you have owned your home for a period of time you are then able to purchase further shares in your property. Some housing providers will allow you to purchase up to the full 100% and own your house fully. This will then result in you not having to pay anymore rent to the provider, a service charge however would still be payable. The amount you can staircase at will be subject to the terms of your lease and there may be a restriction on how many times you can do this. So purchasing a larger share at what you are able to afford may be the best route to go down. There may also be opportunities where you are able to purchase the freehold once you own the property fully or in some instances the freehold may automatically become yours.
Overall staircasing benefits you to be able to eventually own your property outright so no rent will be payable or purchase up to an amount where your rent will decrease as well as being entitled to more if your property increases in value.
Older Persons Shared Ownership
If you are aged 55 and over you may be able to purchase a home that is for sale on a shared ownership basis. Usually the amount of the share you can purchase would be between 25% and 75% of the market value, you then pay a rent on the remaining share. The scheme works in the same way as the normal shared ownership other than once you own a 75% share you do not need to pay a rent on the remaining share and you cannot purchase more than the 75%. To be able to qualify for the scheme there is a criterion that you would need to meet.
For more information please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01983 538080 or firstname.lastname@example.org