Shared ownership is another way to buy your own home. You buy a percentage, and pay rent on the rest. The housing association owns part of it — but you’re living there, you decorate it, and you decide when to sell.
Buying a percentage means a smaller deposit and smaller mortgage. It’s a sooner first step on the ladder for lots of people. Usually, you can also carry on buying shares, to own it 100%.
Two bedroom fourth floor flat, in the London Borough of Hounslow, available to buy through Shared Ownership. Full market value £475,000. 50% share available, share price £237,500.
Monthly Mortgage*: £1,262.57
Monthly Rent: £344.05
Notting Hill Service Charge: £222.36
Council Tax: £116.92
Estimated Total (per month): £1,828.98 (excluding council tax)
** Service Charge payable to Notting Hill Housing
The monthly mortgage is based on an interest rate of 4.99% with a capital and interest repayment over 25 years. It is based on a 90% mortgage The rent may increase each year, the increase calculation will be specified in the lease.
Electronic gates to communal lobby entrance, lift and stairs to upper floors.
Flat door leading to hallway, reception room with open plan kitchen, bedroom 1, bedroom 2 & combined bathroom and W.C.
68 square metres (733 sqft) as per RICS valuation
E - Step Free
Length of lease
Min share price from: £237,500 for a 50% share
Full price from: £475,000
Monthly rent from: £344
There is only one available priced at £237,500 for a 50% share.
It’s the same as buying on the open-market but you’re buying a share of a property, so therefore pay a mortgage on the part you own.
An independent mortgage advisor can help suggest which type of mortgage might be best for you, based on your situation.
Leasehold, which is essentially the contract for the share you've bought.
It means you've got the right to keep your home for a certain number of years (usually at least 125), but the land belongs to someone else. Your lease also sets out how much you need to pay each month, your responsibilities while living there and all the details of your agreement with the housing association. Make sure you go through it and ask lots of questions.
Your solicitor can help you with this.