Shared Ownership mortgage

We can help you get onto the property ladder with a Shared Ownership mortgage

The Shared Ownership scheme could help if you’re struggling to save enough for a deposit, you could still get onto the property ladder. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or home mover, we could help you buy a share of between 25-75% of a property and then pay rent on the remaining share.

  • From only 5% deposit required
  • Government equity loan of 10% (40% in London)
  • 75% (55% London) mortgage needed
  • Competitive rates
  • Rent to buy
  • Buy to rent

Shared Ownership FAQ

Shared ownership is a government-aided initiative to help first-time homebuyers and existing homeowners purchase a new property by helping towards the deposit. This scheme aims to help buyers who cannot afford the mortgage on 100 percent of an existing or new-build home, and is available to people with an income of less than £80,000.

Through shared ownership, you may be able to overcome the problem of high deposits and acquire a home that might be out of reach under other forms of financing.

From April 2021, shared ownership will become even more affordable. These are the key changes to the scheme which the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government released and will operate in 2021 under the Government’s new Affordable Homes Programme. The changes include:

  • Fees for buying additional shares will be reduced
  • Landlords will pay the costs of repairs and maintenance for the first 10 years of ownership
  • You must be a first-time buyer with an annual household income of less than £80,000 (£90,000 in London)
  • The minimum additional share will be reduced from 25 to 10 percent
  • Homeowners can purchase additional shares in 1 percent instalments, down from 5 or 10 percent
  • The rules on selling the property will change

The minimum share reduction represents a helpful change to shared ownership, and makes entry into the initiative easier if you’ve been struggling to get together enough for your deposit.

Getting together the finance for a home valued at £120,000, for example, means you will only have to find £12,000 rather than £30,000. You will also be able to pay a subsidised rent to the owners of the property as well as annual ground rent and service charges as your home will be a leasehold property.

If you want to increase your ownership of the property gradually, you can buy additional shares of just 1 percent at a time. This process is known as ‘staircasing.’ Using the example of the £120,000 property, you could pay as little as £1,200 for an additional 1 percent share, rather than £6,000 or £12,000 for 5 or 10 percent under the current rules. This allows you to gradually build up ownership in a more affordable manner.

You will also need to pay a deposit (usually at least 5%) on your share and then get a mortgage to cover the rest.

It’s worth remembering that the amount you pay for the additional share may change, as it will be based on the value of the property at the time you make the increase, not the original price. Also, due to the current Covid-19 pandemic there may be less lenders willing to accept lower shares due to the current economic climate, but there are still some who will, so don’t let this discourage you.

For free initial advice from our qualified mortgage brokers about a Shared Ownership mortgage, call 0800 197 0504 or click below to request a callback at a time to suit you.

Case Study

Getting one customer onto the property ladder through the Shared Ownership scheme

Mr and Mrs W wanted to move out of their council home and buy a larger property that could accommodate their growing family. They’d managed to save a deposit but couldn’t afford to buy a house in the area as prices were too high.

Plus, Mr W had previously been in a Debt Management Plan (DMP) and his income was in fact part of a benefit package as he was unable to work due to long-term health issues.

With Clever Mortgages, the couple was able to:

  • Take out a mortgage with a lender which would accept Mr W’s income
  • Buy a new family home using the Shared Ownership scheme
  • Put down a smaller deposit than they thought they’d initially need
  • Secure a 2 year fixed-rate mortgage so their circumstances could be reviewed and given the option to buy an additional share of the property
New mortgage£100,000£618.302.84%15 years

Mr and Mrs W needed a larger home to accommodate their family – however, house prices in the area were out of their reach. They were both happy with the suggestion of Shared Ownership and managed to buy a house which met their needs.

We approached a lender that was willing to take on their case and we worked together to make sure the monthly mortgage and Shared Ownership rent amounts were affordable. The couple were delighted to move out of their council home and will have their circumstances reviewed after a couple of years to see if they can buy more share of the property.

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