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This is a fantastic opportunity because, as deposits get increasingly high, it means that any potential purchaser only needs to raise a deposit on the share that they are buying. So, for instance, if the property was valued at £100,000 and you were buying half of it, at £50,000, then a 10% deposit would be £5,000, rather than £10,000 if it was not a shared ownership.

The percentage of the property that you buy need not be 50%; options range from buying 25% to 75% of the property, meaning that there is something to suit every pocket.

Buyers only need a mortgage for the percentage that you are buying: in the above example, 50%. The other 50% would be paid through rent to the housing association, who own the rest, but this rent is subsidised so that it is affordable. You can staircase the amount you own, over time, usually in increments of 10%.

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Alison Gibson

Ascot Mortgage Expert

Last Updated:

13.02.2024

Written by:

Alison Gibson

Ascot Mortgage Expert

Last Updated:

13.02.2024

Household income thresholds for shared-ownership

The scheme is designed to be inclusive, and therefore you can earn a reasonable household income and still be eligible. Outside London, the threshold is £60,000 per household, and inside London it is 64,300 for 1-2 bedroom properties, and £77,200 for 3-4 bedroom properties. You do not need to be a key worker for these schemes, either. Don’t be mistaken into thinking these properties are only the ones that nobody wants to buy: this is absolutely not the case, because often newer developments are included in this scheme. You would be still responsible for any other costs, such as ground rents and service charges, if applicable.

This scheme is particularly attractive for first time buyers, many of who have had to rent properties as they cannot afford to buy, and therefore do not have enough money to save for a deposit to get a conventional mortgage.

Shared ownership property and stamp duty

There is also good news regarding stamp duty. You have two options with this: the first is that you can make a one-off payment. This gives the most flexibility, because it means that any stamp duty on your share of the purchase is payable, but the rest is only due when you own over 80% of the property. This is likely to be more applicable, as buying a percentage of the property is likely to keep it under the stamp duty threshold of £250,000.

The other option is to stamp duty in instalments, based on how much of the property that you own. This is tempting, to save a large payment if applicable, but could actually work out costly. If you are a first time buyer, and chose to pay in stages, the higher threshold of £250,000 does not apply. Instead, the first £100,000 that you buy incurs a stamp duty of 1%, although nothing else is due until you own 80% of the property. This is why it is important to get professional advice, to find the best option for you.

Ascot Mortgages can help you with this, as market leading mortgage brokers. We can find you the best option for your situation, meaning that you do not need to worry about potentially making the wrong choice. We can also help direct you to the lenders who will lend for shared mortgages, as not all lenders will, although the market is growing as they become more popular. We can save you the time and stress of going to each lender to see if they lend to shared-ownership properties. Whatever your situation, Ascot Mortgages can help!

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living in your present property while applying for another mortgage deal with a new lender. Before finding out how to remortgage and get the best offers from experts like Ascot Mortgages, you have to check meeting what parameters of the deal that can help you succeed the most. The range of background factors varies a lot — from the recently changed loan-to-value ratio or your existing agreement coming to an end.

Whether you are trying to get a more beneficial deal or searching for funding to improve your home conditions, remortgaging is one of the most advantageous scenarios to consider.

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A guarantor mortgage is a type of mortgage that involves a third party, usually a family member or close relative, guaranteeing the mortgage repayments on behalf of the borrower. This arrangement is more commonly now known as joint borrower sole proprietor as the guarantor essentially is included as part of the mortgage application but not included on the title deeds to the property.

Shared ownership is a form of home ownership that enables buyers to purchase a share in the property and pay rent on the remaining amount. The buyer usually pays an initial deposit, which is between 5% to 10% of the price of the share being purchased, and then pays a reduced rent on the remaining portion owned by a housing association or other organisation.

A joint mortgage is a type of mortgage that two or more individuals take out together to purchase a property. It allows multiple borrowers to combine their incomes and share the responsibility of repaying the mortgage loan.

The loan-to-value ratio (LTV) is a financial term that represents the ratio between the loan amount and the appraised value or purchase price of an asset, typically a property. It is commonly used by lenders to assess the risk associated with a loan.

Repayment and interest-only mortgages are two different types of mortgage repayment structures. Here’s an explanation of each:

  • Repayment Mortgage: A repayment mortgage, also known as a capital and interest mortgage, is a type of mortgage where your monthly payments cover both the interest on the loan and the repayment of the principal amount borrowed. Over the term of the mortgage, typically 25 to 30 years, your monthly payments gradually reduce the outstanding balance. At the end of the term, assuming all payments have been made, the mortgage is fully repaid, and you own the property outright.
  • Interest-Only Mortgage: An interest-only mortgage is a type of mortgage where your monthly payments only cover the interest charges on the loan. Unlike a repayment mortgage, you do not make any principal repayments during the term of the mortgage. As a result, the outstanding balance of the loan remains the same throughout the mortgage term. Therefore your monthly payments are less. However, lenders may restrict the maximum loan to value on an interest only basis – generally between 50% to 75%.

With an interest-only mortgage, you are required to have a separate plan or investment vehicle in place to repay the principal amount at the end of the mortgage term for residential mortgages. This could involve savings, investments, or other arrangements that aim to accumulate sufficient funds to pay off the loan. It’s crucial to ensure that the repayment plan is robust and will be able to cover the loan amount. For Buy to Let mortgages lenders will typically accept sale of the security property as the investment vehicle.

Consider a longer-term mortgage if:

  • You prefer lower monthly payments to manage your budget.
  • Affordability is a priority, allowing you to allocate funds to other financial goals.
  • You plan to sell or refinance in the near future.

 

Opt for a shorter-term mortgage if:

  • Minimizing total interest payments is important.
  • Building equity quickly is a priority.
  • You plan to stay in the property for an extended period.
  • Ultimately, the decision should align with your financial circumstances and goals.

Consulting a mortgage advisor can provide personalized guidance.

Yes, it is possible to get a buy-to-let mortgage as a first-time buyer, but it can be more challenging. As a first-time buyer lenders may view you as a higher risk and will also base their lending decision on both rental income and your own personal affordability. However, if you have a good credit score, a stable income, and a solid business plan for your rental property, you may be able to secure a buy-to-let mortgage. It’s important to shop around and compare different lenders to find the best deal for your individual circumstances which is why contacting a mortgage broker for the right advice is a good solution.

Yes, you can get a first-time buyer mortgage if you’re self-employed but most lenders would require a 2 year minimum trading history. However, additional requirements may apply. You’ll need to provide evidence of income, such as business accounts and tax returns. Lenders may request an accountant’s certificate and consider your trading history. A larger deposit may be required. Specialist lenders may cater specifically to self-employed borrowers. It’s best to consult with a mortgage advisor or lenders directly for personalized guidance.

Apply for a first-time buyer mortgage when you have prepared your finances, saved for a deposit, and are ready to commit to homeownership. Consider obtaining a Decision in Principle before house hunting. Consult with a mortgage advisor for personalized guidance.

When budgeting for homeownership, consider the following costs: –

  • Deposit: Set aside funds for the down payment on the property.
  • Stamp Duty or LBTT: Pay the property tax based on the purchase price.
  • Solicitor or Conveyancer Fees: Budget for legal services.
  • Valuation and Survey Costs: Account for property valuation and survey expenses.
  • Mortgage Fees: Consider arrangement or booking fees associated with the mortgage.
  • Home Insurance: Plan for building and contents insurance.
  • Moving Costs: Budget for expenses related to moving your belongings.
  • Ongoing Costs: Include mortgage repayments, council tax, utilities, maintenance, and service charges.

Ensure you research and estimate these costs to create an accurate budget. Our advisors are always available to assist you in finding the most suitable deal for your unique situation.

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