The first step in buying a home with Shared Ownership is to assess your eligibility.
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Shared Ownership in Hertfordshire
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As one of the Home Counties, you might have thought Hertfordshire would be unaffordable. However, a Shared Ownership property means that living in this beautiful part of England is possible and without compromise. Whether you’re a single professional moving to the area, a young family who needs more space, or want to get onto the property ladder, a Shared Ownership home could be for you.
- Hertfordshire in the East of England is a popular place to live due to its mix of countryside and towns, as well as its proximity to London and major airports.
- The county enjoys excellent travel links to the capital, great shopping, and entertainment in urban areas including Stevenage, Watford and St Albans.
- Residents have not only beautiful green spaces to enjoy nearby, but there are also lots of attractions to visit. From St Albans Abbey, where the Magna Carta was initially drafted, to modern-day landmarks like Elstree Studios in Borehamwood where Star Wars was filmed.
- Public healthcare is provided by the Herts Valleys, East and North Hertfordshire clinical commissioning groups. Hospital care is provided by West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust and ambulance services by the East of England Ambulance Service.
- Hertfordshire offers schools for all ages, from primary through to colleges and sixth form centres. There is a choice between comprehensive education and independent private schools as well as specialist schools for children with additional needs. These schools include Hockerill Anglo-European College in Bishop’s Stortford, Samuel Ryder Academy in St Albans, and Bournehall Primary School in Bushey.
- Hertfordshire has excellent road and railway connections making it a perfect place to commute to the capital.
The Shared Ownership scheme is simple, you buy an initial share of between 25% and 75% of the apartments full value and pay a subsidised rent on the remainder.
You may purchase further shares (up to 100%) as your circumstances change, should you choose to.
You can purchase any share from 25% to 75% of the initial purchase price, but some properties may carry specific minimum share restrictions. You will be asked to speak to a financial advisor to assess what share you can buy that is both affordable and sustainable.
How to buy a Shared Ownership home: a step-by-step guide
Search for available properties on our website here. Once you’ve found a property you’re interested in, you’ll need to arrange a viewing.
To find the ideal home that suits you, it’s best to see the property yourself. Book an appointment with us here to arrange online or in-person viewings.
Speak to a qualified independent financial adviser to see how much of the home you can buy.
To secure the property you’ve fallen in love with, complete the application paperwork and pay the reservation fee.
With the reservation complete, you’ll need to instruct a solicitor and begin your legal paperwork to purchase the property. We make the process as smooth and seamless as possible, including breaking down technical terms with our jargon buster.
Alongside the legal paperwork, you need to find a mortgage that suits you and complete your mortgage application. You can either do this yourself or use a mortgage broker. Your lender will carry out affordability checks to ensure that you can afford the mortgage repayments. See our affordability calculator to understand what you can afford.
With the mortgage in place, get ready to sign on the dotted line and pay your deposit. This is an exciting part of the process where you’re really close to your dream of homeownership.
It’s time to exchange contracts, which are legally binding agreements between you and us for the purchase of your property. You will also find out more about your completion and move in date during this stage of the process.
Congratulations! You can now move into your new home and make it your own.
You’ll still need to pay rent on the remaining share of the property you don’t own. The rent is usually set at 2.75% of the share that you don’t own. You can also choose to increase your ownership share over time, a process known as staircasing.