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If you are unable to buy a property on the open market and thought you would never be able to own your own home, think again. Shared ownership lets you purchase a 'share' in your home and pay a subsidised rent on the remaining share.
Buying a shared ownership home is an affordable option as it means you need a smaller mortgage and a smaller deposit. In many cases it can be cheaper than renting a home privately. Find out more.
It can be difficult to get onto the property ladder and many buyers are stuck renting while they struggle to save for a deposit. With shared ownership, you only need to raise a deposit for the share you are buying, so it's much more affordable.
It generally works out cheaper per month to buy your own shared ownership home than renting a similar property privately.
If you have a household income of less than £60,000 you could be eligible for shared ownership. Find out more.
Julianne, Robert and their three sons have moved into a brand new four bedroom shared ownership house at our new development at Wagstaff Way in Ampthill.
For several years they had been renting in the private sector but desperately wanted some stability. They felt shared ownership was right for them. Part-time carer Julianne, 25, said: "We wanted to get our foot on the property ladder and are so happy we managed to buy 30% but intend to work our way up so we own the full house.”
Read our case studies and see how shared ownership could help you.
We've compared the monthly costs of buying outright or renting privately with buying a home under shared ownership. This example is based on one of our new two bedroom houses in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, which have a full market value of £150,000.
* Based on an average repayment mortgage over 25 years at 6%. Rent for shared ownership is based on 2.75% of the un owned share per annum. Deposits are based at 10% of the purchase price. Private rent is based on an independent valuation.