L&Q housing association last year sold 66 per cent of resale homes on to other shared owners within its eight-week exclusivity period. The average resale took just 36 days. It sold another 18 per cent after the eight weeks were up.
Selling a shared ownership property will incur costs for selling the property, gaining a value for the property and conveyance costs. If you are selling a property any arrears on service charges must be paid at completion. Generally, you are unable to sublet a property you part-own under the Shared Ownership scheme.
So yes, you can make money. If the property value goes up, then so does the value of your share. Equally, if the valuation goes down then so does the value of your share, it’s totally dependent on the housing market as with any sale.
What are the disadvantages of Shared Ownership? Because Shared Ownership properties are always leasehold, ground rent may apply and you must pay this in full no matter what size share of the property you own. … Therefore, the price you pay per share will rise with house prices the longer you wait.
However, the experts have stated that shared ownership is still a good decision in 2021. Ms Mitchell added: “Shared ownership is a great way for first time buyers to get onto the property ladder and a way of taking the steps to own your first home without the need for a hefty deposit upfront.
It is possible to buy a greater share of your property at any time from the housing association – this is called ‘staircasing’. … Some will only let you staircase a third and final time if you intend to buy the entire remaining share of the property, taking your ownership up to 100%.
The lease makes the shared owner the homeowner and they are responsible for all the repairs and maintenance in their home, including major structural works and major repairs. This is the case with all leasehold properties, where the sharing of cost is stipulated in the lease.
Shared Ownership allows you to get on the property ladder as an owner-occupier, offering long-term stability without overstretching yourself. … Shared Ownership makes mortgages more accessible, even if you’re on a lower wage. Your monthly repayments can often work out cheaper than if you had an outright mortgage.
Shared ownership properties are always leasehold, meaning you only own a property for a fixed period of time. Because you own a share of the property, the housing association cannot evict you. …
The main benefits of staircasing are that you’ll pay less rent and you benefit more from the property appreciating in value. Once you’ve staircased up to 100% ownership, you also have a better choice of mortgages and are able to sell the property on the open market – as long as your lease allows.
If you don’t own 100% of the property and you wish to sell, then you will ultimately find selling a much more challenging experience, with selling Shared Ownership property described as ‘doable‘ but more complicated than selling a ‘normal house’.
Usually it takes around two months from start to finish, however it can take as little as 28 days if everything goes smoothly quickly. However, if you’re buying a home off-plan and building work has yet to be completed on the development, this may lengthen the process.