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Buying a home

Shared ownership - Creating great places to live your life.

Image of a person who has purchased their own homeAt Optivo we’re investing in a future where a great home is within everyone’s reach. 

If you’re struggling to get your foot on the housing ladder, shared ownership may be an option for you. 

We’ve shared ownerships homes available throughout London, the Midlands and the South East.


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How does shared ownership work?

Buying a shared ownership home means you can purchase between 25% and 75% of a property from us. You don't need such a big deposit, which makes it more affordable.

You’ll pay a monthly rent for the share of the property that we still own. Your mortgage and rent may be less than if you bought the property outright.

You can then buy additional shares in your property (stair casing) as and when you can afford to. In most cases, you can eventually own 100% outright. At this point, you own the property and will no longer pay any rent. If you’re in an apartment, or a house with communal areas, you’ll still pay service charges.

 

Am I eligible for a shared ownership home?

In order to buy a shared ownership home you must meet certain criteria:
  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • Outside of London your annual household income must be less than £80,000
  • Within London your annual household income must be less than £90,000.
  • You should generally be a first time buyer (you don’t already own a home). If you do already own, you must be in the process of selling
  • You must show you are not in mortgage or rent arrears
  • You must be able to demonstrate that you’ve a good credit history (no bad debts or County Court Judgements) and can afford the regular payments and costs involved in buying a home
  • You should have savings of at least £4,000 to cover the costs of buying a home. This is a guideline figure – the actual amount you need will depend on the property you buy.
 

How do I apply?

If you’re in a position to buy, with savings available to cover solicitor and mortgage fees and you meet the above criteria for shared ownership, you can apply.

If you live in the South East or the Midlands your next step is to register with your local Help to Buy Agent, either HelptoBuy East & South East or HelptoBuy Midlands. If you're interested in homes in the Greater London area there's no need to register.

Contact us for further information or advice if you are interested in buying a shared ownership home.

Search our shared ownership homes available for sale now. 

You might also find this handy guide on Shared Ownership useful. It's been put together by the g15, a group of the 15 largest housing associations in London and the South East.