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Guide to Buying
Don’t be daunted by the prospect of buying a new home, our helpful 10 step guide will ensure the process is as hassle free as possible.
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Help to Buy?
There are several government schemes that can help you on the way to owning a new home. These include Co-Ownership, OwnCo and Help to By ISA’s.
Co-Ownership Housing is a great way for new home owners to get their foot on the property ladder. This housing scheme allows home-owners to share the load of buying their property.
So how does it work? Well, you start by buying a share of your home (between 50 and 90% of the homes value) and then you pay rent on the remaining share. You can then buy out Co-Ownership at a later stage when you are in a position to do so.
Help to Buy ISA
First-time buyers can open a Help to Buy ISA to save towards a deposit. Saving in this type of account could entitle you to a tax-free bonus payment from the government when you buy your first home.
The maximum bonus paid for each account is £3000 but you can only open one account. However if you have a partner, they can open their own account and will also be entitled to the bonus payment, meaning that a couple could get a bonus payment of £6000 to put towards the cost of their first home.
OwnCo – Rent to Own
OwnCo, Rent to Ownscheme allows applicants to rent a new buildproperty for 3 years with the option to buy from 12 months into theirtenancy. When tenants purchase the property anywhere between 12 months and 36 months they receive a 25% rent rebate on the rent they have paid whichcan help towards a deposit contribution.
It’s a fixed-term rental commitment. You rent the property and are legally a tenant, but you get the benefits of living in the home you want now, with a plan to own it later. You choose the property, and OwnCo buy it for you. There are no extras or booking fees to pay.