The NHS pay rise that unions agreed earlier this year catapulted the issue of affordable housing for emergency workers into the spotlight once more. The rise of at least 6.5% over three years is unlikely to keep up with inflation, meaning that nurses, porters and paramedics will continue to face issues when it comes to affording property.
Mark Homer, co-founder of Progressive Property, explains why people thinking of stepping onto the property ladder should try to get there sooner rather than later…
Why is Help To Buy a good option for first-time buyers who want to get onto the property ladder?
Help To Buy is a great option for many first time buyers as it allows them to purchase a house or a flat, often new and with a warranty. The homes are usually complete with flooring and almost everything needed to move in (bar furniture) and you can get this in some cases with a 5% deposit. This usually means that first-time buyers need to save for much less time, therefore getting on the housing market earlier and allowing them to build equity.
Since its initial launch at the end of February, the homes at Rutherford Fields have been proving to be a real hit for first time buyers, young professionals and families alike.
So far 80% of the first phase has been reserved with first time buyers from the local area snapping up a number of the Shared Ownership properties on offer.
Rutherford Fields, on the base of the former RAF Stanbridge, near Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire offers something for everyone, from one and two bedroom apartments to houses with two, three and four bedrooms. With a range of properties available through Private Sale, affordable rent and Shared Ownership, there is something to suit every lifestyle.
Generation Z is putting homes above holidays with two thirds of renters under 24 already saving to secure their first home, according to a recent survey* by home builder Countryside.
Last month, Countryside surveyed the nation’s house hunters and found 92% of 18 to 24 year-olds want to use Help to Buy ahead of the 2021 deadline, with 66% already saving for a home deposit.
When asked who they intended on buying a property with, one third of Generation Z savers revealed that they hoped to one day secure a mortgage as a single buyer.
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The Paragon, Ilford
The Paragon is an example of contemporary city living in Ilford, with the local area set to benefit from generous funding for regeneration. Situated on the Central line, residents will have quick access to central London and beyond. The high spec development which consists of 105 1 and 2 bedroom shared ownership apartments that will open-plan living spaces with a variety benefits including large windows, high ceilings and stunning views across London.
Growing families looking for a spacious new house in Wokingham, available to buy with shared ownership, should make a beeline for So Resi Wokingham where So Resi – Thames Valley Housing’s shared ownership brand - has recently opened a superb four-bedroom show home.
The show home highlights the impressive quality of these three and four-bedroom semi-detached houses, which offer exceptional value; prices for a four-bedroom house start from just £148,125 for a 25% per cent share (full market value £592,500).
Esaiyas Mollallegn, head of marketing at Thames Valley Housing, comments:
Owning a Zone 2 Home by The Age of 25, How Shared Ownership is Full of Possibilities. The rapid increase of house prices and stagnating wages have meant that UK millennials have struggled to get on onto the property ladder. According to a recent study conducted by HSBC, only 31 per cent of young people surveyed said there were able to purchase a home. There are however a number of alternatives open to First Time Buyers, such as the Shared Ownership scheme, meaning that, more young adults are able to consider buying a property. Such a case is Events Manager, Ellie Wyburd, who purchased a new build two-bedroom flat at Woods Road, Peckham, a Shared Ownership development by Hyde New Homes.
Over 200 of the most affordable homes in London are being delivered in Barking, as part of on-going regeneration in the area. The 221 shared ownership homes at Weavers Quarter in Barking are the first of some 1575 new homes that will be available on the site of the former Gascoigne Estate, which is being transformed into a stunning new development complete with two schools, new high quality public open space and a new community centre.
The first phase of Shared Ownership homes comprises 50 one, two and three-bedroom apartments and duplexes, launched recently, are available to those who live or work in the borough of Barking and Dagenham, recently listed as one of the most affordable boroughs in London*.
In March 2013, the government launched its Help to Buy initiative to open the door to affordable home ownership for people right across the nation.
Help to Buy is a scheme that is transforming the housing sector, as people priced out of the open market are being given the opportunity to pick up the keys to their very own home.
The scheme offers buyers a five per cent deposit - half as much as the traditional 10% - meaning people stuck in the rental rat run are finally able to put enough money aside to get the ball rolling.
The journey to home ownership is undoubtedly a daunting one, but compared to popular adrenaline thrills such as bungee jumping or sky-diving, it really is just a walk in the park. Homefocus writer Jeffrey Gritzman takes a look at how scary owning your own home really is.
Bungee jumping…now that takes courage
Young people are funny; it’s amazing how many of them have been back-packing which takes organisation and confidence, or horse riding which takes skill and courage, some have even been bungee jumping where you place your heart in your mouth and keep it there till the bouncing is over. Tell someone you’re thinking about a bungee jump and they’ll likely tell you that they, or a good friend of theirs has done it too. So no big deal then?
A new drive to make buying a home a "cheaper, faster and less stressful process" has been announced as a leading politician calls for more to be done to plug Britain's housing gap.
Communities secretary Sajid Javid is calling on the government to strengthen its commitment to housing by borrowing money to build the hundreds of thousands of new homes needed across the UK.
Mr Javid's call coincides with the announcement of an eight-week housing review, which aims to work with industry experts, including estate agents, solicitors, and mortgage lenders to make the home buying process more accessible and affordable.
Key home buying issues include:
Two years ago, Aveen Kelly, 32, was given the opportunity to learn more about how Shared Ownership works, a result of her employer Wandsworth Council’s efforts to encourage buyers in the community to consider the scheme.
Armed with her knowledge of Shared Ownership - which enables first-time buyers priced out of the open market to purchase a share of a property and pay rent on the remaining share - she discovered XVII, a new Shared Ownership development in Tooting, South London, comprising one and two-bedroom homes.
Aveen wasted no time in contacting Thames Valley Housing, as the homes were close to where she was renting with friends.
Share value: 40% (£175,000)
Full price: £437,500
· Setting new standards for affordable housing in terms of location, high quality design and a superior specification, a new collection of superb new homes in Winnersh, Berkshire is available to buy through Shared Ownership with Thames Valley Housing
· The attractive two, three and four-bedroom houses are built in hues of traditional red brick, complemented by either a red or black tiled roof; some of the elevations to the larger homes’ are punctuated with pretty tile-hanging and bay windows.
In 2012, Adel Whitworth, 33, was left disappointed when her first attempts to make it onto the property ladder in Tooting Broadway fell through. However, she plucked up the courage to try again when she discovered Shared Ownership, a scheme which enables first-time buyers typically priced out of the open market to buy a share of a property and pay rent on the remaining share.
Intrigued and hopeful, Adel filled out an application for the Shared Ownership homes at Battersea Bridge Road, offered for sale by Thames Valley Housing.
House-hunters in the Midlands are taking up the opportunity to have a sneak peek at a popular new development.
Grand Union Housing Group is holding an open day on Saturday 8th April at its Church Close development at Braybrooke, in Northamptonshire.
Visitors can take a look around a brand new property at the popular site, near Market Harborough.
The three-bedroom properties are available on the shared ownership scheme, so cost as little as £62,500 for a 25% share.
Shared ownership is an affordable housing scheme where buyers purchase between 25% and 75% of a home, and pay a subsidised rent in the rest of the property.
Does it mean you have to share a house with someone?
“Shared Ownership is associated with a number of perceptions. For some people, the phrase might bring back mildly alarming memories of living with housemates and their accompanying clutter. For others, the idea of owning only part of a home is simply less preferable to owning all of it. Shared Ownership however, makes home ownership more accessible, not through the lending of more money like in other Help to Buy schemes, but by allowing the buyer to borrow less.”
Is Shared Ownership more affordable than other schemes?
Stadium Place www.lqpricedin.co.uk/stadium-place
L&Q has launched Brook Houses, the final phase of 4 bedroom Shared Ownership houses at Stadium Place, the site of the historic Walthamstow dog stadium. The contemporary homes offer families a chance to own a piece of London history, with properties set behind the former stadium’s iconic Grade II listed wall of neon lights.
When they decided to move in together after just a few months as a couple, Charles Barker and Hannah Pennell looked at only one home before making an offer.
Clearly a couple who make their minds up quickly, Charles and Hannah were not only looking for an affordable home that provided enough space for them and Hannah’s daughter Layla, but a scheme that offered ease and clarity throughout the process. They found the Foresta development in Horley, Surrey, on Thames Valley Housing’s website and, after checking out the location, they registered their interest in buying a Shared Ownership home.