As a shared owner, you may be paying a mortgage, as well as a low-cost rent to us on your new home. However, we’d love to see you staircase to buy more shares of your Shared Ownership home!
By buying more shares of your home, you’ll reduce the amount of rent you need to pay each month, or if you staircase to 100% you’ll become the outright owner and pay no rent*. If you ever plan to sell your home, the greater amount you own, the more profit you will make from the sale^.
If you’re thinking of taking the next step as a shared owner, read the guidance below where we explain the simple steps involved in staircasing.
1 – Get a valuation
The value of the shares you’ll be buying are affected by the current market value of your home. To find this out, you’ll need to get a RICS/FRICS registered surveyor to carry out a valuation report. It’s important to get this valuation, as it determines the value of your home overall, as well as the shares you’re looking to purchase. You’ll need to send this valuation to us as part of your application.
If you’ve made any improvements to your home, just let us know before speaking to the surveyor. We’ll confirm whether these improvements will need to be considered in the report.
Check out the RICS website to find valuers >
2 – Apply to buy
Just like when you first bought your Shared Ownership home, there are a few forms and documents you’ll need to fill out to buy more shares. Our friendly Post Sales team will guide you through this and answer any questions you may have.
At this stage, you’ll need to speak to an independent mortgage advisor, to understand what size share you can buy. We’ll send you a confirmation of all of this, along with a breakdown of your new monthly payments. Just like when you bought your Shared Ownership home, there will be a small charge for your mortgage advisor.
3 – Speak to your solicitor
You will need to speak to a solicitor, who will organise the legal documents to sign and agree a completion date (similarly to when you bought your home). We always recommend using a solicitor who is familiar with Shared Ownership, as it’s a little different to traditional home purchases.
Check out our panel of Shared Ownership solicitors >
4 – Congratulations!
You’ve completed the purchase! Whether you’ve bought more, or 100% shares in your home, it’s a great feeling to have taken that next step as a shared owner.
To buy more shares of your property, there are a few small charges involved. Find out more > Have more questions about staircasing? Our friendly Post Sales team are here to help!
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