So you've found your new home and you want to go for it! Usually, applications for our new homes are open for a week, and in this time you’ll need do three things:
Make sure you’re registered with the relevant Help to Buy agency for your region - REGISTER HERE.
Help to Buy is a Government backed scheme, and local agents ensure that affordable homes are available for those that need it in their area. This means they will need to check that you pass a few criteria to make sure that Shared Ownership is the best option for buying your home.
The sooner you can register with your Help to Buy agent the better, as neither you, nor us, can proceed without it.
Please note, the way Help to Buy Shared Ownership applications are changing. Customers in the South West (Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset) are currently unable to register or login to their accounts. Details on how to register and apply is expected on January 2nd on the Help to Buy website. In the meantime you can still complete Step 2 and a Help to Buy account can be created at a later date.
Check the finances
Complete a financial assessment with one of our panel of Independent Financial Advisors
Your IFA will talk to you about mortgages (if you need one) and make sure the purchase is affordable for you.
They will then send us your completed assessment for us to submit your application to the local authority. This is the start of the Allocation process (see below).
Think about your solicitor
Once you have decided on your new home our dedicated sales team will manage the legal process from our side and you'll also need to appoint your own solicitor.
Shared Ownership and Newbuild purchases are considered to be a specialised area of law and we'd recommend you use a solicitor that is familiar with dealing with Shared Ownership purchases. Using a solicitor that is experienced in these areas will really help to keep things moving along and to achieve your exchange date with us so we can get you moved into your new home as soon as possible.
Check our Independent Solicitors Panel to help get you started:
What happens then?
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A process where the local authority for your region, or Sovereign, by using our own allocation policy, will approve buyers based on housing need. This could involve a number of factors including the number of people in the household, connection to the local area, affordability and the length of time you have been registered with the Help to Buy agency.
Different developments and different local authorities have different criteria for allocation.
Please note: This process can take 2-3 weeks. We will be in touch as soon as we know the outcome.
Submit your Decision in Principle
As part of your financial assesment your IFA will have talked about the best mortgage options for you.
A Decision in Principle is a document from your mortgage lender, agreeing to lend you the required mortgage based on an initial assessment of your circumstances (income, outgoings, financial commitments, credit score etc).
Following Allocation, if you’ve been approved to purchase a property you’ll have 48 hours to return this document to our team. Once we’ve received it you can officially choose your plot.
Complete your reservation
We’ll send you a link to complete your reservation form on our website. At this point you’ll need to do two things:
1) Transfer your £250 reservation fee by bank transfer (our bank details are on the reservation form page).
2) Submit your solicitor details - we’re now ready to start the legal process of buying your home. We’ll need your solicitor details so our solicitor and your solicitor can gather all the information required for searches and to draw up contracts.
Conveyance is the legal process of transferring property from one owner to another. During this six week process you’ll need to call your solicitor for any updates. We have a team of dedicated Completions Coordinators to keep things moving too.
Once both solicitors have completed the contracts a completion date will be agreed. This is the day the final amount of money is transferred and our team can meet you with the keys to your new home.