Shared Ownership Week – Owning your home outright is possible

Posted 21 September 2016 by Ben Salisbury

Shared Ownership can provide the opportunity to own your own home outright by 'staircasing', buying more of the property as it becomes affordable...

As Shared Ownership Week draws to a close we introduce a story that shows the progress that can be made by using the scheme and that although the property may start off shared, by the use of ‘staircasing’, your home can become fully your own.

‘Staircasing’ is the process whereby you purchase more of the property as you can afford to, with the aim of moving from ‘part-buy/part-rent’ to owning 100% of the property. The greater the share that is purchased, the less rent that has to be paid. Staircasing is now becoming one of the more popular methods into home ownership and is perfect for people that cannot buy 100% of a home straightaway.

That is exactly how the Shared Ownership journey has progressed for one family from Essex, Jeminy and Gary Jackson and their two sons.

Jeminy explains: “We were renting in Hainault in Essex in a three bedroom house with my two sons before we got married 15 years ago. My mum had bought a property through East Thames so we knew they had a very good reputation. Once Gary and I got married, we decided that we would love to buy our own home.”

“We looked around and put our name down with Redbridge Share to Buy and were sent a number of different properties through. One day we received details of a three bedroom second hand home by East Thames in Clayhall. We really liked the look of it and decided to get in touch with East Thames. Fortunately, we were successful and went ahead and bought a 50% share of the property, with rent payable on the remaining share.”

Over the past 14 years, Jeminy (43), who works in social services and Gary (45), who is a web designer, have carried on paying both their mortgage and rent on their property, and from time to time discussed exploring the option of staircasing to buy further shares.

Jeminy continues: “We really liked the idea that eventually we would be able to completely own our own home. A few years ago East Thames invited us to attend a staircasing event where we learnt all about what was involved and could speak to a mortgage advisor. It was so useful and really insightful. At this time, although we were interested, we decided to put it on hold.”

Jeminy and Gary revisited the option of staircasing this year when East Thames invited them to another event.

Jeminy concludes: “Gary and I decided that it was the right time to buy the extra 50% share of our own home and that the monthly payments would not be a lot different to what we were already paying. It was not as scary and as expensive as we thought and I would recommend it to anyone.

“It is so hard to get on the property ladder nowadays but Shared Ownership gives you that added security that you are buying with a reputable Housing Association and you have the option to invest more money when you can afford it. I am so pleased we were able to do it and we finally own our own home.”

East Thames have a range of properties across London available for Shared Ownership. For more information, visit

Financial details before staircasing

•             50% share in a three bedroom home at £86,500 (full market price £190,000)

•             Deposit 100% mortgage

•             Took out a £86,500 mortgage for 15 years

•             Monthly mortgage payment - £372, monthly rent - £316

After staircasing

•             Took out a £190,000 mortgage for 15 years to own 100%

•             Monthly mortgage payments £900

Unsure on Shared Ownership? Get your free Shared Ownership guide here

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