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Staying Local Thanks To Shared Ownership

Posted 29 July 2021 by Keith Osborne

Matt used Shared Ownership to purchase a 40% share of a brand new one-bedroom apartment in Redhill, Surrey...

With research by housing provider SO Resi and Cambridge University showing Shared Ownership is booming amongst young people, with 26- to 30-year-olds accounting for 26% of buyers, Matt Booth is just one example, purchasing a 40% share in a one-bedroom apartment at SO Resi Redhill in Surrey earlier this year.

The 29-year-old had been renting a room in a friend’s apartment locally in Redhill but decided that he wanted to take a step onto the property ladder after receiving some inheritance money. He was able to put down a 50% deposit of £50,000 on his 40% share (£100,000, from a full market value of £250,000) and moved into his new home in February 2021. Thanks to his high deposit, Matt now pays just £150 a month for his mortgage payment, whilst his monthly rent and service charge is just under £400.

Matt, a purchasing manager for a warehouse company, commented: “I have a couple of friends who have used Shared Ownership, and I thought it seemed like a good way to get onto the property ladder. I came across SO Resi Redhill and really liked the development – I felt that the size of the property I could buy with the money I was putting in was really good value.

“Even though I was fortunate enough to have a sizeable deposit to put down, without Shared Ownership it would have been very difficult for me to get onto the property ladder. I’m really pleased that I just went for it as it feels so good to have my own space now, particularly as I will be working from home half of the week going forward.”

Matt also made the decision to sign up to SO Resi Plus, which will allow him to staircase by 1% each year at a fixed price for 15 years. This was introduced in 2017 by SO Resi following feedback from customers that they would be more likely to staircase if they could purchase smaller shares.

“By staircasing gradually it means I will increase my stake in the property over time, and I will have a larger share to sell when I decide to move in the future,” added Matt. “The 1% option is much more appealing than having to save up and put down another 10% all in one go.”

Kush Rawal, director of residential investment at Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing, commented: “Shared Ownership is booming and for many young people like Matt, it is the only realistic avenue onto the property ladder as it offers an accessible route to homeownership. We are also pleased that Matt has signed up to SO Resi Plus, which has been transformative for our customers, with four times as many customers staircasing each year via this route than those through traditional share purchases of 10% or more.”

Matt plans to stay in his apartment for the next few years and was keen to remain in the Redhill area after growing up locally, with family and friends living nearby.

Matt commented: “Redhill is a fantastic location and is really central for me when it comes to work and socialising. I didn’t want to have to move out of the area, so I’m pleased that Shared Ownership has offered me the opportunity to stay local and become a homeowner.”

SO Resi Redhill is conveniently located close to a selection of supermarkets, shops, eateries and gyms all within walking distance, alongside twice-weekly open air markets along tree-lined pedestrianised Redhill High Street. For those looking to enjoy the outdoors, the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is nearby, whilst Box Hill is also less than 20 minutes’ drive away.

These homes are just moments from Redhill train station, with fast trains connecting residents to London Bridge in around 30 minutes, whilst London King’s Cross and Bank are 50 and 60 minutes respectively. For travel further afield, Gatwick Airport is a 13-minute train journey away.

There are just two two-bedroom apartments remaining at SO Resi Redhill with prices starting from £129,000 for a 40% share (full market value: £322,500).

Find out more at www.soresi.co.uk.


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