The easiest ways to buy a house or flat are not a secret and are low hanging fruit for most first-time buyers.
- The easiest ways to buy a house are available to most first-time buyers
- They are readily available and can be accomplished without too much difficulty.
Originally published 11/03/19. Updated 21/02/20.
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This blog relates to buying a house in England or Wales.
So you are not a homeowner now and you want to become one…
Have you ever thought that it’s impossible to get on the property ladder – due to obstacles such as lack of affordability and difficulties in saving the deposit?
Of course you have!
However, thankfully, the position is nowhere near as bad as it may seem at first sight.
To achieve the homeownership which seems unobtainable, you simply need to rely on one or more of these 5 easiest ways to buy a house or flat in England or Wales:
1. Gifted deposit
4. Right to Buy or Right to Acquire
5. Shared ownership
1. Gifted deposit
Securing a gifted deposit is one of the easiest ways to buy a house or apartment.
A gifted deposit is one you get without the challenge and delay of having to save up for it.
It may come as a simple gift from a parent or other relative who has or who can obtain the spare funds to help you out.
If you are due a legacy in the will of a parent or other relative, you may be able to persuade them of the practical advantages of paying that legacy early as all or part of your deposit.
In the case of new-build properties, a developer may offer you a gifted deposit as an incentive to buy.
A gifted deposit, whatever its source, makes easy perhaps the hardest thing about buying a home – finding the deposit.
If you can secure the mortgage you need, you are good to go as soon as you receive your gifted deposit.
Buying a home with someone else (co-ownership) makes things easy in terms of reducing the money burden by 50%.
You only need to find 50% of the deposit and a lender will take into account your joint income, making it easier to obtain the size of mortgage you need.
There is the added benefit that subsequent running costs – payment of the mortgage and the household bills – will also be halved.
Where appropriate, you can make it even easier to buy by purchasing with two or even three co-owners.
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There are a number of freebies or financial incentives available to buyers, and in particular first time buyers.
They ease the financial burden of buying a home, making homeownership more affordable.
As a first time buyer, you can get up to £3,000 towards your purchase if you save towards it under a Help to Buy ISA.
You can get an interest free loan of up to 40% of the price of qualifying homes under the Government’s equity loan scheme.
First time buyers benefit from stamp duty exemption for properties up to £500,000, and this can be worth up to £5,000.
You can also negotiate a “freebie” when you are buying a property, especially a new property, where the developer is motivated to sell.
In such cases you may be able to obtain a genuine and significant reduction in the purchase price (perhaps up to 25% in an exceptional case)
Use as many “freebies” as possible to smooth the way to home ownership.
4. Right to Buy or Right to Acquire.
If you qualify for the Right to Buy (for council tenants) or the Right to Acquire (for housing association tenants), you will get a discount if you purchase your home from the council or the housing association.
The discount is generous in the case of the Right to Buy and can be over £100,000.
In less expensive parts of the country, the discount makes it relatively easy to get on the housing ladder.
But its impact, though helpful, is not so effective in “unaffordable” regions of the country like London and the South East.
5. Shared ownership.
Shared ownership is also a major player in making homeownership easier.
This is because, with shared ownership, you are buying only a part of a property – typically 25%, 50% or 75%.
The part you don’t buy is retained by the owner, usually a council or housing association, and you pay rent on it.
The financial cost of buying on a shared ownership basis is significantly less than a regular purchase, and takes the difficulty out of buying for countless buyers.
If you are hoping to become a homeowner in the future, don’t wait until then before you look into the 5 pillars of easy homeownership.
Consider them now, assessing which ones are available to you, and how best you may be able to use them.
Further, if necessary, take advice from suitable experts – conveyancers and mortgage advisers – at this early juncture, enabling you to be fully prepared when you are ready to buy.
Do you know of any easier ways to buy a house or flat? Please leave your observations or comments below.
Disclosure: Some of the links in this post or on this website may be affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. I only link to products or companies I consider to be of quality.
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London-based blogger Dalton Barrett has over 30 years experience as a property solicitor, conveyancer, investor and coach. Read about his unconventional worldview of property here
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