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The buying process

Step-by-step

Before you can view or reserve a shared ownership home with us, you'll first need to make sure that you are eligible for the scheme.

Step 1.

Register with Selwood Housing and confirm your desired area/development.

Step 2.

Once you have found a property you are interested in, contact us by completing the contact form on the property listing, or by phoning or emailing us. If our homes are available now, we will send an application pack* for you to complete and return to us, if they are coming soon we will add you to our mailing list.

*By completing this application pack, you consent to us forwarding the information via secure email to our financial adviser partner who will contact you to discuss mortgage viability and options.

Step 3.

You will also need to supply supporting documents to the financial advisor for your application. This includes:

  • photographic identification for each applicant
  • your latest three months' payslips for each applicant, or 13 weeks if paid weekly, or pension statement, or universal credit statement
  • your latest three months' bank statements for each applicant (including credit card statements).

We assess completed application packs on a first-come first-serve basis.

Step 4.

Next, the financial advisor will need to undertake a financial assessment of you. Once this has been completed, we will confirm our decision to you and if successful arrange a viewing of your chosen property.

Step 5.

Once you have viewed the property and decided you would like to go ahead, a reservation fee of £250 will be required to reserve the property for you.

The reservation fee will be deducted from the amount you pay upon completion of your purchase.

Step 6.

Appoint your mortgage adviser and solicitor, and provide us with their details.

Your mortgage adviser will:

  • obtain all of the required documentation from you
  • submit your mortgage application for you
  • liaise between you and your mortgage lender to secure your mortgage offer.

We will then issue a Memorandum of Sale (MOS) to all solicitors involved. This essentially summarises the details of your proposed house purchase and will give a date by which we would like to exchange contracts.

Your solicitor will:

  • make sure you have everything you need to help you buy your shared ownership home
  • check the lease and speak to your mortgage lender and our solicitors
  • carry out searches
  • check that all paperwork and your mortgage are in place to allow you to complete the purchase.

Step 7.

After you have received your mortgage offer and your deposit has been paid, we will then agree a completion date with you and exchange contracts, which fixes the completion date.

Step 8.

Completion day!

Completion day is when the money is transferred via solicitors. Once that's done, you will get the keys to your new home!

On completion day you will be met at your new home by a representative from Selwood Housing's shared ownership team. You will be provided with a 'Handover Pack' containing;

  • the keys to your new home
  • a home user guide along with instruction manuals for any appliances
  • certificates for various installations and warranties relating to your home.

Don't forget one-off fees

It's good to be aware of any one-off fees you may need to pay before you move in. These include;

  • legal fees
  • stamp duty
  • mortgage adviser fee if a mortgage application is submitted
  • mortgage valuation fee and any arrangement fees charged by your mortgage provider
  • removal costs
  • reservation fee of £250 - this will be deduced from what you pay on completion of your purchase
  • mortgage deposit - this will vary depending on your lender
  • up to two months' worth of rent and service charges, paid at completion.

Shared ownership buyers guide

Common questions and answers, take a look at our buyers guide or read our FAQ's section.

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About Shared Ownership

Shared ownership is a great way of buying your own home.

About Shared Ownership

Available homes

Current shared ownership properties, as well as those that are coming soon.

Available homes

Shared ownership staircasing guide

You can purchase further shares in your home from us at any time up to the full value.

Shared ownership staircasing guide

Monthly costs of a shared ownership home

Just like any home, a shared ownership home will come with its own set of monthly bills.

Monthly costs of a shared ownership home

Building new homes

We're building new affordable rental and shared ownership homes.

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Latest available developments

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Tascroft Rise, Warminster, Wiltshire

Two and three bedroom shared ownership homes available on this popular development in Warminster built by Redrow Homes.

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3 days ago
Selwood Sales

We’re kicking off this Friday with this wonderful #sharedownership resale home in #Evercreech! 🏡 Only three miles from Shepton Mallet, the village has a primary school as well as local shops and businesses.

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4 days ago
Selwood Sales

Are you looking for a 3-bedroom home in #warminster? We're still taking applications for these beaut#SharedOwnershiprship homes on the Tascroft Rise development. 🏡

Buy a share, rent the rest! 🤩
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5 days ago
Selwood Sales

✨ Newly listed ✨

Situated in a poplar area of #frome, this #SharedOwnership resale is available from £130,000 on a 40% share. Schools, shops, and wonderful green areas all close by! 😍 Register your interest: ecs.page.link/caX3q
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