Launch of First Time Buyer Network Signals Relief for Renters in UK

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First Time Buyer Network launched to help renters get a foot on the property ladder. Innovative schemes such as rent to buy will be used to help first time buyers achieve the dream of home ownership that was previously out of reach.

First Time Buyer Network launched to help renters get a foot on the property ladder. Innovative schemes such as rent to buy will be used to help first time buyers achieve the dream of home ownership that was previously out of reach.

For many young people these days the thought of owning their own home is a distant reality. Lenders asking for ever increasing deposits and entry level homes at ridiculously high prices even in spite of the credit crunch.

So how can a professional couple or single person with a reasonable income get on to the property ladder when many lenders now are unwilling or unable to provide a mortgage? How does someone with a short period of residency or poor credit history but a high income achieve the dream of home ownership?

With falling house prices what is a safe way to invest?

It seems that for many the answer lies in renting to own.

This concept is no real revelation having been practised in America and Canada for years and merely seen as another method of home ownership. However, renting to own is quickly taking hold in the United Kingdom, especially in London and the South of England where demand for rent to buy properties far outstrips supply.

At the most fundamental level renting to own simply involves a seller willing to sell and a tenant willing to buy. Using an option agreement, the tenant/buyer can exercise their option to buy a property after a specified period. Instead of paying a 10% - 20% deposit, the buyer only has to put down between 2% - 5%. The contracts can span a period from as short as six months up to 25 years or more.

The purchase price is fixed even if the buyer does not exercise their option to buy for five years. Rent is usually paid at the market value however an additional amount is paid towards the deposit. This means that a first time buyer has the opportunity to buy a property of their choice, with minimal deposit whilst accruing equity over the rent to own period.

The scheme is ideal for those with a small deposit and great for those with impaired credit or UK newcomers who often have a poor credit profile due to their short period of residency.

The only real restriction is how flexible each party is prepared to be. The concept is appealing to many first time buyers as it gives them stability not afforded through renting and a chance to acquire real equity even in a falling market. Another advantage is the fact that the buyer will not be subject to fluctuating interest rates.

Rent to own allows the tenant/buyer to test drive the property before committing to buy at the end of the term. If the buyer chooses not to go ahead with the purchase, the vendor usually retains the deposit.

With growing discontent among first time buyers and a lack of government assistance it appears that renting to own is set to be the biggest growth sector in the UK housing market for the next few years.

The First Time Buyer Network is a service established to empower first time buyers through the provision of services, advice and access to rent to buy and discount property schemes. Our aim is to also to encourage the provision of added value services for first time buyers from landlords, local government, housing associations, home builders, conveyancing solicitors, mortgage brokers and a host of other suppliers affiliated with the industry.

We shortly aim to hold a series of first time buyer networking events at various locations across the UK to enable first time buyers to obtain face to face advice from industry specialists.

For further information visit http://www.firsttimebuyernetwork.co.uk .

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