This page provides information about a proposal for a scheme that would allow for sharing of the ownership of a home between a homeowner and and a community housing provider. It contains documents explaining how this sort of scheme could work, and also practical information and tools for both providers and potentially-interested homeowners to decide whether the arrangement would be good for them. The scheme is being developed by an informal working group of interested organizations (the Shared Homeownership Working Group), which is co-convened by Regional Development Australia Sydney and the Federation.
A Shared Home Ownership Model for NSW
On 18 July over 70 people representing the business community, banking industry, government and not for profit sector gathered at the NSW Business Chamber in Parramatta to hear from the NSW Shared Home Ownership Group about how its model could contribute to solving housing unaffordability in the State. The presentations from the event are available here.
Doors to ownership. This document contains a business case and guidelines for a shared homeownership scheme by community housing associations in New South Wales. It was released in August 2014, and is being promoted by the Shared Homeownership Working Group.
Shared-equity home-ownership: recommendations for a business case. This document contains suggestions for a shared homeownership scheme for community housing associations, which were used by the Shared Homeownership Working Group to develop the Doors to ownership model that was launched in August 2014.
FAQs for community housing providers. This document contains information, in an easy question-and-answer format, for community housing providers who might be interested in establishing a shared homeownership scheme along the lines proposed in the Doors to ownership model.
FAQs for financial institutions. This document contains information, in an easy question-and-answer format, for financial institutions who might be interested in giving a home loan to a consumer (homeowner) who is participating in a shared homeownership scheme along the lines proposed in the Doors to ownership model.
FAQs for interested homebuyers. This document contains information, in an easy question-and-answer format, for homebuyers who might be interested in a shared homeownership arrangement with a community housing provider along the lines proposed in the Doors to ownership model.
Shared home ownership deed and commentary. This document is a proforma document that sets out the agreements between a prospective homeowner and a community housing provider, on their respective rights and responsibilities under a shared homeownership arrangement. In practice a community housing provider establishing a shared homeownership product is likely to want to get its own legal advice, and a prospective homeowner should get independent financial and legal advice before signing up. What this document does is give an idea of what an agreement, that is fair to both parties, could look like, under the Doors to ownership model for shared homeownership.