Purchasing Property From a Family Member

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Purchasing Property From a Family Member

Not all homes on the property market are purchased from strangers. Often, family members remove barriers to the property market by allowing a relative to purchase a property they own. In property lingo, this is called a concessionary purchase.

Learn more about how concessionary purchases work by reading on.

Buying Property From a Family Member

There are several advantages when buying a property from a family member, including the potential to purchase the property below market value. Commonly referred to as a “family discount,” this can be an advantageous way for first-time buyers to get on the property ladder.

Buyers should approach a concessionary purchase as they would any other property transaction and be sure to take the following steps:

●      Schedule a home inspection and review the structural survey

●      Find the right broker who specialise in concessionary purchases

●      Discuss the process of purchasing a property from a family member with your broker

The skilled brokers at Mortgage Avenue are adept at concessionary purchases and will help you navigate the complexities of buying property from a relative, making your road to home ownership straight forward.

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Can I Use Equity in the Property as a Deposit?

One of the major perks of purchasing property from a family member is the potential use of equity in the property as a deposit. An experienced broker or financial advisor can guide you through the process and help you secure a lender that is best able to support the transaction.

Let’s say you’re considering the purchase of a family member’s property that has been assessed and valued at £500,000. Your relative may agree to offer you a discount sale price of £350,000. In this case, the £150,000 difference could function as a deposit.

It’s imperative that you consult with an expert to understand the paperwork necessary and the typical purchase procedure and find the right lender before engaging in a deal.

Do I Have to Pay Stamp Duty if I Buy my Parent’s Home?

Purchasing your parent’s home is no different than any other type of transaction, and you will still have to pay stamp duty. However, there is a major advantage for concessionary purchasers who are afforded a family discount – you will usually pay stamp duty on the actual purchase price and not on the home’s assessed value. That means if your parents’ home is valued at £500,000, but you purchase it at a discount for £350,000, stamp duty will apply to the £350,000. Solicitors can assist in guiding you through the duties process.

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