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    • sontoon
    • By sontoon 3rd Nov 14, 10:02 PM
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    Ownhome/People for Places/Co-op - Help
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    • 3rd Nov 14, 10:02 PM
    Ownhome/People for Places/Co-op - Help 3rd Nov 14 at 10:02 PM
    Evening All,

    I'm hoping someone can help.

    5 years ago we were successful in being able to purchase our first home on the Ownhome Scheme and although very stressful at the time are really happy to say we have had the keys to our house 5years tomorrow.

    One of the stipulations of the scheme was to have a mortgage with the Co-op. We started with a 3 year tracker and at the end of that changed to a 2 year fixed. This is about to come to an end. We hadn't heard from the Co-op and so tonight have rung the Co-op to move deals.

    I couldn't and still can't believe what we have been told tonight. The Co-op have basically said they can't renew our deal and we will defer to the variable rate and that is all they can do for us as they no longer have any dealings with People for Places.

    If we want to sell our home and buy another they can offer us a mortgage with their current deals but that's it.

    Has anyone moved mortgage providers who are on that scheme, if so what lenders are available please? And also anyone who is with the Co-op through the Ownhome Scheme might be worth a call to the Co-op....

    Any advise is gratefully received

    Thanks
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    • dimbo61
    • By dimbo61 4th Nov 14, 9:11 AM
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    • 4th Nov 14, 9:11 AM
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    • 4th Nov 14, 9:11 AM
    Is this a shared ownership type of purchase ?
    What is the SVR you go onto ?
    Can you remortgage to a high street lender ? Equity in the property ?
    Savings, income etc
    • sontoon
    • By sontoon 5th Nov 14, 8:19 PM
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    • 5th Nov 14, 8:19 PM
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    • 5th Nov 14, 8:19 PM
    Thank you for your reply dimbo.
    It is a shared equity scheme not shared ownership. When we come to pay back the equity loan we pay back the percentage of the value of the house.
    We would like to know the lenders that are available to us to remortgage with. We have approx 50k's worth of equity which is ours. We don't currently have any savings as we have done a lot of work to the property with what would've been our savings.
    The SVR will be 4.74% which I know is still not too bad a rate but would prefer to be on one of the fixed rate percentages of around the 3% as would everyone if they have the chance.
    Income is approx 55k pa jointly
    Looking for a lender who will be able to assist. I have contacted both HSBC and Santander who we hold accounts with and neither of them can assist :-(
    • dimbo61
    • By dimbo61 5th Nov 14, 9:10 PM
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    • 5th Nov 14, 9:10 PM
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    • 5th Nov 14, 9:10 PM
    You need to find a whole of market mortgage broker
  • Discworlder
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    • 9th Nov 14, 12:44 AM
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    • 9th Nov 14, 12:44 AM
    I am also aware of this problem. When I spoke to The Co-op earlier this year they said they could no longer offer us a new mortgage product/deal as they no longer deal with shared equity properties! I was shocked as they were the only mortgage lender who actually did the Ownhome deal in the first place!
    I think you should contact the equity loan provider 'Places for People' as they have a mortgage advisor who should be able to help or at least clarify your options. When I spoke to him some time ago he did say that there is a VERY small pool of lenders who will now deal with equity loan properties.
    It does appear that most of us may be stuck on variable rates until our mortgage term ends or until we sell up! Good luck!

    P.S. dont forget to feedback any revelations to the rest of us!
  • Pablo_Diablo
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    • 23rd Feb 15, 6:48 PM
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    • 23rd Feb 15, 6:48 PM
    I was wondering if you found a new mortgage provider in the end? I am in the same position - about to come out of my fix with Co-Op, and when I spoke to them they were quite open and said they want my mortgage off their books - in fact they would wave any fees or penalties to go before the end of my fixed term if I found another deal! Really pleased to be treated so well after 5 years of unblemished payment history with them. Anyway, I am looking around but struggling to find a lender .. Natwest and Nationwide may be able to help, but I am waiting for appointments with them. Any other pointers?
    • dermonte
    • By dermonte 25th Aug 16, 3:41 PM
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    • 25th Aug 16, 3:41 PM
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    • 25th Aug 16, 3:41 PM
    Omg I am glad we picked 10 years fixed then. We have been with coop for 6 years now and 4 years to go. Paid 20% of the places of people equity. So 20% left to pay. Hopefully we will pay that and move the provider probably. We absoulutely love our house not planning of selling until we retire in 20-30 years time.
    • Garywill21
    • By Garywill21 22nd Oct 17, 10:51 PM
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    • 22nd Oct 17, 10:51 PM
    Co-op/ownhome/places for people.
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    • 22nd Oct 17, 10:51 PM
    Hi, just wondered if anyone is still live on this thread.

    This little bombshell have just landed on my lap and to be honest my heads a bit sore.
    I've got ownhome marketing material that states 'i can pick any co-op mortgage I fancy' and I won't incur any fees or premiums for being an own home customer' .Co-op say they don't support the scheme, and my options are to go on thier SVR of about 4.7% or the only other place I can realistically go is TSB for 2 years with about 1800 in fees.
    Although my LTV ratio on what I own should be plenty, I can't qualify for open market mortgages because of the shared equity malarkey.
    So the own home info of no fees and access to plenty of mortgages seems wrong. The way I figure it I've signed up to a 25 year ownhome investment with incorrect info.
    Anyone I speak to from places for people or co-op seem basically to listen give me a shrug and blame the other.
    Surely the scheme won't work unless there's a mortgage partner, and how come they are able to walk away. It's a government scheme and I feel it's been mismanaged.
    Has anybody ever referred this to the ombudsmen. I've made my complaints and have been rebuffed, but to be honest I do feel as if I'm being conned, but it's all a bit Oceans 11 and I can't quite figure out who's dousing the conning!
    • silvercar
    • By silvercar 23rd Oct 17, 8:57 AM
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    • 23rd Oct 17, 8:57 AM
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    • 23rd Oct 17, 8:57 AM
    I've got ownhome marketing material that states 'i can pick any co-op mortgage I fancy' and I won't incur any fees or premiums for being an own home customer'
    Was this when you bought the property? Or did the promise that you can pick any deal refer to when it comes time to remortgage?

    If you feel co-op are treating you unfairly, you complain to them. After that you can take your complaint to the ombudsman, though i fear your complaint is directed to the scheme rather than the co-op.

    You can't force a new lender to take on a shared equity scheme if it doesn't want to deal with them.
    • Garywill21
    • By Garywill21 23rd Oct 17, 5:14 PM
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    Thanks for responding Silvercar.
    The marketing material states that when my deal ends I can pick a range of 'award winning'flexible and fixed term mortgages from the Co-op for a new deal.
    And yes, my beef does seem to be with the product. But this is where it gets a bit murky, the product was a partnership between places for people and the Co-op bank.
    If I got food poisoning from a tin of beans and complained to Heinz, I assume they wouldn't be able to say 'sorry mate, you'll have to take that up with the tin of beans'.
    This seems to be both places for people and co-op stance.
    It's particularly galling as I appear to be in the process of being tricked onto co-ops SVR by a product launched by the Co-op, which specifies that this won't happen.
    • Snafkin
    • By Snafkin 8th Apr 18, 2:58 PM
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    Hi Garywill21,

    How did you get on with remortgaging? We've been on a 10 year fix which is coming up for renewal. Do you have any advice?

    Thanks!

    Snafkin
    • jpetal
    • By jpetal 13th May 18, 4:26 PM
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    Ownhome
    Was interested to read these posts. My hubby and I purchased our first home/house coming up to ten years in January 2019. Whilst we never would have been able to afford to buy a house at the same time I feel a little bitter as we've been paying such a high interest rate to the co-op the past 9 1/2 years and 1.75% on the equity side which we have not paid any of. We feel that it is very hard and complicated to re-mortgage under this scheme and we cannot carry on paying this mortgage after the 10 year mark. Once we reach the ten years our equity part (40%) interst will be 3.75% alonfg with the co op part of 6.49%. I feel we have paid so much interest the last ten years. Our aim is to sell complettely give them their 40% of the profit (house has increased alot in value) and move on with one mortage to a new property. We are so confused with the scheme we feel the only thing is to get out of it completely.
    • jpetal
    • By jpetal 13th May 18, 4:28 PM
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    We did try to re-mortgage a few years ago, although our mortgage would have been reduced 350 a month they wouldn't accept our remortgage as we owed 10000, never missed a mortgage payment though so was trying to save some money!
    • Garywill21
    • By Garywill21 26th May 18, 11:30 PM
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    Our problem was mainly with how the marketing material says we can get a generally competitive mortgage with the co-op, but in reality we can't. We've appealed this, and also appealed to the financial ombudsmen. We were rejected there, and i've also written to the government(via MP) housing ministry. I don't really see how they can get away with it, but everyone has basically told me to 'get stuffed' but there you go.
    Our remortgage alternatives basically equate to staying on the co-op svr (currently 4.7%), or drop down to just shy of 3%, but with about 1800 quid in fees for a 2 year product. Either way we would seem to be in a significantly worse situation than the scheme info suggested. We're currently on the svr. My wife is hopefully going back to work full time next year so our plan is hopefully get off this scheme as soon as possibly, but I feel that is a shame and I feel it's been mismanaged.
    We were rejected by the ombudsmen as it appears we have a possible alternative to remortgage, however if you can't anywhere else it may be worth referring this to the ombudsmen as in this instance you may have a case. I believe the co-op may have to do something for you.

    Either way someone, somewhere needs to hang there head in shame. This is never how a scheme to get lower income families onto the housing ladder should pan out. Essentially, we are all in the !!!!! But hey, it could be worse.
    Good luck everyone xx
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