What are the Help to Buy and Shared Ownership schemes?

Help to Buy is a government backed scheme that assists first-time buyers in England purchase a new build home. The government will lend you up to 20% (40% in Greater London) of the cost of the new home so you only need a 5% deposit and a 75% mortgage for the remaining amount.

Shared Ownership allows buyers to purchase a share of a home. The purchaser will pay a mortgage on the share they own and a below-market-value rent on the remainder to a housing association.

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Why would you need a Help to Buy or Shared Ownership Valuation?

After purchasing a Help to Buy or Shared Ownership property you can make a part repayment known as “staircasing” to start paying off the equity you have borrowed. Alternatively, you may wish to sell your property and redeem the loan in full.

Whether you are looking to “staircase” or redeem the loan in full you will need a valuation of the property from an RICS registered valuer. This valuation will allow the Help to Buy (Target) or Shared Ownership scheme to calculate how much you need to repay.

More details on repaying your Help to Buy or Shared Ownership property can be found on the government website using the links below:

How Desktop Valuations can help with your Help to Buy or Shared Ownership Valuation

Our team of RICS registered valuers at Desktop Valuations have helped many clients with Help to Buy and Shared Ownership valuations for staircasing or sales purposes. We can provide you with a fast, accurate and affordable property valuation in the RICS Red Book format for you to provide to your Housing Association or the Help to Buy scheme (Target).

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Money back guarantee for Help to Buy valuations

All of our Help to Buy and Shared Ownership Valuations come with a money back guarantee in the unlikely event that our report is not accepted by the housing association or Target HCA who administer the Help to Buy equity loan scheme.

All Help to Buy valuations are valid for 3 months so the sale or staircasing must be made within those 3 months. This can be extended subject to the request being made within 2 weeks of the end of the initial 3 month period. We offer one free extension of the valuation.

Areas our Help to Buy Valuations cover

Because Desktop Valuations provide remote valuations we can value any residential property in England and Wales under £1m in value.

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Why choose Desktop Valuations Ltd?

We are RICS Regulated

We are regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

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Order Your Help to Buy or Shared Ownership Valuation Today.

Simply fill out our online form and we will provide you with your valuation via email within 2 working days for £175 + VAT.

Frequently Asked Questions

A desktop valuation is undertaken remotely by a surveyor using data from a number of digital resources without the need to physically inspect the property. Our valuation reports are in the RICS Red Book format and can be used for a range of scenarios when a formal valuation is required for legal or tax purposes.

All you need to do is complete our simple online form which will ask you for details about your property with the option to include any additional details and photographs that you feel could be relevant to the valuation.  We are always available by email or phone if you need to discuss anything prior to submitting the form.

Once you have submitted the form one of our surveyors will undertake a valuation of your property using all of the digital resources at our disposal and return the RICS Red Book compliant valuation back to you, by email, within 2 working days.

You will receive a formal report providing you with the market value of the property in the RICS “Red Book” format. The report will be supported by a minimum of three comparable properties that have recently been sold in the same or similar area.  If you would like to see an example of one of our desktop valuations please contact us and we can send you a sample copy.

Our Desktop Valuations are used by both private individuals and commercial clients. They are ideal when:

  • Time is of the essence – When a valuation report is urgently required – we will return the valuation report back to you within 2 working days.
  • Access is limited – In some circumstances properties will have limited or no access. Because we undertake the valuation remotely we do not need access to the property. This is ideal for overseas clients.
  • Listed properties,
  • Pre 1720 properties.

Our Desktop Valuations provide you with a similar level of data and accuracy as other types of physical valuations. Because our Desktop Valuations are compliant with the RICS Red Book and are undertaken by an RICS surveyor who is a member of the Valuation Registration scheme it means you can be assured that your valuation is produced to the highest possible standard.

Our valuations are enhanced by using a number of digital resources at the surveyor’s disposal. These include information from His Majesty’s Land Registry, data from previous surveys of the property, access to historic Rightmove sales details, local authority planning data, online government resources such as Energy Performance Certificates, Ordnance Survey, Google maps and satellite imagery.

There may be some instances where we think a physical inspection of the property would be more suitable than providing a remote Desktop Valuation. This is normally when the property is an unusual build type or there is a lack of online data about the property available to us. If this is the case we will contact you and advise that you instruct a local surveyor.

In the event of a desktop valuation report not being suitable for your property then a full refund will be made.

Your valuation report will be emailed to you within 2 working days from the point of instruction. Should the property require further research or if we are awaiting confirmation on important comparable evidence then we will notify you of any delay.

We can also post you a hard copy of the report by request.

The ‘Red Book’ is the name given to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyor’s (RICS) Valuation Professional Standards. The latest edition of RICS Valuation – Global Standards (‘Red Book Global Standards’) is effective from 31st January 2022 and it is mandatory for RICS members undertaking valuation services.

It is published every 2 or 3 years and details the set of mandatory rules and best practice guidelines for RICS Registered Valuers to follow when undertaking a valuation.

A Red Book valuation is a professional valuation of a property which can only be undertaken by an RICS registered surveyor. It provides a trusted, unbiased valuation report that adheres to stringent professional standards outlined in the Red Book.

Instructing a Red Book valuation means you can be certain that you will receive a properly researched valuation prepared by a qualified and independent RICS Registered Valuer working to a set of established and consistent standards.

You would need a Red Book when a formal valuation of your property is required for legal or tax purposes. This could be for a number of reasons including:

  • Capital Gains Tax
  • Inheritance Tax (Probate)
  • Matrimonial (Divorce)
  • Insolvency
  • Shared Ownership/Help to Buy
  • Secured Lending
  • Mortgage

Our clients to date have included the following:

  • Private individual
  • Housing Associations & Shared Ownership Firms
  • HM Courts
  • Solicitors
  • Accountants
  • Insolvency Practitioners
  • Brokers
  • Lenders

Estate agents will carry out an appraisal of your property and provide you with a marketing figure which could potentially be inflated in order to attract your business.

RICS Registered Valuers use factual information and are legally responsible for the accuracy of their valuations. This can explain the  discrepancies that may occur when comparing professional surveyor and estate agent valuation estimates.

The Red Book valuation report is valid for 3 months. This can be extended subject to the request being made within 2 weeks of the end of the initial 3 month period.

This will be done free of charge for the one extension.

What Our Customers Say

Rachel H

“Really glad I found this company… Once instructed I had the valuation in less than 48 hours.”

Daniel L

“Exactly what I needed for staircasing my shared ownership property!”

Jon S

“Extremely fast service and were a great help. I recommend them to anyone who needs a fast turnaround on a RICS desktop valuation”

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Order Your Help to Buy or Shared Ownership Valuation Today.

Simply fill out our online form and we will provide you with your valuation via email within 2 working days for £175 + VAT.