Help with buying a home
BFC My HomeBuy
The council has launched an exciting scheme to help buy a home. BFC My HomeBuy is an equity purchase scheme which enables local residents to buy a minimum equity share of 50% of a home. The scheme allows purchasers the option of buying further equity shares in the property over a period of time until they own their home outright.
You may also find it useful to look at our frequently asked questions (PDF, 33kb).
Affordable housing in Bracknell Forest is housing with sale prices or rent levels which are substantially lower than the current market price or rent. It's accessible to local people in priority housing need who can't afford adequate housing on the open market.
Affordable housing is provided by housing associations that are also known as registered providers (RP). We work in partnership with preferred RPs to deliver new affordable housing to meet local housing needs and encourage sustainable mixed communities. These are:
- Bracknell Forest Homes and Thames Valley Housing Association
- Radian Housing Group
- Sovereign Housing Association and Ability Housing Association
- One Housing Group
In addition to the preferred RP partners we also recognise and work with the following affordable housing providers as local partners for the delivery of affordable housing:
- Affinity Sutton
- Home Group
- Guinness Trust
- London & Quadrant
- Southern Housing Group
- Look Ahead Housing and Care
Types of affordable housing
Affordable rented housing
This is normally provided by an RP and the properties are advertised on BFC my choice, which is the council's choice-based lettings system. Applicants are nominated from the council's housing register for each property.
Some of these are low cost home ownership products. However, other products include intermediate rent which is when a property is at a rent level above affordable rent but below market rent. This type of accommodation is normally provided by an RP. There is a range of Homebuy products that enable applicants to have more choice and achieve home ownership. These can be found on the Homebuy website managed by Catalyst Housing Group.