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Moat Homes helps first-time buyer get on to the property ladder

Charles Williams could only dream of buying a home in London before he found out about shared ownership with Moat. He had been renting with friends in Islington and was ready to get his foot on the property ladder.

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THE COPPICE COPS A COPPER

Daniel purchased a two bedroom Shared Ownership apartment at the development. Daniel comments "It was the easiest way for me to get a foot onto the property ladder. My salary alone would have been too stretched to get a private sale mortgage and still have money left to spare for everything else."

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Shared ownership helps young family in Horley get on the property ladder

For Danielle Angel (28) and Daniel Stewart (30), the decision of whether to continue renting or take that step onto the property ladder was made easy after hearing about Shared ownership.

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Shared ownership gives Nick a fresh start at 62

When Nick Dunn, 62, separated from his partner of 18 years and moved out of her home, he ideally wanted to buy a place of his own. He didn't think that this would be achievable, until he found out about shared ownership and bought a two-bedroom apartment from So Resi by Thames Valley Housing, giving him the fresh start he needed.

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LONDON STAIRCASER CLIMBS THE SHARED OWNERSHIP LADDER

Fed-up renter, 30-year-old Mohammed Nabil used Shared Ownership from Notting Hill Sales to get on the property ladder, purchasing a new apartment in Wapping, E1W, four years ago.

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SPRINT FINISH FOR FIRST TIME BUYER AT NEW PEABODY SCHEME

New homeowner and keen runner Naomi Davies decided to look into Shared Ownership for an affordable way onto the property ladder. It took just a week for her to secure a new home at Peabody's Prospect Quarter.

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SHARED OWNERSHIP HELPS BUYERS OUT OF VICTORIAN RENTAL INTO BRAND NEW HOME

Thanks to Shared Ownership from Notting Hill Sales, first-time buyer Fiona McDonnell was able to make the leap from renter to buyer and escape the Victorian flat she and her partner Adam were renting, purchasing a brand new two-bedroom apartment at Oval Quarter in SW9.

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Holly's home Holly Chubb, Hartham Place, Hertford

Holly Chubb (28), a logistics coordinator for a TV broadcaster was really keen to buy her own home when she saw the shared ownership apartments at Hartham Place, a development in Ware, Hertford by Network Homes on the Share to Buy website.

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Family home City worker uses shared ownership to purchase a three-bedroom apartment for his family at Network Homes' Lime Walk development in Wembley

Gurpritam Singh was keen to get on the property ladder and purchase a bigger home for his wife and their two children, but still have enough disposable income. However with high house prices, Gurpritam wasn't prepared to spend all his money on mortgage repayments, nor did he want to keep throwing the family's money 'down the drain' on monthly rent.

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Stability Bridie Banks-Harvey, Roman Court, Ware, Hertfordshire

Bridie signed up to the Share To Buy website and came across Roman Court, a boutique development of just seven shared ownership properties in Ware, Hertfordshire by Network Homes.

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IT professional invests in new home through shared ownership at Merlin Court

Erwin, 45, is the proud owner of a brand new apartment in Merlin Court, part of the Blackheath Quarter neighbourhood in Kidbrooke Village, which he purchased through shared ownership with Moat. With the end of the tenancy on his apartment on the Isle of Dogs looming, he decided it was time to put his savings to good use and invest in a new home.

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Director of market research company puts down roots in the big city thanks to shared ownership

Dino works from home as a market research director and was looking for the peaceful environment that his rented Vauxhall apartment was missing. Kidbrooke Village has more than 130 acres of parkland and open space and was exactly what Dino was looking for.

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Shared ownership was 'so easy' for Tooting resident

Armed with her knowledge of shared ownership - which enables first-time buyers priced out of the open market to purchase a share of a property and straightforward monthly payments on the remaining share - she discovered XVII, a new shared ownership development in Tooting, South London, comprising one and two-bedroom homes.

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Family finds happiness with a Shared Ownership home after years of unreliable renting

Laura and Maciej started the search for a new family home large enough for them and Laura's children Marek, 9, and Tomasz, 8. A ten-year-old two-bedroom apartment in Tylehurst Drive, available to buy through Shared Ownership, was the perfect solution.

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Twenty-seven year old staircaser, Jamie Blake, explains how Shared Ownership helped him purchase 100% of his property

Staircasing gave Jamie the opportunity to invest in an area he aspired to live in, Jamie concludes, "I never thought I would be able to own a one-bedroom flat in Greenwich.

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Shared Owners' at Cannon Road

"We wanted to get a bigger property as our previous place was a little too small – but Shared Ownership seemed the only way to get a home in the area as large enough as we needed, as the open market was too expensive", explained Lourdes. While researching the area online they came across the website for Newlon's Cannon Road development.

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Dream home Buyer makes East London dream a reality through Network Homes' Six@Dalston Curve

After 10 years of renting in the capital, five of which were in this trendy East London district, Emma came across Network Homes' Dalston Curve in October of 2016. By January of the new year she had moved into her sleek one bedroom apartment, purchasing a 40% share.

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SHARED OWNERSHIP HELPS GENERATION RENT ONTO THE PROPERTY LADDER

After spending over £15,000 a year renting outside central London, David Cerqueira began to feel like he was squandering his money away. He decided it was time to get on the property ladder and use his money to invest in his future without compromise.

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First time buyer finds a home away from home in Catford for visiting parents

From a cramped six-person house-share to a spacious two-bedroom apartment with room to host family and guest with ease, Eugenio Mastropasqua has made the most of buying a home through shared ownership.

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Rising YouTube fitness star sprints onto the property ladder through Shared Ownership

Shared Ownership turns a dream into a reality for many aspiring home owners, with high quality developments like Network Homes' The Bureau, a collection of 33 contemporary one, two and three bed apartments situated in North London's Colindale, Barnet, NW9, available on a part-rental, part-purchase basis.

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SHARED OWNERSHIP HELPS GENERATION RENT ONTO THE PROPERTY LADDER

Katrin-Anne, an education administrator for a hospital school in Newham, and her partner were previously renting a two-bedroom home in Plaistow, but keen to purchase a home of their own, the couple attended the First-Time Buyer Home Show in 2016 and went on to buy at Royal Dock Gardens.

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Getting a lease extension has protected the value of my property

Andrew Pyner, 49, moved into his Shared Ownership property 20 years ago and has just extended his lease. Andrew talks about his experiences and the benefits of doing this.

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PROSPECT EAST PENTHOUSE PROVES PERFECT FAMILY PAD

Breaking convention from the traditional family home, Brian Leong (36), Miao Xing (34) and their son, Galvin (4), have everything they need for modern family living in their new penthouse at Prospect East, Stratford.

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COMMUTER HUB SEES AFFORDABLE HOUSING AVAILABILITY WITHIN A SHOTGUN MARKET

Recently named one of the top five hotspots for the fastest-selling properties in the UK, homes in Dartford typically take just 16 days to sell1. This incredibly quick turnover rate not only limits opportunities to purchase within Dartford, but makes finding an affordable home in this area even harder.

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Cause for celebration – Stephen and Kirsty cheers to a new Shared Ownership home in Canada Water

Like most long-term renters, Stephen & Kirsty had pushed the idea of purchasing their first home to the back of their minds as they didn't have enough savings. They'd never dreamt of being able to afford buying on the open market- especially in London.

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It was great we had an alternative to buying on the open market

Mrs Lourdes Cumlat, who works as a senior nurse at the Whittingham Hospital, lives in one of the large duplex apartments at Rivers Apartments, with her husband Christopher and their three children.

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We thought we would be renting forever

Queensland Road, a landmark development on a former industrial site adjacent to the Emirates Stadium, is the last part of Newlon Housing Trust's housing to be completed as part of the Arsenal Regeneration Area – one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe. Two of the new residents share their story.

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AFFORDABLE HOMES LAUNCH IN POPULAR SIDCUP

Hyde New Homes is delighted to announce the upcoming launch of two and three bedroom Shared Ownership apartments at its latest development, Queen Mary's Village. The scheme includes a collection of 42 homes within a flourishing village community, tucked away in the old Queen Mary's Hospital grounds in the suburb of Sidcup.

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'Now I have a flat of my own, in an area I love'

Despite spending six years saving up for a deposit, Victoria Moffett, 33, started to lose faith in her prospects of owning a home of her own in London. She said: "I had been looking on the open market for some time but stopped my search altogether because I found it too stressful - the only places I could afford were not the kind of places I wanted to live."

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Buying Shared Ownership was stress-free

With buying a house on the list as one of the most stressful things to do in life, purchasing through Shared Ownership has been relatively stress-free and easy for 27-year-old Claire Harvey.

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BRIGHTON-BRED CITY WORKER GETS THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS WITH NEW SEASIDE PAD

The current property climate and its progressively escalating deposit expectations are making it increasingly more difficult for first time buyers to be able to purchase their dream home within their desired location1. This is especially true for those first time buyers who work in London, yet want to remain in the place they love and grew up in.

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Buying through shared ownership has given us a foot up on the ladder

The average age for a first time buyer in the UK is now 30, as many young people struggle to raise the necessary deposit to get on the housing ladder.

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Shared ownership helped me go it alone

Having rented a flat in trendy east London for 12 years, Nicola Penny, 37, wasn't ready to trade in the London lifestyle in order to get on the housing ladder. She said: "Realistically on my current salary I knew that I couldn't afford to buy a home of my own in Zones 2 or 3, which are the areas of the capital I really wanted to live in." So Nicola decided to turn to shared ownership.

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'Living with my parents for three years helped us to save for a deposit'

Around one in ten adults aged over 30 are sharing a home with their parents as a result of steep house prices and soaring rents. One couple who did just that but used it as a stepping stone on to the property ladder was Kayleigh and Gene Daveta.

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SHARED OWNERSHIP HOMES RELEASED IN DESIRABLE ISLINGTON

Hyde New Homes will launch the next Shared Ownership phase of The Batten development in September 2016. The popular canal-side development is based in the heart of Islington and it is the latest addition to Packington Square, a regeneration area that is already the home of a flourishing community.

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'We have upgraded from a two bed to a family home'

For five years, Emma and Tommy Hearn lived in a two-bedroom shared ownership house which they had bought through a housing association. In that time they gained enough equity in their home to be able to move to their dream family home in Dunmow, Essex.

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'We didn't think it would be possible until we were much older'

With the average age for first time buyers now standing at around 30 years old, it's easy to understand why many young couples feel disillusioned with the housing market. However, one couple from Tonbridge have shown that with the help of shared ownership you needn't wait to get on the housing ladder.

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We never believed we would be able to buy a home in London

The average price of homes in London has almost doubled to £600,625 since 2009 so it is not surprising that most potential house hunters believe there is limited possibility of getting on the property ladder.

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Shared Ownership has allowed us to get a better quality home

With the average rent for new tenancies in London reaching an all-time high of £1,563 per calendar month in May 2016, it's no surprise that the option to buy through Shared Ownership is becoming much more appealing.

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OWNERS OF THEIR OWN HOUSING DESTINY

According to the 2015 Generation Rent Report by Halifax, young people in the UK are losing hope of owning their own home. Two Londoners have joined forces to purchase their first home and escape the never-ending cycle of Generation Rent.

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the perfect time to be independent

Daisy first registered her interest in Shared Ownership in April this year and by June she had been offered her two bedroom flat which she has just moved into.

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East Thames were so helpful with my lease extension

Geoffrey Cordell, 63, who works in international development, had been living in Suffolk for many years but was keen to relocate to London. He wanted to find a property which had been well looked after and was secure as he travels regularly with work.

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First-time buyers Stephan and Tobias use shared ownership to purchase a stunning new high specification apartment overlooking the Grand Union Canal

Tobias Obergfoell and Stephan Duerrnagel had almost given up on the idea of home ownership after a deal to buy a two-bedroom home in Streatham Hill fell through in 2013.

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SECOND STEPS HELPS FAMILY ON NEXT RUNG OF PROPERTY LADDER

Shared Ownership is offering many house hunters the chance to buy their own home in an affordable way, but what happens if they outgrow that property?

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Laying foundations in Greenwich

The pitter-patter of tiny feet brought with it a moment of realisation for Lee and Michelle: It was time to buy a home. After six years spent renting a two bedroom property in Charlton, South London, they knew it was time to set up a more secure future for their family.

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Realising the 'Peninsula Dream'

Errol and Antonio are the proud owners of a brand new apartment at Greenwich Peninsula, purchased through shared ownership with Moat. Following years of renting privately, the couple decided that it was time to set down roots and find a place that they could really call home.

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Ben Andrew Interview

My experience was good and it all happened very quickly – it only took a month and a half in total. Southern Home Ownership, in particular, were brilliant. They were easy to contact and easy to deal with.

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A place to put down roots - Joao, Tomomi, and their children love their spacious Shared Ownership home

Tomomi and Joao had lived in Bermondsey for ten years and started their family there, but as the area became increasingly fashionable rents went up and the couple assumed they would be forced out. Now they are settled into a brand new four bedroom apartment by L&Q close to Elephant and Castle and London Bridge stations.

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SHARED OWNERSHIP IS HOME OWNERSHIP LIFELINE FOR NURSE CHARLOTTE

Nurse, Charlotte Woodard, 25, discovered that she could still own a property in the location she wanted, close to family and friends by choosing the Shared Ownership scheme at Guinness Homes' Albany Court development, in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.

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SHARED OWNERSHIP HELPS FIRST TIME BUYER OUT OF PARENTS' HOME AND INTO HER OWN

The 29-year-old wanted to live in London, but the high property values left her priced out of the market. She and her partner decided to move in with his parents outside of the capital to save for a deposit, even though the distance meant they were missing out on the city lifestyle they craved. When a friend recommended Shared Ownership, and Chloe discovered Notting Hill Sales' Rathbone Market in Canning Town, E16, she knew she had found her way out of their parents' pockets and onto the property ladder.

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COUPLE BUY NEW SHARED OWNERSHIP HOME BY THE SEA THAT IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS

After renting and living with parents in order to save for his deposit, Darren looked to Shared Ownership so that he and his girlfriend, Kelly Wager, 33 could realise their dreams of owning their own home. The pair discovered that they could buy in the location they wanted by choosing the Shared Ownership scheme at Guinness Homes' Albany Court development, in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.

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Caroline Mackenzie Interview

"It means I can have a much bigger property. It's been really, really good and I'm extremely pleased. Although I was in a position to buy, I would not have been able to get the size of property I wanted. "

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Shared Ownership gives you so many options

Most people aspire to owning their own home, but in reality it is becoming increasingly hard to fulfil this dream. For one family, Jeminy and Gary Jackson and her two sons, they have been fortunate to use Shared Ownership and then staircase to own 100% of their property.

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COMMUTE IS A BREEZE AT FONDANT COURT

Jack, who works as a project manager at a software company in Bank, was renting from a friend in Mile End but was keen to have his own space.

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Jade Holmes Interview

'Shared ownership is the best way to get on the property ladder. It's been brilliant and the only way I could get on the property ladder as a single young person. '

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LONDON STAIRCASER CLIMBS THE SHARED OWNERSHIP LADDER

The availability of Shared Ownership was crucial for Mohammed, as it allowed him to get on the property ladder without having to move away from the area of London he grew up in. Last year, he purchased an additional share in his home, and plans to use the equity he has built up, to move up the ladder again in a few years' time.

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SHARED OWNERSHIP HELPS FAMILY BACK ONTO THE LADDER IN ENFIELD

When Rachel's mum spotted the homes at Notting Hill Sales' Bowles Square development in Enfield, and saw that they were available with Shared Ownership, just one mile from where Rachel and daughters Jasmine, 22, and Emilia, 3, were already living, the 44-year-old made an appointment to view straight away.

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HOW TO BUILD EQUITY WITHOUT OWNING A PROPERTY OUTRIGHT

One keen Londoner has transitioned from renter to home owner with as little as £18,000.

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A new spin on Home Ownership

When he’s not spinning decks as a DJ in his spare time, local Nottingham resident Jack and his partner Emma are kicking back, relaxing in their brand new, two-bedroom home at Hollygate Park in Cotgrave. The couple recently moved into their new home after making the purchase through Shared Ownership – the affordable way to own.

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