Real life stories

Meet the people who get on the ladder with just a little help from shared ownership

Discover real life stories of how people have fast-tracked the games and got two feet on the property ladder.

A reporter’s residence in East London

As a Senior Reporter for one of the UK’s leading national newspapers covering stories across the capital and beyond, David Rivers needed a home well-connected to central London to keep an ear to the ground for the latest scoop. After 18 months of renting in a shared house in Streatham Hill, David was keen to

We set ourselves the goal of buying our first home in 2019

Rana Dincer Slough (41) and her husband Denis Slough (53) always had the dream of buying their first home in 2019. British citizen Rana moved to the UK from Turkey in 2011 as a language student and was planning on living in London until a friend suggested she try Brighton. Rana explains, “I fell in


Londoners pay a premium of up to £245 per square metre for the privilege of living near parks and access to outdoor space, according to independent London estate agents Benham and Reeves. Purchasers wanting to reap the rewards of a healthy, active lifestyle should look to follow in the footsteps of first-time buyers Christopher Knowlton

I feared I’d be working to 70 to pay for it

Over 60, with no previous record of homeownership, Susan Weber, a nurse, though the chances of her getting on the property ladder were slim. Luckily, Hyde New Homes stepped in with a Shared Ownership offering that ticked all of the boxes – a three-bedroom property at the Amlets Place in Surrey, Cranleigh. Susan purchased her

New Year’s Resolution ticked off

With no better feeling than crossing off a new year’s resolution, 38-year old Carmela Guarini was pleasantly surprised to find herself doing so sooner than anticipated. Back in January, Carmela set her main goal for 2019 as stepping onto the property ladder for the first time and with the help of leading housing association Peabody,

Shared ownership empowers Chris

29-year-old actor Chris Leask says that shared ownership was the “only way” he was ever going to be able to buy his own place in London. Chris, who is currently playing ‘Everyone Else’ in the Comedy about the bank robbery at the Criterion Theatre, in London’s west end, says that as a single actor, there

Connectivity meets affordability for a Barking first-time buyer

With a fast-paced job in a tech start-up in the City, connectivity is crucial for Sandrine Lagrange, both in the workplace and at home. After 12 years of renting in Leytonstone, Sandrine was very familiar with East London and enjoyed a fast commute into work in an area buzzing with character. Keen to lay more