Staircase to success!
Buying a complete home in one go was too much of a jump for husband and wife care assistants Faizal and Nooraza – but staircasing soon helped them achieved their ambition.
When Sara Ponne phoned her mother to say she was about to buy a home in London, she was met with astonishment that it was even possible. Yet thanks to looking a little further afield and using the Government-backed shared ownership scheme, the 38-year-old analyst for a drinks company is now settling down in a home of her own at Be West’s Waterside Heights development in West Drayton.
Londoner through and through
Nearly 40% of London-based first time buyers were forced to leave the capital last year to find a home they could afford (1) – and with first home prices rising by £24 a day (2), many more find themselves stuck in a cycle of being unable to make progress saving a deposit while paying high rents.
But not everyone wants to flee to the suburbs or beyond in order to buy a home – some are Londoners through and through, like 30-year-old Alex Williams. He had no intention of giving up the dream of a place of his own in his home town, and is delighted to have just moved into a two-bedroom apartment at Aw4ken, a shared ownership development in Chiswick from BE WEST.
Sharing can be wearing
House shares can be fun when you’re young, but the novelty can soon wear off, especially if you work anti-social hours and have to try to sleep when your flat mates are awake. That’s exactly the scenario that 32-year-old Cosmin Sabau found himself in before he was finally able to move into a home of his own at The Apex in Fulham.