How Shared Ownership can help you embrace a carefree lifestyle

Here are some of the ways that Shared Ownership can smooth out the bumps of home-buying. Home-buying should be a fun and carefree process, but it doesn’t always work that way. From the uphill task of raising the necessary cash to facing property chain delays, the course of buying your first home never does run …



Things to do during a summer in West London

Looking for inspiration? Grab your shades and sunscreen and check out our best summer activities in West London Whenever sunshine graces West London, it’s hard not to be swept up by the urge to get out and do something – even if you can’t quite afford it. From exploring Mother Nature to taking in some …



Embracing contemporary living: Why Shared Ownership is the perfect choice

Here are just a few of the reasons why Shared Ownership is the perfect fit for contemporary living In a world marked by evolving lifestyles and new working patterns, buying a home isn’t exactly how your mum and dad remember it. In fact, traditional home ownership is a thing of the past. And if you’re …



Area Guide to West Drayton

Although prices in West Drayton reflect the popularity of the area, buying a Shared Ownership home in West Drayton is an affordable way to purchase your first home in the area. Few areas are as dynamic and exciting to live in as Central London. However, finding a tranquil place to call home, while enjoying all …



Benefits of buying a new home vs resale

What type of property will you choose? With the help of our guide, you can reach the best decision for your circumstances. About as important as deciding an area to live in, choosing between a resale or brand new home is a key step in the home-buying process. Okay, so it might not sound that …



Why Shared Ownership homes are perfect for first-time buyers

Offering a more affordable and streamlined route to the property ladder, Shared Ownership is a great option for first-time buyers. Why? Find out the answers here. To call buying your first home a difficult task is a bit of an understatement. As well as taking in a ton of new information and concepts – what …



How to reduce summer heat at home

Looking for ways to keep your home cool during summer? Here are some affordable tips to make your home cooler during the scorching days of summer. Ah, summer—the season of sunshine, holiday escapades, and, of course, relentless heat that can turn your home into a sweltering oven. However, that doesn’t mean you need to sweat …



How to make your apartment feel like home

Looking to put a personal touch on your new apartment? Here are some easy tips on how to make your apartment feel like home When you buy your first apartment, it probably won’t feel like your home straight away. However, putting a personal spin on your new apartment has got to be the most exciting …



BE WEST Shortlisted for the First Time Buyer Readers’ Awards 2023

The shortlist for the First Time Buyer Readers’ Awards 2023 has been revealed and we are delighted to announce that BE WEST has been nominated for Best Off Plan Development. Best Off Plan Development We are incredibly proud to be nominated for the fourth time in only 2 years. We are up against some impressive …



How to bring nature into your home

Whether you want to incorporate some natural accessories, or introduce a natural colour scheme, there are loads of ways that you can bring nature into your home. As we get deeper into the summer months, the escape of nature has become more alluring than ever. And while we may not be able to live outside, …



How to Buy and Sell a Home at the Same Time (and with a smile!)

Looking for the secrets to buying and selling your home simultaneously? Here are some tips and tricks so you can glide through the home-buying process in style. Buying a new home is an exciting adventure, but what happens when you need to sell your current home at the same time? This might sound like an …



What are the benefits of Shared Ownership homes?

Trying to work out if Shared Ownership is worth it? Here are some of the standout benefits of Shared Ownership homes. At a time where housing prices in London are sky-high, you’d be forgiven for thinking your dream home is far out of reach. However, don’t dash those home-buying dreams just yet. Shared Ownership can …



How much does Shared Ownership cost?

Wondering how much you’ll need to fork out for a Shared Ownership property? Let our guide fill in the blanks. Struggling to buy a property in London at a reasonable price? Shared Ownership could be the answer to your prayers. Saving you the trouble of saving a huge deposit, the scheme enables you to buy …



What house? Interview with the experts

Lauren from Shepherds Bush Housing Association on helping people buy a first home through Shared Ownership Lauren Parfitt from Shepherds Bush Housing Association tells us about her approach to helping people get onto the property ladder and her own personal experience of buying through Shared Ownership. Lauren, please tell us a bit about your role at Shepherds …



Can ‘Staircasing’ help you buy a Shared Ownership property outright?

To find out more about how staircasing can help you own more of your home over time, check out our handy guide. Shared Ownership is a great option for people who want to buy a home without saving up for a lifetime. However, buying a Shared Ownership home is about far more than just owning …



Make buying a Shared Ownership home as smooth as possible

If you are looking to shake off the home buying jitters, here are some of the best ways to overcome the stress of buying a home. When it comes to life milestones, buying your first home is as euphoric as they come. However, for many people home-buying can also trigger feelings of anxiety. After all, …



What to expect when buying a Shared Ownership home

Shared Ownership is a great option for people put off by sky-high house prices. But before you get too carried away, here are a few things to expect before buying a Shared Ownership home If you are currently renting a tiny flat that is draining your life savings, you might think your dreams of home …


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Shared Ownership vs. Renting: What option is better?

Wondering if Shared Ownership is better than renting? With the help of our guide, your decision could become a little easier. Looking for a home, but don’t have the savings for a mortgage deposit? In that case, the prospect of losing your hard-earned money on renting might not be super appealing either. If you’re in …



Area guide: Why live in Fulham?

Check out our area guide to Fulham, and you too will fall head over heels in this special part of London. Choosing an area to live in London is not as easy as it sounds. How do you find somewhere that’s great to live, without paying a price that will send you into cardiac arrest? …


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The biggest myths about buying a Shared Ownership property

Want to separate the fact from the fiction? Here are some of the most common myths about Shared Ownership, and why you shouldn’t pay them any mind. Despite being a hugely popular home-buying option, there are still a lot of misconceptions about Shared Ownership. With myths about who the scheme is available for, and how much …



How Shared Ownership Can Help First-Time Homebuyers

Shared Ownership can be a great option for people looking to buy their first home, without drowning in debt. Still unsure? Here are some of the key benefits of Shared Ownership. Are you a first-time buyer put off by the sky-high cost of buying a home? Well, you’re not the only one. But don’t give …



BE WEST shortlisted for First Time Buyer award

BEWEST are proud to announce our shortlisted First Time Buyer Award Nomination 2022 – Best Use of Online Tools! BEWEST are proud to announce our shortlisted First Time Buyer Award Nomination 2022 – Best Use of Online Tools! The winner will be announced live at the event on Friday 18th November. Please feel free to read …



Celebrate LGBT and Chief Executive Matt Campion

Interview discussion about BEWEST as a brand and being a first time buyer Meet our CEO, Matt Campion. With over 20 years’ experience in housing and a passion in reducing inequality in society, Matt’s vision of providing affordable housing and service quality is what drives the vibrant energy at SBHG. This month marks LGBT+ History …



Waterside Heights, West Drayton Shared Ownership Show Home

Designed by Stacey Winn, Creative Director at Vesta We were asked to create an inspirational show home to entice young and professional first-time buyers and commuters seeking to be close to the Elizabeth Line for their journey into London. The design scheme and colour palette throughout the apartment was influenced by the apartment’s waterside location. …


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Fancy the desirable residence of West London’s best postcodes? Your dream could be a reality with these new shared ownership homes Chiswick and Fulham, in West and South West London, are two of the capital’s most sought after areas. Loved for their beautiful properties, great transport links, thriving high streets and proximity to the River Thames, …



Cladding and grant application updates

Government issues new guidance around fire safety in residential buildings Following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower in 2017, the Government issued new guidance around fire safety in residential buildings. This led to SBHG carrying out a series of inspections on the buildings fitting the criteria within the government guidance and creating a programme for …



Location, Location, Location!

Interim Head of Sales at BE WEST Asha Agarwal with some key advice I rent a flat in West London with a friend but I really want to buy a place of my own but I don’t want to compromise on the location as I want to stay in this area of London. Will I …



Our moving into a new house checklist

There’s plenty to consider when you’re moving into a new house Our handy checklist breaks down the essentials of moving into a new house, from what to do in the run-up to moving day itself. Stage 1: Preparing One of the first things to do when moving into a new house is to change your …



Watch Share to Buy’s first time buyer webinar with BE WEST

Live Q&A about buying a Shared Ownership home in West London On Tuesday 26th January 2021, Share to Buy’s Jade Turnstill was joined by Lauren Parfitt from BE WEST and Bevin Woby from Direction Law. This session offered professional and impartial advice about Shared Ownership, as well as discussing the legalities of buying a part-buy part-rent home before opening up …



Shared Ownership homes available in West Drayton and Fulham North

If you thought that buying your first affordable home in West London was out of reach, then think again! Shepherds Bush Housing Association is always ahead of the game and wanted to enhance the home buying experience and cut through the sometimes complicated jargon – hence the launch of Be West. The route to buying …