Aster Life Stories


Meet Bridget

Bridget previously had been a home owner, but due to a change in circumstances she had been privately renting for the last few years and unable to buy on the open market.

Bridget decided that she’d like to get back on the property ladder due to the security this provides. Shared ownership allowed Bridget to purchase a home in the area she loves with her partner and labradoodle, Maisy.

As Bridget says ‘shared ownership is for all ages, and it’s never too late’. 

Meet Owen

Owen knew that he wasn't able to purchase a home on the open market, in the area he loved, due to the large deposit required.

Thankfully, shared ownership has helped Owen and his family get on to the property ladder and has provided him with security, and a home he sees himself living in long term, thanks to #thisSOthing.


Meet David

David is one of our lovely shared owners from Weymouth who after 7 years of renting, decided he wanted a place of his own after his landlord decided to sell his rental property.

Shared ownership allowed David and his girlfriend to buy a home in the location they love, which is in a beautiful setting and perfectly placed for work.

David has found his forever home all thanks to shared ownership.

Meet Ella

Ella and her husband were previously renting before they decided to buy a property. 

Having heard about shared ownership from her parents who also bought a home via the shared ownership scheme over 30 years ago (and went onto buy their home outright) Ella decided that it could be the perfect fit for her too. With Surrey house prices being so high, shared ownership enabled them to get a foot on the property ladder and put down roots in an area they didn’t want to leave and wanted to call home. 

Ella and her family now have a beautiful home in Surrey, with office space for Ella and that all important garden for their little boy to enjoy.


Meet Daniel

Daniel moved to Chichester with his job and has lived in a camper van, boat and even a caravan!

He realised that he was unable to buy outright on the open market in the area he wanted, but shared ownership allowed him to get the keys to a home in an area he loves.

He explains how he wasn’t initially sure about shared ownership – but soon realised it was the perfect fit for him.

Find out why in his life story here (and see how much it cost him to buy his 2-bedroom apartment – it’s more achievable than you may think!)

Meet Jess

Jess is one of our colleagues at Aster.

Jess used to privately rent but decided she wanted the security and safety of having her own home.

With no hefty deposits required, shared ownership gave her the independence she was looking for and enabled her creativity to flow with her Insta-worthy home!

Check out her story, where you’ll see some amazing shots of how she’s made her house a home and stylised it in a way to suit her.


Meet Katy

Katy is a teacher working in Hampshire who realised that she was going to struggle to save up the deposit she needed to buy a home on the open market.

Having realised she didn’t want to move to another area that may have been cheaper to buy, she found that shared ownership allowed her to move onto the next steps of life without having to move areas and change her plans.

Meet Lauren

Lauren is one for our lovely Marketing Officers working in the sales team.

Lauren along with her husband Chris and two sausage dogs, Rolo and Fudge bought their lovely shared ownership home in Devizes.

It was their perfect way to get onto the property ladder. Lauren is our go-to garden expert, take a look at her story and check out her beautiful garden – every year we get garden envy with her beautiful blooms!


Meet Tiana

Tiana is a neonatal nurse from Southampton who was renting privately for 6 years with her husband and little boy, Teddy.

As a family they wanted to live in Southampton but had been finding it hard to save for a deposit whilst paying out for rent.

Shared ownership provided the solution with a low 5% deposit required.

Hear how Tiana and her family have future dreams of buying more of their home all thanks to the staircasing process.

Shared Ownership is a great way of getting on the property ladder, but don’t just take our word for it. Here’s some of our wonderful customers explaining their situation and how Shared Ownership from Aster has helped them. These are just some of over 3,180 home buyers that Aster has helped realise their property ownership dreams.

Meet Toby & Sam

Toby and Sam were first time buyers previously living in a rental property before buying their shared ownership home.

They knew Oxfordshire was the place they wanted to live but with it being so expensive to buy, shared ownership was the perfect option for them to provide stability and security.

In their words ‘Aster were there when we needed them and shared ownership was the best thing we’ve ever done.



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