Buying a shared ownership property in Pewsey from Aster has transformed Amit Patel and Sophie Norris’ lives.
Buying a shared ownership property in Pewsey from Aster Homes has transformed Amit Patel and Sophie Norris’ lives for more reasons than one.
The first-time buyers moved into their three-bedroom, end of terrace home on Monday, 26 October after living separately with their parents. However, Sophie was unaware of huge surprise Amit had in store for her once they had the keys.
“Sophie and I have been together for four years and really wanted a place of our own but we were struggling to get onto the housing ladder. That’s why when we found out about shared ownership, it was really exciting to know that we were going to be able to afford a share in our own property.
“It was definitely worth celebrating this milestone which is why I chose to surprise Sophie with a proposal on our move-in day. She knew nothing about the completion day, the “marry me” painting on the wall, or the ring. Needless to say I was nervous, but she said yes and now we’re engaged andhave our own home.
“I love the area of Pewsey and the property’s large kitchen means I can get back into cooking while the third bedroom is a great games room. Buying a property through Aster was stress free and they’ve given us an opportunity to finally get on the first rung of the ladder.”
Amy Nettleton, head of sales and marketing for Aster Homes, said: “A lack of affordable housing across the UK, and especially in rural areas, is a real problem for people like Amit and Sophie.
“There is high demand for homes from people living on lower and single incomes, and shared ownership is often a great solution for them – it’s often their only chance to get a foot on the housing ladder, and that’s one of the reasons why this property in Pewsey is such an attractive option.”
Shared ownership allows people looking to own their own home to buy a share (25% to 75% of the home’s value) and pay rent on the remaining share.
Aster Homes currently has a variety of shared ownership properties for sale, spreading across the south and south-west of England. Two of which reside in Devizes; a three bedroom mid terrace house available for £102,375 for a 50% share and a two bedroom first floor apartment available for £90,720 for a 72% share.