Self-employed Helen buys a new family home with Plumlife and Shared Ownership

Helen, who lives with her two young children, is a self-employed hairdresser, originally from Hull. She bought a three-bedroom Plumlife home at Becket’s Brow, Chapel-en-le-Frith with Shared Ownership.

Helen said: “I had been living in Dove Holes, a village in Derbyshire, for 17 years before my husband and I divorced. I have two children and they both live with me. After all that emotional upheaval I decided I wanted a fresh start. Legal restrictions following my divorce meant I had to live a further five-and-a-half years in our family home before I could move, so I was desperate to move to a larger town with shops, a swimming pool and schools on our doorstep.

“I used to drive to Chapel-en-le-Frith regularly to go to the supermarket and was keen to move there. I drove past the Becket’s Brow development a number of times and it really caught my eye because it looked so new and inviting.

“I’d heard about Shared Ownership and knew it would work for me. I kept reading about it and did some research online. I spoke to my estate agent who put me in touch with Plumlife. I’d ruled out renting because I wanted some security, which part owning and part renting a home offers.

“After making an appointment to look around the show home, I instantly fell in love. The development was perfect. I knew straight away I was meant to live at Becket’s Brow.
“Lizzy, the sales advisor, was my guardian angel. She was so helpful throughout the process; she kept me up-to-date on key stages of the sale and reminded me to send off financial information and sign documents.

“In terms of figures, the outright sale price of my three-bedroom home was £157,500 and I bought a 50 percent share, which cost £78,500, in addition I pay a small monthly rent of £180.

“I can honestly say living at Becket’s Brow is a dream come true. It’s a lovely area because it’s quiet but we’re close to local amenities. My son can walk to school and my daughter’s primary school is close by.

“I wanted to start a new life and thanks to Plumlife I have. A weight was lifted as soon as I moved. I would recommend shared ownership to anyone in my position, it’s a perfect option for divorced, single people and a great way to get you back on track.”
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