Helen is a 47-year-old Plumlife customer who lives with her two children aged 11 and 5. She is a self-employed hairdresser and is originally from Hull. She previously lived in Dove Holes, Derbyshire and recently bought a three bedroomed house at Becket’s Brow, Chapel-en-le-Frith.
“I had been living in Dove Holes, a village in Derbyshire, for 17 years before my husband and I divorced. I have two children, aged 11 and 5, 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. 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’ve 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.”