Amy and her boyfriend Matt were overjoyed to buy a shared ownership home with help from bpha.

For so many young couples now the thought of owning their own home is a dream they fear may never come true.

But Shared Ownership is offering an easy to manage way of buying without the financial burden of taking on a huge mortgage so young.

Amy Eldridge and her boyfriend Matt Brooks had been together for four years and renting privately when they decided they wanted to take the next step and buy a home.

“We were fed up of paying high rents to private landlords,” says Amy. “We knew roughly where we wanted to live but we just couldn’t see how we’d ever manage to raise the deposit we would need to buy a house outright.”

Amy, a nursery practitioner, relocated from Hull two years ago, to move in with Matt, an electrician from Slough.

“When I moved down here we were renting close to where Matt works, I found a job at a nearby nursery and we decided to start saving for a deposit. We went looking at new developments almost every weekend. In March we came and looked at Longford Park and knew straight away that was where we wanted to live!

“First of all we didn’t know if we could afford it, then we saw there were homes available with bpha for Shared Ownership sale. We looked at the homes that were available and very quickly found one we loved.”

Amy and Matt applied through Help to Buy and, once approved, got in touch with bpha to progress their purchase.

“The Sales team were brilliant,” Amy continues. “They kept us up to date throughout the whole process and were really helpful whenever we had any queries or questions.

“The whole process has been really smooth. We moved in a few months ago, and we’re really starting to feel at home. I’ve even found a new job at the nursery along the road. We’re really happy here.”

For more information about how shared ownership can help you into home ownership visit www.bphaoptions.org.uk