Platform Housing Group is one of the largest housing associations in the Midlands from Herefordshire in the West to the Lincolnshire coast in the East, and from the Derbyshire Dales in the North to the Cotswolds in the South. Amongst its portfolio are shared ownership houses and assists first-time buyers climb onto the property ladder.

Happy days as young couple secure first home and get engaged on the same day!

A young couple in East Leake celebrated getting their first home by getting engaged on the day they moved in.

Liam Hainsley and partner Sophie moved into their home on at Platform Housing’s Kestrel Fields development in November last year. They got it through shared ownership with Platform Housing Group, who played a little part in Liam popping the question.

‘The day was quite hectic so Claire from the sales department had to help out a bit’ Liam explained.

‘She was brilliant – I rang ahead to tell her we were coming to the house and that I was planning on proposing, so she arranged for balloons and flowers to be put in the kitchen. After we received the keys, I walked Sophie into the house and when she walked into the kitchen, I asked the question, to which she said yes!’

Liam and Sophie live in their 2-bedroom house where they own a percentage that they pay a mortgage on and then pay a rent to Platform on the remaining share. As they progress, they’ll be able to increase the share they own, potentially up to 100%.

Fleckney has the perfect pace of life for us

A couple who has recently re-located to Fleckney say they are really falling for their new home. Brian and Jean Rawlinson made the move so they could be closer to their family. Having been in a shared ownership property with Platform Housing Group before in Castle Bromwich, the move was simple to arrange. From an affordability point of view, shared ownership represented the best option for them so when the family spotted the new site close to their home, it was perfect. Mr Rawlinson said the peace of mind that comes with the affordability of shared ownership has always helped keep things manageable for them.

“We are so thrilled with this new house and the fact that we are now a 10 min walk from our daughter’s house and 10 mins walk from the shops and health centre. We couldn’t have done it if we didn’t use the shared ownership option so it’s a relief that we are now finally in and getting settled. We have beautiful views over the fields from the house and are enjoying adjusting to this new pace of life. 

The community is just right for them with enough things in proximity and the village way of life is suiting them well,

“The place is delightful, people say good morning when you walk out the door and with places like the bowls club just a couple of hundred yards away, we feel like there are things here for us.”

The couple live in their 2-bedroom house where they own a percentage that they pay a mortgage on and then pay a rent to Platform on the remaining share. Should they wish, they’ll be able to increase the share they own, potentially up to 100%.

First time buyers settle in to Ratby

Nikita works in a law firm and was looking for her first home that would be somewhere great for commuting. She moved into her home in Ratby over the Christmas period. She said the biggest thing that swung it for her was the ability to staircase as she thought originally you could only ever own a percentage of the house, not the whole thing. “It was a perfect opportunity to get on the ladder and combined with my Help to Buy ISA, it was an easy decision.”

Doing research was key for Nikita, she looked at everything from forums to case studies and weighed up all the pros and cons.

“The location was a big plus for us and I’m really glad that we did it, it’s a good feeling owning your own home and being able to afford it straight away with the option to fully own it later down the line. We learnt some good lessons in house buying, like doing research, knowing how your local authority’s approach to shared ownership and acting quickly when you see something you like.”

Nikita and her partner live in their 3 bedroom house where they own a percentage that they pay a mortgage on and then pay a rent to Platform on the remaining share. As they progress, they’ll be able to increase the share they own, potentially up to 100%.

New home feeling for graduate in Evesham

A young woman in Evesham has shown it is possible to get on the housing ladder as a graduate. Cornelia Shaw is starting a career in HR, having recently left university with a degree. She moved into her home on Shinehill Lane in Evesham in late September where through shared ownership, she bought a 60% share in her home having previously had an apartment and rented accommodation.

“My previous homes felt like a stop gap whereas this place feels like mine. Having something as important as this sorted means I can focus on my career.

The neighbours are great, and the village is peaceful, it’s somewhere I could never have been able to afford before and the fact that it’s a new build means there’ll be no old issues to worry about. I like the responsibility it brings, buying it by myself, but also the opportunity to make it mine. I look at people who are renting who might not be able to get a flat for what I’m paying for my 3-bed home and feel so glad I did it.”

Cornelia is now a few months into her new shared ownership life where she owns a percentage that she pays a more affordable mortgage on and then pays a rent to Platform on the remaining share. As she progresses, she’ll be able to buy further shares and eventually own 100%. 

Right now, she’s enjoying the great benefits having her own home brings but still has one more important decision to make, where to hang her graduation certificate.