15 November 2016
A picture of An affordable home for everyone

With house prices continuing to rise and more people being priced out of the property market, the need for affordable homes across the country is more acute than ever.

The National Housing Federation this week highlighted the considerable positive impact housing associations can have on the market through the sector’s Ambition to Deliver 120,000 homes a year.

Sanctuary Group is playing a fundamental role in this ambition through its development plans to build 24,000 homes over the next decade across the country.

Marion Hay is one such resident who has benefited from the provision of affordable housing from Sanctuary in Ambrosden, Oxfordshire, following the sale of her previous family home which she had lived in for 48 years.

The house was inherited by Marion and her two siblings after the passing of their mother in 2007 and Marion remained in the property until they decided what to do with the home.

Marion lived in the house until 2014 when she decided she needed to find something more affordable as she was struggling with the upkeep and cost of running the large property.

A friend of Marion’s expressed an interest in buying the property to renovate it which prompted her to begin looking for a new home in the local area that would allow her to continue with her job as a teaching assistant at a nearby primary school.

Knowing she would not be able to afford to buy anything outright or to get a mortgage on her own, Marion saw a Sanctuary shared ownership property advertised on a development in Ambrosden which seemed the ideal option for her.

After viewing the home, she went on to purchase a 50% share of the two-bedroom end of terraced house and has now been living there since December 2015.

Marion said: “Having a home of my own in the area where I grew up is fantastic; it meant I could keep my job and be near friends and family. After the emotional decisions that had to be made to leave our family home it was such a relief when I heard I could stay nearby. From the minute I walked through the door it felt like home.”

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