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We've put together useful articles to help you navigate your new home journey. Focused on money, homes and lifestyle - we round up some of the hot topics when it comes to buying your shared ownership home.
What's best for me?
Looking to find a new home and wondering whether to rent a property or step on the property ladder with shared ownership? We know that everyone’s situation is different, so we’ve put together a handy guide to help you decide whether renting or shared ownership is best based on your personal situation. Read more here.
Why buy new?
From being more cost-efficient compared to older properties, to other factors such as being part of a growing community, purchasing a new build home can come with a variety of benefits all throughout the moving process and beyond. Read more on the advantages of a new build home here.
Celebrate IWD with our shared owners
Throughout March we're celebrating International Women's Month, and this week we have caught up with some of our solo female homeowners to talk all about their experience stepping on the property ladder with shared ownership! Read more here.
An insight into Laura's house move
As we move into a new month and say goodbye to Planuary we’ve caught up with home-décor enthusiast Laura to talk about her own experience moving into her very first shared ownership home in Bristol. Read more here.
Plan the future in your new home
You might be wondering what comes next in the final steps of your moving journey. That’s why we’ve put together a few of our top tips and resources to help guide you through the final steps of your house moving journey, making it as smooth and stress-free as possible. Read more here.
What to plan for the big day!
So far so good - you’ve exchanged, paid your deposit and now have an official completion date… otherwise known as moving day! To ensure a smooth process on the day of your house move make sure you’re well prepared and know what steps to take in advance. Read more here.
What to expect once you've found the home for you
You’ve built up enough savings for the deposit and have found a home you’d love to call your own! So, what next? The next step can be one of the most exciting stages in your moving journey, starting with reserving your home all the way to completion! Read more here.
How to plan your moving journey
It’s the time of year for making New Year's resolutions and for all those house goals we’re here to help! We hope we can help you save, plan and move into a perfect place to call home, and in this article we’ll provide you with some free resources, top tips and also take you through the main steps in the first stage of your new home journey. Read more here.
Our guide to help save you money in your new home
Just moved into your new home and looking to save money on your household bills? Good news – cutting costs is easier than you think! Follow some of our money-saving tips to ensure you’ve found the best deal and save hundreds of pounds on typical bills such as broadband, electricity and transport. Read more here.
From Enquiry to Keys
We explore the shared ownership process from field to family home by following Olivia and Dan's journey buying their perfect home from their initial enquiry to getting their mortgage and finally moving in.
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Meet our home-decor influencer Laura!
In need of some stunning home inspiration?! Look no further! We recently caught up with Laura - a lady of great home interior taste who makes new build homes less boring with unique interiors infused with her love of colour and Danish designs on a budget. Get to know more about Laura from our recent Q&A! Read more here.
Simple ways to save money for a deposit
Does it sometimes feel like you've eaten up your monthly payslip? You're not the only one. Most of us are guilty of overspending when it comes to food and groceries, but the good news is that there are plenty of ways to save money without realising when it comes to your next supermarket shop. Read more here.
Not just for first time buyers
Breaking the misconception that shared ownership is just for first time buyers, we share how Rose was able to own her own home again after a divorce, with thanks to shared ownership. Perhaps you are endlessly renting, maybe your living circumstances have changed or you are just at a stage in life where you are dreaming of owning your own home - shared ownership could be for you. .. Read more here.
Fact vs fake of shared ownership
To believe or not to believe? With so much conflicting information on shared ownership, we know that finding the right home for you may seem like a never-ending task. That's why we've put together the top ten most common misconceptions surrounding shared ownership - debunked! Read more here.
4 Apps to help you save for a deposit
Struggling to save for a deposit right now? Not to worry! We’ve put together 4 of our favourite money-saving apps to help save that spare change and make things easier for yourself and future. Read more here.
Money diary of a 25 year old on £26k
Welcome to the Money Diaries of shared owners. We're talking to real Sovereign shared owners to find out exactly what it costs to own a shared ownership home and what a week looks like for our shared owners' finances. This week we hear from a 25 year old Police Officer who owns a two bed shared ownership home in Berkshire on their own...Read more here.
What costs to expect when buying your home
When it comes to buying your home, it helps to know early on of the potential costs down the line. Having an idea of this will help to avoid any unexpected expenditure that you hadn’t quite planned for and save you from raiding that sofa fund you’d put aside! We’ve put together a roundup of the key costs to consider along your buying journey... Read more here.
Matching people with properties
Meet Sue Smyth, Sovereign Sales Consultant for the East. Sue has been matching people with properties for the last 18 years and has a genuine passion for helping people to get on the property ladder. She is well known in the office for her friendly, caring approach to guiding customers through the buying journey and it’s not uncommon for the rest of us to stop what we’re doing and listen when Sue’s speaking with a customer. We sat down with Sue for a coffee to hear just a few of the stories of customers she’s helped over the last six years at Sovereign... Read more here.
Money diary of a 27 year old on £34K
Welcome to the Money Diaries of shared owners. We're talking to real Sovereign shared owners to find out exactly what it costs to own a shared ownership home and what a week looks like for our shared owners' finances. This week we hear from a 27 year old Business Development Executive who owns a one bed shared ownership home in Berkshire on their own... Read more here.
Home interior inspiration
Have you recently moved into your new shared ownership home, wanting to put a mark on your place but a little stuck for where to look for inspiration? We rounded up a few of our favourite places to look out for new ideas and styling tips… Read more here.
Money diary of a couple on a joint salary of £42K
Welcome to the Money Diaries of shared owners. We're talking to real Sovereign shared owners to find out exactly what it costs to own a shared ownership home and what a week looks like for our shared owners' finances. This week we hear from a couple who own a two bed shared ownership home in Hampshire with their children... Read more here.
Making the most of your space
We know that saving up for your deposit doesn’t happen overnight. If you’re renting whilst putting away the pennies there’s no reason why you shouldn’t put your own mark on your space. We’ve put together our top 5 favourite budget friendly ways to jazz up your rental whilst not upsetting the landlord and breaking the bank... Read more here.
Money diary of a 35 year old on £33K
Welcome to the Money Diaries of shared owners. We're talking to real Sovereign shared owners to find out exactly what it costs to own a shared ownership home and what a week looks like for our shared owners' finances. This week we hear from a 35 year old IT Change Manager who owns a two bed shared ownership home in Hampshire on their own... Read more here.
How to build up your home savings at Christmas
Trying to build up your savings pot and move home in 2021? If you’re looking for cheap ways to enjoy the festive period but still have a healthy looking savings pot, simply use some of our tips to save money in December and bring costs down. Read more here.