Getting on the housing ladder in Ebbsfleet

A couple wanting to get on the housing ladder have achieved their property dream, after moving into an affordable apartment in Ebbsfleet Garden City.

Carly and John Parker and children Jacob and Robyn were the first people to move into a new affordable apartment, provided by mhs homes.

They previously lived in a one-bedroom social housing flat in Deptford in south-east London.

Carly said: “I lived there on my own when I was quite young, but over time my family has grown, and there were four of us living in a one-bedroomed place. We’d been on the register for more than two years to try to find more space.

“To get a two or three-bed home on the private rented market in London you’re looking at so much money. And it seemed impossible to buy in London, too, because it’s so expensive.”

The family learned of the opportunity to move out of London and take on a shared ownership property in Ebbsfleet Garden City, which was the first of an initial batch of 14 mhs homes offered in the area, at The Claygate Collection.

They are among 96 properties provided by the housing association, and are part of the 900 homes being created at developer Redrow’s flagship scheme at Ebbsfleet Garden City.

The Parker family bought 40% of a shared ownership home paying both a mortgage and rent, and they have the chance to increase their share of the property in the next few years. They moved into their two-bedroom apartment in Ebbsfleet Garden City in April.

Carly, 30, added: “It’ll be peace of mind knowing there’ll be a school and doctors nearby. We’ve moved in when everything in the Ebbsfleet area is up and coming; it’s really exciting.

“It takes maybe an hour for me to get to work – which is mad because when I was living in London it would still take me an hour – and now I’ve got all this extra space.”

Operations director at mhs homes, Stephanie Goad, said: “The housing crisis in the UK is particularly acute in the south east. We have a responsibility to help reduce poverty and help those in housing need, which is why our ultimate ambition is to help end the housing crisis in north Kent.

“We’re delighted that the Parker family are settling in so well and look forward to helping more families find a safe and secure home in the future.”

The remaining properties that mhs homes is providing at Ebbsfleet Garden City will be released in phases through the year, and will include homes for affordable rent and shared ownership.

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