Wednesday 6 November

Shared Ownership enabled us to buy our first home earlier than planned

Evangelos Itskos (33), his wife Anna (35) and their three children, John (11), Emmeleia (8) and Grigorios (6) had been living in rented accommodation in Berryfields, Aylesbury after moving from Greece when Evangelos got a new job as a Software engineer.

They were always keen to buy their own home and had been saving money each month for the deposit, but with house prices continuing to increase, the realisation of owning a property seemed to be getting further and further away.



Evangelos comments, “We had been renting in the UK for three years but our end goal was to own our own home as it made sense financially and would give us more stability. We had looked at several private sale properties but worked out that it would take us around five  years to be able to save enough for a deposit.

“We had heard about Shared Ownership before and when we saw information about Catalyst Homes launching its latest Shared Ownership development at Berryfields we were keen to find out more.

“We really like the area as it is outside the main town of Aylesbury but close enough to take advantage of all the amenities and my children go to school locally where they are settled.

“We visited the development on the launch day and were impressed with the professionalism and information that Catalyst gave us.

“The Catalyst sales advisor talked us through how Shared Ownership works and the size of deposit needed and we soon realised we were in a position to purchase a three bedroom home which was brilliant.”

Evangelos and Anna purchased a 35% share in a three bedroom home at Berryfields in Aylesbury.

Evangelos continues, “Catalyst were so professional throughout the whole process and made the experience of moving as stress free as possible. We are really pleased with our new home and the quality of it as well as having all the appliances included in the price. It just suits our family with a lovely open plan layout, big bathroom and large garden for the children to play in.