Family becomes first in Midlands to buy home under government scheme

A delighted couple have realised their home ownership dream after becoming the first in the region to buy their home under the Government’s Voluntary Right To Buy scheme.

The Hunt family, from Somercotes, Derbyshire, bought their two-bed housing association home from Futures Housing Group using the Voluntary Right to Buy scheme.

Anika and Steven Hunt, who have two children, are now proud home owners having struggled for years to get onto the property ladder. Steven, 33, said: “It’s unbelievable to be a homeowner, it’s still sinking in. To know that this is now ours is a great feeling. Without Voluntary Right to Buy I don’t think we would be on the property ladder.

“We’d been trying to apply for a bigger house and we were unsuccessful and then I thought ‘I can’t keep doing this’, so we decided to try and buy this one and make it into a three-bed.

“I couldn’t believe it when we were told we were the first in the Midlands to get a house under the Voluntary Right to Buy pilot, I thought that there must have been people before us!

“Hopefully this will put us in a better financial position and it gives us something to pass onto our kids in the future. We’re on the property ladder now.”

Anika, also 33, said: “I couldn’t believe it when we found out it had all gone through. We were unsure about whether or not to go for it to begin with but we had nothing to lose and we plumbed for it.

“Things never went for us with regards getting on to the property ladder. We were living with parents and saving up and then we were renting privately. We were also homeless for a year.

“This is one of the best areas we’ve ever lived in, it’s been lovely. All the neighbours are lovely. Everything has just fit into place.”

Futures Housing Group, which manages 10,000 homes throughout the region, helped launch the government’s voluntary right to buy pilot last August when Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government James Brokenshire visited their head office in Ripley, Derbyshire. The scheme invited eligible housing association tenants to apply for a discount of up to £80,900 to buy their home.

Lindsey Williams, Futures Housing Group’s Chief Executive, said: “It’s absolutely brilliant that we’ve been able to support Steven and Anika to realise their dream of becoming homeowners, I wish them the very best of luck and hope they make some happy memories in their new home.

“One of the most important things about the voluntary right to buy pilot is that we can keep 100 percent of the sale proceeds so that we can replace the homes we sell with new affordable housing and support someone else who is in need of a home.”

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