As the 1,000th couple to buy their home through Co-Ownership this year, newly engaged couple Chris McCune and Nicola McCulloch shared their experiences with Finance Minister Simon Hamilton when he paid them a visit recently to their Newtownards home.
Welcoming their guests, Chris explained:
“We were both living at home – if it wasn’t for Co-Ownership we would still be there! We’re big time happy to get on the market! We got the house we wanted in the area we wanted. This house was one of the first we looked at and we kept coming back to it.”
Minister Hamilton commented:
“It’s a pleasure to meet Nicola and Chris and to hear first-hand their very positive experiences with the various professionals and local businesses involved in building and buying their home. One hundred out of the thousand Co-Ownership homes this year have been in the Strangford area. Underpinning this figure is a major real-life impact and a strong sign of confidence returning in an affordable and stable housing market.”
Alan Crowe, Chief Executive of Co-Ownership Housing explains the secret behind Co-Ownership’s success:
“Buying a home is a major decision and very much a long term commitment and we stand beside people who are looking to make that commitment. Co-Ownership home buyers can access low or no deposit mortgages from a range of banks and building societies. 7,000 homes across Northern Ireland are currently Co-Ownership homes. On a personal level that’s a big help for many people and on an economic level it’s a big boost for local businesses.”
Further details on who qualifies for Co-Ownership and how to apply can be found on the Co-Ownership website at www.co-ownership.org or by calling 028 9032 7276.