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Homematch Property Show helps would-be first-time buyers take a step closer to home ownership.

22 June 2015

The Homematch Property Show team ready to offer customer welcome packs.

How the Homematch Property Show made a difference for home seekers last weekend...

In a week when the Office for National Statistics reported average house prices in London as reaching over £493,000, almost one thousand Londoners looking to find out more about their affordable home ownership and renting options attended the Homematch Property Show 2015 held at London’s Hotel Russell on Saturday, June 20.

The event, organised by the home ownership team at Metropolitan, one of the country’s leading housing associations, was organised to help prospective first-time buyers to find out more about Shared Ownership, Help to Buy and other intermediate (less than market cost) housing options, as well to offer details on the financial and legal side of home ownership, from a range of specialist housing providers, solicitors and independent financial advisors.

The event, which is Homematch’s second major exhibition this year and was sponsored by Newlon Home Ownership, First Time Buyer Magazine and De Havilland Group financial advisors, also featured exhibitors ranging from an affordable furniture company to Experian – who provided credit scoring advice to support customers in preparing themselves for a mortgage application.

Presentations ran throughout the day offering headline information about the low cost home ownership options currently available, along with expert advice on preparing your credit history and applying for a mortgage.

Jason Fields, a home seeker from Clapham said “I’m 41 and I see Shared Ownership as my way of being able to get onto the property ladder. I’ve signed up with a few agencies but they’re all online - I’d never had the opportunity to meet with people face-to-face who can guide you... So that’s the reason why I’m here.”

Colin McLennon, Head of Home Ownership Services at Metropolitan explains:

“Given soaring average prices, particularly in London and the south-east, Shared Ownership and other low cost home ownership and renting options are the best opportunity for most people to enter home ownership. At Homematch we look to support the journey toward more affordable home ownership options by creating opportunities to get expert advice, information about homes available and by actively matching customers to the home that’s right for them.”

Homematch, a free service from Metropolitan, offers Londoners information and a route to applying for homes to own and rent affordably from a range of housing providers working in the capital and the London commuter belt. The service provides a property search website at www.homematch.org.uk, a customer advice line 0845 230 8099, and organises property shows which provide an opportunity to attend presentations, get one-to-one housing advice and which match home seekers to homes that they might be eligible to buy or rent.

For those who weren’t able to attend the show, Homematch are planning future events, details will be posted onto www.homematch.org.uk where you can register free to use the service and receive future event information updates.

 

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