Second Steps wins National Housing Award for ‘Most Innovative/Specialist Solution’
Second Steps, Southern Housing Group’s innovative mobility scheme for shared owners, was named ‘‘Most Innovative/Specialist Solution’ at the National Housing Awards 2016.
The Group has worked with the Greater London Authority (GLA) to deliver this service offering its existing London-based shared owners the opportunity to move to a larger property on the open market through shared ownership.
Vikki Walker, Sales Manager at Southern Housing Group, said:
"We’re delighted that Second Steps has won a National Housing Award for ‘Most Innovative/Specialist Solution’. For many in London, shared ownership is the only way to afford a home whether you’re buying your first home or taking your next step on the property ladder.
"Second Steps creates mobility for those who are already living in a shared ownership home, enabling our customers to choose a home from the open market that they would ordinarily be unable to buy. By assisting our customers with the purchasing process, our team can provide them with another shared ownership home without development delays or lead-in times.
"This award shows how important it is for shared ownership to become a mainstream tenure option by offering customers stability, security and affordability – we’re thrilled that our work has been recognised."
Southern Housing Group has received finance from the GLA to help with the pilot of Second Steps to complete 50 transactions by end of March 2018.
To date the Sales and Marketing Team completed on nine cases, and have a further nine in the pipeline. In addition, 29 families have had their home valued with an interest in buying through the scheme, and 278 more of our customers have made an enquiry.
Visit the Second Steps’ website for more information.