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For Kate Hodson and Dan Wright, the prospect of starting a family in the village where they grew up seemed like an impossible dream.
But thanks to Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH), owning an affordable home in Gnosall became a reality.
After a number of years renting privately, Kate and Dan decided to start the search for a home of their own when they learned they were expecting their first baby.
“We wanted a three bedroom home where we could start a family, but we looked at house prices and the mortgages available to us and quickly realised that there was no way we could afford that in Gnosall,” Kate explained.
Rising house prices meant that Kate and Dan would need to save around £25,000 for a deposit, and needed a combined income of around £75,000 to secure a mortgage.
That changed when a new Stafford and Rural Homes housing development in Gnosall was completed, delivering much needed homes for affordable rent and shared ownership at prices within reach of local people.
Kate and Dan arrived in their dream three bedroom home just in time to welcome their new baby Ava.
“It’s difficult to explain how much this means to us,” said Kate about her new home.
“We are so happy that these homes were built. I don’t want to think of where we would be without this home.”