When wound care podiatrist Joanna Woollard was told her rented flat was being sold, she immediately started looking for another in Stratford.

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  • However, when Joanna Woollard's dad told her she could save £450 a month by buying a shared ownership property at Stratford Halo by Genesis, she simply couldn't refuse.

    Woollard, 25, explains: "I had rented an apartment in Stratford for three years, having studied at East London University and when I was told it was being sold, I wanted to remain in the area. I have lots of friends and family in Stratford and simply wouldn't live anywhere else. I wasn't looking to buy as I didn't think I would be able to afford it, but when my dad pointed out that it would be around £450 per month cheaper to purchase a shared ownership apartment at Stratford Halo rather than renting a similar sized property in the area, it was an easy decision."

    Woollard continues: "When I first visited the development, I couldn't believe that it ticked every box on my wish list. As I was buying on my own, I had very specific requirements such as good security features, dishwasher and tumble dryer and a short distance from the train and underground station. Having realised that everything was more than catered for, I went ahead and bought a 25 per cent share of the property. I now pay around £750 per month, which includes my mortgage and rental payments."

    Woollard adds: "I moved into my new home in October 2012 and simply love living here. I feel safe and secure thanks to the 24 hour security and concierge, and the staff cannot do enough to help. They lent me a sofa when I first moved in, look after my post and any deliveries if I'm out and fix any problems straight away. It's fantastic."

    Woollard concludes: "The development is also only a short walk from the station and it only takes me 30 minutes to travel to Royal Free London Hospital in Hampstead Heath where I work as a wound care Ppodiatrist. I also have the ability to use the car club operated here, which is ideal as I sold my car shortly after moving in."

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