They decided to do a Home Exchange Scheme, by which Barratt bought their house for £37,000 and they bought a two-bedroom flat at Tudor Grange in Barnet, north London for £81,995. The Coventry house had cost £41,000, but their mortgage was sufficiently low for them to avoid negative equity.
"I got a few thousand less than I had hoped for," said Helen English, "but I was so glad to get rid of the responsibility. We needed to move to London to further our careers. If we hadn't had the Coventry house we probably would not have bought so soon in London."
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