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One year on - first time buyers celebrate their Alconbury Weald family home

The family first moved into their three-bedroom house, known as “The Holbeach”, in January 2017 after viewing a number of developments in Cambridgeshire. Alconbury Weald attracted the first-time buyers with its beautifully designed homes, the vision of the development and transport links - a major benefit as both Katherine and Jordach commute to London.
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Homeowner uses Help to Buy to set up new life in Kent

Using the scheme, Robert Staras, 38, - who previously owned a house in south London - has purchased a brand new three-bedroom house at Barratt Homes’ The Orchards development in the village of Allington, near Maidstone, Kent. 

Help to Buy allows buyers to borrow up to 20% of the value of a new build property without having to pay interest for the first five years. It is open to both first time buyers and existing homeowners.
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Aspirational 30-Something Buyers Find Value In Dartford With Help To Buy

37-year olds Chelsea Bailey-Reardon and Hannah Bailey-Reardon had almost given up on the idea of buying their own property, until Chelsea had a gift of £20,000 from the Bank of Mum and they discovered they qualified for the Government’s Help to Buy 20 per cent equity loan scheme, which enabled them to buy a three-bedroom townhouse at Barratt Homes’ Phoenix Quarter development in Dartford, Kent. 

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Shared Ownership helps young couple into their forever home.

Zoe Appleton, 22, and Daniel Duck, 24, found themselves locked out of the market, when they were told by a mortgage advisor that they wouldn’t be able to afford a home of their own.  That was until they secured a shared ownership home last summer at Clarion Housing Group’s Castle Hill development, in Ebbsfleet.

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Fit for the Single Life – Charlotte’s Perfect Pad at Dunton Meadows

Charlotte Alexander’s friends were all starting to buy their own homes, so the 27-year-old financial services PA decided it was time that she moved out of her parents’ house and took her first step onto the property ladder.  With prices rocketing in her preferred area of Kent, Charlotte thought she would struggle to raise the deposit she would need to buy her own property, but Shared Ownership with Orbit has helped her move into her dream home, and far sooner than expected.

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Bucking the first-time buyer trend: Harlow family ‘helped to buy’ their forever home

However, Harlow residents, Jennie (37) and Dean Rogers (42), along with their two children Josh (12) and Fletcher (10), belong to the slim 19 per cent of those that previously owned a property and made the most of the home-buying scheme.

Having previously lived in a three-bedroom mid-terraced house in Moorfield, Harlow, the Rogers nearly gave up on their hunt for a new-build after feeling defeated by the overpriced housing market.


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‘Boomerang' couple save for deposit by returning to childhood home

Two years ago, Charlie London, 35, and his wife Jenny moved in to Charlie’s parents’ house near Maidstone in Kent after many years of renting. “It was a bit weird to go back at first, having lived out for so long” says Charlie, who works as a mortgage advisor.

The move paid off in June when the couple bought their first house at Barratt Homes’ popular The Orchards development in the village of Allington, which lies on the edge of Maidstone. “If we hadn’t lived back with mum and dad, there’s no way we would have been able to afford our deposit and we’d definitely still be renting now” says Charlie.

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First Time Buyers pick their own at Tiptree

First time buyers Alanna and Mark were living near Basildon, Essex when they decided the time was right to buy their first home.

“We had heard about the Government’s Help to Buy scheme, and went along to a Help to Buy event to find out more,” explains Alanna. “It was at the event that we first heard about Inland Homes’ Berryfields development in Tiptree.”

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Glen and Kayleigh

Shared Ownership with Moat help Glen and Kayleigh get on the property ladder

The apartment is brand new and feels very bright and clean with quality fixtures and fittings. We love our big balcony and ensuite! The kitchen comes with everything you can need including a washing machine and fridge freezer, plus space and wiring for a dishwasher. We get 1 parking space plus street parking, a bike store, a bin for everyone’s rubbish which is discreet and easy.


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Shared Ownership with mhs homes helps Alison get on the property ladder

Alison works for Go Train, a company that helps those that are unemployed to find work. She used to rent privately in Tunbridge Wells but was spending a lot of time on the road, commuting to work in Maidstone.

But she’s now saving money as she lives closer to work and is investing her money in property, rather than renting. “I’m £150 better off now because I’m not commuting and rent is so much less. I own half of this home too so it’s a win-win situation!”

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Generation rent: Young families escape to Aylesham Village

Married couple, Harriet and Liam Phelan were spending £9,000 a year renting a small, two-bedroom cottage in Wingham, near Canterbury in Kent, on a joint, pre-tax income of £60,000. After bills, tax and transport costs there was little scope for the couple, aged 24 and 25 respectively, who were expecting their first baby, to save a significant amount of money each month. With the help of the Government’s Help to Buy scheme, and money that they had been given as wedding presents, the couple were able to put down a deposit of £20,000, to afford to buy a three bedroom, three bathroom house for £219,995 at Barratt Homes’ Aylesham Village development in the neighbouring village of Aylesham.

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Parents use Help to Buy to avoid childcare mortgage penalty

With the average cost of full-time childcare in Britain estimated to be £11,300 a year and parents now said to spend more than a third of their income on nurseries and childminders*, it is no wonder that this is making it harder for families to move up the housing ladder as they struggle to secure the next size of mortgage needed.

One solution, which canny parents Harriet and Chris Reynolds found, was to use the Government’s Help to Buy equity loan scheme to make their next move. This allowed them to borrow an extra £103,600 interest-free for five years, and the couple plan to pay this off once their two-and-a-half-year-old twin boys, Benjamin and Noah, are at school and they will save on their current £280 weekly childcare fees. The young family has just purchased a five-bedroom detached house at Preston Grange, a David Wilson Homes development in the quintessential village of Preston in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, near the cathedral city of Canterbury.

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Newly - weds find new home together in Hastings with Help to Buy and Millwood Designer Homes

Natalie, a self-employed Mental Health Coach, explains: “Drew and I were living together in rented accommodation for about a year, before we decided we wanted to get onto the property ladder.  Effectively, we were throwing money down the drain every month while renting. Being local, I had my eye on Millwood’s development in Hastings and specifically the most recent phase of homes. We also have some friends who live at Woodlands View and were really impressed when we came to visit. They love living at the development and spoke very highly of Millwood.”
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Help to Buy secures Hastings home for Dionne, Steve and Alfie

Dionne, who manages in a care-home in Bexhill, East Sussex, explains: “We previously rented in Eltham, London for a year before moving to a shared ownership property in Gillingham, Kent for three years, which was lovely but didn’t have an en-suite or a garage. We started looking a new home all over the South East and Hastings seemed like a sensible choice, as having had a holiday caravan here, we already loved the area and were aware that there are lots of care homes, so I could find a job.  Our new three bedroom home at Woodlands View is perfect and a great investment opportunity, especially as it will be Alfie’s home for life.  Help to Buy has really helped us move up the ladder.”

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Jessica & Thomas

As a young couple living in rented accommodation, Jessica and Thomas were interested to know  whether Help to Buy could help them to afford a home of their own in an area they both loved. 
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