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First-time buyers on the property ladder, thanks to government's FirstBuy scheme
A first-time buyer couple, who were going to have to save for three years to get on the property ladder, have moved in to their brand-new Peveril home, thanks to the government’s FirstBuy five-per-cent mortgage scheme.
Lucy Hare, 28, and Matthew Strange, 25, recently collected the keys for their brand-new home at the Laurel Grove development, in Uttoxeter, after months of renting.
Lucy explained: “We were getting despondent about the fact that we needed a large deposit to buy, which we were never going to be able to save, while we were still renting.
“Having seen a poster advertising FirstBuy at Peveril’s Laurel Grove development, we decided to take a look at the new homes available and literally didn’t look back!
“We needed only a five-per-cent deposit – something which was far more manageable for us to save, via financial assistance from parents – and the process was smooth, thanks to the simplicity of the scheme. We first went to look at the development in October and moved in just six weeks later.
“People say that moving house is one of the most stressful times, but it really hasn’t been for us. From the beginning, the sales executive at Peveril Homes made the whole process easy and straightforward.”
Lucy and Matthew are both from Ashbourne and are getting married this spring. Although the savings for their nuptials have now gone towards their new home, they are pleased to have downgraded their big day in favour of their property.
Lucy said: “Without this government scheme, we, like other first-time buyers out there, wouldn’t have been able to buy our own home. As soon as we visited the development, we knew that this was the place for us and didn’t bother looking anywhere else.
“We felt reassured that, by buying a quality new home, we wouldn’t run into any problems down the line. The 10-year NHBC guarantee gives us peace of mind – and I love the fact that we have a blank canvas on which we can put our own stamp.
“One of the best things about our new home is that we are no longer investing money into a rented property but actually now have a place to call home.”
The homes at Laurel Grove are built to the utmost standards. However, it’s not just the properties which grab your attention at this development – the location is also second to none. Perched on the edge of the town, all local amenities are within walking distance, including independent shops, a supermarket, cinema and even a leisure centre. For families, there’s a selection of schools nearby. For commuters, the A50 is just moments away, providing great links to the M6 and M1, for travel further afield.
To take advantage of FirstBuy and to find out more about these new homes in Uttoxeter, come and take a look at the show home, open Friday–Monday, 11am–5pm. Alternatively, contact Peveril Homes: 01889 566736 | www.peverilhomes.co.uk