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Help to Buy allows parents to-be buy bigger at Broadacres

Buying a three-bedroom property seemed a near impossible purchase for first-time buyers Kayleigh Stevens (29) and Josh Morris (28). Believing it wouldn’t be within budget or that they wouldn’t be able to afford it, their initial plan was to aim for a two-bedroom home and upsize later, when necessary. 
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Second steppers choose Help to Buy over DIY in Kent

New-build homes offer the perfect alternative for second-steppers looking to advance up the ladder and secure more for their money. Dispelling the common misconception that Help to Buy is just for first time buyers, one couple who have ditched DIY for a brand-new four-bedroom home at Millwood Designer Homes’ beautiful development Windsor Meadow in Marden, Kent, is local couple Mark (38) and Kat Baldwin (37).

 

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Family finds perfect property with Jones Homes

Shannon and Jacqui O’Reilly, along with their 2 young children, had been privately renting in Kent whilst house hunting for a family home of their own. When homes at Appledown Grange in Kent became available they knew it would be the perfect place for them to put down some roots.
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Help to Buy delivers stability for young family

Securing stability was a major factor in Nikki Corcoran and husband Liam's decision to buy a new home. The house-hunt started with the future in mind so their children could have the certainty that this would always be their home.  

Through using the Government’s Help to Buy scheme the Corcoran family settled on a new home with Hopkins Homes at their new Sprowston development in Norfolk. 

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Help to Buy unlocks home ownership for first-time-buyer Hazel

At only 22, Hazel Wood, purchased her first home at Redrow’s The Mulberries development in the Essex town of Witham.

With the Government backed Help to Buy scheme available it meant Hazel could access the Government’s 20% five year interest free loan and only needed to raise a 5% deposit to purchase her one bedroom apartment at The Mulberries.

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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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