Local couple, Jess and Luke Mitchell bought their first home at Linden Homes’ Sherford development, near Plymouth, by using the Help to Buy scheme.
Luke, 29, is a postman and his wife Jess, 28, works at Ladybirds Day Nursery in Brixton. They moved to a beautiful new three bedroom house at Sherford in August, just after their wedding. Speaking about their experience, Luke said: “We’d been renting a three bedroom house in Plymstock for two years and hadn’t even thought about buying our own home, it seemed like a long way off.
“One day we decided to have a look around Sherford, just to see how it was taking shape. We loved the homes, they were full of character but we assumed they’d be out of our price range. When we were admiring one house, Tom the sales executive said ‘this could be yours’ and it really made us think. We spoke to New Homes Mortgage Helpline and the sales team, who let us know that we could afford to move and then introduced us to the Help to Buy scheme. Our family helped us with the five per cent deposit and the rest happened very quickly. We find it amazing that we own a bigger house than we rented, yet pay £200 less per month – it’s unbelievable!”
Jess added: “Ever since I was little I’ve had a dream home in my mind – a red brick house with a chimney, a red door and a front garden. As soon as I saw our house, I completely fell in love with it – and it even ticked every item from the list! It has a lovely cottagey-feel but it’s so big and gives us plenty of room to grow.
“We loved the look of older style properties but we didn’t have the time to do all the work involved and wanted that fresh finish. The homes at Sherford suited us perfectly so it really does feel like we have the best of both worlds.
“The staff at Linden Homes were excellent and provided us with lots of reassurance and held our hands throughout the process. When I heard that the sales team were looking for an extra pair of hands, I recommended my sister who’s in property and she now works there too! We love the community spirit at Sherford, our neighbours are lovely and we feel very lucky to be part of it.”
Brian Deacon, sales and marketing director at Linden Homes, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that local couple, Luke and Jess have been able to buy their first home at Sherford using Help to Buy. Sherford is such a community and it’s great to see the new town grow in size with more residents, homes and even the new school which is well on its way.”
Created as part of a consortium, Sherford will see 5,500 classically designed homes built as part of an exciting new town. Nestled in the South Hams, with easy access to Plymouth, the new town will incorporate high quality homes with a host of amenities, including a market square, schools, shops, a leisure centre, plus woodland and wildlife habitats.
Currently available at Sherford is a collection of two, three, four and five bedroom homes. Linden Homes is offering initiatives like Part Exchange and Help to Buy to help homebuyers move.
Designed to assist first time buyers and existing homeowners, Help to Buy is a government backed scheme that applies to any new build property up to the value of £600,000. It enables homebuyers to purchase a new home with just five per cent deposit and a 20 per cent Government loan but still own 100 per cent of the property.
For more details visit the sales and marketing suite, open daily from 10am to 5pm, off Haye Road, near Plymouth, PL9 8AR, call 01752 526561
Local first time buyers Jess and Luke Mitchell
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09 May 2018