Until 2014 Fatma Aytemur was living and working in London. Fatma had always lived in the Capital and was working in the financial services industry and returning to her tiny one bedroom flat in the East End in the evenings.
But Fatma began to feel that she needed more room – a bigger place to return to. She started to look round to see what London could offer. She found, to her disappointment, that all that was available in her price range were small box rooms and tiny one bedroom studios.
Undaunted, she began to ask her colleagues for advice. When she inquired about where they lived, she discovered that lots of them commuted from Essex. They told her the travelling time was about an hour each way, but pointed out that you gain so much more by moving out: Not just more home for your money, but a much better lifestyle too. Fatma began to wonder why she was looking for another tiny flat in London when there was a far better alternative.
Inspired by her colleagues’ words, she started searching for properties in Essex online. During her research, she discovered Linden Homes’ Northfields development in Colchester. When she visited the site, she had another revelation:
“I had a one bedroom flat in mind. That is what I had been looking for in London. When I got to Northfields I did look at one of the apartments and whilst I was there I also thought I’d have a look around the show home. It was a beautiful four bedroom house. After seeing it and discussing the finances with the sales executives on site, everything changed. Instead of the one bedroom apartment I thought I could afford, I ended up buying a lovely, spacious five bedroom house!”
Not only was Fatma able to get so much more for her money by moving out to Essex, she was also able to use the popular Government led Help to Buy scheme:
“I had read pages and pages about Help to Buy because I’d considered using it right from the beginning. I knew that it would help – but I never dreamed I could end up with a home like this! The Help to Buy scheme was very simple to use. Linden Homes helped to put me through to the right people and, with the assistance of the mortgage advisers, I arranged the whole thing.”
Fatma moved into her new home at Northfields on November 1st, last year and is delighted with it:
“It’s arranged over three floors and feels so spacious. It takes me 8 minutes to get to the station and the journey into Liverpool Street is about an hour from there. Everything here at Northfields is so quiet and green compared to London and it has a very friendly atmosphere – there are lots of families living here.
“You get so much more for your money, so much more space. When my mother saw the house for the first time she pointed out that my new kitchen alone was bigger than my old flat in London! I think it’s fair to say that moving here has changed my life.”
For more information on the homes currently available at Northfields, or for more details about the Help to Buy Scheme, please visit the Linden Homes’ website.
The sales and marketing suite on site is open every day from 10am to 5pm: Come and have a look round one of the lovely show homes. If you would prefer to call please ring 0844 417 3904.
For further information, contact Claire Cathersides or Emma Cox at Remarkable Group on 01962 893893.
20 February 2015
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