First Time Buyers Leap Onto The Property Ladder In Thundersley

After just two years of saving Charlotte Rogers and Lee Barker are not only looking forward to moving into a home of their own, they’ve been able to buy bigger thanks to Help to Buy.

The couple currently live with their respective parents – Charlotte in Langdon Hills and Lee in Basildon, but will be moving into a three-bedroom Ludlow style property at Redrow’s Oaklands Park development in Thundersley in 2017.
Originally they thought they’d need to save longer or at least buy an apartment as a starter home. That was until they learned that Help to Buy equity loans were available.
“We’ve been together for four years and decided two years ago we wanted to buy a home together so started saving for a deposit. We could have moved in together then, but decided to stay with our parents so that we could save more rather than throwing money away on rent. We’ve tried to find a balance between sensible budgeting and still having social lives and going on holiday by setting ourselves a target as to how much we wanted to set aside every month,” Charlotte explains.
“The plan had been to save a bit longer, but we started looking to get a benchmark on prices and visited Oaklands Park. Initially we’d expected to only be able to afford an apartment and didn’t think the price was right for us at Oaklands Park. Then we found out from Leon the Redrow sales consultant that Help to Buy was available.
“We’d heard about the scheme, but hadn’t taken into consideration until Leon mentioned it. We read up on it and Lee, who is training to be an accountant, looked at all of the figures and realised that not only could we afford to buy, but we’d be able to jump onto the property ladder, skip a couple of steps and buy a three-bedroom home.”
To purchase using Help to Buy customers typically only need a 5% deposit and 75% mortgage. The remaining 20% is covered by an equity loan, which is interest free for five years.
Lee and Charlotte had considered older properties and were open to suggestions as to the kind of home they purchased, but Charlotte says they had their hearts set on a new build.
“Leon was really helpful and gave us lots of information about the homes and the help available. We liked the décor of the show home and generally got a good vibe from Oaklands Park. It’s set back off the main road and you wouldn’t know it was there if you didn’t go looking,” she adds.
They travelled to Kent to view a show home in the style of the three-bedroom semi-detached Ludlow they went on to reserve and are now enjoying being able to customise their new home using the My Redrow feature of the website.
“It will be nice to go in and know that no one else has ever lived there,” Charlotte says. “Using My Redrow is just like online shopping – you can choose what colour kitchen cupboards and work tops you want, and the style of the tiles to put your own stamp on it even before you move in.”
Selected properties at Oaklands Park are available with Help to Buy. For details, visit the show home, open Thursday to Monday from 10am to 5.30pm, see or call 01702 781154.

First time buyers Charlotte Rogers and Lee Barker are looking forward to moving into a new Redrow home at Oaklands Park.
Editor’s footnote: 
Established more than 40 years, Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, with a £1.4 billion turnover and building more than 4,700 homes in 2015/16 financial year. 

Operating across England and Wales, there is a strong emphasis on providing high quality homes in prime locations and its housing ranges feature designs to suit all lifestyles:
  • The Heritage Collection combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors.
  • The classically styled Regent Collection features Georgian inspired street scenes and architecture.
  • Redrow has also launched a new brand of contemporary homes in Abode, which boast open plan layouts with streamlined kitchen, dining and lounge areas, high specification wet rooms and outdoor living space.
Redrow also creates exclusive bespoke developments in both rural and urban locations.  The company has won numerous awards over the years, including, most recently, the Gold Award for Best Large Housebuilder at the What House? Awards 2015 and 2014, Best House Design at the Sunday Times British Home Awards 2015 and the 2014 Building Awards Housebuilder of the Year. Its ‘My Redrow’ online tool won the overall Customer Engagement category at the 2013 Peer Awards for Excellence. Web:

Publish date: 20/12/2016