Help to buy gets househunter on property ladder

A first-time buyer has picked up the keys to her dream home thanks to a Government-scheme run by a leading housebuilder.

IT trainer Elena Azzini, 21, was keen to get on the property ladder and fell in love with a beautiful new home near Nottingham which was built by Persimmon Homes North Midlands.

However she admits that she set her heart on the two-bedroom property before she had really worked out the figures. But when sales staff at Persimmon Gardens told her about the Help to Buy scheme it meant everything added up to make her dream home become a reality.

The Government-backed scheme is a 20 per cent shared equity initiative when meant Elena could buy her new home with just a five per cent deposit – something that made all the difference to her buying decision. Help To Buy is available to everyone, not just first-time buyers, on new-build properties up to £600,000.

Elena picked up her keys and was really excited about moving into her two-bedroom home at the development, in Lindleys Lane, Kirkby-in-Ashfield. Persimmon Gardens has one, two and three bedroom homes which have been designed to need the needs of today’s modern lifestyles.

She said:

“I wanted a new-build house and found the home I wanted before I’d investigated the mortgage options available to me.

“The sales staff at Persimmon Gardens were fantastic and gave me all the information I needed to make an informed and confident decision.

“By taking part in the Help to Buy scheme I only needed to put down a 5% deposit, which made the house I had my heart set on affordable. Had the scheme not been available then I may not have been able to get the house I wanted.”

Sherrie Hankin, head of sales at Persimmon Homes North Midlands, said:

“The Help To Buy scheme is allowing buyers at various stages along the property ladder to buy a beautiful new home that they can put their stamp on.

“We are delighted that we’ve been able to give Elena the home that she wanted and we wish her all the very best as she starts her new life in the Persimmon Gardens community.

“All our sales advisors are extremely knowledgeable about the various schemes we offer such as Help to Buy, NewBuy, and part exchange and they are always there to advise people on ways to buy the home of their dreams.”