First-time Buyer Secures Dream Home with Help to Buy

Posted 3 January 2019 by Helen Christie

A human resources professional has moved into a brand new home by Story Homes, thanks to the government’s Help to Buy scheme...

First-time buyer, Hannah Peacock, has moved into Story Homes’ Paddocks View development in Middleton-St-George, Darlington.

Using the government-backed Help to Buy scheme, Hannah was able to get onto the property ladder and secure a spacious new home of her own.

Hannah was previously living with her parents in Stockton, and was looking for a first home that had three bedrooms but was still affordable. With Paddocks View close to the A66 and a short drive from family in Stockton and work in Darlington, it proved to be an ideal location.

Hannah chose a semi-detached ‘Kingston’ house type. She says: “The Kingston is perfect for me – it’s not too much upkeep for a full-time worker but it would also have more than enough room for a young family. I like the layout with the light and airy kitchen at the front and living room at the back – it’s lovely to open the bi-fold doors and look out onto the garden on a nice day.”

Although Hannah had originally been looking for an older house, she realised when she saw a Story Homes development that new build homes could also have the character she was looking for, and without the maintenance required with older properties.  

Hannah continues: “I chose a Story Home because of the quality of the build and the unique aesthetic. I did look at some other housebuilders but Story Homes’ specification and finish were way above any others. Many of the features come as standard so I didn’t have to worry about upgrading anything; it already had everything I needed at a really high standard.”

Reflecting on her overall experience, Hannah finishes: “I am pleased that my first experience of buying a house has been a very easy process. I can’t praise the site and sales team at Paddocks View enough – they go over and above to help and the customer service doesn’t finish once you have completed on your home. From the moment I moved in, if I needed anything then the site manager would personally come and see me, and the sales executive Sue was a great support to me too. She ensured I was kept in the loop from start to finish, and she still pops round now to see how I’m getting on.”

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