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Climbing The Home Counties’ Property Ladder

Posted 13 September 2021 by Helen Christie

Helping eager homebuyers find a new home this autumn, Catalyst is hosting a viewing event for second steppers at two of their popular Home Counties schemes…

On 11 and 12 September at Midsummer Vale in Hertfordshire and Kite Meadows in Buckinghamshire, potential buyers will be able to learn about the different routes to buying a Catalyst home, focusing on Part Exchange and Assisted Move.

Perfect for second steppers looking to reach a new rung on the property ladder, Assisted Move and Part Exchange help to ensure buyers won’t miss out on their dream Catalyst home while they sell their current property. With Assisted Move, Catalyst’s property management experts will help you sell your home so you can move into a new home at Midsummer Vale or Kite Meadows. This process helps relieve some of the stress by liaising with all parties allowing buyers to focus on purchasing a new home. Part Exchange is another alternative route available to second steppers looking to bypass the pressure of selling their current home on the open market. With Part Exchange, the value of the current property is put towards the cost of the new property, providing a guaranteed, hassle-free sale.

Both Assisted Move and Part Exchange are available on the final five homes at Kite Meadows, providing a further helping hand to families on the search for their forever home – Catalyst is offering a deposit contribution up to £10,000 as well as Stamp Duty costs up to £10,000 on selected plots. These buying schemes are also available at Midsummer Vale, where Catalyst are also paying Stamp Duty on select plots at Midsummer Vale, offering buyers huge savings.

Steve Pickering, head of sales and marketing (Counties) at Catalyst, comments: “Taking a second step on the property ladder and moving home can be as difficult, if not more, than taking that initial step in your first home. As time goes on and needs change, many families feel the pressure to upsize and face barriers to moving onto the next step in a home that perfectly suits them. With Part Exchange and Assisted Move, Catalyst hope to help mitigate these challenges and help second steppers find their new dream home without the stress.

“Due to flexible working becoming the new normal, we’re seeing a resurgence of interest in the Home Counties as families, no longer needing to be tied by a daily commute, seek space without sacrificing value for money. Buyers are drawn to the quaint towns and villages of the English countryside for a more serene and community-focused routine. Our homes at Kite Meadows and Midsummer Vale offer a unique opportunity to achieve this countryside lifestyle without having to sacrifice modern amenities. Our variety of home ownership options such as Assisted Move and Part Exchange helps to put this achievement within reach without breaking the budget.”

Kite Meadows is a premium collection of four-bedroom family homes located just outside the historic market town of Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, at the foot of the Chiltern Hills. With views of the rolling hills and woodlands, the contemporary townhouses feature high specification finishes including integrated Smeg kitchen appliances and Lemongrass kitchen units as well as TV points to the lounge, kitchen, and all bedrooms. Every home is complete with a private garden and allocated parking.

Kite Meadows (Catalyst)

Positioned just on the edge of Princes Risborough, Kite Meadows’ residents are within walking distance from local schools Princes Risborough Primary School and Princes Risborough School. For those needing to commute, Princes Risborough is well connected by rail and road – Princes Risborough train station, served by Chiltern Railways, is just a five minute drive away while the M40 can be reached in just over 20 minutes by car.

In Hertfordshire, Midsummer Vale is an exceptional collection of three- to five-bedroom homes located in the heritage-rich village of Walkern. Featuring a mix of house styles ranging from two-storey, three bedroom properties with designated kitchen/dining and living spaces to three-storey, five-bedroom homes, Midsummer Vale provides the space necessary for modern family living. The spacious interiors feature premium finishes such as designer kitchen units and underfloor heating – and outside, a landscaped front garden and dedicated patio in the rear garden are included as standard.

Midsummer Vale (Catalyst)

Dating back to the Saxon period, Walkern is characterised by its combination of historic buildings, including the medieval Bridgefoot Farm and St Mary’s Church, and modern amenities such as Walkern Sports and Community Centre and range of beloved pubs and cafes. The local area also offers fantastic schooling options for a variety of ages – Walkern Primary School is just a five minute walk away while older children are within easy reach of secondary schools, Nobel School and Marriotts School. Nearby Stevenage train station is ideal for weekday commuting, with train journeys into London Kings Cross taking just 24 minutes and London Bridge taking just over forty minutes.

At Kite Meadows, homes start from £550,000 and at Midsummer Vale, homes start from £490,000 with Assisted Move and Part Exchange available at both developments on select plots.


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