First Class Homes for First Time Buyers
22 February 2018
Joe Francis and Faye Wolley
The removal of stamp duty for first time buyers – announced in last year’s Autumn budget – has been welcomed by young people in our region looking get a foot on the property ladder. That, coupled with the opportunity to take advantage of Help to Buy schemes on brand new developments, have helped stimulate the property market in our area from the bottom up. Young couple Joe Francis and his girlfriend Faye Wolley, speak about their experience of buying their first home together in Amberley Park – a stunning new development on the edge of thriving historic Cotswold market town, Tetbury.
Joe and Faye relocated for work a little over a year ago to the Cotswold town of Nailsworth, having secured jobs as a Head Chef and Restaurant Manager respectively. To begin with they decided to rent, but it wasn’t long before they decided they wanted to put down more permanent roots and their property search took them to the historic market town of Tetbury.
Faye says: “Both of us work long, quite anti-social hours so wherever we decided to buy had to be within a quick and easy commute of our jobs as well as being straightforward to get back home to see our families in Somerset. At the same time, we wanted to buy in an area where there is a good community feel. Tetbury seemed to tick each of these boxes so we began our search here.” Joe adds: “We really needed somewhere that we could literally move into which is the main reason we were drawn to buying a new build. Our careers simply do not allow us the time to dedicate to home repairs or DIY – we felt with a new build there would be less maintenance and we had the additional peace of mind that, if something does go wrong, there’s a 10 year build guarantee to take care of it.”
There are a number of new developments currently being built around the Tetbury area, so Joe and Faye had a good choice of both development and property type. “It was the quality of construction and attention to detail which made us decide to invest in a Bewley Home” says Faye. “As our search continued, it became obvious that some builders were compromising on quality of craftsmanship and materials – it was obvious this wasn’t the case with Bewley Homes at Amberley Park where everything felt so much more substantial and well planned.”
Having found a two-bedroom house to suit them, Faye and Joe also choose to utilise the Government’s Help to Buy Scheme. Faye says: “Help to Buy wasn’t the determining factor for buying here or for buying new but, by being able to access it, we have been able to afford more for our money which hopefully means we won’t have to move again in the short to medium-term.”
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