This week’s New Home Buyer of the Week is 23 year old Ashley Corke. Since he was a 15-year-old paper boy he’s been saving, and now at just 23 he’ bought a home of his own.

By saving his hard earned cash from an early age Ashley, from Solihull, has been able to fly the parental nest and make his first step on the property ladder much earlier than most.

And, while Ashley has only recently moved into his three-bedroom home at Redrow’s Trenchwood Gardens in Telford, he’s already thinking of buying a brand new home in the future.

“I’m not a fan of renting and first started saving for a deposit to buy a home of my own when I began delivering papers when I was only 15. As soon as I had my deposit at 23 I was ready to move out of the family home,” Ashley, a shift plant operator, explains.

“My parents live in Solihull but I work near Wolverhampton so Telford seemed like the best place for me.  I hadn’t thought much about what I wanted from a home but when I started looking around Telford I realised that older, second hand properties needed too much work doing to them.”

The day after visiting Trenchwood Gardens with his parents Ashley reserved a three-bedroom detached home, and he hasn’t looked back since.

“A new home offered excellent value for money,” he said. “If I’d bought an older property I probably would have put down the same deposit but wouldn’t have had any money left to do it up.”

One of the things Ashley liked about buying a brand new home was that he was able to choose the finish of things like the kitchen cabinets and the bathroom tiles.

He’s now enjoying living independently, saying: “It’s nice to have the freedom of having your own home.”

Ashley describes renting as ‘dead money’ and urges other aspiring homeowners to “put down as big a deposit as you can”.

“I would definitely buy new again. There’s no need to worry about repairs or renovations. The house is covered by a 10-year structural warranty and the appliances are all covered by manufacturers’ guarantees.”

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