This week’s Help to Buy buyers of the week are Amy and Daniel Hutton. When the first-time buyers began searching for their new home, they never expected to find it while taking their dog Reggie for a walk.
Amy, who works in internal sales for a construction company, and Daniel, a web developer, bought a four-bedroom detached house at Rose Acres in St Neots, Cambridgeshire soon after taking a detour through the development while out on a stroll with their pooch. They originally moved to the picturesque town three years ago for better job opportunities and were keen to settle in the area.
“We hadn’t been looking for long,” said Amy. “We used to live near to this development and we saw the house when out walking our dog, so we enquired about it. Everything happened really quickly from there.”
While buying a property is very often the biggest investment you can make, the couple weren’t daunted by the experience and used Help to Buy Equity to purchase the home. The scheme, only available on newly built homes, required them to put down a 5% deposit, with the Government providing an equity loan of up to 20% of the price, and the rest of the cost being made up from the mortgage.
Amy, aged 22, said: “The whole buying process and experience was excellent because of the first-class service we received from the sales team. Everything was very straight forward and we were given lots of help. We bought the house when it was little more than a shell, but we could see how it was going to turn out, and by looking at the show home, we felt confident that the end result would be a beautiful new home for us.
“We chose this property because we wanted a house that we could live in for a long time and grow into. We both work in the town so the location is ideal for us.”
Daniel, aged 25, added: “There were a number of features that impressed us, but the stand out ones were the large kitchen/diner and large living room, as well as the en-suite to the master bedroom, along with the built-in wardrobes.
“There’s also plenty of space for the cat and dog too. There is room in the garden for the dog to run around and the cat is very happy in the garage as it’s now her own area!”