Published: 00:00, 05 September 2014
| Updated: 09:34, 05 September 2014
Oliver Savage and Tasha Tough were facing an uphill struggle to scrape together a deposit for their first home.
With lenders asking for anything upwards of 20% in return for a competitive mortgage, the young couple from Kent were facing at least another year of saving to be able to secure their dream home.
However, thanks to the Help to Buy scheme, they found they only needed a 5% deposit to reserve a new home at Taylor Wimpey’s Repton Park development in Ashford.
Oliver, 21, says: “We were living together with Tasha’s parents in Biggin Hill, trying to save money, but while we both have good jobs as department managers for Sainsbury’s, we were still looking at another year of saving if we wanted to buy our first home. We’d looked at every option, including old and new houses and even whether it may just be better to rent a place, but after a few months of searching online for our ideal place, we found Repton Park on the Taylor Wimpey website.
“We went around the showhomes which we loved, and then found out we were eligible for Help to Buy, which meant we would only need a 5% deposit. We had our eye on a two-bedroom house, and when the sales executive told us there was only one left, we decided to reserve it there and then.”
Buying was a breeze for the couple who said they received support and guidance. Oliver said: “We’d heard buying a house could be stressful, but our experience was completely the opposite.”
Tasha, Oliver and their Jack Russell terrier Bella are now enjoying life in their first home.
Transport is a vital part of the overall plan for the development and a new bus service will link the community with Ashford town centre and railway station.
All of the homes in the current phase at Repton Park are now reserved, but property-seekers can register their interest in the next phase of properties, Monarch Gardens, which will be available later in the year.
For information ring 01233 220632.
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