Help to Buy aids Aylesbury family
02 August 2013
A schoolteacher has finally achieved his dream of buying his first home – thanks to Persimmon Homes Thames valley and the new Government-backed scheme.Tawonga Mudarikiri and his wife Sheila have just moved into their new three-bedroom house on Persimmon Homes’ stunning Tutors Gate development in Aylesbury.
And the couple – who have two children aged 12 and 14 – say they could not have achieved their dream without expert help from Persimmon staff and the new Help to Buy scheme.
Mr Mudarikiri said the family had always rented in the past but were hooked on their new three-bedroom Epsom home from the moment they first saw it.
“The home is everything we were looking for. As well as having excellent design features and layout, the location is superb. The area already has a really friendly community feel to it and we could not be happier with our choice.”
Mr Mudarikiri said although he had been saving for a deposit, he did not have sufficient funds to put down 20 per cent that many mortgage lenders were looking for and Persimmon’s sales advisor suggested using the Help to Buy scheme would make the move affordable.
“We were desperate to buy our own home but thought it would always be out of our reach. But Persimmon’s sales advisor Pam Albone told us all about Help to Buy and managed to make our dream of moving into a brand new home come true.
“Pam was absolutely superb. She talked us through all the details of buying the house and was always available to answer any questions we had. I don’t think we could have managed the move without her.”
Mr Mudarikiri said he was particularly pleased he had been able to buy a new home because of the peace of mind it offered.
“We know that everything here has been built to the highest standards and we won’t have to worry about meeting any unexpected bills when things go wrong. We have the house we have always wanted with everything finished just the way we like it. It could not be better.”
Julie Vine, Field Sales Manager of Persimmon Homes Thames Valley, said they were delighted to have been able to help Mr Mudarikiri and his family achieve their dream.
“The Help to Buy scheme was introduced by the Government earlier this year to help families just like the Mudarikiris buy for the first time and also give growing families the chance to move up the property ladder.
“Under Help to Buy the buyer meets 75 per cent of the cost and pays a five per cent deposit, while the Government makes up the shortfall up to 20 per cent through an equity share loan. It is already proving hugely successful.”
Julie said Persimmon was staging a special advice weekend at Tutor’s Gate on August 3 and 4 to give expert advice on both Help to Buy and the company’s Home Change scheme. Under Home Change Persimmon arranges for two estate agents to value your property, helps with selling it and pays the estate agents’ fees.
Neil Sippitt, Sales Manager of estate agent Hartwell Partnership, said half of the homes at Tutor’s Gate had already sold, with the highly-desirable development proving particularly popular.
“These are properties which are really in demand in the area at the moment and I would urge anyone interested in looking at one to visit the show home as soon as possible. The schemes being highlighted this weekend are an excellent way to make buying more affordable and remove some of the stress and hassle. It should be an excellent event.”
Tutor’s Gate is situated off Rowan Close, with 50 per cent of the properties now sold. A selection of four bedroom houses, with prices starting from £299,950, are currently available. It is located to the south of Aylesbury close to Stoke Mandeville and enjoys good road links into Aylesbury Town with a regular bus service operating nearby. Access into London Marylebone is approximately 55 minutes from Stoke Mandeville Station.
To find out more about the properties available at Tutor’s Gate click here, visit the showhome off Rowan Close or call 0844 248 1476.