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Homefinder, your steps to making all the right moves. If you've got the feeling that affordable home ownership can help you here's what to do next... 

Step 1- get registered

Step 2 - work out how much you can afford

Step 3 - home hunting

Step 4 - details

Step 5 - check the small print

Step 6 - get moving! Your help to buy agent will have a comprehensive list of all affordable properties in your area. That includes shared ownership new builds, shared ownership resales and Help to Buy properties.

Opportunities Available For Bedfordshire Homebuyers

Master bedroom in Lidlington Court, Bedfordshire

Leading homebuilder David Wilson Homes’ development Lidlington Court has sold out after being popular with Bedfordshire homebuyers, due to a demand for high quality properties.

The development located on The Lane in the village of Lidlington, has been a hotspot with property seekers due to its family style houses and ideal location, with the benefits of both town and country living. 

Jason Hearn, Sales Director at David Wilson South Midlands, said: “This site was ideal for a range of different homebuyers and we have now come to the end of what was a popular development

“Families wanting a semi-rural area to enjoy scenic views whilst not missing out on any local amenities have found their ideal home at Lidlington Court, which offers the best of both worlds. 

New Wixams Community Becomes Desirable Place For Bedfordshire Families To Settle Down

Family in living room in Bedfordshire

During their keen search for a family home, a couple moving to Bedfordshire discovered their dream property and were able to secure a place at a thriving community in Wixams.

Upsizing to a four bedroom property at David Wilson Homes’ development Willow Grove, Sergio (42) and Jane (44) Fowles found the perfect place to call home with their children Max (10) and Lucie (7), along with their Cocker Spaniel Rosie.

The couple, a director of an electrical contractors company and an administrator in the airline industry, moved from Stevenage to settle down in Wixams and benefit from the great sense of community.

Sergio said: “The local area is the perfect fit for us and the community at Wixams was a big factor in our decision to purchase a new home at Willow Grove.

Catalyst offers residents three years free membership to Enterprise Car Club at Aspire, St Bernard’s Gate 

Catalyst offers residents three years free membership to Enterprise Car Club at Aspire, St Bernard’s Gate 

Residents at Catalyst’s development, Aspire, St Bernard’s Gate in the London Borough of Ealing are being given membership to Enterprise Car Club when they move into one of the Shared Ownership or Private Sale apartments. 

The Car Club offers each residents three years free membership to the service as well as £50 worth of car club vehicle rentals. The Car Club will benefit many residents and visitors who may not own or have access to a car. 

Get Off To A Great Start When Buying Off Playing With David Wilson Homes

Get Off To A Great Start When Buying Off Playing With David Wilson Homes

Bedfordshire homebuyers looking to purchase a new property should consider buying off plan, as leading developer David Wilson Homes has revealed the benefits of using this method for a range of buyers. 

This means purchasing a property before it’s reached building completion, sometimes before construction has even started.

With many benefits including getting the pick of the plots by reserving early and the ability to personalise the property down to the finishing touches, buyers are more in control of their home. 

Whether house hunters are purchasing their first home or are simply looking to upsize, the developer’s guide reveals how an off plan property can suit whatever vision buyers have for their dream home. 

Secure Your Dream Home In Lidlington Before It's Too Late

Lidlington Home

With just one property remaining at its Lidlington Court development in Lidlington, David Wilson Homes is providing a selection of unmissable offers for prospective buyers looking to progress on the property ladder.

The Holden style home is the final property available at The Lane and comes with Stamp Duty paid and a flooring package included worth over £7,000.

With the property ready to move into, purchasers can enjoy a comfortable moving experience and for those not opting for the Stamp Duty contribution, the Part Exchange scheme is available to ensure a swift transition into a new home.

Sales Continue To Soar For Marston Fields Development

Marston Fields Development

Bedfordshire home buyers are being urged to act fast and reserve one of the remaining houses for sale at Marston Fields.

Nearly 90% has now been sold at the Barratt Homes development in Marston Moretaine, and now the housebuilder is sounding the alarm for the final 15 properties available.

Between the 21st of October to the 6th December there were 17 sales alone, averaging out to more than two houses per week which is four times the national average.

Glenn Copper, Sales Director at Barratt Homes North Thames, said. “We’re delighted with the popularity of our Marston Fields development. Now it’s a race against time for property seekers in the area to reserve one of the final 15 houses for sale.

We always wanted to move to Rutherford Fields so made sure we were first through the door  

Couple at Rutherford Fields

January 2019: Melissa (25) and George (26) have lived local to Leighton Buzzard all their lives and were keen to stay in the area to be close to friends, family and work. After living with their parents, they decided to rent together in Hockliffe but were keen to get on the property ladder and had their hearts set on one place.  

Melissa comments, “Having lived around Leighton Buzzard all our lives, we know the area really well. We had heard that some new homes were going to be built on the former RAF Stanbridge base and started to do our research.  We couldn’t believe it when we discovered that the new homes would be in our price range so we were determined to get there first and find out more”.  

Southern Home Ownership brings its Shared Ownership Road Show to Brighton 

Southern Home Ownership brings its Shared Ownership Road Show to Brighton 

Southern Home Ownership is bringing an educational Road Show to their Brighton development – Artisan – on Saturday 19th January, giving local first time buyers the opportunity to explore the affordable home ownership scheme available on their doorstep. The free event will provide key information about Shared Ownership, dispelling myths about the scheme and helping local residents understand the process clearly. 

Destination Is Key For Brand New Community Being Formed At Hanwood Park

Homes at Hanwood Park

Leading Northamptonshire housebuilder Barratt and David Wilson Homes is encouraging homebuyers in the area to consider becoming part of a brand new community at its Bertone Manor development in Hanwood Park.

The stunning development, which is located on Warkton Lane and part of the East Kettering Sustainable Urban Extension, will have something for everyone once finished.

The range of one to five bedroom homes will be surrounded by beautiful countryside and benefit from a host of onsite amenities.

How to get the best mortgage

Applying for a mortgage - front doors

Ruban Selvanayagam and James Durr are founders of Property Solvers, a quick house buying company and express estate agency operating across the UK. Here, they offer advice on honing your mortgage application skills… 

How do you know if the mortgage you're about to secure is the cheapest available? 

With 100's lenders to choose from, all with different rates and terms, trying to find the best mortgage can sometimes feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. 

Below are some quick tips on finding a good deal as a first-time buyer...

Erith Baths: Urban London for First Time Buyers  

Erith Baths living room interior

Bringing modern Shared Ownership homes to a South East London area steeped in history, L&Q is launching a brand new development in the London Borough of Bexley.

On the grounds of the former Riverside Swimming Baths in the heart of Erith town centre and with views of the River Thames from the upper floors, Erith Baths will comprise 44 one and two bedroom apartments and four bedroom houses, all of which will be available to purchase through L&Q’s Shared Ownership programme.

East Midlands' "Forever Home" Revealed

The ideal ‘forever home’ for a resident in the East Midlands is a four-bedroom, detached house in the country, worth £395,745 – and just down the road from the kids, it has emerged.

A detailed study also found that we hanker after a property with a driveway, a play room – and somewhere to hang the washing.

Other must-haves include a large kitchen and breakfast room, an ample lounge, utility room and dining room.

A double garage and conservatory are also essential, as is a study and cloakroom. Ideally, we want to live in a location just 9.2 miles from the office.

Good transport links and a pub within a mile and a half are also vital elements.

Helping your children buy a home

Helping your children buy a home

House prices are high, wage inflation is low and rents are amongst the most expensive in Europe. It’s no surprise that we are seeing an increasing number of parents helping their sons and daughters to buy their first home.

Boosting your child’s deposit is vital to helping them get a more affordable mortgage rate. Getting a mortgage with a 5% deposit is difficult and still relatively expensive even with 10%.

So what are your options when helping your children onto the property ladder?

 

Gifted Deposits

The most common way we see parents helping their children to buy is by simply giving their children money towards part/all of the deposit, this is called a ‘Gifted Deposit’.

First Time Buyers – 5 Key Considerations for First Time Buyers

First Time Buyers – 5 Key Considerations for First Time Buyers

Research the location

In a recent Daily Mail survey, 58% claimed the location of their new home is what made them fall in love with the property. Whilst location is consistently top on the list of home buyer priorities, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look around at other properties in similar or ‘less desirable’ areas in order to form an impression of what is available for your budget.

If you have an area chosen, do your research. Go visit at different times of the day/week, visit the surrounding areas, visit the local shops, try the local restaurants etc… areas may be quiet during the week but an active social hub during the weekends. You will be living there a long time, make sure the day to day works for you.

51% of Brits reveal that the main driver behind buying a home is “it had to feel right”

 51% of Brits reveal that the main driver behind buying a home is “it had to feel right”

Buying a house is one of life’s biggest milestones, one which is usually very carefully considered. However, recent research1 has revealed that most of the nation’s property purchases are based on just a “feeling.”

A new survey of nearly 2000 British homeowners by leading house builder Redrow, has found that the main emotional reason behind our property purchases is “it had to feel right.”

 

Surprisingly, over a third (38%) make their decision with no influence from family or friends and only 10% say they wanted their mum and dad to like it.

However, old-fashioned and traditional family values do still stand, as over a quarter (26%) of Brits say they chose a house where they could imagine raising a family.