Barratt Homes

1,000th Resident Welcomed To Flourishing Milton Keynes Community

Karla Wilson and Jeremy Atkin-Smith outside their new Milton Keynes home with 1,000th resident balloons

Barratt Homes Northampton is celebrating after welcoming its 1,000th residents to the flourishing community at its Brooklands development in Milton Keynes. 

Karla Wilson (31) and Jeremy Atkin-Smith (33) have taken their first step onto the property ladder and bought a brand new three bedroom home.

Brooklands was the ideal choice of location to set down roots for the couple ahead of their wedding in August and they are delighted to be joining the growing neighbourhood. 

The couple said: “It feels amazing to be the 1,000th residents at Brooklands, this home couldn't have come at a better time for us, it’s literally like it was meant to be. 

Is It Important To Live Near Public Transport?

Barratt Homes near Public Transport

A total of 69% residents in Bedfordshire say that living near public transport is an important consideration when moving home, a survey by leading developer Barratt and David Wilson Homes has revealed. 

Seeking convenience and great commuter links is a top priority for a number of homebuyers in the county and the survey has proven transport links, especially public methods of travel such as rail and bus services are at the top of the list. 

Barratt and David Wilson Homes strives to build properties in carefully planned locations that consider each of the residents that will move into the homes.

69% Of Buyers Can't Resist The Draw Of No DIY & A Blank Canvas

New build homes - buyers cannot resist draw of no DIY
Three quarters of home seekers would consider a new build home in a new survey for the Home Builders Federation shows. 

The energy efficiency of new homes, not having to carry out DIY or spend thousands on renovations were cited as the most attractive features for buyers alongside the opportunity to unleash their inner interior designer onto untouched, neutral interiors.

This year, New Homes Week which is supported by Barratt Homes North Thames takes place from May 13th to May 17th and is dedicated to the numerous benefits of buying new and provides valuable information to those weighing up their home buying options. 

Leading Developer Invests In North Thames

Simon Francis - managing director or leading developer Barratt Homes in North Thames

Barratt and David Wilson Homes North Thames, based in Watford, has built 668 new homes in its operational area last year and has contributed over £86 million to the UK’s economic output.

The achievements are highlighted in a new report which measures the housebuilder’s social and economic contribution to its operational region over the past financial year (1st July 2017 – 30th June 2018). 

The five star housebuilder covers Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Essex.

Included within the company’s socio-economic footprint are key figures relating to the company’s support for the housebuilding supply chain, local communities, environment, public services and employment. The figures revealed the housebuilder: 

Bring Spring To Your Garden With These Helpful Tips

Bring Spring To Your Garden With These Helpful Tips

With the end of the colder months in sight and spring fast approaching Barratt Homes’ has collaborated with the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI), to provide a wealth of useful tips that are sure to help Merseyside homeowners tidy up their garden in no time. 

During the winter it can be hard to feel motivated to tend to your garden, but spring is the perfect time to give your green spaces a little TLC in readiness for the warmer weather. 

Michaela Lancaster, Sales Director at Barratt Homes Manchester, said: “The idea of gardening can seem like a bit of a chore, especially if you’re a busy family short on time.

Family Find Everything Is Hunky-Dory With Three Storeys

Family outside their three storeys home

Upsizing at one of Bedfordshire’s freshest family hotspots, a couple have discovered the many benefits of three storey living at Barratt Homes’ Willow Grove development in Wixams.

The new community on Southern Cross is becoming a flourishing location for growing families, one which Emel, Anthony and Tony (7) White have recently called home.

Emel and Anthony, an IT Business Analyst and a Civil Engineer, have made the move to Willow Grove from Pulloxhill and used the Part Exchange scheme in doing so.

Emel said: “Purchasing a three storey property ensured the home was big enough for our family and friends. It has a study downstairs which we are currently using as a toy room for Tony, whilst the three bedrooms are all doubles.

Barratt Homes Celebrates A Decade Of Five Star Customer Satisfaction In Bedfordshire

Barratt Homes in Bedfordshire street scene

Local housebuilder Barratt Homes has just received five stars in the new Home Builders Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey. This is now the 10th year in a row that Barratt Homes has been awarded five stars.

The HBF survey asks all customers who have bought a new home whether they would recommend it to a friend. For Barratt to be awarded five stars means that more than 90% of its customers are happy to recommend their home. Barratt is the only major national housebuilder to have been rated as five star for 10 years in a row.

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.

Get Mortgage-Fit With Barratt Homes Tips For First Time Buyers

Get Mortgage-Fit With Barratt Homes Tips For First Time Buyers

Purchasing your first home is an exciting time for many and with plenty of options out there to help you apply for your mortgage, leading developer Barratt Homes has revealed a few handy tips to put Essex buyers on the right track.

Househunters looking to buy for the first time may find it difficult to know where to start when it comes to understanding the homebuying process, but with the leading developer’s tips for first time buyers, they’ll be mortgage-fit in no time. 

Barratt Homes is offering tips for first timers to get in the best financial shape ahead of it releasing its apartments at Gilden Park.

Leading Developers' Bedtime Tips For Moving Home Reveals A Dreamy Routine Best For Rest

A bed made up for bedtime

To celebrate National Bed Month this month (March), Barratt and David Wilson Homes has collaborated with The Sleep Council and revealed a list of helpful tips to assist those moving home in Bedfordshire create a bedtime routine that suits them.

The month raises awareness on how important our beds are when it comes to a good night’s sleep, but many underestimate the importance of relaxing our bodies and minds as well as creating a calming atmosphere, which is especially important when moving to a new setting.

With the expertise from The Sleep Council’s advisers, the leading developers have unveiled its advice for how new homeowners can get their head ready for bed.

Event Set To Encourage First Time Buyers To Get Onto The Property Ladder

Event Set To Encourage First Time Buyers To Get Onto The Property Ladder

Bedfordshire first time buyers on the hunt for a stylish and affordable home are being encouraged to attend a first time buyer event this Saturday (23rd March) at Great Denham Park. 

Located on Greenkeepers Road in Great Denham, the development has a selection of properties available to reserve, using a part-buy part-rent scheme with Heylo Housing called Home Reach.

The event will give potential homebuyers the chance to find out more about the homes that are available using this scheme and how a part-buy part-rent scheme could work for them.

Home Reach is a helpful scheme that provides a more affordable way for people to get on the housing ladder across the UK via part-buy and part-rent. 

Housebuilder’s donation gives charity its own magic moment

Family at Disneyland getting their magic moment with characters from Winnie The Pooh

A charity that supports bereaved families has received a £1,000 windfall from Barratt Homes in Bristol, after becoming the latest recipient of the housebuilder’s new community initiative. 

The Barratt Homes Community Fund donates £1,000 each month to a charity or organisation which improves the quality of life for those living in the region. The new scheme is part of the company’s pledge to strengthen its ties with the areas in which it is building new homes.

Magic Moments is one of the first recipients of the new fund and the charity has a special place in the heart of one Barratt Homes' employees, whose family was supported by its services.

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. 

Developer Reveals Benefits Of Using Help To Buy Ahead Of Its 2,000th Customer

Help To Buy Barratt Homes

As the leading developer gets ready to welcome its 2,000th Help to Buy customer, Barratt and David Wilson Homes Northampton has revealed the top benefits of using the initiative across its developments in Bedfordshire.

The government backed Help to Buy scheme, which launched in 2013, allows buyers to purchase a home with just a 5% deposit and a 75% mortgage. The remaining 20% is funded by an equity loan, interest-free for the first five years and repayable on the sale on the home.

Alison Raine, Sales Director at Barratt and David Wilson Homes Northampton, said: “For property seekers in the area, it can be hard to know which moving scheme may suit them best and whether Help to Buy will offer them the best deals or not.  

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.

Blended Bedfordshire Family Brought Together At Willow Grove

Bedfordshire Family Brought Together At Willow Grove

A Bedfordshire couple have settled into their new property at Barratt Homes’ Willow Grove and have fallen in love with the family features the development provides their three children with. 

Jessica Desouza (32) and Luke Andrews (35) have purchased a four bedroom property, which offers more than enough room for them and their children, Eefah-Louise (8), Ariana (4) and baby Lochlan (3 months). 

Jessica, originally from Luton, said: “Ever since the arrival of our little one, we wanted to find a space that equally accommodates everyone.

“With Luke’s child Eefah-Louise and my daughter Ariana living together in one space, it was important to make everyone feel a part of the family.

Fresh Starts and Old Friends For Family at Marston Fields

Family in their new Marston Fields home

Dominic Barker (35), originally from Luton, wanted his children, Mason (10) and Isabelle (4) to experience their childhood in a peaceful village where there is a friendly atmosphere.

The family were the first to move in on their street at Barratt Homes’ Marston Fields development in Marston Moretaine, and were looking forward to greeting fresh faces as others moved in at the development.

Much to their surprise, amongst their new neighbours was an old friend of Dominic’s. Dominic said, “An old friend from university also moved in, I hadn’t seen him since 2005, we were friends at university and used to play football together. I hadn’t seen him in years and there he was moving into a home on our street. It was a big surprise!”

Flexible Living & A Forever Home Achieved By Corby Couple

Flexible Living & A Forever Home Achieved By Corby Couple

Using the Government-backed Help to Buy scheme at Lyveden Fields in Corby, a couple has been able to secure their forever home whilst discovering flexible living at its finest.

Hayley (40) and Pete (45) Cook, from Corby and Hartwell, were able to purchase their dream home with just 5% deposit and are now enjoying a property with a modern layout at Barratt Homes’ Livingstone Road development.

The couple, owner of Dementia Days and a Coach Builder for Stagecoach, are reaping the benefits of a home they can make their own with their miniature Yorkshire terrier named Dave.

Milton Keynes Proves Prime Location For London Commuter Couple Looking To Upsize

Couple Moves Into Milton Keynes Homes

An executive couple previous living in Oxfordshire have chosen the prime location of Milton Keynes for their next property move, achieving more for their money in a commuter hotspot that’s still within easy reach of London.

Natalie Thompson (25) and Luis Carless (30) recently moved to Barratt Homes’ Fen Street development Brooklands after seeking more space and a place they can truly put their own stamp on. 

As both of them still work in London, as a Medical Copywriter and Technical Analyst respectively, they are enjoying easy access to great road and rail links making getting into work a breeze.

Work Officially Starts On New Leighton Buzzard Community

Workers at New Leighton Buzzard Community

Construction work has started on a new development, set to bring over 1,200 homes to Leighton Buzzard, as well as a number of facilities for the area. 

Clipstone Park will be delivered by Barratt Homes, David Wilson Homes and Taylor Wimpey and will bring significant investment to the area, as the development process will underpin 2,400 jobs and contributions by the developers to the local authority.

Glenn Copper, Sales Director and Ilir Gjini, Construction Director from Barratt and David Wilson Homes North Thames and Emma Walton, Senior Planning Manager and Wes Hosking, Site Manager from Taylor Wimpey were on hand to officially cut the sod to mark the start of the construction work.

New Build Home Provides New Opportunities For A Family At Fairfields

Family stood outside their new build home at Fairfields

A Buckinghamshire family are reaping the benefits of owning a new build property, after moving into the popular Barratt Homes development, Fairfields in Stony Stratford.

Sean (42) and Sarah Purcell (40) have purchased a four bedroom property from the leading developer, which features a flowing living space over three storeys and is the perfect place for growing families. 

Located on Cicero Crescent in the quiet village of Stony Stratford, the modern Faversham Link style home features an open-plan kitchen with dining area on the ground floor with French doors leading to the garden.

Cosy night in with a good film on TV helps us weather the winter months - says new survey

Cosy night in with a good film on TV helps us weather the winter months

As winter sets in and we all retreat to the warmth of our homes, it seems we love nothing more than a cosy night in watching a good film. 

Five star housebuilder Barratt Homes, which is building homes across Bristol, asked people across the region about their ideal evening in front of the telly, and the results showed more than a third (39.9 per cent) would opt for a cracking movie above all else. 

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.

Housebuilder Achieves 100% Recommendation At Marston Fields

Marston Fields

The customer care team at Barratt Homes North Thames is celebrating positive feedback from their customers at the Marston Fields development in Marston Moretaine in the latest customer survey. 

The development has been given a maximum 100% recommendation score from its customers, meaning everyone who entered the survey would recommend the homes to their friends.

The customer service team work hard to ensure that moving into a Barratt home is a positive experience and dedicate their time to guaranteeing everyone is completely happy with their new home.