New build or older build?!

Amy, originally from North Leeds, decided to take the plunge into home ownership using Help to Buy!

We caught up with Amy, who moved into her brand new Persimmon home with her partner back in June. After going to university, travelling the world and renting an apartment, Amy decided it was time to start the search for a home to own.

“I’ve always been one to search on Rightmove and Zoopla at houses I can't afford... doesn't everyone?!”

We asked Amy if it was always a new build she had her heart set on. Choosing your new home can be a long process, so its useful to narrow down the search.

"Originally I wanted an older home, as I fancied a renovation project. But when I started looking at new builds, it seemed to be an easy decision to choose new! The idea of everything being done for you and being able to choose our own kitchen and tiling was really exciting. From that moment, the decision was made and I started looking around show homes!"

Finding a home you love is a difficult process; you have to love the house, location and it has to be within your price limit.

"My partner and I used the Help to Buy ISA to boost our savings. We used the Government bonus as a helping hand towards our finances and it worked really well."

The Help to Buy scheme is a Government backed scheme available across the country to people looking to step on the property ladder. If you're interested in the scheme, you can use our affordability calculator to help you see what you could afford, just like Amy did!

"When we first started seriously looking at houses, we soon realised it was very expensive. So we started searching for ways to help, and found the Help to Buy scheme. We researched all about it and knew we were going to use it. The affordability calculator is a great place to start, we used this as a guide to help us when finding our home. We knew our maximum budget when looking for a house, which meant I wasn't looking for huge houses that I couldn't afford!"

Amy is now settled into her brand new 3 bedroom detached home with her partner.

"Both me and my partner love our new home and I've even had a mini house warming party!"

"I think its a great opportunity for anyone looking to buy a new home. In this day and age, buying a house is harder than ever and Help to Buy makes it more accessible!"

If you're interested in finding out more about Help to Buy, click here.

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