"We couldn't be happier"

The Hurst's



After moving house 8 times in 16 years, the Hurst’s, a military family of 7 from have decided to put down their routes in Cockerton, Darlington.

Lee Hurst was discharged from the British Army on medical grounds and after hearing about Help to Buy, Lee and his wife bought their first family home on Dunelm Homes West Park Grange development.

Lee’s wife, Annamarie, 33, said “Myself and the children have always been used to moving to a new home every couple of years which is just the natural part of life as an Army family. We’ve always enjoyed the thrill and excitement of moving somewhere new, meeting new people and making a new home for ourselves so in many ways we wanted to own a property but our lifestyle just made it impractical.”

“With Lee leaving the Army recently and the children settled in school in the Cockerton area, the timing was perfect to see what was available in the area to buy.  Darlington has always felt like home to us and the West Park Grange development from Dunelm Homes seemed like the perfect place for our first family home.”

Lee and Annamarie were able to purchase their 4 bedroom for £164,995 through the Help to Buy scheme. The government-run scheme is designed to help buyers access a range of mortgages with just a 5% deposit to help make properties more affordable to a range of buyers looking to get their first rung on the ladder or move up into a larger family home.

“It was actually our financial advisor who pointed us in the direction of the Help to Buy scheme because although we had heard of it, we didn’t think it was open to just about anyone. After 16 years living in army rented accommodation we have been able to afford a four bedroom detached home which provides more than enough space for a busy family with the varying needs of teenagers and toddlers.”

“We couldn’t be happier to finally be settling in a great location in what is our dream home. Although we miss the excitement of the travelling as a military family, we know that both Lee, myself and the children will enjoy our permanent new Dunelm Home at West Park Grange.”

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