From renting a flat to buying a house on the same development!

Chris Buckley and Laura Sterland
From renting a flat to buying a house on the same development 
using Help to Buy to move up the property ladder

Having rented a flat at David Wilson Homes’ Serenity development in Doncaster for over three years, Chris Buckley, a Team Leader for an insurance company, and his partner Laura Sterland, a Senior Co-ordinator for a qualifications Awarding Body, were looking to get a foot on the property ladder and knew the government’s Help to Buy scheme would give them the opportunity to move out of rented accommodation and buy a new house affordably on the same development.
Now the proud owners of a three-bedroom home, Chris and Laura, both 28, fell in love with Serenity and its lakeside location, and decided to buy their forever home on the development, with plans to eventually marry and start a family. Chris and Laura’s new home gives them the space they craved with a large kitchen and family space leading out to the garden, and three generous double bedrooms, the master with en-suite. 
Speaking about their decision to buy a property at Serenity, Chris commented:
“Having lived on the development for three years in a rented flat, we decided to set up our family home here because of the fantastic location. We’re close to entertainment, restaurants and shops, and we’ve always loved the design of the development and the variety of homes available here.
“We chose the Hinton housetype because of the vast amount of space it offers, which is just what we needed as we prepare to start a family. We really love the three storey living it offers and have long-admired the first floor terrace from the living room on the other homes at Serenity, so we’re thrilled to make use of this feature and will be a fantastic addition to our outdoor space in the warmer months. The bedrooms are also extremely spacious, all double sized, which is something you don’t always get with other developers.
Chris continued:
“We would not have been able to do this without the help of Gail, the Sales Adviser at Serenity. She was fantastic from the moment we decided we wanted to buy on the development and being first time buyers, we didn’t have any knowledge of the housebuying process, but Gail ensured we did everything we needed to, whilst picking up everything else that she could for us. Nothing was too much to ask for, and what is known to be a stressful time was made easy!”
Gail Slack, Sales Adviser at Serenity, said: “It is wonderful to see buyers enjoying the benefits of the Help To Buy scheme to make buying their dream home a reality. It was a pleasure to be able to help Chris and Laura progress from renting a flat at Serenity to eventually owning a home here! I love being part of the process, so I’m so pleased they had a great experience with us!”
Serenity offers a range of stylish one and two bedroom apartments as well as spacious three and four bedroom homes in an attractive lakeside developed. Located close to Doncaster Dome, there’s a fantastic range of local shops and restaurants as well as excellent transport links. Homes are available to purchase from £99,995.


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