A young family from Warton, Preston, have celebrated with Barratt Homes Manchester, as the housebuilder’s 1000th Help to Buy customer in the North West region.
Anna, 31, and Alastair Griffiths, 32, along with their two children, Lucy, 6 and George, 3, have finally realised their home ownership dreams, with a little help from the Government’s Help to Buy Isa and Equity Loan schemes.
The couple, who moved into three bedroom home at Barratt Manchester’s Highgate Park development in Warton, were previously staying with family in a bid to save for the deposit needed to buy a home – a situation which Barratt says is surprisingly common.
Like many families trying to step on the property ladder, Anna, who works for the Preston Jaguar dealership, and Alastair, a business and banqueting manager at Ribby Hall, had been forced to take drastic action to raise the funds they needed for a deposit.
After many months renting, the couple finally moved in with Alastair’s Mum in Kirkham, which after six months, enabled them to put aside what they needed.
As Anna comments: “Staying with family when you are grown up with kids is no small decision – but without the support of Alastair’s mum – we’d have been wasting money on renting for years to come.
“As soon as we viewed the house at Highgate Park, we knew it was perfect for us. The location is idyllic and the house itself is exactly what we wanted. It’s ideally situated for us – near to family and good schools. With our savings and the Help to Buy schemes, we managed to buy our dream home.”
Commenting on Barratt Homes Manchester’s Help to Buy milestone, Barratt Manchester Sales Director, Michaela Lancaster, said: “Help to Buy has been a huge help to families like Mr and Mrs Griffiths all over our region. Without it, many working people who would once easily have been able to buy, would still be locked out of the home ownership market.
“As well as the 1000 completed sales to date, we also have dozens more completions in the pipeline. We’re delighted that momentum for the scheme continues to thrive.”