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First-time buyers Robert and David step on the property ladder at Bakers Quarter

First-time buyers Robert and David step on the property ladder at Bakers Quarter

Robert Wayman and David Norman have just opened the door to their first home at Bakers Quarter, Taylor Wimpey's sought after development in Eastleigh, Hampshire, thanks to the Government's Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme.

In May 2016 the couple moved out of the two bedroom apartment they rented in Southampton and were handed the keys to a beautiful brand new three-bedroom semi detached 'Hamford' at Bakers Quarter, after they decided to purchase their first home together.

"We were renting an apartment in Southampton for a while when we decided to buy our first home together and take a step on the property ladder," says Robert, who works at the University of Southampton.

"Our apartment was built in the 1960s, so we liked the idea of a new build because there are no hidden surprises - you have a warranty and aftercare, plus the Help to Buy scheme was hugely beneficial for enabling us to get on the property ladder."

With the Help to Buy Equity Loan, eligible buyers can secure a Government loan for up to 20% of the full price of their new home - so they only require a 75% loan-to-value mortgage and a deposit as low as 5%.

The scheme is available on new-build properties up to the value of £600,000 and there is no salary cap for customers who take advantage of the scheme.

"I'd highly recommend the scheme - it was really easy and straightforward and it meant we didn't need such a large deposit," explains Robert. "Thanks to the initiative we're paying back more of our mortgage than we are on interest as we've been able to get a better rate."

Now that they've moved into their new home the couple have even more reason for it to be a special place, as it's where they got engaged.

"On the day we move in we had a bit of a joke that we have to go and find our local chip shop," says Robert. "There we were surrounded by all of our belongings in boxes with our chips, so we opened a bottle of bubbly when David turned and stopped me and got down on one knee to propose!

"We haven't set a date for the wedding yet but we have a few ideas in mind and there's a charming theatre at the end of our road which we love, so we're hopefully going to be the first people to have a wedding there!"

The style of the 'Hamford' and the location of Bakers Quarter offered Robert and David the perfect place to start their new lives.

"We loved the 'Hamford' as it's a very traditional style home with a lovely garden, and the back of the house has a nice 'L' shape design with a flat roof extension," continues Robert.

"The location of the Bakers Quarter is perfect - we're a five minute walk from Eastleigh railway station, so we can easily commute to places like London.

"It takes me only about 20 minutes to drive to work in Southampton and it's also convenient for David as he works at B&Q head office across town. Our house is close to the centre where there are lots of nice restaurants and amenities such as a leisure centre."

The couple were able to make a hassle-free move thanks to the excellent customer service provided by Taylor Wimpey.

Robert adds: "The team have been really good and Holly the Sales Executive is always really lovely and helpful. They have a difficult job sometimes having to deal with so many different people but communication was always great throughout the process."

There's a wonderful selection of three bedroom homes currently available to reserve at Bakers Quarter, priced from £315,000.

Interested buyers should make an appointment to visit the Sales Information Centre at Bakers Quarter, located off Toynbee Road, Eastleigh, SO50 9YU, and open daily from 10am to 5pm (Mondays 1pm to 5pm). The Sales Executive can be contacted on 0238 202 3079.