After years of renting in London, 36 year old Head of Clinical Affairs Samia decided to take her first step onto the property ladder. Having lived between Stanmore and South Harrow, North West London for several years and recently undergoing a tough divorce battle, Samia was keen to stay in the area but start afresh.
Samia says: “After I got divorced I found myself homeless and as a single-parent mum I was eager to bounce back, so I got in touch with the local estate agents who showed me available rented accommodation in Harrow, which was all that I could afford at the time. Living close to the area for so long, I knew it was a safe place where the locals were kind and friendly.”
Samia did not want to waste her money on renting all of her life so when everything had settled and she found a new permanent full time job, Samia was able to save enough money for a deposit and looked for a property through the government’s Help to Buy scheme.
“The Help to Buy is a very clever scheme to help young adults like myself get onto the property ladder. I only needed a 5 per cent deposit, and after 5 years I can repay what I’ve borrowed and even a bit more if the house prices goes up. Without that support, as a single parent I wouldn’t have been able to save enough for a higher deposit and buy a home to call my own.”
After seeing Home Group’s Rayners Lane development, Spectrum, advertised in the local area, Samia started to investigate and immediately made contact to book a viewing when she realised certain plots were available through the government’s scheme to help first time buyers. The development offered everything she was looking for; large and spacious 2-bedroom apartments with an impressive specification.
“I wanted to move into a property that I could have for life, not just short term, so when I came across Spectrum and viewed the Show Home I knew straight away that this was the perfect place for me and my 4-year old son.
“With everything locally a working full time mother needs – good transportation links with Rayners Lane Underground station and frequent bus services at hand, a large Sainsbury’s and Waitrose, lots of green landscaped areas and close to good Catholic schools – Spectrum ticked all of my boxes.”
Samia was quick to reserve a unit and informed Home Group that she wanted to move in by mid-December as she was expecting a visit from a Social Worker and wanted to show off her new home.
“During that period I was in court fighting with my ex-husband about child arrangements for my son and I really wanted them to see me in my new home as it was a point of power for me. I told Home Group the situation and they were extremely helpful, going over and beyond to ensure I was able to exchange and complete on time as they knew it was really important for me to.”
Once Samia had moved in, Home Group’s After Sales Care team visited her to ensure everything was in order and she was happily settled.
“Two days into my move Cheryl came and introduced me to the flat, she had a very good style of explaining everything. I can remember even now all the points she said as it can be quite overwhelming at first, and as a lady if my fuse blows I would panic, but Cheryl thoroughly explained typical situations and all the necessary steps I would need to take.”
With only a few remaining units left available to purchase outright at Spectrum, which includes your stamp duty being paid*, contact our sales team on 0800 073 0600 or visit www.homegroup.org.uk to book a viewing and reserve your new home today.
“Without thinking twice I would definitely recommend Spectrum to anyone looking for a new build property in a good location and really good value for money. The outstanding support you get from the Home Group staff is just immense and you need that when you are exchanging for the first time without any knowledge of the process – just having someone there holding your hand throughout every step of the way is so important.”
*This offer is valid as long as completion takes place by 27th April 2018.