Couple Use Help To Buy To Secure First Home

Settling down to begin their family planning in the new Wixams community, a couple in Bedfordshire have secured their first home together using the Help to Buy scheme.

Michael Owens and Emily Platten, both 28-year-old Retail Managers, took advantage of the available tools for purchasing their new home and secured a new build property at Barratt Homes’ development Willow Grove.

Previously living with Emily’s dad, the couple were able to make the move to a three bedroom Maidstone style home with just a 5% deposit and sought professional guidance from an onsite Mortgage Adviser to benefit from a smooth transition.

Michael said: “Using the onsite Mortgage Adviser made moving very simple. The availability of the Help to Buy scheme also contributed to us being able to afford a move, which otherwise may not have happened for several years.

“We’d heard good reviews from colleagues who had moved with Barratt Homes before and Willow Grove is such a nice development with schools and parks on the doorstep.

“In our new home we have the room to start a family, plus a spare bedroom and enough space for us to entertain and comfortably enjoy being outside in the garden.”Michael & Emily in their new home which they bought with help to buy scheme

A large number of parents with young children are moving into the new homes at Willow Grove, discovering the appeal of one of Bedfordshire’s property hotspots.

Michael continued: “In terms of the nearby amenities, we’re perfectly located with good local shops and green open spaces. We have several options for taking the dog for a walk, a large retail park and supermarkets close by and there’s a short journey into the town centre.

“A village hall, schools, play areas and parks make it a friendly atmosphere and is the ideal setting for families.”

Alison Raine, Sales Director at Barratt Homes Northampton, said: “We’re delighted to hear that Michael and Emily have chosen Willow Grove as the location for their first home.

“This new community in Wixams really is the perfect place for a growing family to call home, with a variety of amenities and a welcoming environment.

“Michael and Emily are a great example of purchasers using Help to Buy to take that first step on the property ladder and we’d certainly encourage more first time buyers to do so.”  

Willow Grove currently has a variety of two, three, four and five bedroom properties available with prices starting from £234,495.

For more information about the development, please call the Barratt Homes sales team on 033 3355 8481 or visit


June 11, 2019

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