A YOUNG couple have got to grips with their first home – by helping to build it.
Kayleigh Hickson, 28, and her partner Stuart Curren, 27, decided to celebrate the purchase of their first home in Cleadon Vale, East Shields, by laying a course of its bricks.
The pair were given the chance by house builders Bellway, to lay the foundation bricks of their future home in King George Road.
Kayleigh, an administrative assistant, said: “Being our first home, we both wanted to show that in some small way we were involved in its construction. When Bellway offered us the opportunity to lay a run of bricks, we jumped at the chance. It’s sort of symbolic.”
Kayleigh and Stuart had been saving towards a deposit when the Government’s Help to Buy scheme was announced.
After securing a mortgage with Halifax, they placed down a five per cent deposit to buy their home, and are now benefiting from a 20 per cent five-year interest-free loan from the Government.
Stuart, an engineer, said: “We knew that we had reached a turning point and that finally we would be able to buy a place of our own. The scheme has enabled us to reduce our monthly mortgage repayments during the first five years of owning the property, which is a big help when you are just starting out.”