Couple enjoy home comforts thanks to first-time buyers scheme

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A SOUTH Shields couple are looking to the future after becoming the 50th first-time buyers to take advantage of a Government scheme.

Stacey Normandale and her partner Graeme Ballands, 28, used the Help to Buy scheme to purchase their home on Bellway’s Cleadon Vale development in Cleadon Park.

The couple who have moved into a new, three-bedroom, semi-detached home on the estate, are delighted with how easy it’s been.

Stacey, 27, said: “We had been saving for about two-and-a-half years towards a deposit and would still be living with Graeme’s parents now if the Help to Buy scheme had not come along.

“The whole process was pretty straight forward and Bellway kept us informed the whole time, so we had no worries. Thanks to the scheme we have been able to move much quicker than we ever thought possible.”

The Help to Buy scheme was launched by the Government in March 2013 to help stimulate the housing market and assist more people onto the housing ladder.

Since its launch, nearly 70,000 homes have been sold nationally, enabling buyers to take advantage of a minimum five per cent deposit and 25 per cent five-year, interest-free loan.

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