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Darling gives first-time buyers a welcome boost

He commented: “We’ve seen some positive signs that recovery in the housing market is now underway, but first time buyers are still finding it difficult to get on the property ladder. These changes could benefit them over the next two years and, of course, enabling more people to buy their first home is also good news for the rest of the housing market.”

Taylor Wimpey is offering a range of new homes for sale across the region that will now be exempt from stamp duty. These can be found at the following developments:


Oakhampton, Hilton                                           Tel: 0845 026 3834

Hopping Mill Meadow, Milford                              Tel: 0845 026 3859

Taylor Wimpey already has a number of initiatives in place to help first time buyers.

The housebuilder has recently introduced a scheme which invites family and friends to help purchasers with the cash deposit they need to buy a new home and in return Taylor Wimpey will pay them a guaranteed return of 5% per annum for five years on the sum invested. Family and Friends Advantage, as the scheme is known, is available on deposits of up to 20% of the purchase price.

Another way the housebuilder is assisting buyers with their deposit is through its Deposit Match scheme. This initiative sees Taylor Wimpey match a buyer’s deposit, up to 10% of the purchase price, via an interest free loan over 10 years. Alternatively, it can contribute a 5% deposit on selected homes.

The Easystart Scheme is also available on selected plots, whereby purchasers can buy a new home and pay as little as 85% of the price straight away. A 5% deposit is paid on exchange of contracts and a further 80% is paid via their prearranged mortgage on completion. Taylor Wimpey will loan the remaining 15%, secured by a legal charge, with no rent or interest to pay for up to 10 years. This offer is limited to selected homes priced up to £150,000.

For further information on how Taylor Wimpey is helping first time buyers across the North Midlands, call 01543 496 700 or visit www.taylorwimpey.co.uk