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Alexandra, Andrew and Jude Robertson are the first buyers to take advantage of the Help to Buy scheme in Yorkshire

Alexandra, Andrew and Jude Robertson are the first buyers to take advantage of the Help to Buy scheme in Yorkshire

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The newest residents at a development in Penistone are the first in the county to secure a new home for 75 per cent of the purchase price under a Government scheme.

First-time buyers Alexandra Robertson, aged 30 and her husband Andrew, aged 29, had been renting in Huddersfield and desperately wanted to move before the imminent arrival of their second child.

They heard about the new Help to Buy scheme from friends.

The Robertsons were excited to find out that they could take their first step on to the property ladder, with just a four per cent deposit and access to low mortgage finance.

The couple looked at developments that offered the scheme and chose Barratt Yorkshire West’s Saunderson Gardens development in Penistone.

Civil servant Alexandra said: We have been in rented accommodation for such a long time and have struggled to raise a ten per cent deposit to buy a home of our own.

“This whole process has been brilliant and the sales team arranged everything from financial advice, to meetings with solicitors, making the whole buying process completely stress free.”

The Help to Buy initiative, launched on 1 April, dramatically improves the prospect of owning a home or moving home.

The scheme provides new-build homebuyers with the prospect of a 20 per cent equity loan from the Government, with no interest payable for the first five years.

Barratt is offering Help to Buy on properties up to £600,000.

For more information on Barratt Homes developments and the Help to Buy scheme call central sales on 0844 8115533 or visit www.barratthomes.co.uk