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Joe and Molly get help to break free from renting

By Mercury reporter

A couple have used the Help to Buy scheme to break loose from renting and buy their first home together at Barratt Homes’ development The Furlongs in Bourne.

Joe Johnson, 29, and Molly Newman, 24, a store manager and an administrator, were renting a property in Bishop’s Stortford for four years before taking advantage of the government-backed scheme to move to the Haydock Park Drive development.

Joe and Molly in their new home at The Furlongs (4954911)
Joe and Molly in their new home at The Furlongs (4954911)

Molly said: “We decided to choose a new build property so we were able to use the Help to Buy scheme and we loved the idea of moving into a house with everything being brand new.

“Being able to put down the five per cent deposit really helped us save a lot quicker. If we were unable to use the Help to Buy Scheme it would have been a few more years until we were able to buy a house like this.

“Joe’s grandad had worked for Barratt Homes for many years and we had only ever heard really good things about the developer. We loved the quality and the finish of the new builds and the design of the Kingsville style home was perfectly suited to what we wanted.”

The couple had been gradually saving money each month and even walked to work instead of driving to be able to achieve their dream home.

After Joe was offered a promotion at a store in Stamford, he and Molly decided to relocate and settled into the three-storey, four bedroom Kingsville property.

Molly said: “When we visited The Furlongs we were made to feel really welcome and it felt like the right place to buy our first home together.

“We love how much space we have, and the garden and garage are brilliant.

“We have enjoyed gradually adding new bits of furniture and really making it our

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