Love at first sight for first-time home buyers Jack and Tina

14 November 2018

Roman Heights Jack and TinaIt was love at first sight for Jack Saunders and Tina Bagley when they visited Roman Heights, a new part of the Lichfield community, and now thanks to Help to Buy and Bovis Homes, the couple have made a dream move into their very first home there.

Jack, a business development manager, and Tina, an accountant, made the decision to move in together and get on the property ladder earlier this year, and after visiting a Help to Buy show in Birmingham, the couple decided a new-build home would be the ideal choice.

“We realised that with the Help to Buy – Equity Loan scheme, we would be able to get much more, so we started to look at new-build homes,” says Jack. “We decided to visit Roman Heights one weekend and loved it instantly. We went back the next day and put our deposit down!”

Roman Heights wallThe Government’s Help to Buy – Equity Loan scheme is exclusively available for new-build properties and is available to first-time buyers and existing home owners alike. With the scheme, the Government provides a loan of up to 20 per cent of the property’s value, which means the buyer only needs to secure a mortgage for 75 per cent and a five per cent deposit.

“Tina was living in Sutton Coldfield and I was in Tyseley,” says Jack. “We looked around the area at a few new-builds, but as soon as we walked into the Bovis Homes sales centre, we knew we were in good hands. Barney and Charlotte, the sales advisors were brilliant.”

Jack and Tina selected the three-bedroom Southwold, which has an open-plan kitchen and living area with French doors out into the garden and an en-suite bathroom in the master bedroom.

“The layout is great and just perfect for us. It’s amazing to have an en suite and the bedrooms are really good sizes,” says Jack.

“The whole process was so smooth and straight-forward! Moving to a new house is a breeze! Using the Help to Buy scheme was really easy and Barney and Charlotte were great, helping us every step of the way.”

The couple were able to visit their home through the build stages and were given the chance to personalise it by choosing their own tiles and kitchen units.

“We were given so much choice, which was brilliant,” says Jack. “We are really happy with our selections and the kitchen and bathroom look great!

“Barney and Charlotte were brilliant. Nothing was ever too much trouble for them and everything we asked for was always dealt with,” says Jack. “They still pop over now to ask if everything is okay and to have a catch-up. We had a great experience with Bovis Homes.”

Roman Heights in Lichfield offers a variety of three, four and five-bedroom homes. For further information, visit the sales centre open daily, 10am until 5pm or contact the team on 01543 544041 or go to