Annabelle Newman is a busy woman. A corporate lawyer in the pharmaceutical industry by day, and a music lawyer by night. So when it came to buying her first home, once she found Bovis Homes' Shinfield Meadows location, the process of buying a new house proved a lot simpler than she first thought.
"I had been looking to buy my first home for a while, but with price and location very important, and time at a premium, I'd not found what I was looking for," Annabelle explains. "I had been renting for a long time and had started to wonder if I'd ever be able to afford my own place."
A keen mountain biker and motorcyclist, Annabelle was looking for a house, rather than an apartment, with a garden and off-road parking. It wasn't until she visited Shinfield Meadows near Reading that she began to see how close her dream first home was.
"I hadn't expected a new-build home to be affordable," she says. "However, after speaking to the sales team, who took the time to explain the process to me, I was introduced to the Government's Help to Buy Equity scheme. It was then I realised I could afford to buy!"
With the Help to Buy equity loan, the Government lends buyers up to 20% of the cost of their newly-built home, so they only need a 5% cash deposit and a 75% mortgage to make up the rest.
After looking around the two-bed Amberley house type, Annabelle decided she'd found the home for her, and made her reservation.
"I was really taken with the Amberley and its open-plan layout. It felt really roomy and my plot came with a beautiful, south-facing garden too, which I love," says Annabelle.
"I need my home to be my sanctuary and the idea that I could just move straight in, without needing to do any work to it, was really appealing. Thanks to the sales team and the independent mortgage advisor, I knew that I was getting my own home at only a slightly higher monthly cost to when I was renting," she explains.
After making her reservation, Annabelle found the process of completing on her home a lot easier than she had expected.
She said: "There were some small issues along the way, as there always are in any legal process, but Candy and Jane in the sales office were fantastic, I couldn't rate them highly enough. They were always on the end of a phone and dedicated to sorting every detail or issue as it arose.
"Now I've been settled in my new home for a few weeks, it's such an amazing feeling to own my own place and to make it how I want it to be!"