Low deposit for a big step on the ladder
Taylor Wimpey’s High Farm development in Middlesbrough is experiencing continued success with the Help to Buy scheme, as more first-time buyers take advantage of the low five per cent deposit to get on the property ladder.
Buyers like Marie Hewitt, who recently moved to the development with her partner Craig Simpson after living with his mum and family in Marske-by-the-Sea, credit the scheme for enabling them to purchase their first home without paying a hefty deposit.
Marie explains: “The Help to Buy initiative has been incredible, as without it we would have been saving for at least another couple of years before we’d have been able to call ourselves home-owners.
“Our new home is the perfect size for us, the location is great and we got it all with just a small five per cent deposit.”
The government-backed Help to Buy scheme gives eligible purchasers the option of securing a home at High Farm with just a five per cent deposit. Buyers also benefit from a 20 per cent equity loan, meaning they only require a 75 per cent loan-to-value mortgage.
Debbie Whittingham, sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey North Yorkshire commented: “Getting that first step on to the property ladder can be tough, particularly for first-time buyers like Marie and Craig, but thanks to Help to Buy that dream home could be within reach.
“High Farm is an extremely popular development so I would advise anybody interested in moving to the area to visit the sales information centre and find out more about what our financial incentives could do for you.”
Marie concludes: “Having access to Help to Buy was absolutely what sealed the deal for us, and we couldn’t be happier in our new home. I would definitely recommend the scheme to anybody in a similar situation to us as it’s such a valuable investment.”
Taylor Wimpey partners with Middlesbrough schools on Walk to School Month
As part of Walk to School Month, which runs throughout October, Taylor Wimpey has provided over 200 high-visibility wrist bands to Caldicotes Primary Academy and Teesville Primary School in order to encourage pupils to walk to school – and help keep them safe on the journey.
Childhood obesity levels are soaring, with a third of ten and 11-year-olds now classed as overweight or obese*; yet walking to school is one of the easiest ways for families to increase their levels of physical activity.
Debbie Whittingham, regional sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey comments: “It’s astonishing that a third of Year six school children nationally are considered overweight or obese; yet just a small amount of physical activity, like walking to school, can make such a huge difference.
“We are committed to supporting the communities where we build our new homes, which is why we have donated over 200 wrist bands to Caldicotes Primary Academy and Teesville Primary School.”
Walk to School Month is an annual nationwide campaign to promote the benefits of walking to school, therefore resulting in healthier young people and less traffic on the roads.
Helen Steele, Principal of Caldicotes Primary Academy explains: "We are a healthy school and aim to support our pupils and families to develop a healthy lifestyle through the curriculum we provide. Equally, as a Green Flag academy, environmental issues are of great interest to us.
“This initiative will support our pupils to stay safe as the nights draw in and impact positively on reducing our carbon footprint by leaving cars at home and walking instead."
Mr Colegate, head teacher at Teesville Primary School continues: “We are very grateful to Taylor Wimpey for this generous donation which will help raise the profile of Walk to School Month amongst pupils and parents alike.”
Both Caldicotes Primary Academy and Teesville Primary School are based just a short distance from Taylor Wimpey’s High Farm development on Skippers Lane in Middlesbrough.
Debbie concludes: “We understand that family life can be busy, but we hope our contribution will help inspire families in Middlesbrough to swap the car for a safe, fun stroll to school instead.”
Taylor Wimpey teams up with Teesside charity
Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation has had a £500 cash-boost from leading property developer Taylor Wimpey.
The Middlesbrough-based charitable movement has used the donation to buy much-needed football kits for its homeless and recovery sports academy.
Andy Preston, chairman at Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation, comments: “It’s great to have a company like Taylor Wimpey on board supporting the work that we’re doing in the local community.
“Our homeless and recovery sports academy has helped so many people from across the region, with the football team in particular helping to boost both life-skills and life-chances for vulnerable people.”
Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation has raised more than £800,000 over the past four years, funding more than 40 local apprenticeships, organising the Big Tees Sleepout to fight poverty and homelessness, and making donations to hundreds of local community groups.
Debbie Whittingham, sales and marketing director at Taylor Wimpey North Yorkshire, explains: “The Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation is a fantastic charity working on numerous great causes, so we jumped at the chance to support this project.
“We understand the importance of sports – especially during recovery, so we hope the new football kits help.”
Andy concludes: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Taylor Wimpey for their generous donation. We hope this marks the start of a great relationship with the company.”