Date: Friday 20 July 2012
"My fiancé Ray and I were living with our respective parents while saving to pay for a wedding – and then, last year, we found out that I was pregnant.
“This news came as a big shock because all of a sudden we had to postpone our marriage plans and start looking for our first property.
“Because we had not planned to buy a home, we didn’t have much money saved for a deposit, so we knew that FirstBuy at Taylor Wimpey’s Reflections development in Romford was our best chance of stepping on the property ladder.
“FirstBuy offered us an affordable way to become homeowners. Without the scheme, we could never have bought our own place.
“The buying process was easy, we visited the development and then we registered for FirstBuy. Now, just a few months later, we are homeowners.
“We’ve got a two-bedroom apartment that’s on the ground floor, which is really practical because of our son, Oliver. Plus, there’s a spacious terrace area outside for us to enjoy when the sun is out.
“Having our own home is really great – this is the first time we have lived together and it is lovely spending time as a family.”