First-time buyers take a step on the property ladder in Edinburgh

First-time buyers Nilufar and Hasan both work in Finance in Edinburgh, and they loved the feel of the family-friendly neighbourhood at Taylor Wimpey’s Bankfield Brae so much that it’s where they chose to buy their first family home not long after the birth of their daughter Haniyah.  

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Attractive fixed price

The couple started their homebuying journey when she was just a few months old. Now she’s almost two and they can’t quite believe how perfect Bankfield Brae has turned out for them all as Nilufar explains: “After we got married, we lived with both sets of parents and enjoyed the experience of living with our large families. But we always knew that when the time was right that we would want to invest in our own property.

“Initially we thought we wanted an older property, but the Edinburgh property market is really competitive, and we were never successful in the ‘offers-over’ situation so that was beginning to feel very frustrating.

“We started to turn our attention to new builds because they are a fixed price, and that gives you the absolute certainty of how much the property will cost and then you can work out what you can afford."

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Perfect location

We also needed to buy somewhere that had good transport links into Edinburgh so we can both get to work easily.

“We just fell in love with this location – it’s the halfway point between both sets of grandparents, and it’s such a family-friendly neighbourhood with a choice of transport options into Edinburgh.

“Although we’re in the suburbs and it feels quiet, we’re just a 5-minute drive from Fort Kinnaird retail park which just has everything you need and more. We also have the library on the doorstep, a choice of two parks and schools nearby too so it really does feel as though we have the best of all worlds.”

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Fantastic home-buying experience

The couple bought their two-bedroom Nicol apartment off-plan, and they were delighted by the support and advice that Taylor Wimpey’s local sales executives gave them as Hasan adds: “Our buying experience with Taylor Wimpey has been fantastic from day one. The whole team has always gone the extra mile to help and support us.

“Our sales executives Jacquie and Nicolle were great. As first-time buyers buying from a plan, we felt a bit nervous about the process, but they gave us lots of advice and really boosted our confidence to be able to make our decision to move. They were so helpful in making sure that we got the right property for us, and they gave us plenty of support throughout the process to make everything go so smoothly.

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“It was so stress-free and easy, and they really made us feel that their development and their service were worth investing in. And we’re so pleased that we did.

“We also had the best service possible from Taylor Wimpey’s IFA First Mortgages – they made everything so easy to understand, helped us to understand what we could afford and that just gave us so much confidence to invest in this property for our family’s future.”

The couple now call the Nicol two-bedroom apartment their home and it’s just ideal for them as Nilufar adds: “I’ve always wanted a long hall in my property, and we were lucky that all three styles of apartments at Bankfield Brae have that feature so I was really spoilt for choice.

“The layout of the Nicol won in the end because it works so well for us and it’s a great family home. We have two good-sized bedrooms, one with an en suite, and the family bathroom is ideal for Haniyah’s bath time, plus the open-plan lounge/diner really works for the way that we live and it’s great to have that space when we have friends, and family over to visit. We’re also lucky that we have a small garden space which Haniyah loves to play in.”

Energy-efficient home

The family has settled in well to life at Bankfield Brae as Hasan comments: “We were so excited to move in and we are delighted by how well everything has turned out for us. The whole team has been superb and the aftercare since we moved in has been great too.

“We’re very pleased that we bought a new-build home too because we are so surprised by how little we have to use the heating, so it feels that we are already benefitting from it being so energy-efficient and we’re loving that too. This really feels like home and it’s lovely to finally be living together as a family.”

Energy efficiency