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Dartford MP celebrates Help to Buy success as 1000th customer purchases home

PUBLISHED: 07:00 02 May 2018

Gareth Johnson MP, Mayor of Dartford Cllr Rosanna Currans, Charles Hudson-Beddows (1000th customer), Natalie Perry, Sales & Marketing Director at BDW Kent, Sally Salmon, Sales Advisor. Picture: Barratt Kent

Gareth Johnson MP, Mayor of Dartford Cllr Rosanna Currans, Charles Hudson-Beddows (1000th customer), Natalie Perry, Sales & Marketing Director at BDW Kent, Sally Salmon, Sales Advisor. Picture: Barratt Kent

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Dartford MP Gareth Johnson attended an event last week to celebrate the 1000th homebuyer to purchase a property with Barratt Homes in Kent using the government’s Help to Buy equity loan scheme.

Barratt Kent was delighted that the milestone homebuyer used Help to Buy to help them purchase a family home at its Phoenix Quarter development in Temple Hill, Dartford.

On the day, the company welcomed the 1000th customers, Charles and John Hudson-Beddows, to celebrate their purchase.

As well as the MP, the housebuilder also hosted the Mayor of Dartford, Cllr Rosanna Currans, alongside internal representatives.

Gareth Johnson MP said: “It is excellent that 1000 customers have used Help to Buy to purchase a home with Barratt Homes in Kent, and I hope that this number continues to grow.

“More people than ever are now able to own a property as a direct result of Help to Buy, and it is something that all those eligible for should take advantage of.”

Homeowner Charles Hudson-Beddows added: “Using Help to Buy has allowed us to purchase a three-bedroom home at Phoenix Quarter.

“We had been saving as much as we could for around five years to try to get on the property ladder, so we were delighted to discover Help to Buy, which meant we could finally afford to buy our own home.

“Living nearby we were able to watch it being built whenever we walked past.

“You could keep an eye on progress and we were able to shape the finishing touches.”

The scheme is available to all homebuyers buying a brand new home up to the value of £600,000 - whether for first-time buyers or for those further up the property ladder.

Help to Buy is expected to last until the end of 2020 and so homebuyers hoping to benefit from the scheme still have two years to do so.

Natalie Perry, director of sales and marketing for Barratt Kent, said: “Help to Buy is a fantastic scheme, and Kent in particular has certainly benefited from it.

“To reach 1000 Help-to-Buy customers is a real achievement and we are thrilled that this purchase happened at our Phoenix Quarter development.”

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