Unstoppable Second Time Buyer Goes Ahead With Move

Despite the property market seemingly screeching to a halt earlier this year as Britain went into lockdown, some buyers were still able to complete their new home moves. Second stepper Stacey Bates (36) was able to do just that, and moved with her daughter Evie (8), into their new three-bedroom, semi-detached home at Fernham Homes’ Empire Park development in Greenhithe, Kent on 15th May.

Stacey explains: “As I was moving to a new build property the risks were minimal, and I fortunately wasn’t reliant on removal companies, so decided to go ahead. The move itself went very smoothly – Fernham kept in contact with me and provided updates throughout the entire process, even more so than my own solicitor! When it came to moving day, the keys were waiting for me at the address and the house had been deep cleaned, so it was very safe and easy to move into.”

Stacey continues: “I’m definitely glad that I didn’t postpone the move. Being in our new home has given myself and my daughter much more space, and on the days that I’ve worked from home I’ve been able to potter around and get things sorted in the house. My brother’s family also live on the development, so we have been able to easily check up on each other and say hello – from a distance!”

Set in a quiet valley in northern Kent, the development at Empire Park features a mix of detached and semi-detached three, four and five-bedroom homes, all with private gardens and garages. The exteriors reflect traditional Kent architecture, while inside, the homes have been beautifully equipped and finished including Bosch integrated appliances in the kitchen, energy-efficient boilers and turfed gardens with sandstone patios.

Stacey continues: “Although my previous home in Greenhithe was also a three-bedroom house, the quality at Fernham is a world apart. Compared to other new builds that I looked at in the area, the finishes are far superior. I also really like the sense of community at the development – there are only 28 homes, six yet to be sold, and as it’s a cul-de-sac set away from the road, my daughter can play outside with her friends whilst the adults keep an eye and make sure they’re social distancing.

“As a Detective Sargent in the Metropolitan Police I’ve been working throughout lockdown and Evie has still been attending school, which has definitely helped us to maintain a routine during the move. The community is also really supportive – everyone is so friendly and chatty, and we have a Mums’ Whatsapp group which we’ve used to help each other out with the shopping. As most people living at the development have young families, the windows are full of rainbows and everyone joined in with ‘Clap for Carers’. I feel very confident that my new neighbours would happily help out with any issues – moving to Empire Park is one hundred per cent the best thing I’ve ever done.”

Lynne Smith, Sales and Marketing Director for Fernham Homes, commented: “It’s great to see buyers like Stacey making their way up the property ladder, and we’re so pleased that we were able to help her complete her move during the lockdown period. We know how important it is for buyers to be able to move into their new homes on time, which is why we are so proud to have helped 6 new residents move to our developments since lockdown began on 23rd March. It’s vital that we help to keep the housing market moving, and we are over the moon that our sales suites and show homes have been able to reopen on an appointment only basis, as this means we can continue helping people to find their perfect home.”

Just 10 minutes’ drive from Ebbsfleet International station, the homes at Empire Park are perfectly situated for homeowners to experience the best of both worlds. The trip into the capital takes from just 17 minutes, yet the development is within walking distance of Swanscombe Heritage Park and the banks of the Thames. Less than ten minutes’ drive away are Beacon Wood Country Park and Darenth Country Park with its Site of Special Scientific Interest, whilst three Outstanding Areas of National Beauty – Surrey Hills, High Weald and the Kent Downs – are all under an hour’s drive away, as is the coast. Shoppers will also appreciate the fact that Bluewater shopping centre, one of the largest in Europe, is just two miles away.

Stacey said: “My commute to Woolwich only takes 30 minutes, yet we are surrounded by country walks and green spaces so the location really couldn’t get any better for myself or my daughter.”

Part of the attraction of the new homes at Empire Park is the green spaces that are being carefully curated around the new community at Ebbsfleet Garden City, including seven parks with impressive views and new Thames-side walkways that will give the public access to the waterfront for the first time in more than a century.

Stamp Duty Holiday to help you make that move

Lynne Smith, Sales & Marketing Director at Fernham Homes, commented on the Chancellor’s stamp duty announcement: “It’s great to see that property’s under £500,000 bought as a main residence will be stamp-duty free until 31st March 2021, with homes worth more also available with a lower stamp duty bill.”

“With savings of up to £15,000, now is a great time to move home – especially as many of us want to embark on a lifestyle or location change. Our site staff can explain how buying a new home just got more affordable and how the stamp duty saving can be used in conjunction with Help to Buy.

Why not browse Fernham’s current developments? We have homes for sale across Kent for less than £500,000 – making them stamp duty free.