Atiya, a systems integrated test engineer from Manchester, recently bought a two bedroom home at our Poet’s Place development in Levenshulme. She said:
I knew I wanted 2017 to be the year I bought my first home. I was keen to find a new build property in south Manchester, close to my family and job. I recognised that was going to be tricky as it’s such a popular and pricey area.
I began looking further afield than the usual hotspots of Chorlton and Didsbury and thought about Levenshulme. I knew the area and heard it had become gentrified and fashionable. I was first alerted to Poet’s Place after I passed some signage outside the development. I then looked online at the Plumlife website and began my property search by registering on the Help to Buy site. I’d heard about Shared Ownership and looked into it further on the site.
The buying process was fairly fast. I started house hunting in October 2016. I heard about Great Places Housing Group, then went onto the Plumlife website, which is the sales part of the company. I asked to be sent a brochure for Poet’s Place and made an appointment and looked around the show home in November. As soon as I arrived on site a rainbow appeared, which is always a positive sign! After looking around the show home I knew I could see myself living there. I liked the layout and it was modern and bright. It created the right impression. I liked it so much that I made the decision to purchase the following day!
Once I made that choice it was time to think about the financials. I met with a mortgage advisor to discuss arranging a 15 year mortgage. I then set about getting quotes from a few solicitors for the conveyancing costs. I ended up putting down a 15% deposit of £15,000 and I now pay a monthly rent of approximately £80 and £600 for my mortgage.
Once construction onsite had finished in early February 2017 I was given the keys. The feeling of walking into my new home, which I now owned, was amazing. I am now moving in slowly and gradually unpacking. I’ve been busy choosing curtains and cushions to make my new house feel homely.
I like living in Levenshulme and feeling part of a bohemian and diverse community. On my doorstep there are lots of different independent shops, from the Saturday farmer’s market, to Trove, a café and the antiques centre. Poet’s Place itself is a friendly site, I’ve chatted to my neighbours and already feel really welcome here.