Help to Buy scheme changes lives

Life changing move.

Having poured money into rent for over a decade, Nikki Corcoran and husband Liam used the Government's Help to Buy scheme to purchase their own home at St George's Place, the Hopkins Homes development at Sprowston in Norfolk, and find some stability for their young family.

"After 11 years of renting I hate to think how much money we put into someone else's house," says Nikki. "But when our landlord put the house on the market, we decided to take the plunge. "Originally I was drawn to older properties but was interested to see what we could afford through the Help to Buy scheme. We visited St George's Place and were pleasantly surprised by the size and style of house we could afford for a mortgage payment very similar to what we had been paying in rent."

Securing stability was also a major factor in the couple's decision to buy, as the couple have three young children, the oldest of whom is autistic. "There was always a worry with renting that the landlord would ask for the house back," says Nikki. "This happened to us a couple of times and it was very hard for the children, particularly my older son, to understand and accept. We started our househunt with the future very much in mind; to be able to say to the children with certainty that this will always be our home made a huge difference to us and to them.

"We chose a three-bedroom townhouse which has a bedroom with ensuite on the first floor which is ideal for our older son, giving him his own space as he grows up. "Our house looks out over a grassed area which is a lovely space for the children to ride bikes or play. "My autistic son has always wanted a dog but our landlord didn't allow us to have one. Since moving in to our new home we have been able to get a puppy who we all adore and is my son's constant companion."