Mo takes up residence in “The White House” with Help to Buy
Coming back to the UK after 13 years working in America, Mo Kadir thought he might have to wait a while to get onto the property ladder, but thanks to the Help to Buy scheme, he was able to purchase what he describes as his own “White House” at Hazelton Homes’ Hine Park development in Humberstone, Leicester, in less than 12 months after his return.A technical sales engineer, Mo is originally from Leicester. He says: “Before I moved back, I did a lot of research, reading blogs from ex-pats and so on, to get all the advice I needed to quickly build up my credit rating and be in a position to buy a property. I started off by looking at London and Leicester, but decided on Leicester so I could be close to my family, particularly my mum.”Like many people wanting to move onto the property ladder, the deposit might have been a stumbling block, but he found out about the government-backed Help to Buy Scheme. This enables anyone buying a new-build home to purchase with just a 5% deposit and a 75% mortgage. The remaining 20% is covered by an equity loan from the Government, which is interest free for the first five years.
Mo was actually on the point of putting a deposit down on another property when he spotted the site board for Hine Park, which is just a few minutes’ drive from his mother. He immediately Googled the development, liked the look and visited the following morning, which was a Saturday. He says: “I had been researching lots of developments and I immediately liked the look of Hine Park. It was in a nice area that I knew well from 20 years ago; it’s very quiet with good local facilities. I saw the show home first and there was another completed plot, which I went in to. I walked in and liked it immediately.”
At the point when he saw the white rendered 4-bedrom Billesdon, Mo still had the chance to choose the kitchen and interior finishes, so he returned on the Monday, made his choices and reserved the plot. Members of his family, who work in the housing industry, quickly endorsed his decision as Mo explains: “My brother was heavily involved in the redevelopment of the borough of Stratford for the London Olympics and my cousin is an architect. When they looked at the home they were very impressed – they particularly commented on the good fixtures and quality of appliances – and gave me the green light to go ahead!”
Mo really liked the layout, which includes a “huge” dual-aspect living room, which he has been able to divide with seating into what he describes as a “chill out” area and a separate space for watching TV. He says: “All of the rooms are a really good size and overall it is a very attractive design. Because of the rendering, I call it my own “White House” and I have marked my time in America with a New York skyline on my office wall. I have been posting lots of photographs and my Facebook friends in the States absolutely love the design details, particularly the circular window over the front door.”
Humberstone is an attractive leafy suburb of Leicester with good local amenities, easy access to the city centre and is a good location for commuting with junctions 21 and 22 of the M1 close by. Ideal for family life, it has a good choice of state and private schools and excellent leisure facilities. Hine Park offers a range of superbly designed family homes set around a conversion of former Victorian hospital buildings.
Individually designed, the homes offer a range of well-planned and spacious accommodation, excellent fittings and fixtures and – a plus for the energy-conscious homeowner some plots include PV panels for generating electricity.
Currently available are a choice of 4 and 5-bedroom homes, starting at £315,000. The sales office at Hine Park is open Thursday to Monday from 10.30am to 5.30pm and can be contacted on 0844 376 7700.