Buying a home can be a daunting prospecting for many – particularly first-time buyers – how did you find the overall experience?
I found the experience exciting, but also stressful at the same time. Being a first-time buyer, you always have that doubt that you're not doing it right - or that people won’t take you serious when you're a younger couple. But it’s exciting knowing that you're working hard to buy your very own home at a young age. We used a mortgage broker, Samantha Nagle and she helped us along the way - without her we would probably still be confused and saving.
Was there a particular area in Dublin you were looking to buy?
As myself and my partner, Rob both work in South Dublin, we would have really loved to work close - for commuting to work each day. We sat down and made a list of places that we would love to live - and then checked the average house prices in those areas - and we were able to narrow it down.
As the house prices were very high, it was difficult, but we had always said Lucan would be a great option from the beginning of our search, so we were very fortunate to have found Newpark.
Why did you choose Adamstown – specifically, Newpark?
While we were saving, we were out on drives on Sunday afternoons. looking at different estates and visiting show homes to get a feel for the different areas and homes, and we really took to Adamstown.
I really love the countryside and Rob really loves being in Dublin, so when we went to Adamstown, we got a really good feel about it.
There is high demand for housing in Dublin, were you worried that you might miss out?
I was very worried that it would take a very long time. I have a few friends that are waiting a long time to buy the right home.
We were very lucky that when Newpark phase 2 was launched, I was able to get up there early to secure a home. At that moment, it was a big relief to be that bit closer, even though it wasn’t ours yet.
How important was Help to Buy in the search for your first home?
Without Help to Buy, I definitely don’t feel like we would have bought our home this year.
It took a huge weight off our shoulders and really helped us to get on that property ladder.
Describe your experience dealing with the sales advisors at Newpark
So far it has been positive. Any questions I had since our purchase have been answered.
Gemma Moore (Savills New Homes) has been a great help through this process, and has helped to make it that less stressful when it is such an important and overwhelming time in your life.