LOCAL WOMAN’S TEN MINUTE PHONE CALL WINS £1,000 FROM METRIX
Peterborough-based marketing communications company Metrix Marketing (www.metrixmarketing.co.uk) has made a ten minute phone call extremely lucrative for one lucky Oakham resident.
During March and April this year, Metrix carried out some market research that invited people buying and selling houses to talk about their experiences searching for a new home.
The market research, sponsored by local housebuilder Larkfleet Homes (www.larkfleethomes.co.uk), asked homebuyers how easy they found the hunt for their ideal home and what housebuilders could do to improve their offering – from the houses themselves through to the way information is presented on websites.
Everyone who took part in the research had their name entered into a draw and Oakham resident Alison Sharp’s details were drawn from over 100 entries to win the £1,000 prize.
Like all participants, Alison took part in a brief, ten minute telephone call in which she talked to Metrix about her experience of looking for a new home. As an Oakham resident, Alison’s feedback involved a discussion of Larkfleet’s Leighfield Park showhome just outside the town and how impressed she was with the quality of the development and helpful sales team.
Alison said: “I can’t quite believe that I have won! The market research was very easy to take part in and I was happy to give my views to try and help improve the home buying process for others. A ten minute phone call was well worth this fantastic prize!”
Hannah Thomas from Metrix Marketing presented Alison with her prize money at Larkfleet Homes’ Leighfield Park development in Oakham. She said: “I am really pleased to present Alison with her prize money. We valued the views of all our market research participants and the collated information will be very helpful in informing the future design and marketing of new-build homes – benefiting both housebuilders and housebuyers in the future.”
Larkfleet Homes’ Leighfield Park development in Oakham is aimed at families looking for a stylish, traditional home that allows them to enjoy rural life while still benefiting from good transport links to surrounding towns and cities.
The development currently offers traditionally-styled three, four and five-bedroom properties with prices starting from just £184,995 for a three-bedroom property.
All 143 properties at Leighfield Park will have solar PV (photovoltaic) panels fitted as standard so homebuyers can benefit from reduced energy bills. The PV panels will produce electricity from daylight, generating useable power even on cloudy days. Larkfleet will also provide allotment gardens for residents to encourage a sustainable lifestyle and community.
Larkfleet now offers the government’s new ‘Help to Buy’ scheme at its Leighfield Park development. The Help to Buy scheme allows homebuyers to potentially own 100 per cent of their new home with just a 75 per cent mortgage and 5 per cent deposit.
Leighfield Park, located between the Oakham bypass and Barleythorpe Road, is the first phase of Oakham Heights, Larkfleet’s major urban expansion of Oakham.
For further details on Leighfield Park, please call 01572 722 262 or visit the Larkfleet Homes website – www.larkfleethomes.co.uk.
Metrix Marketing was formerly Smye Holland Associates, a marketing communications company established in 1987. In May 2012 the company changed its name to Metrix Marketing to reflect the wider range of services it offers and its commitment to delivering real, measurable, results for its clients.
LARKFLEET STEAMS INTO SUMMER WITH FREE TRIP ON NENE VALLEY RAILWAY FOR LUCKY SALES OFFICE VISITORS
Larkfleet Homes (www.larkfleethomes.co.uk) is treating residents at one of its developments in Bourne to an afternoon on the Nene Valley Railway – and sales office visitors can come along too, completely free of charge!
Larkfleet is organising the trip on behalf of residents at The Croft (www.thecroftbourne.co.uk), a lifestyle living development for the over 55s, but has some additional pairs of tickets to offer to any potential homebuyers who visit its sales office before the end of May.
The Nene Valley Railway trip will take place on Thursday 6 June. As part of the trip, visitors can join Larkfleet and The Croft residents for an enjoyable afternoon aboard a historic steam engine whilst learning about the railway’s history and enjoying the picturesque surroundings of the Nene Valley area. Afternoon cream tea will be served aboard the train.
All people have to do to claim their free tickets for the Nene Valley Railway trip is to visit The Croft sales office, located on North Road in Bourne, which is open between 10:00 and 17:00 daily. There are only a limited number of spaces available to non-residents, however, and places will be reserved on a first come, first served basis.
In conjunction with the Nene Valley Railway trip, Larkfleet has also launched its ‘Rawnsley Steaming Summer Deal’ and is offering its Rawnsley housetype – a two-bedroom chalet bungalow – for just £189,995, as well as providing buyers with £5,000 towards extras from it’s Just for You range.
The Just for You range enables homebuyers to make their new home as individual as they are – whether it is alternative taps, extra sockets, fireplaces, carpets, curtains or light fittings. Larkfleet’s donation of £5,000 will get buyers well on their way to personalising a new home.
Karl Hick, managing director of Larkfleet Homes, said: “The Croft offers enjoyable community living that allows residents to embrace their interests and hobbies. We have held many popular community events in the past at The Croft but this trip on the Nene Valley Railway offers something a little different.
“I would urge anyone who is interested in the trip to visit the sales office as soon as they can to take advantage of this free opportunity to enjoy and learn more about the UK’s leading steam engine and locomotive attraction.”
The Croft encourages independent lifestyles and offers modern and stylish properties to suit its residents’ needs.
The development consists of 68 one and two-bedroom bungalows and two and three-bedroom chalets arranged around attractively landscaped courtyards. A renovated historic manor house on site serves as the community ‘hub’ and also houses a two-bedroom apartment.
The Croft is being marketed as not only a place to live but as a community of like-minded people who enjoy a lifestyle full of possibilities. Homeowners at The Croft are able to live the life they want to lead, in a secure environment.
Larkfleet understands that different homebuyers’ financial circumstances are varied so it has developed a range of finance schemes and options which it can tailor to suit individual buyers.
For example, if purchasers need help to sell their existing property, Larkfleet, as part of its ‘assisted move scheme’ will provide valuations for their home from two local estate agents. When the current market value is agreed, Larkfleet then manages the process of selling the existing home, right through to exchange of contracts – including liaising with the agents, advertising and negotiating with prospective purchasers. On completion of the sale of the existing home and the purchase of a new home at The Croft, Larkfleet will also pay the estate agents’ fees.
Some homebuyers need a little extra help in order to buy a property. Larkfleet’s independent financial advisors and solicitors will work with buyers in arranging the purchase in the most economical and tax-efficient way.
In addition, on selected plots at The Croft, homebuyers can agree to pay only a percentage of the purchase price and the remaining amount is then provided as an interest-free equity loan by Larkfleet, only repayable when the property is sold.
Nene Valley Railway is the UK’s leading steam engine and locomotive attraction, based at Peterborough’s Nene Valley Station, and covering the stations of Ferry Meadows, Orton Mere, Yarwell Junction, and Wansford.
Call the sales team on 01778 426995, pop in to the sales office located on North Road in Bourne or visit www.thecroftbourne.co.uk for more information on the development or the Nene Valley Railway trip.
‘LATE NIGHT HOUSE HUNTING’ – LARKFLEET HOMES RESPONDS TO RISING HOUSING MARKET
In another sign of confidence returning to the housing market, local housebuilder Larkfleet Homes (www.larkfleethomes.co.uk) has extended the opening times of its sales offices at several developments across the East of England and East Midlands.
Larkfleet’s sales offices were previously open from 10:00 to 17:00 each day. However, sales offices will now be open until 18:30 every Thursday – giving potential home buyers more time during the week to talk though their housing needs with sales staff.
The new Thursday opening hours will be especially useful for those who work a ‘nine to five’ day and would not previously have had the opportunity to visit a Larkfleet sales office during the working week.
With sales offices opening until 18:30 once a week, every week, homebuyers can pop in on their way home from work, leaving more time at the weekends to spend time doing things they enjoy.
Larkfleet managing director Karl Hick commented: “At Larkfleet, we try to make the buying process as convenient and stress-free as possible for our customers. We hope that these new opening times will give some added flexibility for people wishing to visit our sales offices. Not everyone wants to spend their precious weekend time house hunting.
“By offering this later opening time on a Thursday, our homebuyers can pop into a sales office during the week, without having to take any time off work – this is especially useful if they are in the middle of the buying process and require some first hand advice or an update from one of our sales teams. The longer opening hours will also help our sales teams keep up with the many enquires they receive on a weekly basis.”
Larkfleet’s Abbeyfields development in Bourne and The Coppice in Deeping St James, as well as its Leighfield Park development in Oakham will now be open until 18:30 on Thursdays.
The government’s new Help to Buy scheme which allows homebuyers to potentially own 100 per cent of their new home with just a 75 per cent mortgage and 5 per cent deposit. is available on properties at Abbeyfields, Leighfield Park and The Coppice.
With the Help to Buy scheme, after homebuyers have provided a five per cent deposit and obtained a conventional mortgage for just 75 per cent of the purchase price, they will receive an equity loan from the government for the remaining 20 per cent (subject to approval). The equity loan is interest free for five years and can be repaid at any time or on the sale of the home.
The Help to Buy scheme is different to other government schemes as it is not just available to first-time buyers. Current homeowners selling to buy a new home can also benefit from the scheme and there is no cap on household income in order to be eligible. Furthermore, there is no restriction on the number of bedrooms a property may have, so in theory a single person could purchase a four-bedroom property with the Help to Buy scheme.
Larkfleet’s Abbeyfields development is located on the old Co-op site on Spalding Road in Bourne, Lincolnshire, and comprises two and three-bedroom properties with prices starting at just £124,995.
Leighfield Park is the first phase of Oakham Heights, Larkfleet’s major urban expansion of Oakham, located on land between the Oakham bypass and Barleythorpe Road. The development currently offers traditionally-styled three, four and five-bedroom properties starting from £184,995.
Larkfleet is providing allotment gardens for residents at Leighfield Park to encourage a sustainable lifestyle and community. An electric car charging unit is also available on site for residents to use.
The Coppice development – located on the Orchard Field site in Deeping St James – offers 12 two and three-bedroom properties for sale.
Solar photovoltatic (PV) panels will be fitted as standard to every property constructed at The Coppice and Leighfield Park, and to selected properties at Abbeyfields, so homebuyers can benefit from reduced energy bills. The PV panels will produce electricity from daylight, generating useable power even on cloudy days.
Larkfleet Homes is a member of the Larkfleet Group (www.larkfleetgroup.co.uk).
Terms and conditions apply to the Help to Buy scheme. Please visit the Larkfleet Homes website, www.larkfleethomes.co.uk, or contact a sales advisor on 01778 391550 for more information on how the Help to Buy scheme could help you.