Experts answer burning questions from house-hunters in online launch for new North Derbyshire housing scheme

A developer has come up with a unique way to launch its new North Derbyshire scheme – with a mortgage adviser and sales executive answering questions online.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 9:21 pm

Lovell Homes set up the scheme for its Stephenson Grange development in Holmewood, with traditional launches unable to take place due to coronavirus restrictions.

The virtual launch saw the firm set up a buyers’ guide with sales executive Joanne James answering questions on the firm’s Instagram channel, and Mark Finch, director of Mortgage Pathways, offering expert mortgage advice for first-time buyers in an online video.

Joanne, from Chesterfield, said: “It can seem overwhelming when buying a house, especially as a first-time buyer, and it is apparent the different types of mortgage rates available, including the government’s new 5 per cent mortgage scheme, the stamp duty holiday, and the Help to Buy Scheme are topics Chesterfield house-hunters were desperate to find out more about.

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“In normal circumstances we would have opened our doors and invited people in to celebrate our launch.

"However, obviously things must be done differently at the moment and we’ve actually found people enjoy being able to do some research from their sofa, before making an appointment to visit.”

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Development designed to appeal to wide audience

The marketing suite at Stephenson Grange, Holmewood.

Stephenson Grange is a 156-home development of two, three and four-bedroom properties designed to suit everyone “from first-time buyers, growing families or those looking towards retirement”, with two-bedroom homes already released starting from £169,000 and three-bedroom homes priced from £195,000.

It also includes 38 properties available for affordable rent or shared ownership via Together Homes, in a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments and two and three-bedroom houses.

Colette Ben Tarcha, Lovell sales director, said: “The development has been designed to appeal to a wide audience with different house types available, each with a contemporary feel and suitable to cater for all needs.

“We have three show homes available for viewings, the two-bedroom semi-detached Fairhaven, three-bedroom semi-detached Lansdown and the three-bedroom detached Puttenham, each offering different layouts.

Inside Lovell Homes' Puttenham show home at Stephenson Grange, Holmewood.

“Our show homes also have a family-friendly interior design, which gives a great idea of space to show future residents how they can design their home.”

The first homes should be ready by summer, with the development expected to be completed in 2023.

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Joanne James, from Chesterfield, the new sales executive at Stephenson Grange.

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Mark Finch, director of Mortgage Pathways.