The deadline to apply for one of twelve luxurious homes at significantly discounted prices has been extended for those currently on East Lothian Council’s housing waiting list and other first time buyers in the local area.
House hunters now have until Friday 11th March to register their interest for the innovative project which allows those who fall under the Council’s housing priority ranking system to be in with a chance of purchasing an affordable home built by renowned Scottish developer, CALA Homes.
The properties are set to be sold for up to 43% below market value – meaning savings of up to £85,000 for those who may otherwise be unable to purchase or move at this time, with costs ranging from £91,694 for a one bedroom apartment to £156,300 for a two bedroom bungalow.
CALA Homes expects the offer to be hugely popular, with the lucky purchasers moving into the Gilsland Mews development in North Berwick as early as the summer of 2016.
The move is the first of its type since East Lothian Council’s January announcement of its intention to work with housing developers to offer discounted properties, predominantly to first time buyers on modest incomes to help them step up onto the open market.
At Gilsland Mews, the homebuilder has agreed to deliver 12 affordable properties alongside the 36 family homes in the main development, which quickly sold out in 2014. The affordable homes will include two-bedroom flats, bungalows, one bedroom cottage flats and three bed semi-detached homes.
Sarah Stanger, Sales and Marketing Director at CALA Homes (East) said: “We are delighted to be able to extend the registration date and give home hunters more time to register. We are encouraging people who fit the criteria to sign up.
“The problems of affordability have been well-documented and those problems are compounded in a town like North Berwick where house prices are above the East Lothian average.
“We believe this affordable homes initiative offers greater variety than the usual social renting option. As well as addressing the needs of families and first time buyers, it is also an appropriate solution for North Berwick.”
CALA Homes has started work on the new homes and plans for purchasers to be moving in during summer of 2016.
Derek Lawson, Land Director with CALA Homes (East), added: “The reputation of CALA has been built on the quality of the homes we deliver and that is what these buyers will be getting – complete with the full CALA customer care package.
“This really will be an outstanding opportunity for those who would normally be priced out of buying their first home in North Berwick. We expect it to be a huge success and certainly expect this is a model we will be looking to repeat across East Lothian on future sites.”
CALA Homes is urging people to get in touch now to avoid missing the chance to submit the applications before the closing date.
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