Exceptional homes, beautiful views and sound advice on the best ways to buy.

Our stunning and picturesque Swallowtail Meadows development is already proving popular with house hunters; this is in no small part, down to the flexible and innovative buying options on offer and the friendly, helpful advice provided by Sales Advisor, Sue Elsey.
By Craig Bradshaw 1 year ago
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Prince Bishops Homes’ stunning and picturesque Swallowtail Meadows development in New Brancepeth, County Durham, is already proving popular with house hunters.

Offering a wonderful mix of spacious three and four bedroomed homes - with scenic views across the rolling Durham countryside - it is not difficult to see why. But it is also in no small part, down to the flexible and innovative buying options on offer and the friendly, helpful advice provided by Sales Advisor, Sue Elsey.

Sue has over 27 years’ experience as a new homes sales advisor and has assisted more than 500 families, couples and individuals through the buying process - often becoming a knowledgeable and trusted family friend to those she has helped.

A familiar face around the Durham area, Sue has a long established reputation for supporting the whole of the community. She is a lay reader with the Church of England, undertaking pastoral work across the diocese - including presiding at funerals.

The vice president of her local Mothers Union, she is also highly regarded for her youth work in the region and her tireless efforts as assistant supervisor for Space4 – a charity established to address the causes of poverty and social exclusion in Houghton-le-Spring and the surrounding areas.

Sue has a passion for helping people in times of personal crisis and although it certainly doesn’t fall into this category, buying a home can be an incredibly stressful and complicated experience and her support and advice has been a great help to many people. She says: “I really enjoy my role with Prince Bishops Homes, particularly helping young people and families that are stuck in the rental trap.

“We offer many different buying options and it is my job to ensure people find the right one for them, turning their home ownership dream into a reality.

“For example, a three bedroomed home that would normally cost £580 per month to rent, will actually cost only £464 through the scheme – quite a saving to put towards that mortgage deposit!

“Customers can buy homes at Swallowtail Meadows outright and prices start from just £159,950 for a large three bedroomed semi-detached home. However, for those struggling to save a deposit, we can offer an innovative rent then buy scheme*. First time buyers can move in and rent their new home for 20% less than the market rent value. This saving can be invested in a Help to Buy ISA and used towards a mortgage deposit, allowing purchase of the home at a later date.

“For example, a three bedroomed home that would normally cost £580 per month to rent, will actually cost only £464 through the scheme – quite a saving to put towards that mortgage deposit!

"The homes at Swallowtail Meadows are ideally placed for those who travel regularly to Durham City."

“In addition, standard Help to Buy is available and assisted move or part exchange schemes can help those with a property to sell. To find out more, come and visit me at the development (DH7 7HB) open Fridays and Saturdays between 11am and 5pm, and I can show you around and talk through the various, flexible options.”

Reflecting the existing village architecture - and with extensive external planting to enhance the rural setting - the homes at Swallowtail Meadows are ideally placed for those who travel regularly to Durham City.

Nine buyers have already moved in and with several more properties reserved off plan, potential buyers should visit soon to avoid missing out. People who reserve at the right build stage, can select from a variety of kitchen cabinets, work surfaces, tiling and floor coverings, to add the personal touches that truly make a house a home.

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