It’s a Family Business

Like many young house hunters, when Shrewsbury-born Chris Freshman managed to save up a deposit to secure his dream bachelor pad, he immediately turned to his mother for advice.

But unlike many other prospective buyers, 25-year-old Chris knew he could really rely on his mum’s wisdom, as she has worked for housing and regeneration specialist Keepmoat for two years.

Lisa Freshman, who works as a Home Sales Executive at Keepmoat’s The Croppings development in Telford, immediately put her sales patter to good use and persuaded Mechanical Design Engineer Chris to have a look at the houses on offer at the purpose-built development.

Shortly after seeing the plans for the two bedroom Alderbury-style house, he put in an offer and moved into his new pad last month.

Chris, who had been saving up a deposit since October, said: “Who better to help me get on the property ladder than my mother? She has many years of experience and knows a good deal when she sees one.

“Having been to school in Telford, I have loads of friends in the area and it is really handy having a house that is so close to work and family.”

Chris’ mum and Keepmoat employee, Lisa said: “Chris’ new house is perfect for him; it is spacious, light and has everything he could possibly need. And more importantly, it’s just five miles away from where I live with my husband, daughter and youngest son, so if he needs any DIY help or just a meal with his family all he needs to do is jump in the car.”

So impressed with his new pad, Chris has also recommended the development to a friend via Keepmoat’s ‘Recommend a Friend Scheme’.

“My friend was looking for a new home, so I suggested he had a look around The Croppings. He loved the property and decided to buy a house on Tilleys Close which is just 400 yards away from me,” says Chris.

The ‘Recommend a Friend Scheme’ means that when a home owner suggests a friend, and that person buys a house, both parties get £500 when they complete on their home.

Chris continues, “I am sure I will now see a lot more of my friends and colleagues and have already spent the £500 on a new sofa for my home.”

Keepmoat has just released a new phase of two and three bedroom homes at The Croppings development, offering a range of different styles ideal for first time buyers, young professionals and families looking to get a foot on the property ladder.

The development also offers the Help to Buy scheme, which offers buyers who have saved a 5% deposit the chance to take advantage of a five-year interest free loan covering 20% of the value of the property. The remaining 75% of the property’s value will be funded through a mortgage, which Keepmoat can help buyers to arrange.

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