The best housing deals for first-time buyers from packages to stamp duty savings

The best housing deals for first-time buyers from packages to stamp duty savings

August is the best month to kit out a new home, as the combined average cost of everything from kettles and toasters to TVs and barbecues is lower than at any other time of year, according to price comparison website Idealo.

This also happens to be a great month to grab a good deal on the property itself, with developers offering a wide range of incentives aimed at first-time buyers and upsizers.

Some deals have tight deadlines so be prepared to make a quick decision — but never let the savings seduce you into buying somewhere that’s not quite right for you.

Package deals:

Harrow One, Harrow, London, HA1


The last remaining home in this town centre scheme is the spacious two-bedroom, two-bathroom 11th-floor show home, complete with balcony.

It is ready to move into, Help to Buy is available and the lucky buyer will receive a £10,000 furniture package and stamp duty paid.

Find out more about Harrow One via Hill

Hayfield Place, Silsoe, Bedfordshire, MK45

Three-bed houses from £435,000

Along with oodles of space, an integral garage and a large kitchen-diner, when buying a Hatton three-bedroom semi-detached house you will receive an added extra — a £15,000 tailored incentives package which can include flooring, landscaping, additional wardrobes and a stamp duty contribution.

Find out more about Hayfield Place via Hayfield Homes

Kite Meadows, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, HP27

From £550,000

Put the weekend of September 11 and 12 in your diary as Catalyst is hosting a viewing event for second steppers.

But you don’t have to wait until then to take advantage of a £10,000 deposit boost and a further £10,000 towards stamp duty costs on the last few four-bedroom family houses.

Find out more about Kite Meadows via Catalyst


Kingston East, New Malden, KT3

From £375,000

These studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments are within walking distance of New Malden station and town centre, which lays claim to London’s highest concentration of Korean restaurants.

There’s £10,000 cashback on offer when you reserve your new home by the end of this month.

Find out more about Kingston East via Fairview

Voucher giveaways:

Patchworks, Finsbury Park, London, N4

From £151,250 for a 25% share of £605,000

Only three roomy two-bedroom apartments are left at this centrally positioned, retro-inspired development, all with access to a rooftop garden.

Snap one up and you’ll be given a £1,500 Ikea or B&Q voucher, plus £500 cashback if you reserve on the day you view.

Find out more about Patchworks via Peabody

Junction West, Southall, UB2

From £73,750 for a 25% share of £295,000

These one, two and three-bedroom shared ownership apartments arranged around a central courtyard are just moments away from the forthcoming Crossrail station.

Make a reservation by the end of this month to receive a furniture voucher worth £3,000-plus.

Find out more about Junction West via Latimer Homes

Stamp duty savings:

Springfield Place, Tooting Bec, London, SW17

From £452,000

A new residential village is being built in Springfield Hospital’s former grounds, providing a mix of one, two and three-bedroom homes.

Buyers reserving selected plots here and at all Barratt London sites before August 31 will get their stamp duty paid in full when they complete.

Find out more about Springfield Place via Barratt Homes

Stone Studios, Hackney Wick, London, E9

From £490,000

Reserve an apartment costing up to £600,000 in this mixed-use community by the end of the month to get all your stamp duty paid, saving as much as £20,000.

East London’s canal network, Broadway Market and numerous bars, cafés and music venues are all nearby.

Find out more about Stone Studios via Telford Homes

Help with the deposit

South Oxhey Central, South Oxhey, Hertfordshire, WD19

From £277,500

Hampden Place, consisting of one and two-bedroom apartments with open-plan living spaces and private balconies, is the latest phase in this 659-home regeneration scheme.

A 5% deposit contribution on a one-bedroom home means a saving of at least £13,875.

Find out more about Hampden Place via Countryside

Rent paid:

Dockside at Millharbour, Isle of Dogs, London, E14

From £121,250 for a 25% share of £485,000

These one and two-bedroom shared ownership apartments are within spitting distance of Canary Wharf.

Secure one before the end of September and Notting Hill Genesis will pay your rent on the share you don’t buy for the first three months, saving you more than £2,000.

Find out more about Dockside at Millharbour via Notting Hill Genesis

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