“It’s knocked our socks off,” he admits. “We are absolutely over the moon with our new home. Everything about it is perfect. We love it and we can see ourselves here for many years to come.”
Jamie moved into a four-bedroom detached Faringdon from Edenstone Homes with wife Julie, a communications and engagement manager in banking, their three-year-old daughter Esmé, and near-three-year-old beagle, Gracie.
“We were living in a rented house in Cwmbran in Wales having sold the older house we were living in in Pontypool,” explains Jamie who, like Julie, is 27. “We’d moved there from a flat after finding out Julie was pregnant, but we knew it was never going to be our forever family home.
“Having lived in old-builds, as much as people say they’re sturdy, we found there was always some minor problem, so we decided we wanted a new-build when we moved again, somewhere fresh and clean – somewhere we could just enjoy and focus on the superficial things, like decorating it how we wanted.”
Moving in the middle of the pandemic wasn’t ideal, but the lure of the Stamp Duty holiday made it far more appealing: “When Stamp Duty was frozen, we knew we had to capitalise on that.
“We probably saved just under £10,000 which was fantastic. It helped towards moving costs, buying bits and bobs when we moved in and, although we’ve had to move it constantly, our first family holiday, to Lanzarote.”
It’s not surprising that when they got the keys to their property on January 29, one of the first posts on their Instagram account which charts their buying journey was ‘yesterday our dreams came true and we completed and moved into our amazing Faringdon’, because it is everything the couple wanted.
Says Jamie: “We were lucky that in our terraced house we had a sun-room built on the back and it was a nice area so, when we moved, a kitchen, dining and family area was a must.