Meet David & Zelda; they moved into their brand new home at Victory Oak in May of this year. Here they share their experience of buying their first home during the height of a global pandemic and how that wasn’t going to stop them from getting the keys to their dream home!
Having lived locally to the Victory Oak development, David & Zelda were already familiar with the Ringwood and surrounding areas and all the beauty it has to offer.
So on a drive past Victory Oak one afternoon, they noticed the billboard signs and popped in to the sales suite for a fact finding session.
‘We were renting at the time and after chatting to our financial advisor, we realised we could qualify for the ‘Help to Buy’ scheme and were financially in a strong position to buy’. They reserved a detached 4-bedroom Elm house type at the beginning of the year and started making plans for their big move.
Unfortunately, timings meant that the buying journey was going to take a little longer than planned due to covid-19. ‘Our lender told us our mortgage application was now part of a back-log and they weren’t able to give us an idea of when things would move forward. We were pretty frustrated but understood this was a difficult and uncertain time for lots of people so just had to sit and hold tight and hope things would progress.’
In May, with the lockdown restrictions easing, David & Zelda got the news they had been waiting for and had their move-in date confirmed. ‘We were so relieved to hear we could move in; the actual moving part wasn’t too stressful either. We had to do it ourselves as lockdown was still in place, so we trickled a few car loads of our belongings over the first few days then used a van for the rest on the actual moving day. But we were lucky, we were only moving around a mile so it was simple.’
‘What living at Victory Oak means to the couple’
’We love how there is so much on our door step, as a family we enjoy visiting nearby Moors Valley & Avon Heath Country Parks. If we just fancy a stroll on a Sunday, then we have direct access to Hurn Forest’
They also love the fact that Bournemouth is just a short drive along the Wessex Way.
When asked which room in their home has the most use ‘Oh its got to be the kitchen/diner – we congregate there and spend an awful lot of time as a family here. We all love to cook and socialise and it’s an amazing space for that, exactly what we always wanted.
We see this as our ‘forever’ home and never want to move!’
After navigating the sales process as first-time buyers with the added challenge of doing so during a pandemic, we are pleased to hear David & Zelda are happily settled at Victory Oak and wish them all the happiness for the future in their new home together with their daughter!