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Thank you Thursday: NHS and other key workers are eligible for a host of discounts when buying a new home

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Appetising prospect: Stadia Three next to AFC Wimbledon’s new stadium

LONDON: NHS workers purchasing an apartment at Galliard Homes’ Stadia Three in Wimbledon are being offered a year’s supply of vouchers — £100 per week — for a local supermarket of their choice. Stadia Three is part of a residential scheme encircling AFC Wimbledon’s new stadium, and the one, two and three-bed apartments start from £425,000.

‘The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted just how much we rely on our NHS heroes as a nation, and how thankful we are for the work that they do,’ says David Galman, sales director at Galliard Homes.

‘St George’s Hospital is very close to the development, and we have seen a high level of interest from NHS workers.’

Help with your deposit

Fit for royalty: Barratt Homes’ Kings Quarter near Warrington, from £212,995

NATIONWIDE: Barratt, the country’s biggest housebuilder, has launched a NHS deposit contribution scheme, providing NHS staff with a five per cent deposit towards a house or flat. Running until the end of the year, and with a maximum contribution of £15,000, it can be used on any new Barratt or David Wilson home, and extends to people who have recently reserved but not yet completed. ‘We want to say a big thank you to our brilliant NHS workers who have shown such courage in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. This is why we are announcing this new NHS deposit contribution scheme to thank them for all they have done,’ explains David Thomas, chief executive of Barratt Developments.

MIDLANDS: Rippon Homes is giving NHS staff £10,000 towards deposits at its developments in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire, including at soon-to-launch Eleanor Gardens (pictured above) in Navenby, south of Lincoln, comprising a mix of three and four-bed homes. The offer is valid on all reservations completing by the end of the year. ‘We know how hard the NHS has been working to keep us well, and wanted to do a little something to help those who have been helping everyone else at this crucial time,’ says Ian Dyke, managing director at Rippon Homes.

Help with legal fees

SOUTH EAST: Until the end of this month, SO Resi, the shared ownership brand of Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing, is offering key workers up to £1,000 towards legal fees. SO Resi has a number of new developments across London and the home counties. Among them is SO Resi Ealing (pictured above), where one, two and three-bed apartments start from £105,000 for a 25 per cent share of £420,000. ‘We hope this contribution will help some of our country’s most valued workers, including NHS staff, secure a new home in their local area — somewhere that they can call their own,’ says Kush Rawal, residential development director at Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing,

Unlock a discount

You’ve got to Lovell it: Trinity Walk in Woolwich. Prices from £360,000

NATIONWIDE: Available to key workers and NHS volunteers, Lovell Homes’ key workers’ scheme gives £500 off every £25,000 spent, equivalent to a two per cent discount, at developments spread across England, Scotland and Wales. Lovell is also providing free flooring up to the value of £3,000, and eligible purchasers can apply for a Help to Buy equity loan, so will only need a five per cent deposit.

Parc life: Edenstone’s Parc Ceirw Garden Village in Morriston, Swansea. Prices from £184,995

SOUTH WEST AND WALES: Independent developer the Edenstone Group has a five per cent key worker discount across its two housing brands Edenstone Homes and Bluebell Homes. These cover South Wales and the South West of England, with sites including The Woodlands in Dinas Powys, River View in Lydney, Parc Ceirw in Morriston and St Mary’s in Ross-on-Wye. Purchasers can either take the full five per cent discount or combine a smaller discount with upgrades such as flooring or garden landscaping. ‘While everyone else was staying safe at home, key workers have been hard at work. From NHS staff to supermarket workers and refuse collectors, along with a host of others we want to thank all who’ve helped to save lives and keep essential services running,’ says Edenstone Group’s sales director Adele McCoy.,

Spacious: Inland Homes’ Jasmine Park in Ipswich. Prices from £220,000

SOUTH: Inland Homes is giving all key workers a one per cent discount at Meridian Waterside and Chapel Riverside in Southampton, Venue in Maidenhead, Jasmine Park in Ipswich and Farrier’s Wood in Garston, near Watford. The offer’s on until the end of the year and purchasers can take advantage of Help to Buy and a £99 reservation fee on properties costing a maximum of £600,000.

Money in the bank: There are discounted prices at Oakmont Homes’ The Exchange

SOUTH-EAST: At The Exchange, a converted bank developed by Oakmont Homes in Hemel Hempstead, NHS workers can benefit from a five per cent discount. The one and two-bed apartments range from £187,500 to £320,000, and buyers using Connells’ in-house solicitors Talbots will also receive a contribution of £800 towards their legal fees.

SOUTH: If you work for the NHS, emergency services, in social care or are a member of the armed forces, you’ll probably already know that if you sign up for a Blue Light Card you can save a fortune on everything from household appliances to takeaway coffees. Costing £4.99 for two years, the card will also give you a reduction on the price of a property from Bewley Homes, such as these two to four-bed homes at Watership Place in Whitchurch, Hampshire, above, where prices start at £299,950.

The housebuilder — which also has developments in Surrey, Berkshire and Oxfordshire — is offering all Blue Light Card holder key workers a £10,000 special discount when they produce their card at reservation.

Making moving cheaper

■ Estate agency Yopa has more than doubled its standard NHS discount (normally £120) with £250 off fees until the end of the year, while mortgage partner Scout Financial Services Limited is waiving its £449 broker fee.

■ Balgores estate agency, covering Essex & Kent, has scrapped fees on mortgages and remortgages for NHS workers for the rest of the year.

■ Nova Financial, a property investment consultancy and mortgage advisory group of companies, is currently waiving all advisory fees — including for mortgage arrangements — for key workers.