A day in the life of a Peter Ward Homes Sales Representative…

The lovely Peter Ward Homes Sales Team.

A few of the hardworking Peter Ward Homes Sales Representatives.

At Peter Ward Homes, we are dedicated to giving you the best guidance and support as possible when it comes to finding and purchasing a new home. Our Sales Representatives are available 7 days a week from 11am – 5pm to help deal with any enquiries you may have. Sarah Shepherd is one of our longest working Sales Representatives at Peter Ward Homes and we caught up with her to chat about what life is like working at Peter Ward Homes.

How long have you worked for Peter Ward Homes?

I’ve been here since 1998 so it will be 17 years this May. It doesn’t feel that long though.

What made you want to be a Sales Representative?

I’ve always worked in this industry. I like meeting people. I’ve only actually been a Sales Representative for Peter Ward Homes because I like the quality of his build. Its important when your selling a property, whether it’s a 2 or a 5 bed, that the quality of the build is good. Buyers get that with a Peter Ward home.

What’s the best thing about working at Peter Ward Homes?

Working for Peter Ward Homes. They are a very good company and very good to their staff. They build a product that you can be very proud to sell. It’s what we believe. I wouldn’t have worked for them for all this time if they weren’t.

What is a typical day like for you? 

It varies really. We open up the show house, check our emails, contact people that have interest in the development and want to be updated. We also show people around the development and explain all about Peter Ward Homes and the properties we have.  It’s all about the customer – satisfying their needs and finding the right property for them.

 How has the job changed over the years?

It’s changed massively because the lenders are more stringent with the process and it’s understandably more difficult to get a mortgage now. But government-backed schemes such as Help to Buy have made a huge difference.

What do people look for the most when buying a home? 

The quality and design of the build. If they didn’t like the quality they wouldn’t buy it. I spoke to a surveyor not long ago who said she had visited our Sandholme Park development, which started back in 2000. She said to me ‘that site still looks as good as it did 10 years ago’. So I think that just goes to show how good the quality of the houses are. And also more importantly they are great value for money.

What advice would you give to a new Sales Rep? 

Always be polite and treat your customer the way you would like to be treated yourself.

 

Sarah is currently handling all enquires at The Manor in Gilberdyke which is open 7 days a week from 11am – 5pm. Site Sales Office: 01430 631100  

5 Top Tips for First Time Buyers!

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Buying your first home is a huge decision and can seem a daunting prospect. At Peter Ward Homes, we have helped thousands of buyers take the first step onto the property ladder. To help First Time Buyers, we have come up with 5 top tips to help get you started on looking for your new home.

1.  Do your research!

As a First time buyers you need to know as much as you can about the market. Research the area where you are considering buying. What are the facilities like? What about transport links? Check on line or visit the area to get a real idea of what it might be like to live there.

2. Financial support 

Calculate the likely ongoing costs of all things such as heating, lighting, stamp duty etc. before finalising the maximum price you will pay for your first home. Get as much advice as possible on how much you can borrow, what deposit you will need and how much to allow for all the costs. It is best to take this step before you start viewing to ensure you are looking at appropriately priced properties.

3.  Selection 

Know what you are looking for – whether it’s a 2, 3 or 4 bed. Work out what kind of property you need. Who are you catering for? What area do you want to be in? Knowing what you want will make it easier when it comes to looking for your property.

4. Get family/friend advice 

Speak to people who have already been through this process as they will be able to give you advice and guidance. They may point out issues that you may not have considered.

5. Visit a number of show homes 

Make sure to have a good look round a number of potential properties and list the pros and cons of the ones you see. Don’t be swayed by the design of the kitchen etc. the position of the property is the first thing to focus on as it is the one thing that can’t be changed. Also consider the size and layout.

 

Another Successful Open Weekend!

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First Time Buyers – Corey and Laura

To help buyers through the process of finding and purchasing a new home, local house builder Peter Ward Homes held an Open Weekend at the Manor in Gilberdyke and Habrough Fields in Immingham. Prospective buyers were able to visit the developments where the Sales Representatives and an Independent Financial Advisor were on hand to help with any enquiries that they had. This was not the first successful Open Weekend for the company, with previous events proving to be just as popular. It seems, from the large numbers who attended, that this really is the right time to buy, with many people jumping at the chance to find their perfect home.

The new show home officially opened at The Manor over the weekend and visitors were able to get an exclusive first look at what to expect from a Peter Ward Home. The four bed, Hertford, left many buyers gushing at the impeccable design and layout with many proclaiming ‘they would happily move in now!’

First time buyers, Corey and Laura, were amongst the many people keen to get a look at the new show home. “We really love how modern the design is. It’s great to see that every house is different in style but are all of the same high quality build and finish standard”.

Corey and Laura have recently bought a three bed, Peter Ward home at the sister site, The Willows in Goole. They came to Gilberdyke, as the show home in Goole will not be ready until early May.

They continued, “For first time buyers, the Addington that we have chosen, is perfect. It has everything we are looking for and thanks to Peter Ward Homes the process of buying has been made easy and stress free. We can’t wait to move into our new home.”

To add to the excitement of the event, Peter Ward Homes were also giving visitors the chance to win a 64GB iPad Air in a free prize draw. Entries came flooding in throughout the weekend with both Saturday and Sunday proving to be as equally as busy.

Managing Director, Peter Ward shared his thoughts on the event: “ It’s great to see so many people take advantage of the Open Weekend. We want to help people as much as we can. We want to show them it’s not difficult to purchase a new home. Once buyers get the opportunity to see the show home and speak to our Sales Representatives and advisors the process becomes much easier. It allows you to get a clearer picture of what you are looking for and how you can go about getting it. That’s what the Open Weekends are all about.”

If you’re a first time buyer or are looking to move up or down the property ladder, Peter Ward Homes offers a range of house types to fit various lifestyles. With a mixture of two, three, four and five bedroomed homes there really is something for everyone.

One buyer who has just recently moved in to a three bed Woking end terrace at Habrough Fields, is Jean Garnett. “ I originally wanted to sell my old house using Peter Ward Home’s FreeSell package. However I ended up selling it using their estate agent recommendation, but as a normal sale. My new home is absolutely wonderful, it is so well built and so much thought has gone into the design. You can choose from a wide range of fitments to personalise it. They have thought of everything down to the smallest detail. And to make things even better the site here is perfect, its well located and laid out and everybody is so friendly. It’s a real community. Quiet enough when you want it to be but if you need any help then everybody will lend a hand. I certainly made the right move coming to Habrough Fields”

The site sales offices and show homes at the Manor in Gilberdyke and Habrough Fields in Immingham are open 7 days a week from 11am – 5pm.

To view all the house types available as well as the various schemes and incentives available, visit www.peterwardhomes.co.uk.

10 facts about Goole!

House builder, Peter Ward Homes is returning to goole with latest development The Willows.

Peter Ward Homes has returned to Goole, with latest site The Willows.

It’s no secret Goole has been a popular location for Peter Ward Home buyers over the years. The success of Mulberry Gardens, back in 2012, proved just how much buyers are demand for this semi-rural location. So much so, we have decided to return to Goole with our latest site, The Willows.

To help you get to know Goole a little bit better, we have put together a list of facts to show just what a great place it is to live.

1. Goole, originally established in the early 1800’s, is a medium sized town with a population in excess of 18,000 people. It offers all the advantages of a modern town with the coast and beautiful countryside right on its doorstep.

2. Goole is known as the ‘port in green fields’ because of the inland location. It is a sleepy working port with a rich maritime heritage.

3. Once a hub for the regions coal industry, new Goole is now a haven for shoppers artists and wildlife lovers.

4. Goole is about a 30 minute drive to Hull, 25 minutes to Doncaster and 45 minutes to Leeds.

5. Prior to the reform of local Government in 1974, Goole once was known as being in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

6. The word Goole is an Anglo-Saxon word meaning ‘open sewer’, or ‘outlet to a river’.

7. The nearest airport is Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield, closely followed by Humberside Airport.

8. Its water tower is the biggest in England at 145ft and holds 750,000 gallons.

9. Goole is twinned with Zlotow in Poland.

10. Goole’s most prominent landmarks are its twin water towers, known as the salt and pepper pots.

If you are looking for a new house in Goole, visit our website to view all of our stunning Peter Ward Homes available! [Click here to view the house types]