Sister Act gets Rothwell twins on the property ladder

Having struggled to get their feet on the property ladder as individuals, twin sisters Elizabeth and Loren Kitchen combined their resources to buy an apartment on Bellway’s Fenton Park development in Middleton, Leeds.

Like thousands of other young people, the sisters, 24, wanted to buy their own homes, but simply couldn’t raise enough money for a deposit.

Loren, who works as a reservations agent at Nexus Rental in Pudsey, said: “We quickly realised that neither of us had any chance of buying a house alone, but together we would do just fine – and thankfully we’ve always been really close.Together Elizabeth and Loren were able to purchase a spacious two double bedroom en-suite apartment and their combined deposit meant that their mortgage payments are now lower than most would pay in rent for a similar property.

Elizabeth, a primary school teacher in Drighlington, added: “We love our apartment, and I have to say you definitely get more for your money with Bellway – we viewed a lot of places when we were looking and this home was by far the best, in terms of space and value.

Fenton Park forms part of the Leeds New Forest Village – an ambitious project involving a host of national housebuilders that aims to combine the benefits of village life with the benefit of living on the doorstep of a major European city.
To date the concept has proved extremely popular, with only 14 apartments left on Bellway’s scheme. And with prices starting at just £87,995, those who do decide to buy together, as Elizabeth and Loren’s did, could get their foot on the property ladder with a deposit of just £2,200 each – providing they utilize the Government’s Help to Buy scheme.

“Fenton Park is an ideal development for younger buyers – whether buying together or by themselves,” said Bellway sales advisor, Paula Murdoch. “And with so many of the properties priced within reach of younger buyers it’s fair to say that the development really is becoming a vibrant new community.”
Loren added: “We definitely did the right thing buying together– not many other people our age manage to own such a gorgeous home.”
“And Fenton Park is great. We have lots of friends nearby so it feels like a proper community.”

The Government’s Help to Buy scheme us aimed at getting more people onto or moving up the property ladder, by allowing them to purchase their own home with just a five per cent deposit. The Government then provides a 20 per cent interest free equity loan* and the remaining 75 per cent is covered by a traditional mortgage.
To find out more about Fenton Park visit or call 0113 276 5350.