Proposal And New Home For First Time Buyers

Miller Homes customer case study

A newly engaged couple have taken their first steps onto the property ladder and settled into a new build home in Northumberland thanks to leading housebuilder Miller Homes

Putting down roots at Wheatfields in Seaton Delaval, Courtnie Downey, 20, and Daniel Taylor, 23, from Whitley Bay were eager to own a home of their own after previously renting, and upon visiting the development found the home of their dreams.

Recommended to Miller Homes by Courtnie’s grandparents, who purchased a Miller home in the region over 20 years ago, they visited Wheatfields and secured The Yare, a two-bedroom home ideally suited to first time buyers. As a result of the successful recommendation, Courtnie’s grandparents received £1,000 as part of Miller Homes’ Recommend a Friend scheme*.

Having moved in with their two dogs Mollie and Max, Wheatfields’ surrounding open farmland and short drive to the stunning Northumberland coastline proved to be attractive to the young couple.

Courtnie, a customer consultant, said: “After getting engaged and starting to save for our wedding, we decided that buying a home was our priority and started to search for the perfect place. We viewed older properties and many showhomes but it wasn’t until we visited Wheatfields that we found exactly what we were looking for.

“Location was so important as we wanted to be close to our families in Whitley Bay and within commuting distance to work, as well as near to woodland areas for walking our dogs. Wheatfields offered all of this and more, and was also comfortably within our price range.

“After speaking with sales adviser Katherine we settled on The Yare which is perfect for us.  I’m very into interior design and loved the fact that I was able to personalise our home, including choosing elements like the colour and style of the kitchen cupboards and bathroom tiles. Miller Homes has a dedicated Choices Centre which we visited to view the different options available and had help from the centre’s adviser Alison.  

“The whole process was really straightforward and the Miller Homes team has been fantastic and always there to answer any questions we may have had - as first time buyers this has been so helpful and reassuring. It’s been great welcoming family and friends to visit our new home and my best friend loves it so much, she’s looking for a Miller home of her own – I couldn’t recommend highly enough.”

Andrew Somerville, regional sales manager at Miller Homes North East, said: “Courtnie and Daniel were keen to take that all-important step onto the property ladder after becoming engaged and move into a home of their own, which we’re pleased to have helped them to do at our Wheatfields development in Seaton Delaval.

“It’s always great to see happy buyers and fantastic to know that even 20 years after buying with Miller Homes, Courtnie’s grandparents recommend us. Now that the happy couple are settled in their new home, I wish them very best wishes for the future, as well as with plans for their wedding.”

Built to the highest standards, Wheatfields currently offers buyers a mix of two, three, four and five-bedroom homes, as well as two-bedroom bungalows, priced from £139,950**. For more information on Wheatfields, home buyers should contact the development’s sales centre on 03334 140 901 or visit

Disclaimer: *To be entitled to the £1,000 reward for the Recommend a Friend scheme a leaflet downloadable from the Miller Homes website must be completed in full, signed by all parties and given to the Sales Adviser at the chosen development on first visit. £1000 will be paid to the named referrer only upon legal completion of the homebuyer’s purchase. In the event of the completion not taking place due to either party pulling out for any reason the £1000 payment will not be honoured. Please allow four weeks after the completion date for receipt of the monies. Only one Recommend a Friend voucher can be used per home purchase. Subject to Miller Homes’ standard terms and conditions. This scheme is only available to UK residents over the age of 18. This scheme is not available to employees of Miller Homes, any person connected or related to such an employee, Miller Homes’ agents or any person either connected professionally with this scheme or offer or acting in a business capacity. The £1000 payment is not exempt from income tax or capital gains tax. The recipient of the £1000 is responsible for declaring and paying any tax that may be due on this payment. The Recommend a Friend scheme cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Miller Homes reserves the right to withdraw the Recommend a Friend scheme at any time.

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