THE gift of a 5% deposit contribution or part exchange, with the chance to wrap up a move to a new home in Southport this side of Christmas, is being offered by Elan Homes.

The independent homebuilder is playing Santa with a choice of move-making incentives available on selected properties at its Balmoral Gardens development.

Elan regional sales director Marie Morris said: “There really is no time like the present for those who want to celebrate Christmas in an energy efficient new home in Southport. We have a small number of properties that will be ready to move into in time for the festive season. To help make moving easier we’re offering the gift of a 5% gifted deposit contribution – worth up to £17,000 – or part exchange. In simple terms part exchange means we act as a guaranteed cash buyer for the customer’s existing property, freeing them up to climb the housing ladder so that they can buy a new build home from us.

“There are no complicated chains or, worse, a chain that breaks. There are no last-minute haggles over the price either. We aim to exchange contracts in a matter of weeks, with the customer able to continue living in their current property until their new home is ready to move into, which could be this side of Christmas.”

Current availability at Balmoral Gardens includes a choice of two, three and four-bedroom homes, with prices ranging from £194,995 to £349,995.

On a four-bedroom Southwold, priced at £339,995, the deposit contribution is worth £17,000.

Selected properties are available with flooring throughout and turfed rear gardens and in some cases granite kitchen work surfaces.

“Our new homes lend themselves well to hosting a cracker of a Christmas celebration,” Marie added.

“Open plan layouts put well-equipped, stylish and practical kitchens at the heart of the home, with the benefit of the cook being able to engage with guests while preparing a festive family feast. After dinner, you can all relax in the style and comfort of the separate lounge.”

Elan’s homes achieve a minimum Energy Performance Certificate rating of B, making them cheaper to run than most older properties. This also means they’re eligible for green mortgages from selected lenders.

Located on Balmoral Drive, in the Churchtown area of Southport, moving to a home at Balmoral Gardens offers the chance to live within an established community, with a choice of schools rated good and outstanding nearby. Independent shops, tearooms and gastro pubs are within walking distance, while the beach is around five miles away.

Show homes at Balmoral Gardens are open Thursday to Monday from 10am to 5pm. For the latest availability see

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