Looking to buy your first home but feeling overwhelmed?

We want to help you every step of the way

We understand buying your first home is probably one of the biggest decisions you will make. It is also a time when you may be unsure of how the process works and what a lot of the terminology means. Mandale want to help make the buying process as straight forward and understandable as possible. We have helped thousands of first time buyers to get on the property ladder, so you can place your trust in our expertise.
Buying a property means it belongs to you – you can live there for as long as you want, decorate it however you want and feel comfortable in your own home knowing it is yours and you have a great investment for the future.

The Buying Process

Once you have decided you would like to purchase a plot on one of our developments our Sales Advisor will discuss your needs and your considered budget then show you availability of the most suited house types currently released and available to reserve.

Getting Financially Qualified

Before you reserve your new home you will need to be financially qualified, this is because most people who buy a home do so with a mortgage. To purchase a home using a mortgage you will need to have a deposit of 5% upwards of the asking price saved, the rest is borrowed from a bank or building society. The money loaned from them is called a mortgage. There are a huge number of Banks and Building Societies with various mortgage types available. To help you decide which is right for you we strongly recommend you speak to an independent Financial Advisor.

Mandale Homes have a list of Financial Advisors we will recommend to you that are new build specialists. The advisor will look at details such as your household income, household bills, spending and any debts. This will determine if you have enough left to cover monthly mortgage payments. In addition they will run a credit check with credit reference agencies once you make a formal application.


Your Sales Advisor will go through the full details of the property you wish to buy along with any financial arrangements you have made. The reservation form sets out the key details with regards to the purchase process including Solicitors’ details, incentives agreed, deposit required upon exchange of contracts, reservation period and exchange of contracts deadline.

Upon reserving a plot, you will be required to pay a reservation fee, this is normally £500. This enables us to remove the plot from the market and secure it for you. This money then forms part of the deposit that is paid on exchange of legal contracts.

Instruct a Solicitor:

In order to complete the purchase of your new home you will need to instruct a Solicitor. On each site we will have a panel of independent legal firms which we trust to look after you, they know our homes and processes therefore they can meet the deadlines and we will also contribute towards those legal fees. Your solicitors’ details are required on the reservation form, once your home is reserved you will need to contact your chosen Solicitor immediately to formally instruct them to act on your behalf.

Your Solicitor carries out a number of behind the scenes tasks such as applying to the local authorities for searches and looking at any factors that may affect the house you are purchasing. These are required by mortgage lenders. When you instruct your Solicitors, you will also need to pay for your searches.

Mortgage Application

Now your reservation is underway, and your Solicitor is appointed you need to make your formal mortgage application. This is where you will benefit from using a Financial Advisor as they will do most of the application for you which really speeds things up. This is the point your credit file will be checked, documents such as bank statements, payslips etc may be requested. A survey will also be completed before you receive your official mortgage offer.

Design Consultation – the benefit of buying new!

Buying with Mandale Homes you gives you many options to make your home your own by choosing from a wide range of flooring, kitchens and bathroom tiling. Once the legal process is underway, we will be in touch to arrange a design appointment where you can make your selections. Picking options outside of our standard specification may mean extra costs are incurred, this will be discussed with you at the time. If this is the case we will issue you with an invoice which will need to be paid by exchange of contracts in order for us to install these within your home.

Exchange of Contracts

Once all the land and local area searches are returned and you have formally received your mortgage offer you are ready to exchange contracts. This is where contracts between your Solicitor and Mandale Homes’ Solicitor are agreed, and contracts are signed. At this point you are legally bound to purchase the house and the deposit amount (usually 10%) is paid to Mandale Homes.

Build Completion

When reserving a plot an estimated build completion date will have been discussed. This as it states is an estimate to the best of our knowledge at that time and many things can affect the speed in which a home is built. Your Sales Advisor will keep in touch with regular updates.

Once nearing completion we will be in touch to arrange your home demonstration and legal completion.

Home Demonstration

This is the exciting bit, you finally get your first look inside your new home! During your new home demonstration you will be shown the basic functions of appliances, heating systems etc. With the guidance of your Customer Care Manager you will have the opportunity to pick up on any minor snagging issues, with new builds this is completely normal.

A week later once any snagging items have been resolved you get your keys!

Eagerly anticipated show home now open at Thornton Hills, Denholme

Thornton Hills, nestled in the picturesque and desirable location of Denholme providing an idyllic backdrop for this exceptional new development. Boasting excellent transport links to nearby Halifax, Bradford, Huddersfield and Leeds, residents can enjoy the best of both worlds, at home with countryside walks and within a short journey be in a bustling city centre.

Our newest development is a stunning collection of 3-bedroom homes offering a choice of designs and versatile layouts, making it ideal for both first time buyers or those looking to scale the ladder.

Be Inspired

Step inside the beautifully styled interior of our show home, designed with impeccable attention to detail and showcasing award-winning quality. From the moment you walk through the front door, you’ll feel a sense of elegance and comfort.

The Hickory, show home has already received impressive feedback from the many visitors at the opening weekend. Featuring a modern, open plan kitchen and dining area as well as the added practicality of a utility room. Bi-fold doors open from the kitchen direct to the rear garden, making the space perfect for entertaining. Leading off from the hallway is a private living room overlooking the front of the property.

Also on offer is the Pecan house type, a wonderful 3 bedroom home, where the downstairs is all about open plan modern day living with the kitchen, dining and lounge area all connecting. French doors to the rear garden give this home a contemporary, light and spacious feel.

These 3 bedroom homes have been carefully curated with buyers in mind, the upstairs in both houses include master bedrooms featuring en-suites, two further good sized rooms and a main family bathroom.

Take advantage!

Now is your chance to be one of the first to reserve your dream home! The first few lucky people to reserve at Thornton Hills can take advantage of the exclusive opening offers. If the Pecan sounds like the home for you, be quick and snap up a £10,000 deposit contribution. Alternatively, if you currently own a property but would love to get moving, Mandale can help with their Assisted Move and Part Exchange Guarantee Scheme.

Why buy?

At Mandale Homes, we believe in building more than just houses – we create homes built to unrivalled specifications as standard for a quality living environment. Buying early also grants the opportunity to personalise your new home from the outset, with an extensive range of design options available.

Confidence comes naturally when buying a new build home at Thornton Hills. All of our properties are covered by a comprehensive 10 year structural warranty giving you peace of mind.

Additionally, living in a brand-new energy-efficient home can yield savings of over £3000 per year on your energy bills compared to older properties – making it not only cost-effective but environmentally friendly too!

Thornton Hills truly offers the perfect place to call home – come visit the show home today and find out how we can get you moving!

Last chance to secure your dream home at the exclusive South Park Place development

With just three houses remaining on this stunning development in Pudsey, now is the time to make your move and take advantage of the exceptional deals available

Pudsey is a vibrant town with plenty to attract the attention of home buyers – from independent pubs, restaurants, and shops to local market days, you’ll have everything you need on your doorstep. Excellent transport links to neighbouring Leeds, Bradford and the wider area puts commuting or days out within easy reach.

South Park Place one of Mandale Home’s flagship developments, is ideally situated in a semi-rural haven off Hare Lane and on the outskirts of the Victorian town. This exclusive development comprises only 21 luxury homes and has commanded a high level of enquiry from the outset. With just three homes remaining and exceptional deals on offer these homes are sure to be snapped up quickly.

Do you have a house to sell? Mandale Homes can help get you moving by becoming your guaranteed buyer with their Part Exchange Scheme, in doing so you can remove the hassle and expense of marketing your current property  and move to secure your dream home now.  

If you would rather a financial helping hand, these homes come with incredible incentives including Stamp Duty paid, saving you up to £15,747* and flooring is included throughout!

Whatever your needs, this development has you covered. The three homes remaining are all different styles giving a range of designs to choose from.

If it is space you desire, the Wellington is the house for you, a substantial five bedroom home. Downstairs there is a large open plan contemporary kitchen with an island and dining area. There is access to the peaceful sun terrace and rear garden through twin sets of French doors, which flood the room with natural light. A separate living room sits to the front of the property. The first floor comprises three sizable double bedrooms, one with the added benefit of an en-suite, a further good sized bedroom that could be utilised as an excellent study, plus a family bathroom. The luxurious master suite spans the entirety of the second floor including a dressing area, an en-suite and dormer window. The Wellington also benefits from an integral garage, great for cars or additional storage.

The four-bedroom Prospect design is perfect for modern family living. The open plan kitchen and dining area are perfect for entertaining and the hub of the home for day-to-day activity. Twin French doors to the rear garden brings the outside in, allowing fresh air into your home on a sunny day. For evening relaxation there is a separate living room with bay window. On the first floor there are two double bedrooms, a good sized third bedroom, a study and a family bathroom. Moving up to the second floor you will find the spacious master bedroom, complete with dressing area and en-suite.

The Firland, is a 3 story home ideal for couples and growing families. With a stunning kitchen dining area, featuring an island and twin French doors this home really is fully featured. A separate living room, welcoming entrance hall and W.C completes the ground floor. The first floor has 3 bedrooms and a family bathroom. The master bedroom located on the second floor, benefits from a fully tiled en-suite, dressing area and dual aspect dormer windows. This exclusive development in a peaceful, rural enclave, gives you space to unwind and get away from the daily hustle and bustle.

Emma Crowe Sales Manager said “We have been delighted at how well the South Park Place development has been received and welcomed by both local residents of Pudsey and buyers from further afield. For those seeking proximity to the city of Leeds, but wanting the benefits of a more tranquil setting, South Park Place offers it all. The semi-rural location, valley views and detached living have been a major draw to purchasers. With fantastic offers and part exchange available on our final, ready to move in to homes, now is the perfect time to make your next move”

The launch of Thornton Hills!

This weekend saw the launch of our newest development, Thornton Hills, set in the quietly idyllic Denholme, West Yorkshire – and to celebrate, we’re opening with an unmissable offer! We will cover the cost of your Stamp Duty when you reserve your new home with us at Thornton Hills.*

The highly anticipated development featuring only 35 homes comprise a range of 3 and 4 bedroom layouts and boast enviable specifications throughout.

Our marketing suite can be found at our lovely high street shop in Halifax town centre, 18 Old Market, HX1 1TN, where you will be greeted by our wonderfully knowledgeable Sales Advisor Diane and have the opportunity to discuss what could be your next move!

Have a home to sell? Let us handle it for you! Find out how our successful Assisted Move scheme could work for you here.

*Offer available on selected plots.

New Homes Week 2023: why sustainability is key

Homes and housing are never far from the headlines, whether that’s rocketing prices, lack of affordable homes or, more recently, sustainability.

With green issues and fuel costs at the forefront of everyone’s minds, as well as high on the political agenda in the pathway to net zero, it’s never been more important to consider the environmental impact and energy efficiency of any building project.

New homes are no exception; with the increasing pressure of a growing population, national housing shortage and government building targets to meet, alongside the demand on natural resources, it’s vital that they are built sustainably.

Sustainable properties provide a variety of benefits for those that live in them, not to mention the wider planet. Currently, homes are responsible for 16 per cent of total UK carbon emissions, so with the Government committing to achieving Net Zero by 2050, it is vital that the housing market plays its part in reducing its carbon footprint.

As we celebrate New Homes Week, which runs from February 27th to March 3rd, we take a look at why it’s important that the new homes being built now are done so with sustainability as a priority. Modern schemes may include a variety green components such as thermal insulation, eco-friendly heating, water recycling systems, reclaimed or particularly durable materials, or charging points for electric vehicles.

For homeowners

The Uk is currently experiencing a cost-of-living crisis, with sky-high utility bills, fuel and food costs, all rocketing due to factors such as the war in Ukraine and record inflation levels.

Sustainable homes, as well as providing benefits for the planet, deliver saving advantages for householders’ wallets too – a win-win situation.

By using naturally available resources for energy, homeowners can save over £2,000 on household bills each year: a significant reduction with other day-to-day costs spiralling.

When building homes, simple switches such as fitting low-energy light fittings can make a significant difference throughout a major project, while bigger alternatives like heating and ventilation systems can be considered when designing a project from scratch.

Examples of these could include geothermal heating, ventilation, and cooling systems, which use the temperature of the soil to heat and cool homes.

On its recent development in Pudsey, Mandale Homes used air source heat pumps, which instead of generating heat, transfer existing heat energy from outside to heat inside – far more energy efficient than the typical fossil fuel or electric-based systems.

Solar panels are another popular choice, offering a significant saving on bills, as well as the potential to actually sell power back to the National Grid.

Sustainable materials

Sustainable homes also benefit the wider community, through saving resources, energy and contributing towards cleaner air.

Building homes using reclaimed or circular materials is possible; long-lasting substances such as steel can be reused multiple times. Reclaimed wood, meanwhile, can also clean up nicely and has a distinctive look and feel which lends a building an eco-friendly character.

However, if reuse isn’t an option, fresh wood is also considered a sustainable choice. Properly managed forests, where trees are regularly replanted, don’t just provide a ready supply of building material – they also create a habitat for wildlife.

And while plastic has been previously painted very much as the enemy of the environment, in building terms though, the opposite is becoming true. That’s because the very fact that it doesn’t degrade, makes it a great choice for building long-lasting structures and components which need less maintenance and upkeep. 

How are we doing

At Mandale, we pride ourselves on our commitment to the environment. The majority of our developments are built on brownfield sites and we are experts at large regeneration projects.

The most recent was Ochre Yard in Gateshead, which was named best residential renovation/redevelopment in the UK at the UK Property Awards in October 2022.

The development was given the highest 5* rating for Best in the Region for Renovation/Redevelopment and went on to compete against other regional finalists in the category to win Best in the UK. Ochre Yards was also an award winner in the Residential Development of 20+ units category.

Richard Harriman, Director Mandale Homes commented: “We are incredibly proud of the Ochre Yards development in Gateshead. To be named best in the UK is true testament to the team’s professionalism, passion and the care and attention that goes into building perfect homes for our customers.”

“Mandale Homes is one of the North East’s largest, privately owned property developers with over 40 years experience of building luxury homes and boasts a growing portfolio of stylish residential developments across the North East, Yorkshire, North West and Scotland.”