How one first-time buyer couple bought their dream Green Lanes home — even after offers went to sealed bids

Ayo Fagbemi and Lydia Weigel met six years ago at Nottingham university. After graduating and spending a while travelling, the couple decided to return to London to live with their family while they saved for a deposit. Weigel, now 26, went back to Enfield to live with her parents, while Fagbemi, now 25, returned to Tottenham to visit his family. Weigel stated that they didn’t care about having a garden before the pandemic, but that they needed it now. “We wanted a 2-bedroom garden flat, and initially we wanted to live near Tottenham. “Ayo Fagbemi, Lydia Weigel said the move has not fully sunk in. / Daniel Hambury/Stella Pictures Ltd. To their surprise, they discovered that the market for garden apartments was very active. She said that everything was on the market and selling within 24 hours. It was overwhelming for us first-time buyers. “The Winkworth estate agent suggested that they expand their search and look for a two-bedroom period apartment further west in Green Lanes. It had a well-tended yard, an open-plan living area, and a spare bedroom for when they work from home. Weigel said that the house also had beautiful original features such as cornices or sash windows. It was everything we wanted. “We had two days to see the flat and then had to submit sealed bids. The flat had been priced competitively to encourage multiple bids, and they found themselves in a bidding battle. “We had two days to view the flat, over a weekend, and then we had to put in sealed bids,” said Weigel.Happily, their just-over-asking-price bid of GBP462,000 came out on top and they moved in just before Christmas. Their monthly mortgage is approximately GBP1,300 per month.READ MOREBuying a home in Crossrail: “We beat the stamp duty holiday deadline by one hour, saving nearly GBP10,000 on our dream home” Shared ownership in London: How I bought my first home using part-ownership. Part-ownership and part-rental schemes in London offer the best affordable properties. Weigel believes that the move has not yet fully settled in. It feels a little like we’re living in an Airbnb. We won’t be able stay forever. “You have to make so many decisions at once, but we both have lived at home for so long it has been very, very enjoyable to spend quality time together. “The couple is now documenting their journey to make their flat a home via Instagram @theyardnotes.