New home

Margie McLaughlin, second from left, breaks ground at the site of her new home. Ms McLaughlin owns the land, but will now be able to build a three bedroom house there thanks to assistance from the National Housing Development Trust’s Build on your own land programme. Trust manager Maxine Gibson said Ms McLaughlin’s West Bay land is the first of 15 sites that have been identified for assistance through the programme, which provides development plans for contractors, facilitates bank loans and can even guarantees up to 35 per cent of those loans. It’s expected to take three to four months to build the house. It will be Ms McLaughlin’s first time to own a home. Photo: Brent Fuller

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