First Time Buyers

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It is vital as a first-time buyer to be sure that you can afford your new home. That’s why we always take into account your income and outgoings. You should, however, strive to get on the property ladder as soon as possible to avoid price rises and spending money on rent.


There are no 100 per cent mortgages for first-time buyers. You will need at least a five per cent deposit and enough money for solicitors fees and other expenses. We can offer advice on deposits. A larger deposit will always result in a better mortgage rate too!

Types of Mortgage

The mortgage market is large and complex. Lenders offer many mortgage deals when you are buying your first home. Our job is to help guide you through this vast choice of options, including fixing rates, length of mortgage term and the effect of fees levied.

Credit Scoring

Your credit history will have an effect on your ability to get a mortgage and the rate you will pay. If you are planning to buy your first home then we can guide you through your credit file. You can then take action to improve or maintain your credit score.


Mortgages for the self-employed are viewed differently by lenders. As a first-time buyer, you should present your accounts and employment status in a way that will ensure mortgage acceptance. Rely on our vast experience to help with this.

Help from Family

As a first-time buyer, you may ask another family member to help you with a deposit. A larger deposit will result in a lower mortgage rate. Alternatively, you may decide to share the cost of purchase. Ask for our advice on the best ways to proceed.

Mortgage Protection

Mortgage protection provides great peace of mind. Life insurance, critical illness cover and income protection give re-assurance for young families that their home will be safe if the worst happens. Policies are always cheaper for young, healthy home buyers.

Agreement in Principle

An Agreement in Principle (AIP), is a basic commitment from a lender detailing what you should be able to borrow. Usually valid for 90 days, they provide an estate agent or house vendor assurance that you can raise funds to purchase a property.

Conveyancing Solicitors

When purchasing a property, you must appoint a solicitor to handle all legal aspects. Those new to the process, particularly first-time buyers, cannot be sure which one to choose. Ours are swift and efficient and provide fixed-cost certainty.

Some Useful Resources

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YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE. There is no charge for a mortgage consultation, quotations or providing an agreement in principle.  A fee of £299 is payable on submission of a full mortgage application.

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