Getting on the property ladder: first time buyer tips

Buying a property, especially in the current climate is a big decision for first time buyers. Despite being incredibly rewarding, buying a home is in the top ten most stressful life events! We have listed a few tips that can help you buy your first property.

  1.  Save as much as you can for a deposit
    The bigger the deposit you are able to put down, the better the mortgage deal you are likely to secure. The recommendation is to aim for a deposit of at least 10% of the property value. However, if you are struggling to save a deposit, there are schemes available including, 100% Mortgages, Shared Ownership, First Homes and Lifetime ISAs.
  2. Check your credit score

    Having a deposit and earning a salary that covers repayments is important but not the only area a lender will look at. Having a good credit score is also important. To find out ways to improve your credit score, read our tips here.  

  3. Get a mortgage in principle

    You’ll need to get a mortgage in principle from a lender before you start looking. This will give you an idea of how much you can borrow and how much you can expect your monthly payments to be.

  4. Be realistic

    Making a budget, and factoring in all costs involved with buying and owning a property such as monthly repayments, insurance, bills, and maintenance will allow you to understand your affordability.

  5. Don't pick the first property you see

    It is good to shop around, compare prices, different areas and property types to ensure you are getting the best deal for your budget and requirements. 

  6. Consider a property that requires some work

    Depending on your situation, buying a ‘fixer-upper’ requiring some work or renovation may be more affordable than a home you can move into immediately. You will need to work out the cost and time involved in renovating the property before being sure it is the home for you.

We hope you have found these tips useful, and increase your chances of getting on the property ladder as a first time buyer. For more information, contact one of our independent mortgage advisers who can discuss the best options for you: 01628 507477.

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