First time buyers advice and guides

Read our various guides and advice for first time buyers. From finding a house to arranging your removals company, we prove useful information to help you on your journey to moving into you new home.

  • Timeline for buying a house

    For homebuyers – and first time buyers in particular – the process of purchasing a new home can seem like a long, drawn-out affair. It’s not unusual for it to take around six months from starting to look at properties to actually moving in, and if there are delays at any stage of the process then it can take even longer.

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  • Buying a house with friends

    For many people, getting a foot on that first rung of the property ladder is now more difficult than ever. A combination of high house prices, larger deposit requirements and other economic factors mean that many would-be homebuyers view property ownership as a distant reality.

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  • 10 essential steps when buying a home

    You’ve been searching, viewing and considering properties for months and the day has finally come. Now the offer you have made on a house has been accepted, what next?

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  • How to buy a house – 10 important tips

    There will always be things you wish you had done or asked during the property transaction. Before you sign on the dotted line, check out our 10 tips for buying a home.

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  • What is the Help to Buy scheme?

    First time buyers are finding it increasingly difficult to attain a deposit without having to go to parents for support. We outline each of the affordable home ownership schemes currently available to homebuyers.

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  • First Time Buyers' guide to buying at auction

    Property auctions could offer value for money to first-time buyers

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  • Planning your removals for your first home move

    Get ahead of the game with these top tips for planning your home removals before your moving day

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  • Why do I need a home survey?

    As a first time buyer, your first home purchase is probably the most significant and most important financial transaction you will have made to date.

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  • Exchanging house contracts

    This article gives first time buyers all the information they need to deal with the process of exchanging house contracts

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  • Having an offer accepted on a house – what happens next?

    First and foremost, congratulations are in order! You’ve already jumped through numerous hoops to get to this stage in the home-buying journey, and the offer for your first home has been accepted. So what happens next?

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  • What is conveyancing?

    Buying your first property can be an overwhelming experience without the help of an experienced property lawyer to guide you through the conveyancing process – but what exactly is conveyancing you may ask?

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  • What are conveyancing searches?

    Find out why your conveyancing solicitor will carry out searches on your behalf when buying a property.

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  • Getting a first time buyer mortgage

    Unless you are in the position of having received a substantial windfall or inheritance, then you are unlikely to be in a position to buy a property outright using your own finances. For most people, buying their first home means getting a mortgage.

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  • Help to Buy in London

    London’s property market presents unique challenges to those looking to buy their first home, with high house prices making it difficult for many would-be homebuyers to save the necessary deposit or meet mortgage lenders’ affordability criteria.

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  • Shared ownership in London

    For first time buyers looking to purchase property in London, there are a number of government-supported schemes aimed at making it easier for people to get on the property ladder.

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