First Time Buyers

Saving for a Mortgage Deposit: Tips for First-Time Buyers in London

One of the biggest challenges first-time buyers (FTBs) face is getting a deposit together. Saving a large sum of cash while covering all your living expenses during a cost-of-living crisis is no mean feat. But having a good plan and clear goals can make this daunting task more achievable. Here are some tips to help you save for a mortgage deposit. Number crunch You’ll need a deposit that’s...

Five Property-Hunting Tips for London Homebuyers 

Buying a home is a huge decision – possibly one of the biggest you’ll make in your lifetime (no pressure then).  And to ensure you make a wise choice that suits your needs now and into the future, it pays to give the process a bit of thought before you start arranging viewings.  Here are five property-hunting tips that could save you time and money.   1. Do your homework  Once you’ve...

Six Things to Ask Your Partner Before You Start Your Property Search

Buying a property with a partner can be an exciting next step in a relationship.  Swapping paying rent or living with family for cosy nights with your beloved in your own home can be a blissful prospect.  But before you arrange a series of viewings in a giddy rush of excitement, it’s worth sitting down and talking a few things through with your partner.  Purchasing a property is a huge...

Should You Invest in a Turnkey Buy-to-Let or a Renovation Project?

Whether you’re an established landlord or a first-time investor, you’ll probably be thinking about what to buy: a ready-to-go rental or a doer-upper. Which one should you pick?   Currently, many changes are being made around rental rules, and reports claim that many landlords are selling up. However, there are still plenty of investors making their move into the rental space. And with the UK...

Buying a Property in 2023: What You Need to Know

Buying a new home is a big step that comes with lots of considerations. Finding the right property in a good location at a price you’re willing to pay isn’t always easy and can take time. But when you finally move into your new place to start the next chapter of your life, all the hard work is worth it. Here are some factors to consider if you’re thinking about buying in 2023. Shifting...

Practical Tips for Buyers Relying on the Bank of Mum and Dad

Every year, the Bank of Mum and Dad comes to the rescue by helping tens of thousands of first-time buyers get on the housing ladder. Last year alone, 46% of first-time buyers received financial help from their parents to purchase a property, with £8.8 billion changing hands (source: Savills). But for parents planning to assist their offspring, or children hoping to get a helping hand, there are a...

What You Need to Know if You’re Buying Your First London Home

If you’re thinking about buying your first home, congratulations! You’re about to experience a huge life moment and finally have somewhere to call your own. The first-time buyer journey is exciting, scary, overwhelming… it’s basically all the emotions. So, what can you expect? In this quick read, we take you through some of the initial steps of buying your first home. Money matters Whether...

How To Maximise Your Budget And Buy Your Dream London Home

Buying a home comes with a lot of dreams, needs and wants, but there’s another consideration, too – budget. Whether you’re taking your first step on the property ladder or moving on to bigger and better things, how can you make every pound count? Maximising your budget might seem impossible; after all, a downstairs WC is a must, and you’ve always hoped for a driveway. But are these wants and...

A Quick Guide For First Time Renters In London

Are you a renting newbie? Are you flying your family’s comfy nest? Well, this one’s for you. Renting your first place isn’t as simple as moving in and unpacking – there’s a lot you need to know. In this quick read, we help you prepare to sign on the dotted line and start your first tenancy.  Step 1: Budget Have you planned your finances? Do you know what you can afford every month? Have...

What London Buyers Need To Know When Looking For A Mortgage

If you’re new to mortgages, you’ll be forgiven for feeling a little bit overwhelmed. There’s a lot to sort out before applying for one and there are so many different types – it’s hard to know what to go for. Whether you choose a high street lender or a more specialist one, it’s always worth talking to a mortgage broker to understand what you can afford to borrow and how much you’ll be...

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