First Time Buyers

Mortgages available to first time buyers

Buying a home for the first time can be a daunting prospect.

There’s so many things to think about – and that’s before you’ve even considered the many mortgage products, rates and lenders to choose from.

Tips to buying your first home

Before you think about equity release, you should also consider your other options:

Check transport links

Consider the availability of public transport services, like local bus routes or the frequency of train services from your nearest station. Even if you drive everywhere, this information will be useful for anyone coming to visit you who doesn’t.

Ask for a second opinion

When buying for the first time, there may be a number of details to look out for that you may not be aware of. Always take an experienced home buyer with you when viewing a property. If this is difficult to arrange, make sure you at least get some assistance at the second viewing stage.

Remember the bills

If you have been used to living at home with your parents, remember to budget for living expenses and bills such as council tax, gas and electricity, boiler servicing, and other unexpected home repairs that may incur with buying your new home.

Consider Council Tax

Before making a decision, make sure you know what the likely council tax charge will be in your new property. The selling agent should be able to help you.

Check connectivity

If you are a heavy internet user, check the broadband speeds available in the area you’re moving to. The selling agent should be able to provide this information.

Speak to your motor insurer

If you have a car, your insurance premium may increase if you move to an area with a higher crime rate, or are trading off-street parking for on-street parking.

Budget accurately

Be realistic about how much you can afford to spend on a house, and ensure the intended mortgage is affordable. Don’t forget to allow for furnishings, and remember older properties may require extensive work, such as re-flooring, tiling or renewing the wiring. Make sure you budget for these likely expenses in addition to the purchase price, along with other fees such as conveyancing and stamp duty.

Look at the local area

Even if you do not have children, remember that property in the catchment area of good local schools will always be much easier to sell on (though it may be reflected in a higher purchase price). Also, write down a list of local amenities which are important to you (shops, gym, cinema etc). Before making any final decision about where to move to, take a stroll or bike ride around the local area.

Think about commuting time

Commuting can be one of the biggest household expenses. Since you’re likely to be spending much more time on domestic chores and/or DIY, minimising your commuting distance could be important. If property is more expensive nearer to your place of work, make sure you weigh up this additional expense when compared to the costs and time of commuting.

Important information

Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

This article (First Time Buyers) is intended to provide a general appreciation of the topic and it is not advice.

For more information please contact Centrad Limited on 01922 745400 or email enquiries@centradltd.com and we will be happy to assist you.

Article expiry: 06 April 2023