Buying with friends

With house prices having risen substantially over the past 20 years (despite recent falls), the plight of UK first-time buyers has resulted in people seeking alternative ways of getting on the property ladder.

One such route is buying with friends or family. This means that instead of you, or you and your partner getting a mortgage, you have a number of people on the deeds, which can ease the financial burden.

Lenders that allow friends to buy together usually allow a maximum of four people, however this can vary. Not only will different lenders allow different numbers of people to buy together, the amount you can borrow varies as well.

Some may only consider the two highest incomes, whereas others could take all four into account.

Click here for more information on buying with friends.

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