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Introduction

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Buying a property is the biggest financial commitment most of us will ever make, so it is important that you understand the types of mortgage deal available before making a choice. Yourmortgage.co.uk explains them all: fixed rates, variable rate mortgages, tracker deals and more.

Happily, there are plenty of these mortgages on the market aimed squarely at first-time buyers.

If you do manage to squirrel away the 5% of a property’s value, there are now a number of mortgage lenders willing to lend up to 95% loan-to-value (LTV) mortgages. Others offer guarantor homeloans that allow parents or other family members to underwrite your mortgage, or collective arrangements where family finances can be pooled to help you get on the property ladder.

The government also offers assistance in the form of Help to Buy and other schemes.

 

How to

How to get government help

If you are a first-time buyer struggling to get onto the property ladder, help c...

How to save money with a flexible mortgage

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How to get your mortgage application accepted

Getting a mortgage application accepted is a lot tougher than it used to be, so ...

Insure4you: Help finding the right insurance for homebuyers

Buying your own home can be an exhausting and expensive process, but luckily we ...

How to spot problems when buying

Buying a house is one of the most important decisions you will ever make – bot...

Help for first-time buyers

 Over half of first-time buyers need a leg up onto the housing ladder from thei...

Guides

Guide to interest-only mortgages vs repayment mortgages

Before you go looking for a mortgage or remortgage deal, you need to decide how ...

Guide to flexible mortgages

A truly flexible mortgage allows you to do the following:

Guide to fixed-rate mortgages

Fixed-rate mortgages are fairly popular in the UK. As the name suggests, they al...

Guide to mortgage basics

Taking out a mortgage is probably the biggest financial undertaking you will eve...

The buying process

A step-by-step guide to purchasing property.

Guide to discount mortgages

We all love a good discount - there is a certain satisfaction to be had from kno...

News

Family Mortgage Options launched by Teachers Building Society

The deals enable families to help each other onto the housing ladder using equit...

Revealed: The UK’s least affordable area for first-time buyers

Buyers in this area need to pay 12.5 times the average income to get on the hous...

112 years – the time it would take bar staff to save up to buy a home

Full-time bar staff on an average annual salary of £13,345 would need to save f...

Parents spend over £20 billion a year supporting their adult kids

The first-time buyer burden on parents is a cool £20.1bn according to Aldermore...

Bank of England demands tighter affordability calculation

The Bank of England now wants lenders to ensure that borrowers could afford thei...

London homes are cheaper than first-time buyers think!

The majority of first-timers overestimate the cost of a home in the capital

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Speak to an adviser

As a first-time buyer, if you would like free, impartial mortgage advice, read on.

Use Stamp Duty savings to pay down debt, urges Barclays

Borrowers should resist the temptation to spend their unexpected Stamp Duty savings on new furniture or clearing post-Christmas card debt and focus on their mortgage, said Barclays’ head of lending Andy Gray.

Interest rates set to stay at 0.5% till November

Interest rates will not rise before the summer, and probably not until November, according to economists.

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