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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 find the ideal first-time buyer mortgage

If you are buying your first property, follow these commonsense rules for a succ...

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

With a flexible mortgage you can overpay, underpay, take payment holidays and bo...

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...

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

Fixed rates chopped by Metro Bank

The challenger bank has cut the cost of its five-year fixed rate mortgages

London sees double-digit lending boost in third quarter

Lending was up strongly in the capital, boosted by first-time buyers

Revealed: The cheapest place to buy a home in the UK

New research looks into the costs of buying a home across the UK

Chancellor abolishes Stamp Duty for first-time buyers

It's a massive boost for those looking to get on the housing ladder, but could i...

Can’t help, wont help kids onto the ladder, say a third of parents

The Bank of Mum and Dad isn't open to all, according to new research

10 top ways to get ahead in the property market

With 11 buyers going after every property, make sure you're first off the blocks...

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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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The Help to Buy scheme was announced by the Government in March 2013. The Help to Buy scheme aims to help a range of different types of buyers, and is made of two components:

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Second steppers targeting detached properties

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Mortgage Calculators

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How much can you borrow?

A calculator designed to help you understand how much you can borrow towards your property