First-time buyer FAQs

Buying a new property is an exciting and stressful procedure, and this is doubly true the first time you do it. It makes a huge difference if you’ve got a decent idea of what to expect. Check out our guide to the basic processes and timescales.

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What is Help to Buy?

First announced in early 2013, the UK Government's Help to Buy scheme should be music to every first-time buyers' ears. As a first-time buyer, the scheme makes it considerably easier to get your foot on the property ladder thanks to minimal deposit requirements, which is where most first-time buyers encounter problems. According to the Daily Mail, it takes independent buyers more than 11 years' to save a 15% deposit for their first home but, thankfully, that's where the Help to Buy scheme can help.

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Best Areas in London for First-time Buyers

If you're a first-time buyer looking for value-for-money, London might not be the best place to buy; however, if you're working in the city, it's certainly the most practical option. London has many an established, trendy area where you'll pay well above average, but there are also a variety of spots that are up-and-coming and some awaiting a tip-off which means, if you act fast, you might be able to bag a bargain – in London terms, that is. Below, find out where to buy in London if you're a first-time buyer.

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What You Need to Know About Buying a Home in Spain

If you’re considering buying a property in Spain, you’re probably already aware there are quite a few differences between the process there from buying a home in the UK! To help you plan your purchase and get everything in place that’s required, we’ve created a quick guide so you know what to expect and can avoid potential pitfalls. We hope our guide will form a good part of your research and that your eventual purchase runs smoothly.

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Which property survey do I need?

You have been hunting for the perfect home for months and, finally, you've found your dream property. Fantastic! However, before committing, it's essential you have a full property survey carried out to ensure everything's in working order – after all, the last thing you want is to sink your life savings into a seemingly perfect property only to discover that, beneath the aesthetics, it's a cash pit.

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