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.
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.
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.
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.