Calculating the Cost of Buying a House

Buying a house comes with a lot of expenses beyond the cost of the property itself. These often catch out property buyers who receive a shock when they find out how much extra they will need to buy their dream home.

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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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