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6 Top Tips to Help First Time Buyers Get on The Property Ladder

Are you looking to buy your first home but not sure where to start? NAEA Propertymark President, Katie Griffin share her six top tips for first time buyers looking to get onto the property ladder.

1 Start saving as soon as you can

Saving for a house may feel like an impossible dream, but if you start putting a set sum into your savings every month from early on, you’ll reach your goal sooner. It’s also worth looking at a Help to Buy ISA, through which you may get another £1,000 towards your purchase

We have more information available If you want to know more about the Help to Buy Scheme.

2 Work out your budget and speak to a mortgage adviser

A mortgage adviser will look at your income, any debts you have, and your deposit, to make an assessment on how much you can borrow. It’s important to do this at the start of your house hunt, so your search is realistic. You should also be able to get a mortgage offer in principle, which shows sellers that your finances are already in place and that you’re an attractive buyer

3 Research, research, research

There’s nothing worse than falling in love with a property or an area that’s simply out of your budget. Make sure you’ve thoroughly researched which areas you can afford to buy in, and the type of property in your budget before you start looking

4 Have your paperwork ready to go

Once you have an offer accepted, you’ll need to submit various bits of paperwork to get the process moving. Make sure you’ve got copies of your ID and utility bills with your name on, as you’ll need to share them with your estate agent. You should also be ready to start the mortgage process and instruct a solicitor.

If you’ve found your dream home but are feeling a bit nervous about making the offer this video will give you some helpful advice.

5 Be patient

House purchases rarely stick to the expected time frames. It might take you several months to find your ideal property, and then the transaction can take a while as well. It’s probably one of the biggest financial commitments you’ll make in your lifetime, so it’s important not to rush it

6 Work with a professional estate agent 

When you start your house search, make sure you approach a NAEA Propertymark estate agent. Those agents will ensure you’re making a realistic offer, and make sure they’re only showing you properties which suit your criteria and budget. Find out why you should always check if the estate agent is Propertymark Protected.

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