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Helping you take your first steps on the property ladder

We understand that the journey to buying your first home is exciting, but there are lots of things to think about and it's easy to feel lost. Don't worry, we're here to help.

We offer a wide range of mortgage products to help people to buy their first home, including those with just a 5% deposit and those whose family members can help out. We also offer a range of products that can help with the costs of buying a home, with features such as a free property valuation, no product fees or even cashback. Please check individual products for details.

On this site, you’ll find a range of tools and guides to help you navigate the home buying journey and tips on what to look for when looking at properties.      

A personal service

Throughout your mortgage journey with us, from helping with affordability through to issuing the application, you have one dedicated point of contact. All of our team are friendly and personable and you will have direct access to them.

Flexibility and individuality 

Your application isn’t reviewed by a computer; we have a team of underwriters who work closely with your mortgage adviser to review your personal situation and circumstances. This allows us to be flexible and efficient when making a decision.

Home insurance

SmartQuote is an easy and fast way to get a home insurance* quote. Answer five simple questions and SmartQuote does the rest. By using publicly available data sources, SmartQuote gives us all the information we need to give you a quote on the spot.

Getting started

First things first – how much do you have for a deposit?

The amount that you can afford to put down as a first time buyer deposit will directly impact how much you will be able to borrow for your mortgage. 

So if you don’t yet have a deposit to put down on your first home, we have a range of savings products that can help you save – have a look at our saving for your first home page.

If you’re buying a home using a gifted deposit from your parents or other family members, we're here to help you too! Check out our gifted house deposits guide.

Find out how much you can borrow

Before the search for your perfect first home begins, you'll need to know how much you can afford to borrow for your mortgage, especially as some estate agents won't allow you to view properties with them until they know that you're likely to find a lender.

Our how much can I borrow guide explains how we calculate the amount that we could be willing to lend you, based on your income and monthly outgoings. Alternatively, you can use our simple online mortgage affordability calculator for an idea of how much you could borrow before you speak to us.

Choose which type of first time buyer mortgage is best for you

Once you have an idea of how much you can borrow, you can compare mortgage deals for first time buyers to decide which one would be best for you. 

There are several different types of mortgage deals on the market, which can sometimes make it tricky for you to know which one is best for you and your circumstances.

Our which type of mortgage is best for you guide explains the available options for first time buyer mortgages and the features and benefits of each. You can then calculate the repayments you're likely to make on each type of mortgage with our quick mortgage repayment calculator.

Know what to expect at each stage of the house buying process

It’s time for the exciting bit – looking for your first property! In our first time buyers' step-by-step guide to the house buying process, we break down the stages and typical timeline of buying a house. 

This includes everything from how to make an offer on a house, the mortgage application process and home buyers survey information. 

At this stage, it’s also worth considering what stamp duty you will pay on your new home, if any. Check out our everything you need to know about stamp duty guide.

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The adviser was outstanding in their customer care and went above and beyond to help me with my mortgage application. I cannot commend them highly enough.

Karen A

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*Buildings and contents insurance is arranged by Newcastle Building Society and underwritten by Fairmead Insurance Limited (renamed from Legal & General Insurance Limited), part of the Liverpool Victoria General Insurance Group.  To get a quote and apply online you will be transferred to their website.  Their terms and conditions and cookie policy may differ from Newcastle Building Society’s so please read them carefully.