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Tips for First time buyers
Five things to consider before looking for your first time buyer mortgage.
- Assess your savings and calculate how much deposit you’ll be putting towards the purchase of your home.
- If you have found your ideal property, or have a shortlist in mind, you can calculate how much you may need to borrow. Although it can be tempting to keep increasing that maximum search value on Rightmove, remember to keep your expectations more realistic!
- Draw up a detailed budget and outline all of your “move in” expenses. Don’t forget things like stamp duty (if applicable) and moving services, alongside the exciting things like decorating and furnishing your home.
- Next, turn your attention to your estimated monthly living expenses. It might seem like the list is never ending, including things like council tax, travel, utilities, insurances, groceries and recreation spends. It goes without saying that your monthly income must outweigh your outgoings!
- Finally, and here comes the important bit, go back through steps 3 and 4 and see if you’re able to shave off any costs. When moving into your new home remember you don’t have to do everything at once, so that fully landscaped garden could probably wait whilst you rebuild your pot of savings – and if you are struggling to control monthly costs do you really need to subscribe to Sky, Now TV, Netflix and Disney Plus?
Once you’ve got a clear picture of your finances you’ll be better prepared to start looking for the right mortgage product to help you buy your first home.
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