Let us walk you through how to do it, including:
- Costs you need to consider
- How to improve your credit rating
- Understanding mortgages and if you’re eligible for one
- Buying options like Shared Ownership and Help to Buy schemes
- Making an offer, applying for a mortgage and moving in
With nearly half of first time buyers now getting help from family members, we’ve put together lots of information to help guide both you and them.
Take a look at our Step Up: Helping family to buy pages
Designed to help make buying your first home easier
This scheme allows you to part-own, part-rent when you first buy your home. You can buy the remaining shares in your home as time goes on until you own 100% of the property.
- The schemes are run by non-profit housing associations which own, let and manage rental housing
- You need a minimum 10% deposit for the share of the home you’re buying with a mortgage
- You pay a subsidised rent to the housing association for the part you rent.
To find out if you’re eligible for a Shared Ownership scheme take a look at the government’s information pages
This scheme combines a mortgage with an equity loan and allows you to buy a brand new home in England.
- You need a minimum 5% deposit and the government lends you up to 20% of the cost of your newly built home, or up to 40% if you’re buying in London
- The equity loan is interest-free for 5 years after which you start being charged interest
- These mortgages are not available in branch, by phone or online, so you’ll need to speak to an Independent Financial Adviser.
This is a Ministry of Defence (MOD) scheme to help regular armed forces personnel buy their first home.
- The scheme lets you borrow up to 50% of your annual salary, up to a maximum of £25,000, to use towards the deposit on your first home
- The loan is interest-free and must be paid back to the MOD within 10 years through your salary
- You will need to check with the MOD to see if you qualify for this scheme
- Call us to apply for one of these mortgages. They’re not available online or in branch.
If you have a Help to Buy: ISA, you can continue to save into your account until 30 November 2029. If you want to claim the 25% government bonus on your savings your conveyancer must do this by 1 December 2030 (eligibility applies). To check eligibility for the government bonus, visit the Help to Buy government website. The scheme has now closed to new applicants.
This is a brief summary of the 3 different types of mortgages we offer
The graphs are for illustrative purposes only.
For an in-depth comparison of the mortgage types on offer read our guide to mortgages
Your monthly payment covers both the amount you’ve borrowed and interest. So as long as you keep up your payments, your mortgage will be paid off at the end.
Your monthly payment only pays off the interest. You’ll still need to repay the amount you borrowed at the end of your mortgage and will need a separate plan in place to do this (such as an investment or endowment). We may limit the amount allowed on interest only.
You can choose to pay part of your mortgage as repayment and the other part as interest only.
Apply for a mortgage
Before applying for a mortgage, you'll first need to get a decision in principle (DIP) from us online or by phone. A DIP tells you if we could lend you the amount that you need for your mortgage. It also won't affect your credit rating.