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First-time home buyers

  • How to get a mortgage: expert video and advice
  • The types of first-time buyer mortgages available
  • Pros and cons of shared ownership
  • How parents can help through guarantor mortgages

What's in this guide

How to get a mortgage: video guide

Our video explains the steps you need to take to apply for a mortgage. Contains video

First-time buyer mortgages

Our guide to the different types of mortgages available to first-time buyers.

Am I ready to be a first-time home buyer?

Questions to ask yourself in order to work out whether you're ready to buy a home.

What household bills will I pay as a homeowner?

What household bills will you have to budget for once you've bought your first home? Contains video

Help to Buy

We explain how the Help to Buy scheme helps people with a small deposit buy a house. Contains video

Shared ownership

We introduce you to the basics of how shared ownership schemes work.

Guarantor mortgages

We explain guarantor mortgages and other ways that parents can help children buy their first home.

Local Authority Mortgage Scheme

Which? explains how you can get a mortgage through the local authority mortgage scheme if you are a first time buyer.

Starter Homes Initiative

We explain the government plan to build 200,000 discounted homes for first-time buyers.

Right to Buy scheme

We explain how Right to Buy works and what it means for council and housing association tenants.

Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

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