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15 things you need to know about the Help to Buy scheme

Which? explains the key things first-time buyers need to know before they buy a property using the Help to Buy scheme, from exchange deposits to mortgages.

Gap grows between asking and selling prices: could you save thousands when buying a home?

The average home is selling for 3.9% less than asking price, find out which city you can get the biggest property discount and if now's the time to buy.

Will the new Help to Buy scheme really help first-time buyers?

Two years before the launch of the next iteration of Help to Buy, the government faces criticism over the regional price caps it plans to propose.

Are cashback mortgages for first-time buyers worthwhile?

Which? crunches the numbers to assess whether first-time buyers should be lured in by cashback incentives offered by mortgage lenders.

11 costly mistakes every first-time buyer should avoid

From getting a mortgage to using the wrong solicitor find out 11 common mistakes that first-time buyers make and how to avoid them.

First-time buyers: how to find the best mortgage rate with a 5% deposit

Which? explains how buyers with a 5% deposit can benefit from a low-cost discount mortgage, and weighs up the pros and cons of variable-rate deals.

Shared ownership mortgage rates getting cheaper

Rates on shared ownership mortgages are getting cheaper. Which? reveals the best deals and assesses whether you should buy through a shared ownership scheme.

Should first-time buyers take out a 40-year mortgage?

Mortgages with maximum terms of 40 years make up around half of the market, but how much extra will such a long-term deal cost you?

House price growth slows in the UK’s most expensive areas: could you snap up a bargain?

Find out where house prices are falling in the UK if you're looking to get a bargain on a new home

Four in 10 homebuyers view under five properties

We reveal how many properties buyers view in different parts of the UK and share one first-time buyer's experience of submitting a sealed bid after an open day.

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