First Time Buyers

Easy Mortgages Are Here To Help

Buying your first home is an exciting time, but it can be confusing.

Here at Easy Mortgages, we love helping first time buyers.

We understand you have lots of questions, we take pride in explaining the process clearly and in plain english. We’re here to make the process as easy as possible for you.

Charles Calvert

Founder & Managing Director

First Home Buyers

What to consider Before purchasing your first home

Deposit & Incomes

When simulating your first time purchase it is important to consider your deposit and your income(s) to determine your borrowing power and likely mortgage conditions. 

Conduct of your financial situation

Although we have lenders on our panel that offer poor credit mortgages, your Credit Score can affect your mortgage conditions & interest rate. 

Location & Market

Consider carefully where you want to live, local property prices and the market conditions. Knowledge is power when purchasing your first property.

Easy Mortgages

Helping First Home Buyers UK Wide

Congratulations on taking the first step to buying your first home!

Getting a mortgage is one of the biggest financial commitments you’re ever likely to make so it should be taken seriously. However, while it may feel scary, it needn’t be difficult.

There is a lot of help available.

You can and should, use a mortgage broker such as Easy Mortgages to go through the options with you.

We have access to information you don’t — such as lenders’ credit and affordability criteria — so a good broker should help match you to the right deal There is a lot to think about when buying your first home so here is a guide for you to show how Easy Mortgages can help you through the process. It’s also a way to tool up your knowledge to put you in a confident position to make the right decisions.

Step-by-Step Guide

Step-by-Step Guide
to buying your first home

Step 1

Save for a Deposit

The minimum most high street lenders require is 5% of the purchase price. The larger the deposit, the lower the interest rate you would secure. To secure the lowest interest rates on the market you would require a 40% deposit.
There are also many schemes which may be of interest to you such as Shared Ownership for smaller deposits and lower incomes or the Help to Buy equity loan.

Step 4

Start
House-Hunting

Register with several estate agents in your chosen area(s) and set up email alerts on online portals such as Rightmove and Zoopla.

Step 7

Apply for a
mortgage

Once you have your offer for the purchase of your chosen property is accepted, it’s time to submit the full mortgage application to your chosen lender.

Easy Mortgages can recommend the best lender and mortgage for you and also complete the whole application and submit it on your behalf. We will also discuss your insurance requirements to protect you and your family.

Step 10

Full Mortgage Offer

This is when all the checks and the survey have been completed and the bank or building society has issued you the confirmation, they will lend the amount to you.

Step 2

Find out how much mortgage you can borrow

Speak to Easy Mortgages to find out exactly how much you can borrow. Your income, age, any credit outstanding and deposit size all impact how much a bank or building society will lend to you.

Step 5

View properties
in person

It’s vital that you don’t purely judge properties on their online listings. Get out and about to get a true sense of what you want.

Step 8

Find a firm
to do the
legal work

Easy Mortgages can take care of this for you. We are in partnership with Movin' Legal who have over 45 solicitors on their panel.

We will provide you with a quote and if you’re happy we can instruct them for you.

Step 11

Arrange home insurance

You’ll need buildings insurance in place from the day you exchange contracts. You will not be able to exchange without this in place.

Step 13

Completion

Your mortgage and deposit will be transferred to the seller and then you can collect your new house keys from your estate agent and celebrate!

Step 3

Apply for an AIP

Agreement in Principle (API) is a confirmation from a lender that they would, in principle, be willing to lend you a certain amount. It can make you a more attractive buyer, as it shows the seller you can afford the property. The AIP doesn’t have to come from your bank or building society. Easy Mortgages can arrange this for you with the most suitable lender.

Step 6

Make an offer

Work out how much to offer based on recent selling prices for similar homes in the same neighbourhood and whether you’ll need to carry out repairs to the property. Make your offer to the estate agent, who will pass it on to the seller. If your first offer is rejected, you may have to negotiate - play it cool and keep your top budget private.

Step 9

Get a property survey

Part of any mortgage application involves a survey on the property you wish to purchase. Most lenders will offer you a free basic valuation which only tells the lender the value of the property and if the lender should offer a mortgage on the property. An upgrade to a home buyers survey can also be arranged at an additional cost, either through the lender or independently.

If it unearths problems, you might want to ask the seller to fix them or reduce your offer.

Step 12

Exchange contracts

Yours and the seller’s solicitors will swap signed contracts and you’ll pay the deposit. You are now legally obliged to proceed with the purchase.

Step 1

Save for a Deposit

The minimum most high street lenders require is 5% of the purchase price. The larger the deposit, the lower the interest rate you would secure. To secure the lowest interest rates on the market you would require a 40% deposit.
There are also many schemes which may be of interest to you such as Shared Ownership for smaller deposits and lower incomes or the Help to Buy equity loan.

Step 2

Find out how much mortgage you can borrow

Speak to Easy Mortgages to find out exactly how much you can borrow. Your income, age, any credit outstanding and deposit size all impact how much a bank or building society will lend to you.

Step 3

Apply for an AIP

Agreement in Principle (API) is a confirmation from a lender that they would, in principle, be willing to lend you a certain amount. It can make you a more attractive buyer, as it shows the seller you can afford the property. The AIP doesn’t have to come from your bank or building society. Easy Mortgages can arrange this for you with the most suitable lender.

Step 4

Start
House-Hunting

Register with several estate agents in your chosen area(s) and set up email alerts on online portals such as Rightmove and Zoopla.

Step 5

View properties
in person

It’s vital that you don’t purely judge properties on their online listings. Get out and about to get a true sense of what you want.

Step 6

Make an offer

Work out how much to offer based on recent selling prices for similar homes in the same neighbourhood and whether you’ll need to carry out repairs to the property. Make your offer to the estate agent, who will pass it on to the seller. If your first offer is rejected, you may have to negotiate - play it cool and keep your top budget private.

Step 7

Apply for a
mortgage

Once you have your offer for the purchase of your chosen property is accepted, it’s time to submit the full mortgage application to your chosen lender.

Easy Mortgages can recommend the best lender and mortgage for you and also complete the whole application and submit it on your behalf. We will also discuss your insurance requirements to protect you and your family.

Step 8

Find a firm
to do the
legal work

Easy Mortgages can take care of this for you. We are in partnership with Movin' Legal who have over 45 solicitors on their panel.

We will provide you with a quote and if you’re happy we can instruct them for you.

Step 9

Get a property survey

Part of any mortgage application involves a survey on the property you wish to purchase. Most lenders will offer you a free basic valuation which only tells the lender the value of the property and if the lender should offer a mortgage on the property. An upgrade to a home buyers survey can also be arranged at an additional cost, either through the lender or independently.

If it unearths problems, you might want to ask the seller to fix them or reduce your offer.

Step 10

Full Mortgage Offer

This is when all the checks and the survey have been completed and the bank or building society has issued you the confirmation, they will lend the amount to you.

Step 11

Arrange home insurance

You’ll need buildings insurance in place from the day you exchange contracts. You will not be able to exchange without this in place.

Step 12

Exchange contracts

Yours and the seller’s solicitors will swap signed contracts and you’ll pay the deposit. You are now legally obliged to proceed with the purchase.

Step 13

Completion

Your mortgage and deposit will be transferred to the seller and then you can collect your new house keys from your estate agent and celebrate!

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Best Deal For You

How will working with a Mortgage Broker Ensure I Get the best Deal possible?

Working with a mortgage broker can be beneficial when buying your first home as they can help you navigate the complex process of securing a mortgage.

Some ways that working with a mortgage broker can help ensure you get the best deal possible:

  1. Access to a wide range of lenders – see and compare offers from various lenders at once

  2. Expert advice – with years of experience, the advice a mortgage broker can provide you when buying your first home is invaluable

  3. Negotiation power – we can negotiate directly with lenders on your behalf and leverage our relationships and our knowledge of what lenders require to offer the best deal

  4. Time-Saving – paperwork, back and forth, understanding the varying lending criteria of your bank can be a long and convoluted process without help

Overall, working with a mortgage broker can help ensure that you get the best deal possible when buying your first home by providing you with access to a range of lenders, expert advice, negotiation power, and time-saving services.

Buying your first property should be an enjoyable experience to be remembered.

Our aim is that all of our first home buyer clients remember this experience fondly, and get the best mortgage possible!

Access to a range of lenders:

Mortgage brokers have access to a wide range of lenders, including traditional banks, credit unions, and other lending institutions. This means that they can help you compare multiple loan options and find the one that best fits your financial situation and goals.

Expert advice:

Mortgage brokers are experienced professionals who can provide you with expert advice and guidance throughout the home buying process. They can help you understand the different types of mortgages, interest rates, fees, and other factors that can affect your mortgage.

Negotiation power:

A mortgage broker can use their relationships with lenders to negotiate on your behalf and help you secure the best possible interest rate and loan terms.

Time-saving:

A mortgage broker can save you time by handling much of the paperwork and administrative tasks associated with getting a mortgage. This frees up your time to focus on finding the right home and making other important decisions.

5 Star Service

What our clients say about us

Francesca KirbyFrancesca Kirby
18:44 28 Dec 22
Charles was really professional and informative with the whole process and options available to us. Despite the difficult market with interest rate increases he managed to secure us a great rate and kept our payments to a reasonable level. Cannot express how truly grateful my husband and I are for all the work he put into getting us the best offer out there and would happily recommend Easy Mortgages to anyone both first time buyers and people remortgaging.
M CM C
08:34 18 Oct 22
Charles from Easy Mortgages did a fantastic job! Really pleased with how efficient and straightforward everything is. From initial mortgage approval, through to underwriting, Charles kept us informed throughout the whole process, and dealt with any queries promptly. He is very knowledgeable in his field, and I would not hesitate to recommend his services.
Adam DowseAdam Dowse
17:21 06 Oct 22
After experiencing a great service, when taking out a competitive Life Assurance policy via Easy Mortgages brokerage service, I turned to Charles to find a mortgage for a new property.I wanted a reduced repayment period, but I wasn’t sure how this would impact the repayment costs. Over an online meeting, Charles was able to quickly generate several alternate options for me to consider.There was no pressure in terms of our chosen mortgage, and I was impressed that Charles was able to provide an Agreement in Principle by the end of the initial meeting.Charles is a true professional in his industry, who I would not hesitate to recommend.
Samuel MaximousSamuel Maximous
18:06 01 Aug 22
This is my first time applying for a mortgage and Charlie has been extremely helpful in every step of the process. He's always responsive, incredibly patient, and very clear in explaining the process. I couldn’t of asked of a better service. I would definitely recommend and would definitely work with Charlie again for my next mortgage! Thank you so much
Lis SmallLis Small
18:08 04 Apr 22
I recently needed a Buy to Let mortgage and Charles was fantastic. He carried out the necessary research and recommended 3 possible options. He explained the products clearly and was happy to answer any questions, no matter how basic! He saw me through the whole event, ensuring everything was ready for completion.He also helped with a suitable buildings insurance. Again, everything was as promised and now I have a house, properly set up, with happy tenants. Thank you Charles. I will continue to use you when my fixed term comes to an end.I can’t recommend him highly enough.
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