First time buyers - information and advice including choosing a mortgage, the costs associated with buying a home and options such as home ownership schemes and buying the home you are currently renting.
On the open market
Council and housing association tenants
This content applies to England only
An affordable way into home-ownership or an expensive trap? Explore the pros and cons of shared ownership schemes.
Buying a flat
Most flats are sold on a long lease, so make sure you understand the rights and responsibilities of leaseholders.
Steps in buying a home
Valuations, exchange of contracts and completion dates. Find out about the steps involved when buying a home.
Buying a home with others
Buying on your own, as part of a couple or jointly with friends - your rights explained.
Viewing a property
Be sure you know what you are looking out for when you view a place to buy.