First time buyers

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.

Home-ownership schemes

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.

Energy efficiency

Find out what you can do to make your home energy efficient. Understand energy performance certificates.

Viewing a property

Be sure you know what you are looking out for when you view a place to buy.

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