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‘Getting my vaccine was the surprise catalyst to buying my first flat’

Getting a Covid vaccine led Anastasia Gurnell to buy her first home years earlier than she’d anticipated

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The top 10 London boroughs to buy a home with a low deposit

Become a first-time buyer nomad and search for your new home among the rich choice in the outer boroughs.

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Revealed: the number of homes for sale now in every London borough

Struggling to find a home to buy? New data shows Wandsworth and Barnet have the most properties for sale right now, while Barking & Dagenham has the fewest.

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‘How I saved to buy a west London home in my Thirties — without help’

A yearly life audit and strict saving strategies helped this management consultant buy without financial help.

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Interest rates rise to 1% — here’s what it means for your mortgage

First-time buyers are being “clobbered on all sides” as interest rate hikes mean it will be harder to get a mortgage.

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Homeowners face higher mortgage bills as interest rate doubles to 0.5%

Here’s what today’s interest rate hike by the Bank of England means for homeowners.

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How we cut monthly bills by £500 and took 50 minutes off our commute

This couple moved east for their first home together, cheaper monthly bills and shorter commutes.

Buying & Mortgages

‘My mortgage and bills cost the same as renting in a house share’

Fed up with living in a shared flat, sonographer Karen decided to see what she could afford to buy. The move is working out perfectly, she says

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Homeowners and buyers should act now following Bank interest rate rise

How to plan ahead with your mortgage as Bank of England puts interest rates up from 0.1% to 0.25%.

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Interest rates rise sees millions hit by higher mortgage bills

Today’s interest rate increase is the first for more than three years.

Buying & Mortgages

86 discounted new flats to be built for north London first-time buyers

In order to be eligible to buy one of the properties, there is some small print to consider.

Buying & Mortgages

‘My £500-a-month mortgage costs so much less than renting’

Account manager Celine used Help to Buy and also benefited from the stamp duty holiday.

Property News

Softer mortgage rules will not help London’s first-time buyers

The biggest barrier to homeownership in London remains the deposit.

Buying & Mortgages

‘We swapped London for West Sussex, and found a new career’

Remote working gave Mark Smith and his husband Karl Willes the opportunity to move from London to the West Sussex coast.

Buying & Mortgages

‘We bought a fixer upper as first-time buyers on a freelance salary’

Taking on a project house is a scary prospect. But for these first-time buyers, it led to them owning their first home.

Buying & Mortgages

Commuter belt hit by price spike with first homes now 7.2x earnings

The cost of a first-time buyer home in London is now nine times earnings on average, down from a peak of 10.2 times in 2016.

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Asking prices set to rise 3% in 2022 as ‘late-bird buyers’ make moves

Early birds bought homes after the first lockdown while the cautious waited for greater certainty on their work-life balancy and frequency of commute.

Buying & Mortgages

‘We lived at opposite ends of London to save up for our first home’

Shivani Gandhi and Arun Chopra lived apart while they saved for their first flat – and then headed further out to get more for their money.

Buying & Mortgages

‘How I bought a house by myself after 20 years of renting in London’

After two decades of shuttling between rented flats, Natalie Watts decided she’d had enough — and took action to save for a home of her own.

Buying & Mortgages

What is the difference between exchange and completion?

The first-time buyer questions you’re too embarrassed to ask — answered

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‘Intense saving and a long mortgage term made our home dream possible’

Here’s why one first-time buyer couple are still saving hard a month after buying their first house with a 15 per cent deposit.

Buying & Mortgages

What we know about Government-backed 95% mortgages

The Chancellor’s new low-deposit mortgage guarantee scheme is available to lenders from today. Here’s how it works.

Buying & Mortgages

Property jargon translated: a handy guide for first-time buyers

Do you know your AIP from your MPPI, and your ERC from your LTV?

Buying & Mortgages

How to get your finances in shape and win over mortgage lenders

It’s one thing to want to buy your first home, quite another to afford it. Here’s how to get your financial ducks in a row...