First Time Buyers Mortgage

How I can help you secure a mortgage offer.

Congratulations on your decision and taking the first step to owning your own home!

As a first-time buyer, the process of getting a mortgage can seem overwhelming and confusing.

I’m here to help you understand the different types of mortgages that are out there, and help you decide which one is right for you. As well as saving you time and avoiding the risk of getting a declined application, I have access to deals that can’t be found by going direct to the lender.

I’ll walk you through every step to obtain an agreement in principle. Once you have this, you’ll be clear on what you can afford so you can get out there and make an offer on your dream home with


In the meantime, here are some answers to our most common FAQs:

I’m also here to help you navigate other aspects of the home-buying process such as closing costs and home insurance. If you have any questions along the way, I’ll be there to help and ensure you feel informed on each step of the process.

If you have any questions, feel free to book a call with me and I’ll be more than happy to help.

A first-time buyer mortgage is specifically designed for individuals who have never owned a property before. To qualify for a first-time buyer mortgage, you must typically not have owned a property in the past, and meet the lender’s income and credit requirements.

Some benefits include deposits and special government-backed loan programs. Additionally, some lenders offer special programs and incentives, such as increased lending, assistance with fees, or cashback to help first-time buyers afford the costs of purchasing a home.

The application requirements can vary depending on the lender, but generally you’ll need to provide documentation of your income, employment, and undergo a credit check. You may also need to have a certain amount of money saved for a down payment and closing costs.

As well as going through the process myself just a few years ago, I have helped lots of first time buyers using a number of the schemes to purchase their first home.As well as recommending which mortgage will best suit your needs I can provide guidance throughout the mortgage application and purchase process as a whole. There are no stupid questions with me and I aim to help you understand what is happening every step of the way.  I have access to deals that can’t be found by going direct and can save you the time and risk of an unexpected declined application.

Arrangement/Product fees: Most lenders charge fees to organise the mortgage and these will vary from lender to lender. These fees will often make it possible for the lender to offer the applicant access to lower interest rates. With some mortgage products, these fees are waived as an incentive to the customer.

Valuation fees: An independent evaluation is required before a mortgage can be approved on your new home. Most lenders offer free valuation on residential mortgages, but sometimes you will pay this cost and it will be non-refundable.

Stamp duty: First-time buyers don’t pay Stamp Duty unless the house is valued at £425,000 or above. There are plenty of stamp duty calculators online you can use to help work out the costs based on your circumstances.

 Legal fees: Solicitors will carry out the legal work required when purchasing a property including local authority searches. The fees for these services will vary between firms, so I would recommend speaking with several firms to get quotes.

For a standard residential mortgage, you’re likely to need at least a 10% deposit. With some home ownership schemes, it may be possible to secure a mortgage with a 5% deposit.

The government has introduced a number of schemes to try and help first-time buyers:

The Shared ownership Scheme – Purchase 25-75% share of a property, rent is required on the
remaining share. Please see my “shared ownership” page for more information on this. 

The Mortgage Guarantee Scheme – This was introduced in response to the Help to Buy Scheme and
aims to encourage lenders to offer 95% mortgages again.

An Agreement in Principle is an indication of how much you can borrow from a mortgage lender prior to applying for a mortgage. This isn’t essential, but is often requested by estate agents when making an offer. They’ll give you an accurate idea of how much you’ll be able to borrow based on your individual credit score.

Your credit score can be very important when looking to obtain a mortgage, especially as a first-time
buyer who may be looking for a high loan-to-value mortgage. There are a number of ways to
improve your score, such as:

​- Check that you appear on the electoral roll at your current address

– Check your address on all accounts and correct any mistakes

– If you have credit, remain within 50% of your limits and pay off as much as possible

– Don’t miss or make late payments

– Special credit builder credit cards can help those who’ve never had credit to improve their score

*Your property may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage. Click here to see how can I help you.

My Expertise

With nearly a decade in the property industry, I’m passionate about making your dream home become a reality. 

As a dedicated expert, I navigate the complexities of property buying, ensuring a stress-free experience and treating you with utmost integrity.

01. Experience

You will get friendly expert mortgage advice from Stratford’s Number 1 mortgage adviser

02. Efficiency

I will save you time and stress with my clear and simplistic approach

03. Peace of Mind

You will secure the right mortgage for your circumstances

What People Say About Me

Angus & Jess

“Chris has handled my mortgages on my personal properties and buy to let properties over many years and has provided excellent advice and achieved great results for me each time.”

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