You’re looking for your first home? How exciting!

Buying your first home is an incredibly exciting experience but can also be quite daunting. There’s so much to think about and understand when it comes to mortgages and other financing options (like Help to Buy).

To help, here’s what you can expect when buying your first new build home:

You’re looking for your first home? How exciting!

Buying your first home is an incredibly exciting experience but can also be quite daunting. There’s so much to think about and understand when it comes to mortgages and other financing options (like Help to Buy).

To help, here’s what you can expect when buying your first new build home:

Your first steps

Step 1
Find a property you can afford

This might sound obvious but buying a house is more than just the purchase price.

Remember to include in your budget; stamp duty, legal fees, your deposit, valuation survey fees, any fees the bank might charge to arrange your mortgage, transfer fee and mortgage account fee.

Step 2
Appoint a Financial Advisor

Once you’ve found your new home you’ll need to appoint a financial advisor who will help you decide which mortgage to go for, whether to use Help to Buy and arrange any insurances you need (such as building and contents).

Step 3
Organise a solicitor

You’ll need to find a solicitor to act for you in the process of buying your home.

Average fees are around £400 – £750 plus the costs of searches they carry out to see if there’s anything that can affect your property’s value. These typically cost around £300.

Step 4
Your mortgage and valuation survey

A valuation survey will be carried out by your mortgage lender to prove the property is worth the price you’ll be paying. The lender may charge for this. If they do it’s normally around £150 – £750 (depending on the value of your property).

Once completed, if there’s nothing wrong, you’ll receive a binding mortgage offer. An arrangement fee (£0-£2,000) will be added at this point. You can pay this immediately or add it to your mortgage. If you add it to your mortgage remember you’ll pay interest during your mortgage term.

Step 5
Exchange contracts

If there are not issues or delays you’ll receive a contract to sign to complete the sale.

Your solicitor will go through this with you to check all the details are correct.

Once signed, you’re committed to the sale and you’ll be asked to pay your deposit (typically 10% of the property value).

Most lenders will also require you to have buildings insurance in place at this point.

Step 6
Completion and final steps

The final balance to purchase the property is released by the lender to your solicitor’s account. There is usually a transfer fee of £25 – £50 for doing this. At this point you’ll need to pay the remainder of your solicitor’s bill and any stamp duty owed. Your solicitor will arrange this for you.

If you need to work out how much stamp duty you’ll pay use this calculator.

Congratulations you’ve just purchased your first home!

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Great homes to get you started

The Nook

2 Bedroom Home from £150,000

Modern end-terrace home

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The Nest

3 Bedroom Home from £185,000

Modern mid/end-terrace home

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The Holt

3 Bedroom Home from £190,000

Modern semi-detached home

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A few things you might like to know

Getting to know the local area is a big part of buying a new home. To help you get a better idea about life in Nafferton we’ve listed some of the essentials below.

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Ready to take the next step?

All you need to do is contact our friendly, local estate agents and they’ll guide you through what’s next.

Give Woolley & Parks a call on:01377 252095 or email: newhomes@woolleyparks.co.uk

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