first time buyers mortgage
first time buyers mortgage

First time buyers mortgage

Buying your first home can be an overwhelming process. There are so many things to consider – from the deposit to the right interest rate. How can you be sure you're getting the best deal?

It’s hard enough finding the time to research all your options, let alone trying to make sense of it all. Who has time for that? We do.

At GHL Direct, we take the hassle out of buying your first home. We aim to save you time, hassle, and hopefully money by comparing 1000’s of first-time buyer mortgage rates and can even get deals that your bank or building society may not offer you. We will help you get your first mortgage, assist you with the application, and stay by your side throughout the process.

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Find out how much you can borrow and the maximum mortgage you can comfortably afford to buy your first home

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We will be there to help you every step of the way, with a friendly, knowledgeable mortgage advisor by your side.


Mortgage options explained

Fixed-rate mortgages
When you get a fixed-rate mortgage, your monthly payments will remain the same no matter what happens with interest rates. There are various fixed-rate periods, including 2, 3, and 5 years.

Tracker mortgages
As the Bank of England’s Base Rate rises or falls, tracker mortgages follow it. An agreed margin is added to the Bank of England’s Base Rate to calculate the interest rate. A ‘lifetime’ tracker is for the life of the mortgage, and a ‘term’ tracker is for a period of two or three years.

Standard variable rate (SVR) mortgages
A SVR is the rate of interest charged once a fixed rate or term tracker period ends. Instead of switching to a SVR, you can usually move to another fixed or tracker product.

A mortgage commonly comes with two payment options, capital repayment and interest-only. It is imperative to carefully consider these options.

What is a capital repayment mortgage?
A capital repayment mortgage includes both capital repayments and interest payments each month. If you use this repayment method, your mortgage will be fully repaid at the end of the term.

What is an interest-only mortgage?
When you have an interest-only mortgage, your monthly payment covers only the interest on your loan, so your capital debt doesn’t decrease over time. Lenders will want to see evidence that you will be able to repay the debt in the future. Buying to let is often done with an interest-only mortgage.

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What a mortgage costs

Mortgage costs are easy to underestimate, whether you are buying your first home or any other home. Even if they don't all apply to you, they're still worth considering.
  • Property Valuation Fee

    Lenders may ask you to pay a valuation fee. The type of valuation you choose will depend on factors such as the age and condition of the property.

  • Application Fee

    These are the costs your lender will charge you for arranging your mortgage. Some lenders will allow the fee to be added on to your mortgage, but this means you will be charged interest on it over the mortgage term.

  • Legal Fees

    The fees charged by a solicitor will include their conveyancing fee (i.e. for the transfer of land ownership), as well as charges for legal registrations and other miscellaneous costs (known as disbursements) such as local search fees and Land Registry fees. Some lenders may offer to finance some or all of your legal costs as an incentive.

  • Higher Lending Charge

    If the amount you wish to borrow on your first time buyer mortgage is greater than a specified proportion of the property’s value (typically 75%), you may incur a higher lending charge.

  • Early Repayment Charge

    Lenders may charge an ERC if you make an overpayment in excess of any stated limit, if the loan is repaid early or if you remortgage during the early repayment period. This can amount to a significant cost, so you should always check the early repayment terms in the offer letter from your lender.

  • Deeds Or Exit fee

    Lenders may charge a fee to release the deeds of a mortgaged property to you or a new lender.

  • Mortgage Advice Fee

    Your first meeting with a GHL Direct adviser to discuss your first time buyer mortgage is always free and without obligation. Some mortgage advisors may not charge a broker fee, whereas others charge based on the complexity of your case. All mortgage advisors will take commission from the bank or lender providing the loan. Your first time buyer mortgage advisor will outline all this to you at the start of the meeting.

View our free mortgage guides for an easy to read introduction on the mortgage services we offer.
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What is a mortgage survey

Mortgages aren't the only factors involved in buying a home; solicitors, surveys, and insurance are too. Mortgage lenders require a survey before approving your loan. Home surveys come in several types.

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We work with you

We will want to learn more about you, your circumstances, and your overall financial position. We’ll also want to hear your thoughts on which type of mortgage you believe is right for you, before we talk you through the pros and cons of each option.

Once we have identified the options available, we’ll meet with you again or discuss our recommendations over the phone. We’ll also write to you so you can review what we have suggested, and why.

Assuming you’re happy with our remortgage recommendation, we’ll work with you to complete the application forms and liaise on your behalf with solicitors, valuers and surveyors. We can also talk you through the vital areas of financially protecting your new property and we’ll stay in touch throughout the process – and into the future.

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Your home or property may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage. Some buy to let mortgages are not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.