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First Time Buyers Guide & Tips

Becoming a homeowner is a big step, but nothing beats the feeling of moving into your first home and making it your own.

Now's a great time to make your move with Barratt and get yourself onto the property ladder


Competitive mortgage rates

With lenders competing in the marketplace, mortgage rates are highly competitive.

By getting a mortgage now, you could take advantage of low interest rates and if you were to fix your mortgage repayments, you’ve got the added reassurance of knowing what your repayments will be.

Rents are high

While competitive mortgage rates are available, UK rents continue to rise. With tenants typically spending half^ of their income on rent on average, as a first-time buyer you could end up spending less on a mortgage each month than you currently spend on rent.


For handy home buying advice, go to our key steps checklist.


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There’s more choice of mortgages

In recent years, more mortgages have come onto the market for buyers who don’t have huge deposits. This has made it easier for some people to get a foothold on the property ladder. The first thing you should do when buying a new home is make sure you are in the best possible position to have a mortgage approved. There are lots of ways you can apply, so we’ve prepared a handy checklist to help you with the process...



Deposit Boost

If you have a 10% deposit we could boost it by an additional 5%, so you only need an 85% mortgage.

Parent Power

If you receive any help in putting together the funds for your deposit, we could provide the equivalent of a 5% annual interest payment on your benefactor’s contribution for five years.

Offers available on certain plots only - please see our offers page for details.


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First Time Home Buyers FAQs

  • There is no single "best" first-time buyer scheme; it depends on individual circumstances and preferences. Popular schemes among first time buyers include; deposit unlock, deposit boost schemeHelp to Buy - Wales and first homes scheme.
  • A first time buyer is someone who has never owned a property before, either in the UK or abroad.
  • Stamp duty for first-time buyers varies depending on the purchase price of the property. As of September 2022, first time buyers do not pay stamp duty on properties up to £425,000. For properties between £425,000 and £625,000 you will pay 5%. No first time buyer relief is available for properties over £625,000.

    Please note: Stamp duty rules vary for first time buyers in Scotland and Wales.

  • The required deposit amount for first-time buyers depends on the lender and the type of mortgage, but generally ranges from 5-20% of the property's value.

Our Offers to Help Get You Moving

Help to Sell

If you’re looking to start your next adventure, but are worried about the hassle of moving, we have a range of schemes available to help you sell your existing home.

Part Exchange

We could be your guaranteed buyer, so no stress or fuss, just an easy move for you and your family. 

Armed Forces Deposit Contribution

We're offering Britain's military servicemen and women a 5% deposit contribution to help them buy a brand-new home.

First Homes Scheme

First Homes is a brand-new Government-backed scheme designed to help more first time buyers onto the property ladder.

Low Deposit Offers

If you have a low deposit, we have a variety of schemes available to help make moving more affordable.

Help to Buy Wales

Whether you're a first time buyer or existing homeowner, you could buy a brand-new home in Wales with just a 5% deposit.

Key Worker Deposit Contribution

As a thank you for the support provided to our communities, we are offering key workers a contribution of £1,000 for every £20,000 spent on the purchase price, plus flooring.

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