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First-time buyer mortgage advice

If you are a first-time buyer, buying your first home probably feels just as scary as it is exciting.

Much of the information you’ve received may be confusing, and you’ll get different messages from different people.

That’s because everyone’s situation is different.

We understand the need for independent advice from someone who understands your situation so they can offer you expert advice that helps you to be in the best possible position to turn your dreams into reality.

Whether you are ready to buy your first home now or just want to know more about the process for the future, our First Time Buyer Mortgage Advisor is ready to help you every step of the way.


First Time Buyer Mortgage Process

Our First Time Buyer Mortgage Adviser will help guide you through every step of the process and our service is free of charge until the point when you have found a property and you are ready to apply for your mortgage.

Agreement in Principle

An agreement in principle is a certificate, issued by a mortgage lender, that gives an Estate Agent confidence that you are able to get the mortgage you need to buy the home you are looking to buy.

Make an offer via the Estate Agent

When you’ve seen the ideal place to buy, you’ll need to make your offer to the Estate Agent.

The Estate Agent will want your ID, Agreement in Principle, proof of deposit and details of the solicitor you will use to do all the legal work.

When the offer has been accepted, the Estate Agent will issue a document called a “Memorandum of Sale” that gives the seller’s details as well as yours, the solicitor’s details and the property address and amount you have agreed to pay.

Apply for a mortgage

When the bank has approved your mortgage application, you will receive a “Mortgage Offer.”

The mortgage offer will typically be valid for six months and sets out the terms of the mortgage you have applied for.

How to make a successful mortgage application

  • Check your credit report – you can check this with several credit reference agencies such as Experian, Equifax or TransUnion. It’s important to understand what’s on your report. If you identify any adverse credit history, you could still be eligible for a mortgage, and if there are any mistakes, it’s possible to apply for them to be corrected.
  • Make sure you are registered to vote, as this helps your credit score and also helps you to prove your identity.
  • Make sure your ID is in date and your driving licence has your correct address.
  • Get confirmation of your income ready. For employees, this will typically be 3 months’ payslips, recent P60s and a contract of employment if your job started recently. For self-employed, this will be Annual tax calculations and tax year overviews confirming taxable income and taxes paid.
  • Get your finances in the best shape possible – reducing borrowing where possible will always positively impact any mortgage application.
  • We will thoroughly check everything for you before we recommend a mortgage and submit an application to make sure it has the best possible chance of being approved.

Exchange of Contracts

When you have your mortgage offer, and all of the legal work has been completed, your solicitor will “exchange contracts” with the seller’s solicitor.

This is the point at which you will sign contracts, pay your deposit, and agree on the date when you will get the keys to your first home.


This is the day you’ve been waiting for, and you will collect the keys to your first home.

Your mortgage starts today, and you will arrange to take meter readings to make sure you only pay for the gas-electric and water that you use from today.

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What do our first time buyer clients say about us

We love to hear what our customers have say about us, it’s not only great for us to hear but we understand the feedback we receive also helps others decide if we are a good fit for you or not.

We are so grateful to Nick for the amazing work he did in helping us to get our mortgage as first time buyers. It can be such a stressful time to go through but he remained positive throughout and made sure that he found us the mortgage that was right and affordable for us. We could not be more happy to be in our first home and would highly recommend anyone who is looking for a friendly, approachable, honest and hard working mortgage advisor to not hesitate to contact Spolton mortgages. Lovely personalised service.