New Homes Week: All You Need to Know About Buying Your Home

Posted 17 May 2018 by Helen Christie

Our guide to each step of buying a new build property...

This week is New Homes Week, and we’re here to help you find out more about why buying a new build property could be the right choice for you.

So, why buy new? What is it about a brand new home that is so appealing? From first-time buyers to retirees, downsizers to growing families, there are many reasons for purchasing a new build. New build homes provide peace of mind with a 10-year warranty, there are many incentives and offers with government-backed schemes to help with buying, and each house is brand new, just waiting for you to create and personalise your dream home.

New Homes Week is a great way for you to find out more about buying a new build home, and we’re here to take you through each step of the buying process…

Costs to buying

Buying a new home can be a costly process, so it helps to be prepared. We’ve put together the ultimate guide to the costs of buying a new home... 

Why buy new?

There are many reasons why buying a new build could be the right investment for you, and Stewart Baseley, executive chairman of the Home Builders Federation (HBF) gives his reasons for why house-hunters should seriously consider a new build home as their very best choice…

What is a mortgage? 

What is a mortgage, and how exactly do they work? There are many different mortgages available, and it is important that you find the right one. Have a read of our complete mortgage guide…  

Help to Buy

There are several schemes available that can help first-time buyers get on the property ladder, including the government-backed scheme, Help to Buy

Shared Ownership

Shared Ownership is another government-backed scheme that can help you get on the property ladder...

Mortgage brokers

What is a mortgage broker and how can they help you? Find out more here…

Check your credit rating

To borrow money for a mortgage, you'll need the right credit rating and we show you how you get it...

Buying a home off-plan

Looking to purchase a home before it has been built? This is called buying off-plan, and our guide has all you need to know…

Visiting the show home

We’ve put together some tips on how to make the most of your show home visit...

Exchange of contracts

At exchange of contracts both the buyer and the seller of the property sign an official document to complete on the sale/purchase of the property. Here is everything you need to know...



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A Guide To Part Buy Part Rent
Part Rent Part Buy is a scheme you can use with Home Reach where you buy a share of your chosen newly built home and pay a monthly rent on the part you don’t buy. Your budget will decide the size of the share you buy, rather than the size of your home. So, you might decide to buy a bigger share of a lower priced home or a smaller share of a more expensive home.

You are able to purchase your share in either cash savings or by taking out a mortgage. If you are taking out a mortgage to finance your share, you will need to allow for a minimum of 5% deposit. The larger your deposit (typically 10%) the lower your mortgage repayments are likely to be.

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