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First time buyers

Your first home is one of the most important purchases you’ll make.

With Watson & Co in your corner, it needn’t be daunting.

We’ll walk you through the buying process step-by-step, decoding jargon and demystifying documents. We’ll give you everything you need, and nothing that you don’t, so you can make informed decisions that put you in the driving seat of your investment. Drawing on 40 years’ experience, we’ll secure the right mortgage for you at the best possible rates, so you can own the home you’ve always wanted.

We’re with you, every step of the way.*

Our top 10 tips

1. Work with a broker you can trust…

…like Watson & Co.

2. Keep your budget realistic

Make sure you’re able to meet your intended mortgage payments and avoid overstretching yourself.

3. Get a Decision in Principle (DIP) certificate

This formal calculation from your mortgage lender will tell you how much you can afford.

4. Factor in every expense

Your new home will require furnishing, alongside other costs like conveyancing and stamp duty.

5. Consider transport

Are you on the best bus route for your commute? Is there a garage for your car? When your travel needs change, your costs may change.

6. Think about the amenities you need

Make a list of the things that are most important to you - from parks to shops, restaurants to sports facilities. Not close enough to your prospective purchase? It might be time to think again.

7. Visit homes with an experienced property buyer

They may well pick up on details that you haven’t considered.

8. Don’t forget running costs!

When you become a homeowner, utility bills and home repairs come with the territory. Have you factored in these hidden charges?

9. Find out how much the Council Tax will be

Your agent should be able to tell you what tax band the property is in and which is the relevant local authority.

10. Consider school catchment areas

Even if you don’t have children, property in the catchment area of a good school will always be a better investment.

A mortgage is a loan secured against your home. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage or any other debt secured on it.
*A fee of £495 is payable on application. We will also be paid commission from the lender.

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