My First Property

Property Hunting

Finding the right property to be your first home can be quite a challenge.

Not only do you have to find a property you like, in an area you like and can afford, you also have to balance your budget with what is on offer.

This can be a long winded and stressful process if you don’t know what to expect, but we’re here to help.

The articles featured on this page cover everything from finding a home you like and researching neighbourhoods to finding property you can afford and tips on property viewings.


Finding a Property

When searching for a property to buy, there are many factors to consider.

There are many types of property (flats, semi detached, terraced houses etc) to think about, each offering their own pros and cons.

You also have to weigh up your own priorities and reconcile them with what is on offer for a price you can afford.

For example, if you’re looking for a three bedroomed semi-detached house in a certain area, your budget may be better placed on a two bedroomed terraced house in a different area that offers different benefits.

These guides cover everything you need to know about finding your first property.

Freehold & Leasehold

The type of property you consider is not the only thing you need to think about.

A property purchase tends to fall into one of two categories, freehold and leasehold.

This classification is an important part of the purchase, and dictates the ownership of the land that your property sits on.

These guides explain freehold and leasehold properties in full, along with the benefits and drawbacks of each.

Finding an Affordable Property

Finding a home you simultaneously can afford and love doesn’t have to be as difficult as you think.

There are many ways to find more affordable property that offers the same (or more) benefits as more expensive properties.

Some of the factors that affect property price include recent occupants, area, size and modernity.

It is also possible to find houses that have recently dropped in price for whatever reason.

These guides aim to help you find a property that suits both your needs and budget, so you don’t have to pay more than you need to for your first home.

We also have a range of resources to help you find affordable property in the UK.

Cheapest Areas to Buy a Flat or Apartment
Cheapest Terraced Houses by Postcode
Cheapest Semi-Detached Properties
Cheapest Detached Properties in the UK
House Price Changes in the UK

Additionally, visit our House Prices Finder to begin your search.

First Time Buyers

Being a first time buyer comes with a host of differences to experienced buyers.

Not only are you new to the process, and therefore need to learn the ropes, but being a first time buyer also puts you in a more positive light in some aspects.

These guides aim to cover everything you need to know as a first time buyer, from things you need to watch out for along with the pros and cons of being one.

Researching Property

A common mistake made by first time buyers is jumping into looking for property without properly researching areas and prices.

Doing your homework before committing to anything can help you find cheaper properties, homes that suit you better, along with helping you get acquainted with a potential new area.

There are multiple ways to do this, and these guides aim to help you research property in a way that helps you find your ideal home.

Viewing Property

Viewing a potential new home is one of the most exciting parts of property hunting.

Due to this, many property viewers don’t make the most of the time they have.

These guides cover everything from how many properties to view and all the key questions you should be asking at a viewing.

Viewing property is also essential to make sure that your new home is practical and suitable for you, whether you’re moving in with a family, a partner or solo.

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