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First Time Buyers' overview

For those looking to buy their first home

Part of the Home Guides Suite, the First Time Buyers' Guide extends Nationwide Education's financial capability programmes through to adulthood. We introduced the First Time Buyers' Guide to help adults work through the steps of home buying for the first time, including researching properties, choosing your mortgage, finding and making an offer and other non-financial considerations.

This easy to use, step-by-step, totally impartial guide to buying your first home takes you through the pros and cons, and things you need to know to help you make the decision that is right for you. It can be read onscreen or downloaded for future use, and has a detailed word glossary as well as useful home buying tips and handy appendices with useful contacts and other helpful information such as house buying checklists. We've even included a handy mortgage calculator to help you see how much you could afford to borrow.

Ten point action plan to buying your first home (all covered in this guide!):

First Time Buyers' Guide
  1. Decide whether you rent or buy
  2. Understand the low cost options
  3. Understand mortgage options
  4. Decide how much you can afford
  5. Find how much you can borrow
    – use our handy mortgage calculator!
  6. The application process
  7. Finding a property
  8. Making an offer
  9. Surveys and insurances
  10. Exchanging contracts and completion day!

Launch the First Time Buyers' guide