Buying property guides

Expert advice and information to help you buy the right home for the next stage of your life.

    How much does it cost to buy a home?

    How much does it really cost to buy a new place? We take a look at all the fees and extras involved when purchasing a house or flat.

    How much does it really cost to buy a new place? We take a look at all the fees and extras...

    How much can I borrow for a mortgage?

    Ready to start shopping for a home? Once you’ve stashed away a deposit, it’s time to work out how much you can borrow.

    Ready to start shopping for a home? Once you’ve stashed away a deposit, it’s time to work ...

    Bank Rate: what changing interest rates could mean for you

    We take a look at why interest rates move and up and down, when the next rates change might be, and what increases or cuts mean for mortgage repayments and savings.

    We take a look at why interest rates move and up and down, when the next rates change migh...

    Q&A: the 3% stamp duty surcharge on second homes

    If you're buying another home which you won't be living in, you may well be liable to pay extra stamp duty. We break down the complex rules in our dedicated Q&A.

    If you're buying another home which you won't be living in, you may well be liable to pay ...

    What does a conveyancer do?

    You've found 'the one' and you're ready to appoint a conveyancer to help you buy it. From instructing a firm to getting the deeds, here's what to expect along the way.

    You've found 'the one' and you're ready to appoint a conveyancer to help you buy it. From ...

    8 top tips for a smooth sale

    With the stamp duty holiday drawing to a complete close at the end of September, here are a few handy tips to keep your property purchase on track.

    With the stamp duty holiday drawing to a complete close at the end of September, here are ...

    How to put yourself ahead of the pack as a buyer, from the estate agents who know

    From getting your paperwork in order, to lining up your mortgage brokers and solicitors in advance, estate agents reveal how to ensure you have the best chance of securing that sale.

    From getting your paperwork in order, to lining up your mortgage brokers and solicitors in...

    What type of survey do I need?

    Found 'the one'? The next step is to check everything's in working order and as it should be. That's where a survey comes in.

    Found 'the one'? The next step is to check everything's in working order and as it should ...

    What to do if your house gets down valued by the bank

    You've found your dream home and you're willing to pay the full asking price. But the bank says your potential new pad isn't worth the price tag. Here's what to do.

    You've found your dream home and you're willing to pay the full asking price. But the bank...

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