First time buyer
Helping you buy your first home
Buying your first home is a big decision, but we can help make the mortgage process as straightforward as it is exciting. We're now helping more customers with our 95% loan to value mortgages.
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Step 1Start making plans
Decide where you want to live
Everyone’s idea of the perfect home is different. You might want something that’s ready to move into or maybe you’d like a renovation project so you can really put your stamp on a place. Whatever the must-haves for your dream home, we’re here to help turn your vision into a reality.
Save towards your deposit
As well as applying for one of our mortgages, you’ll need to use some of your own money to fund your purchase. For first time buyers, the more savings you have, the bigger your deposit (and the smaller your mortgage) could be, but don't forget we also offer 95% loan to value mortgages. Start saving now and you’ll have more money to spend on the perfect property later.
Cut through the jargon
Mortgages come with all sorts of technical terminology. In case you’re not sure what some of the words mean, we’ve included some definitions in our jargon buster for first time buyers. It’s written in plain English to help you make sense of the ins and outs of buying your first home.
Step 2Find out what you can afford
What will my repayments be?
If you’ve saved your deposit then you’re ready to take a closer look at your finances. Adding up your income and taking away your spending will give you an idea of what you can afford to repay every month, and make it easier to manage your budget. Use our income and expenditure form to help you work out your finances. Then you can decide which of our mortgages would suit you best depending on the amount you want to borrow.
- Income and expenditure pdf, 55kb
Use our quick mortgage calculator to help you work out what your monthly repayments could be and get an idea of the mortgages and rates we offer.
Our mortgages – simply explained
At Tesco Bank, we offer fixed rate and tracker mortgages. With our 2, 3 or 5 year fixed rate mortgage, you’ll know what your monthly mortgage repayments will be for the initial period. So you can sit back and relax knowing there’ll be no nasty surprises. Our tracker rate mortgage tracks the Bank of England base rate, which means your monthly repayments can go up as well as down.
Other costs to consider
As well as a mortgage from Tesco Bank and removal charges, there are other expenses you need to bear in mind when you’re planning to move. You’ll also have to meet the cost of legal fees, stamp duty, local authority searches and Land Registry.
Step 3Get a quote and apply for your mortgage
Arrange a valuation
A valuation or survey tells you and your mortgage provider about the condition of the property you want to buy and how much it's worth.
Complete your mortgage application
If you’ve had the valuation and agreed the final price, it’s time to apply for your mortgage. When you begin your application, whether it's online or over the phone, make sure you have all the information you need to hand.
- Your document guide pdf, 83kb
You'll be asked to verify the information you’ve provided so you’ll usually have to give us proof of your identity, evidence of your income and outgoings, bank statements and details of the property to be mortgaged. Then we’ll check everything you’ve told us and process your Offer in Principle.
If you are self-employed your accountant can use our accountant's certificate to document your income.
- Accountant's certificate pdf, 58kb
Step 4Get ready to move into your new home
Prepare for the big day
Congratulations - you’re now officially a homeowner. But before you pack up and start thinking about organising your house warming, there’s one important thing you need to do, and that’s arrange insurance. Your home is probably the biggest investment you’ll ever make and you’ll want to make sure all your new possessions are covered too. At Tesco Bank, we offer insurance to protect you, your home and your family. Check out how we can help you protect what matters most.
There’s probably also a long list of people and organisations that need to know you’re moving. To keep things simple, we’ve put together a Home Movers Checklist. It’s a list of everyone you need to inform of your new address. It includes some handy links to the websites of the main organisations so you can get in touch straight away.
- Home Movers Checklist pdf, 278kb
Now you have a home you love and a mortgage you can feel at home with. But it’s not the end of your mortgage journey. If you need to talk to us about anything to do with your mortgage, don’t hesitate to get in touch. That’s what we’re here for.
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