Mortgages for first time buyers

Helping you buy your first home

Buying your first home is a big decision, but we can help make the mortgage process straightforward. We're now helping more customers with our 95% loan to value mortgages.

Start making plans

Think about your budget

Before you start looking for your ideal home, you need to know how much you can afford. Our quick mortgage calculator will give you a rough idea of how much you could borrow, what deposit you’ll need and tell you more about our mortgages and the rates available.

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. We offer mortgages at a maximum 95% loan to value (LTV) meaning you need a 5% deposit. 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.

Find out what you can afford

What will my repayments be?

If you’ve saved your deposit or a family member has gifted you money for your deposit (remember to let us know if it’s a gift by completing and sending in the form below), it's time 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. This makes 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.

Here’s a breakdown of the kind of income and spending details to think about.

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 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.

Whichever product is right for you, we're here to help. You can find out more about our fixed rate mortgages below:

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.

First time buyer researching mortgages on mobile device

Get a quote and apply for your decision in principle

First time buyer researching mortgages on laptop

If you know the valuation of the property you want to buy, it’s time to apply for your decision in principle.

When you begin your application whether it’s online or over the phone, make sure you have all the information you need to hand.

Prepare for your decision in principle

Why not take a look and complete our Income and Expenditure form to help you prepare for your decision in principle?

Your Offer in Principle

Once you’ve submitted your mortgage application 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.

Couple discussing buying a house

Your Formal Offer

Couple discussing paperwork

Before we can send you a Formal Mortgage Offer (which you must read, sign and send back to us) we will need to carry out a valuation of the property you wish to buy and your solicitor will begin handling the legal work of your purchase.

Arrange a valuation

A valuation (or Home report in Scotland) may be required at this stage to understand the condition of the property, the value and to ensure the property you want to buy meets our lending criteria.

Choosing the right professionals

Your solicitor or conveyancer will handle all the legal aspects when you buy a home, for example transferring the title of a property from the seller to the buyer and carrying out searches to make sure there are no restrictions that could affect the property.

If you don’t have a solicitor or conveyancer in mind already for your home purchase, we can refer you to LMS, a company which specialise in sourcing law firms for conveyancing transactions.

Get 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 your home contents or buildings or both. 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.

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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