23rd April 2023
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Are you a first-time buyer looking to take your first steps on the property ladder?

It can be an exciting but daunting prospect, and preparing yourself for a mortgage can make the process smoother and less stressful. At Higham Critchley Barrows, we want to help you feel confident and prepared to take this important step.

Get Your Finances in Order

The first step to preparing for a mortgage is to get your finances in order. Lenders will want to see that you have a steady income and that you are managing your finances responsibly. Check your credit score and take steps to improve it if necessary. Pay off any outstanding debts, and make sure you are not over-reliant on credit cards or other forms of credit.

Start Saving

Saving for a deposit is one of the biggest hurdles for first-time buyers. Aim to save as much as possible for your deposit to increase your chances of securing a mortgage. You may also need to save for other costs such as solicitor fees, survey costs, and stamp duty.

Consider Your Budget

It’s important to consider your budget before applying for a mortgage. Take into account all of your expenses, including bills, food, and entertainment. This will help you work out what you can realistically afford to pay each month on your mortgage.

Get Mortgage Advice

There are many different types of mortgages available, and it can be difficult to know which one is right for you. Seeking advice from a mortgage broker can be helpful, as they can guide you through the process and help you find the best deal.

Get Your Paperwork in Order

When applying for a mortgage, you will need to provide a range of paperwork, including payslips, bank statements, and proof of ID. Make sure you have all the necessary documents ready to avoid delays in the application process.

At Higham Critchley Barrows, we are here to help first-time buyers navigate the mortgage process. Our expert team can provide tailored advice and support to help you find the right mortgage for your needs. Contact us today to find out more.


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