Whether you are a first time buyer or a second time buyer one of the first things you need to do is make sure your finances are in order:
As a first time buyer, you don’t have to worry about selling your home and all the things that come with it. However, it can feel a bit alien, something you haven’t done or experienced before. The struggle for first time buyers is real, apart from that short period of time where deposits were optional the regular first time buyer has to save for 3 -5 years to get a deposit and in the current climate – where house prices are climbing, it can feel like the goal posts are being moved.
There are things available to first time buyers to help them save a deposit quicker, such as the Lifetime ISA (LISA). This allows you to save up to £4,000 a year and the government will top up your account with a 25% bonus, so the maximum amount of “free” money you could receive in a year is £1,000.
The Help to Buy ISA is a similar scheme, however, it closed to new applicants on 30th November 2019. For more information, read our guide.
As first time buyers you take advice from professionals such as estate agents, however, you must remember estate agents are working on behalf of their client (the seller) so in regards to a property and/or property price try not to let the estate agents lead you to purchase a particular property or pay a price you aren’t happy with.
Most estate agents have arrangements with local solicitors, this can seem handy but is often overpriced, so could well be worth you making a few calls to get some alternative quotes yourself – this can seem daunting but is pretty simple and could quite easily save you a few hundred pounds.
When you come to sell and move up the property ladder some things become a little easier. You have bought a house before, therefore you have a slightly better idea of how the property market works. You have used a conveyancer before so you should have some knowledge on what to expect there. The only problem is you have never had to sell a property before and that can sometimes be difficult as 60% of second time buyers claim it is more difficult being a second time buyer than buying your first home.
Now you are in the driving seat, you are the client and the one paying for services. Getting the right estate agent is crucial, don’t fall into the trap of using the cheapest – sometimes its worth paying the premium. Getting the right estate agent will not only help you sell your home for the best price but they could help you find the exact property you want to buy.
Here is a comprehensive list of tips and ideas on how to sell your home quicker.
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