First time buyers guide

Help with buying your first home

Everything you need to know about buying your first home

It can be daunting when you are looking to buy your first home but we are here to help. Read though our helpful step by step guide or use the link below to get in touch.

Your step by step guide to buying your first home

Look at the houses on the market and get an idea of what you are looking for. How many bedrooms do you need? Do you want a garden? What about a garage or off-road parking?

Use our calculator to get an idea of what you can borrow and how much in total you might have available to spend on your new home

Start looking on websites like Zoopla and when you know the types/size of properties that interest you, register with estate agents so that you receive alerts when similar properties come on the market.

When you see a new property that you like, call the estate agent and arrange to go and see the property. There's no harm in looking and the more you see, the better idea you will get of what you might be able to afford.

Take a look at our first time buyer mortgage rates, including 5% deposit and cashback mortgages, and compare monthly repayments.

Easily compare mortgage rates and deals

Get an indication of the monthly repayment

Enter a few details into our mortgage rate calculator and we’ll show you all the NatWest mortgages that may be right for you, based on what you've told us.

When you've found the one that is right, make an offer through an estate agent but remember that the sale price is just what the seller hopes to get. You may be able to agree a lower price.

You can use our Agreement in Principle tool to see if we may be able to lend you the amount you require for your new home.

You can use the tool without affecting your credit score or credit file.

There are a few things that you can do ahead of applying that will make the process smoother. Read through our helpful guide about preparing to apply for your mortgage.  

Have a look through the documentation that you will need to have available when applying for your mortgage.

When you have agreed the amount that you will pay for the property, you can complete your mortgage application.

You'll also need to find a solicitor or conveyancer to take care of the legal transfer of the property.

What you need to know

How much could you borrow from us? You need to know this so you have an idea of the price range of houses to look at.

For a quick estimate, try our mortgage calculator.

This gives you an idea of what you might be able to afford. You can compare mortgage rates and get an indication of the monthly repayments.

Get an Agreement in Principle.

For a more accurate answer, get an Agreement in Principle. Have a property in mind? Use this tool to find out how much we could lend you without affecting your credit score.

What is an Agreement in Principle?

An Agreement in Principle (AIP) is an indication of how much you could borrow. It's based on the details that you give us. It's not a full mortgage offer, but it shows sellers and agents that you're a serious buyer.

You can get an AIP at any time without affecting your credit score or credit file.

Need some help?

Call us

We're on hand to arrange a phone or branch appointment with one of our qualified mortgage advisers. We can also help with any general queries about the process. 

Call us on 0800 096 9527

Customers with hearing and speech impairments can contact us by using our Minicom number 0800 027 1396.

Arrange a callback

Complete our quick form to arrange a callback at a time that suits you, including evenings and weekends.

This will allow you to arrange a phone or branch appointment with a qualified mortgage adviser.

Something else we can help you with?