News and advice

Buying your home is an exciting experience, but it can also be a daunting process during which you will need expert help and advice.

Our news and advice section contains information from industry experts, buyers who’ve used our schemes and the latest news about government support.

Help to Build prospectus published… find out more

The government yesterday published the prospectus for Help to Build, a £150 million scheme announced in April to make self and custom build housing a realistic and affordable option. The prospectus outlines how the scheme works, so that those thinking about building their own homes but are held back by affordability, can plan their projects […]

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Keyworkers helped onto housing ladder through First Homes

A nurse and a police officer are among the first people to be helped on to the housing ladder through a new affordable home ownership scheme, the government announced today (26 November 2021). The keyworkers from Bolsover, Derbyshire, are benefiting from the government’s First Homes scheme, which offers homes at a discount of at least […]

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Thousands of new homes to be built on derelict land

Thousands of new homes will be built on underused and derelict land to regenerate local areas and help people onto the property ladder, the government announced today (12 October 2021). Almost £58 million from the £75 million Brownfield Land Release Fund has been allocated to 53 councils. The funding will boost local areas by transforming […]

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Help to Buy at all-time high

The number of people buying a home through the Help to Buy scheme is at an all-time high. New figures released on 13 August 2021 show that from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 over 55,000 households bought their home with the support of a Help to Buy: equity loan. That makes it a record-breaking year for the scheme, which has helped […]

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Buying a home – How long will it take?

This page was written by MHCLG’s home buying & selling team. It typically takes around six months to buy and move into a new home.  The precise amount of time taken will vary from person to person and depend on a number of factors including; whether the buyer also has a home to sell, whether the buyer is purchasing a new build […]

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Advice from the experts: Buying your first home

Kate Faulkner, Managing Director of Designsonproperty.co.uk and Propertychecklists.co.uk shares some top tips for first time buyers looking to get on the property ladder. Buying and owning your own home is an amazing feeling, but for many it can feel unaffordable, especially when it’s often reported the ‘average’ property price is eight or more times the […]

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Advice from the experts: My top tips to help make your first home a reality

Whether buying your first home seems like a distant dream or is something you hope to do in the near future, there are steps you can take now to make home ownership a reality sooner than you think. Buying your first home is one of the biggest financial decisions you’ll ever make, so having a […]

Gail Webber used Help to Buy to purchase her home

Gail bought her £210,000 new dream home from Kier Homes. Gail had seen and heard of the Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme, but she wasn’t sure which direction to go. But after doing her own research became very excited at how Help to Buy enables potential buyers to own their dream home. With the […]

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Emily Freeman snapped up a family home using Help to Buy

Property solicitor Emily had met her partner Ema, and her teenage daughter Beth, and they wanted a new home with more space – particularly because they had three cats to accommodate as well! Keen to stay in Stafford and close to their workplace, it didn’t take them long to narrow down their choice to the […]