First Time Buyers

Fish4Mortgage is located in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset & is the area’s leading Mortgage Broker with over 25 years of knowledge in the field. We specialise in many areas including re-mortgages, first time buyers, commercial mortgages, general insurance & secured loans. Explore our website to find out more information & also go ahead & use our Mortgage Calculator to see what deals are available to you.

The First Steps

Buying your first home & getting onto the property ladder can seem quite daunting but with Fish4Mortgage, home ownership can be a little bit closer. We provide you with a friendly, professional & personal service all face-to-face, we assist you throughout the whole process from the initial consultation all the way through to completion.

Your first step is to sit down with one of our advisers who will gather information such as your employment, outstanding credit commitments & establish a budget to suit your circumstances.

First time buyers

Once the adviser has assessed your affordability they can start to look at lenders & the various mortgage schemes on offer & if required agree your mortgage in principle with a lender, whilst this does not commit you to the lender, it means that you can show estate agents that you have been approved for the amount of mortgage required to purchase a property.

New mortgage rules mean that a lender is required to assess your affordability & ensure that should interest rates rise, that the mortgage is still affordable, this may result in a lender offering you a lot less than say five times your salary, one way to increase the amount of mortgage funds available is to lengthen the mortgage term which will reduce the monthly payments & increase the amount of mortgage on offer.

Stress free mortgage repayments

New mortgage rules mean that a lender is required to assess your affordability & ensure that should interest rates rise, that the mortgage is still affordable, this may result in a lender offering you a lot less than say five times your salary, one way to increase the amount of mortgage funds available is to lengthen the mortgage term which will reduce the monthly payments & increase the amount of mortgage on offer.

The Costs Involved For First Time Buyers

When planning on buying your first home not only must you consider the cost of the deposit (most mortgage lenders will need a minimum of 5% of the property value) you must also take into account the costs of legal fees, valuation fees, moving fees and other essentials such as home insurance.

If you’re aware that you have an adverse credit rating due to CCJ’s etc, then you may have to budget for a 10-15% deposit.

*Make sure to check your credit score to see if you have an adverse credit rating*

We’ve broken down the costs for you here:


The average house now costs £222,817 (Halifax Figures March 2018.) ‘If’ you were buying a property at this level, your 5% deposit would be £11,144 leaving a balance of £211,673 to be mortgaged.

Your deposit budget would be a minimum of 5% of the property value.

Lenders Valuation

Once you have found a property, the mortgage lender carries out a valuation to ensure that the property you’re buying is worth at least the amount.

The cost of that valuation typically depends on the cost of the property you are buying.

*At fish4mortgage we have access to lenders who carry out a free valuation for first time buyers*

Budget £300-500 for typical valuation fees.

Home Buyer Survey

A lenders valuation isn’t a survey.

It won’t tell you about the condition of the home you’re buying.

If you need to know a little bit more about what your buying, you’ll need to commission your own home buyer survey from an independent surveyor to find out this.

The cheapest and most basic option is the home condition survey. Prices for this start in the region of £250.

For a more in-depth survey you can commission a home buyers report which includes a valuation (The mortgage lender can choose to use this or not). Prices start typically around the £400 mark.

If you think there is a problem with the home you’re buying or its just very old it may be worth spending a bit more to get a full structural survey which can cost anywhere from £600 upwards.

*None of the above need to be carried out for anything other than your own peace of mind*

Budget for £250-1000

Solicitor’s fees

You will need the services of a solicitor to handle the legalities of your purchase.

The cost of this for a typical purchase of a first time buyer house will usually be between about £900 and £1300 once again dependant on the price you a buying at.

Budget for £900-1300

Mortgage Fees

The majority of all lenders charge a product fee.

The price of this these vary from lender to lender and also depends on your individual circumstances.

Currently, most lenders charge typically £995 as a product fee but don’t worry because this amount can be added and factored into your mortgage.

Budget for £0 – £995


If you’re looking to buy a house or flat that is in lease hold this will have to be investigated so you will have to instruct the solicitors to look into the lease for you, this will cost in the region of £300.

Budget for £300

Stamp Duty

If you’re a first-time-buyer in England or Northern Ireland, you will pay no Stamp Duty on properties worth up to £300,000. This means if you are a first-time-buyer, you will save up to £5,000.

Budget for £0 (Up to £300,000) – 5% of property value (After £300,000)

Home Insurance

It’s important to have home insurance in place from the day you exchange contracts on your new home – just in case. While most mortgage lenders only require you to have buildings insurance covering the structure of the property, contents cover can also prove a great investment should you be targeted by burglars, for example.

The premium you pay for cover will depend on factors such as the size of your home and its location.

Budget for between £30 – £60 per calendar month.

Government Support for First Time Buyers

Help to Buy is a government scheme which can help first time home buyers get a property with just a 5% deposit.

The Help to Buy scheme offers an equity loan where the government lends first-time buyers and existing homeowners money to buy a newly-built home.

Who can’t apply for the scheme?

  • You can’t use the above schemes to buy a second home or a property to rent out.
  • If you use Help to Buy, you can only take out a repayment mortgage.
  • You can’t buy a property for more than the set price limits (see below).

*Use our mortgage calculator to work out how much you will pay back each month*

Help to Buy: Equity loans

How they work

  • You need at least 5% of the sale price of your new-build flat or house as a deposit.
  • The government lends you up to 20% of the sale price.
  • You borrow the rest (up to 75%) from a mortgage lender, on a repayment basis.

The interest rate you will be charged

You don’t pay any interest or fees on the government’s equity loan for the first five years. In the sixth year, you’ll be charged 1.75%.
After then, the fee rises by inflation based on the Retail Prices Index (RPI) plus 1% each year.

RPI figures are put together by the Office for National Statistics.

Gifted deposits for first time buyers

With more and more first time buyers finding it difficult to purchase their first property, many are turning to parents and relatives to help fund the deposit in full or part however if you are considering funding your deposit this way take advice as not all lenders offer this option and many will only accept the gifted deposit from a close family member I.E. mother, father brother or sister.

For a lender to accept this, the deposit has to be a gift, as a loan would count against affordability, generally the person giving the gift needs to sign a letter confirming the gift and that it is not repayable.

Gifted deposits can also work where a relative is prepared to sell their property to a family member under the market value, for example say a father has a property worth £150,000 and he is prepared to sell it to his son for £130.000 so long as the property is valued by the lender at £150,000 then this has created £20,000 deposit/equity in the property and no need for his son to put in a deposit of his own.

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We would highly recommend Fish4Mortgage, in particular Brian, who went above and beyond to answer all our queries and obtain what we were hoping to achieve. Always on hand to reassure and give advice in a very professional but friendly manner, making the whole process relatively stressfree. Can't thank him enough, and will definitely deal with them again in the near future.
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Julie Wingrove
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Jordan Paige Kenny
Good evening Tim,Thank you very much for all of your help. You have been very professional and helpful at all times. When I first started the remortgage process, I had very little knowledge and understanding of what needed to be done. Every question that I asked was returned with a very quick and easy to digest response, which has made this a very smooth process for me. I look forward to working with you and your company again in the future and would have no hesitation in recommending you again.
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Andrew Woodley
We experienced an efficient and stress free process and our mortgage application was completed within 4 weeksThank you Brian for a great service.
Fiona Macinnes
Fiona Macinnes
From start to finish Tim was amazing, couldn’t do enough for us, helped us every step of the way selling our old house & buying our new one. Tim kept in contact all the way through & went above & beyond to ensure our move went through as smoothly as possible. Highly recommended !!!
Mark Bailey
Mark Bailey
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Annmarie Muldoon
Annmarie Muldoon
We were looking to by our first house and went in completely blind. Everybody at fish4mortage were brilliant. But a special thanks to Tim. From start to finish everything ran so smoothly. Any issues or queries we had he was always ready on the other end of the phone and kept in contact religiously every step of the way. Highly reccomened to everybody!! 5*
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Michael Woodward
My mum tried for a mortgage 7 years ago, however debts from a business made her lose the mortgage that they agreed. She then tried other places but was refused by mortgage companies. She then tried again recently, going to different mortgage brokers and banks, one person quoting 'he would eat his hat if she was given a mortgage.' 🤔😕 She then gave up and thought she would have to sell her house, to pay her ex husband out. Luckily she was recommended Fish4Mortgage, and they were the only ones to get her a mortgage. Bearing in mind she is a foster carer and had massive debts, normally they would not entertain this criteria. They were amazing and worked above and beyond on her behalf and now she can proudly say she has kept her house thanks to them. Cannot recommend enough! Needless to say... She hopes the previous man has a sumbero.Thanks to Claire and all the team, you were amazing!
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Khalid Barmaki
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Brian Frost
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Patrick Berryman
Patrick Berryman
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Lizi Macbeth
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Emma Fox
Emma Fox
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