First time buyers

What do I need to know?

Read our guide to buying a house.

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Start your journey to getting the keys to your first home. Find out how much you might be able to borrow, and learn more about our mortgages, saving for a first home and government schemes.

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Work out how much you might be able to afford to borrow, based on your income and outgoings

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First Time Buyers Guide

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Take a look at our range of mortgages which might be useful to get you on the property ladder.

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Decision in Principle (DIP)

Ready to make an offer on a property? Request a Decision in Principle.

Getting a DIP

Saving for a deposit - Online Cash Lifetime ISA

First time buyers Tom and Hannah share their top tips for saving for a deposit. 

Key points:

  • This is a savings account which can be opened by people between the age of 18 and 39 to save up to your Lifetime ISA allowance (currently £4,000 tax-free each year).
  • The government will pay a 25% bonus on your contributions, currently up to a maximum of £1,000 a year and it can be used to help you save for your first home.
  • Your Lifetime ISA allowance forms part of your overall £20,000 annual ISA allowance.
  • Any withdrawals within the first 12 months of your first payment into a Lifetime ISA will incur a 25% government withdrawal charge, which would mean you would get back less than you paid in. After that, you can withdraw money to buy your first home, but for any other withdrawals before the age of 60, the government withdrawal charge will apply.
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Exclusive mortgages for our Lifetime ISA savers

Already have a Skipton Lifetime ISA? We've got mortgage deals exclusively for our Lifetime ISA customers who are ready to buy their first home. Borrow up to 95% of the value of your property and pay fees upfront.

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Help to Buy and Shared Ownership

Help to Buy Equity Loans is a government scheme designed for new-build properties to help you to own your first home or to move up the property ladder.

The government lends you up to 20% in England and Wales, 15% in Scotland and 40% in London towards the cost of your home, so you'll only need a cash deposit of 5% of the sale price (or 10% if you're buying in Scotland). These are only available if you meet the eligibility criteria and you're buying a new-build home. You can find out more about the government Help to Buy equity loan scheme on the government's website below.

Help to Buy for England and Wales

Help to Buy for Scotland

Shared Ownership allows you to buy a share of the home and pay rent for the rest. This means you take a smaller mortgage, so the deposit required is lower. However, you need to make sure you budget for your monthly mortgage payments plus the rent.

If you'd like an affordability calculation or Decision In Principle (DIP) for a shared ownership mortgage, call us on 0345 607 9825

Next steps

Online Affordability Calculator

Work out how much you might be able to afford to borrow, based on your income and outgoings.

Call us

If you've already got a DIP or prefer to request one over the phone, speak to our mortgage team on

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View our mortgages

We have a range of mortgages available to first time buyers starting with a minimum 5% deposit.

Things to consider

What's on your homebuyer wish list? 

For some it’s proximity to schools. For others it’s the commute to work.

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Need to insure your home?

Choose from a range of cover designed to make insuring your home as simple as possible

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How to save £3,000 without really trying

If you’re saving for a house, here are our tips to help you to save.

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