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First Time Buyers – Frequently Asked Questions

First time buyer couple cuddling with keys to new home

Buying your first home is a landmark achievement in anyone's life. It's exciting, daunting, and often, a complex process filled with questions. At Resides Swindon, we understand the importance of making this journey as smooth and understandable as possible. This blog aims to address the most common queries first-time buyers might have, providing you with the knowledge to step confidently into the property market. Whether you're looking for your first home or considering a residential property investment, we're here to guide you every step of the way.

What Can I Afford?

One of the first questions on any first-time buyer's mind is, "How much can I afford to spend on a property?" The answer depends on several factors including your income, savings, debt, and the mortgage you can secure. Utilizing mortgage calculators online and consulting with a mortgage advisor can give you a clearer picture of your budget. Remember, it's not just about the mortgage payments; account for stamp duty, survey costs, conveyancing fees, and ongoing maintenance and running costs.

How Does the Mortgage Process Work?

Securing a mortgage can seem like a daunting task. The process involves several steps starting with a mortgage in principle, which gives you an idea of what a lender might offer you. This is followed by a more detailed application once you've found a property. It's wise to shop around or work with a mortgage broker to find the best deal. Your credit score, income, outgoings, and the property's value will all play a part in what you're offered.

What Should I Look for in My First Home?

While personal preferences vary, there are several key factors to consider:

  • Location: Think about proximity to work, schools, and amenities. Swindon offers a variety of neighbourhoods each with its unique charm and benefits.

  • Size and Layout: Consider your current and future needs.

  • Condition: Are you ready for a fixer-upper, or do you prefer something move-in ready?

  • Potential: Look for properties with growth potential, either through renovation or market appreciation.

Why Choose a Local Agent like Resides Swindon?

When navigating the property market, the value of a local, smaller agent cannot be overstated. Resides Swindon brings significant local expertise and personalized customer service. We understand the local market dynamics, the nuances of different neighbourhoods, and have strong connections within the community. This insider knowledge is invaluable in finding a property that meets your needs and budget. Moreover, our dedicated team ensures a personalized, attentive service throughout your buying journey.

Leveraging Local Expertise for Your Benefit

Choosing Resides Swindon means leveraging our local expertise to your advantage. Our in-depth understanding of the Swindon property market enables us to guide you towards the best investments and homes for your lifestyle. We pride ourselves on our commitment to our clients, ensuring you feel informed, supported, and confident at every stage of your property journey.

Confidence in Your Choice

At Resides Swindon, we're dedicated to establishing ourselves as the go-to subject matter experts for first-time buyers and seasoned investors alike. Our tailored approach, combined with our extensive local knowledge and commitment to exceptional customer service, ensures that you can embark on your property journey with confidence. Encouraging potential property vendors to consider a move with us means ensuring they feel supported, informed, and confident in their decision. Let us be your partner in making your property dreams a reality.

We invite you to explore our website and discover how Resides Swindon stands apart in the real estate market. Our key selling points include personalized customer service, deep local market knowledge, and a dedicated team that goes above and beyond to meet your needs. Trust us to make your property venture a success.


Buying your first home is a significant step, but it doesn't have to be a daunting one. Armed with the right information and the support of a knowledgeable, local agent like Resides Swindon, you can navigate the process with ease and confidence. We're here to help you find the perfect home that fits your lifestyle and budget, making your first-time buying experience as smooth and successful as possible.


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