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First-time home buyers

Start the journey to your first home

Find out how to buy a home and take out a mortgage, get tips on what to do if you can’t save the deposit you need and work out much you could borrow.

Evening and weekend Mortgage adviser appointments available1 and Mortgage Experts on hand 7 days a week by phone2, we’re here to help at a time that suits you.

About buying your first home

How do I get a mortgage as a first-time buyer? Use our calculator to work out how much you could afford to borrow, based on your income, regular spending and any debts you might have. Then get an Agreement in Principle to see if we could lend the amount you need. Once you have that, and you’ve found a property to buy, you can apply for a mortgage directly with us. This means you’ll talk to one of our mortgage advisers, who’ll recommend a mortgage for you if you meet our lending criteria.

How much deposit will I need as a first-time buyer? We usually ask for 10% of the amount you want to borrow as a deposit – but some of our mortgages are designed to help if you’re struggling to save up that amount. For example, you could apply for a mortgage with a minimum 5% deposit using the mortgage guarantee scheme.

More first-time mortgage questions? Take a look at the calculators, guides and tips on this page for help getting the keys to your own home.

Your journey towards your first home

How to get a mortgage for your first home

Find the right deal for you

We’ll show you how to get a mortgage from start to finish, including what you need to tell us and the steps you’ll need to take.

How much could you borrow?

Our easy to use calculators will give you an how much you can borrow and how much it will cost you.

Use our mortgage affordability calculators to work out how much you could borrow and what kind of deposit you need for a mortgage.

Agreement in Principle

Take the first step to your mortgage

Start an Agreement in Principle (AiP) online to find out quickly if you could borrow the amount you need – without affecting your credit score. 

Need help with your deposit?

Help to buy centre

Help to buy mortgages

Get a helping hand when buying a home

Struggling to save a deposit? See how the government’s Help to Buy scheme could help you take the first steps towards your new home.

Shared ownership mortgages

Buy a share of a home and pay rent on the rest

When you part-buy, part-rent a home through shared ownership, you can apply for a smaller mortgage amount – so your deposit could be lower, too.

Family Springboard Mortgage

A way for families and friends to help with a deposit

Your family and friends can support you by providing 10% of your property’s price as security – and they’ll get their money back with interest if you keep up your mortgage payments in time.

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Barclays Money Mentors

First home or new home, we’re here to help

Buying your new home should be exciting, which is why we’re here to offer you guidance on how you can achieve your goals.

More first-time mortgage options

Our mortgage rates

Compare our latest deals

Whether you’re buying, remortgaging or buying to let, we’ve got a deal for you – including exclusive rates if you already have a mortgage with us.

Getting a mortgage when you’re self-employed

Verifying your income

Find out how to prepare for a self-employed mortgage application – and see how we can help you.

Live web chat

We’re ready to help

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Sun: Closed
Public holiday: Closed

Cover for the things that matter the most

Barclays Home Insurance

Only pay for the cover you want

Get an online quote in under four minutes for home insurance that’s rated five-star by Defaqto, and tailor your cover to protect what’s important to you.

Barclays Simple Life Insurance

Protect your family

Have you thought about what would happen to your loved ones if you died or became terminally ill? With Barclays Simple Life Insurance, you can give them some financial security with a one-time payment – from £6 per month.

Life Insurance is underwritten by Legal & General Assurance Society Limited. Terms, conditions, exclusions and eligibility criteria apply.

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Life insurance for mortgage protection

Peace of mind for your home

Whether you’re a first-time buyer or only have a few years left on your mortgage, make sure your home is protected if you die or become terminally or critically ill.

Barclays Life Insurance is underwritten by Legal & General Assurance Society Limited. When you select ‘Get a quick quote’, we’ll take you to Legal & General’s website to complete your application securely. Terms, conditions, exclusions and eligibility criteria apply.

Need some help?

Chat to us online

Start a web chat if you a question about applying (we can’t give advice about choosing a mortgage during web chats).

Call us

Call us3 any time – lines may be closed at off-peak times on bank holidays and during Christmas.

0333 202 7580

Starting your mortgage application

Get ready to apply

Find out how to book an appointment to start your mortgage application, and see the list of documents and information you’ll need to provide.

You can also check our full mortgage range [PDF, 616KB] to see if our other mortgages are suitable for you, download our tariff of mortgage charges [PDF, 265KB] and read our legal information.