Mortgages for First Time Buyers

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The mortgaged property (which may be your home) may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage

Buying your first home can be one of the most exciting times of your life. With mortgages supplied to over 26,250 members in 2020, a 93% customer satisfaction rating* and over 140 years’ experience helping first time buyers get on the property ladder, you can rest assured you’re in safe hands with us.

Our products are designed to help first time buyers get their perfect home. This includes up to 95% loan to value (LTV) mortgages, shared ownership deals, fees-assisted deals and shared equity deals.

To make life easy, and unless otherwise stated within the product pages, you can apply online** or over the phone.

Our Mortgages

  • With one of our Fixed Rate mortgages, your monthly repayments will stay the same during the fixed term period. If interest rates go up, you won’t be affected as your rate is fixed between 2 and 10 years, but you also won’t benefit if rates go down.

    Features include:

    • A deposit of at least 5% is required
    • Fixed monthly payments during the fixed term
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  • Our First Homes mortgages are for properties purchased through the First Home scheme. Properties are purchased at a discount of between 30% and 50% of their open market value. This is available for those who meet the scheme’s eligibility criteria, are First Time Buyers with a combined annual income of no more than £80,000 (£90,000 in Greater London) and where the price of the home after the discount is applied is no more than £250,000 (£420,000 in Greater London).

    Features include:

    • Discounts of up to 50%
    • “No fee” products
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  • Purchasing a shared ownership property means part buying, part renting your property. You’ll only be buying a share of your property at first, and pay rent to a housing association or landlord for the rest. And, you only need to pay a deposit on the part of the property you are initially buying, keeping things as affordable as possible for your first home.

    Features include:

    • lower initial deposit required
    • option to buy more shares as and when you can afford to
    • online or telephone applications only
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  • With one of our shared equity mortgages you will own 100% of your home, but only pay a percentage of the full open market purchase price. The balance of the purchase price is provided by an equity sharing lender. Your legal advisor will need to confirm that our shared equity requirements are met when you apply.

    Features include:

    • lower initial deposit required
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Other options for you

Take a look at our other mortgages for first time buyers. We have a wide range available to help you get your perfect starter home.

  • Still need help?

    If you are still unsure which mortgage is best for you, call our mortgage helpline on

    03450 50 50 75

*Overall member satisfaction in a survey of 3,391 members from January to December 2020, a survey carried out by Leeds Building Society.

**If you apply for a mortgage online you will not receive advice from Leeds Building Society. You will need to make your own choice about which mortgage is suitable for you and we will not assess the suitability of that mortgage to your needs and circumstances. You will not benefit from the protections offered by an advised service. This is called an execution only transaction. If you would like to receive advice from us please contact us.