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First time buyer

Find out how to buy your first home

Your steps to applying for a first time buyer mortgage

  1. 1

    Compare our mortgage rates

    Enter a few details into our mortgage calculator and we’ll show you all the NatWest mortgages that could be right for you, based on what you've told us.

     

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    Get an indicative decision

    You’ll need to get an Agreement in Principle to see if we think we may be able to lend you the amount you require.

    This isn’t a firm decision, but it’s the most accurate result we can give you without performing a credit check. It won't take long and it won’t affect your credit score.

     

  3. 3

    Continue and complete your application

    Once you have your Agreement in Principle in place, you can complete your application over the phone or by video appointment with a member of our mortgage team or, if you're confident that you've been able to choose the right mortgage for your circumstances, continue your application online.

Before you apply

What you need

It will help if you have the following documents handy

Three months' worth of payslips and bank statements to work out your income, plus any loan agreements to work out your monthly expenses.

Eligibility

What you need to know

We don’t currently offer mortgages for multi-party (three or more applicants), guarantor, Help to Buy, Right to Buy, or shared equity mortgages. All of our mortgages for first time buyers are on a capital and interest basis only.

Credit checks

About soft and full credit checks

When you apply for an Agreement in Principle, we'll need to do a “soft credit check”. But don’t worry, this won’t affect your credit score. If you go on to apply for a mortgage, we'll do a full credit check, which will show up on your credit file.

Choose how you want to apply

Apply Online

You can complete your mortgage application online, at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home.

You need to be:

confident that you have been able to choose the right mortgage for your circumstances

happy to take responsibility for the mortgage you choose

As you’ll not be getting any advice from us, you won’t benefit from us assessing whether the mortgage is suitable for you. Therefore if your choice turns out to be unsuitable we won’t offer you any compensation.

Already Started? Pick up where you left off

Apply over the phone

Already applied for a mortgage and need your offer extended?

If you’ve had a mortgage offer with us approved and can't complete within the agreed timescale, we're here to help. You can apply to extend your mortgage offer by 1 month to give you extra time to complete buying your new property or re-mortgaging your existing property. Find out more

If you have applied for your mortgage with NatWest via a Broker/Intermediary - please contact them to discuss extending your mortgage offer.

By requesting an extension to your mortgage offer you are acting on behalf of all parties named on the mortgage.

Already have a NatWest mortgage?

If you're already a NatWest mortgage customer, you won't need to resubmit paperwork, such as evidence of income, unless your circumstances have changed.

Log in to Manage Your Mortgage, see what offers are available and apply online.

All you need are your mortgage account number, name, date of birth and your postcode.