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Rightmove's Home Buying Guide

Guiding you through the buying process

Buying Guide

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Welcome to Rightmove's guide to buying. This guide is made up of seven sections so you can dip in and out of the most relevant for you. There are also handy one page downloads for you to choose from.

Working out what you can afford

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Buying a property is a big step involving a substantial long-term financial commitment, so think hard about what you can afford.

Getting a mortgage

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It is vital to secure a mortgage with a lender before starting the searching process. Make sure you know all there is to know in order to choose the right mortgage for you.

Finding the ideal property

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Everyone has their own wish list of elements that make up their ideal property. From transport links to the number of bedrooms, we can help you create a comprehensive list.

Getting the most out of viewings

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Viewings can often be over before you know it. So it's essential you know what you're looking for before you arrive and ensure you remember everything after you leave.

Negotiating and making an offer

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Once you have found your ideal property, be prudent and tough in negotiating know the best possible deal to give you confidence through the final stages of the buying process.

Conveyancing - the legal aspects

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Don't be overwhelmed by the legal side of things. We put the key steps in plain English to help you along your way from offer to completion.

Preparing for moving day

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Moving is always a stressful time, but being organized is the trick to minimize your stress levels and making your new home feel like home in next to no time.