First Time Buyer Conveyancing

First time buyer conveyancing refers to the legal process involved in purchasing a property for the first time.

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Here at Forbes Solicitors, we feel that buying a home for the first time should be an exciting and stress free experience for all involved. This is why our dedicated conveyancing solicitors offer the very best in straightforward, friendly service and will guide you through the entire process to make sure your transaction goes through as smoothly and as quickly as possible.

Maintaining the mantra that first homebuyers should enjoy the process of buying their first home as much as possible, our conveyancing solicitors will deal with your case personally, taking responsibility and keeping you updated throughout every stage of the process.

Conveyancing for First Time Buyers

Conveyancing for First Time Buyers

We do our best to make sure the process of purchasing your home is as stress free as possible offering a personalised and friendly service at all times.

We can offer advice on any shared equity/ownership schemes as well as guidance on HomeBuy direct schemes, ensuring you're aware of all the terms and conditions included within.

Forbes will advise that you speak to an independent financial advisor (IFA) who can tell you how much you are able to borrow before searching for your house, as it can be heart-breaking if you find out you cannot afford a house you may be looking to buy.

In addition to our legal services, we can also recommend a list of independent financial advisors that may be able to assist you. It's also worth noting that first time buyers who are not within a property chain have an advantage over other buyers regarding the negotiation of a reduced fee, as other buyers may have to sell their own property before they buy.

Stamp Duty for First Time Buyers

Stamp Duty for First Time Buyers

Stamp duty is another aspect of buying a home first time buyers should be aware. New stamp duty rates have been introduced from December 2014. Under the new rules buyers pay tax on amounts between bands, not on the full purchase price of a property. No tax will be paid on the first £125,000 of a property. Between £125,001 and £250,000 buyers will pay 2% within this band, 5% on the portion between £250,000 and £925,000, 10% within the next band up to £1.5 million and 12% over that. The table below indicates current stamp duty rates for UK residential property.

Up to £125,000


£125,001 - £250,000


£250,001 - £925,000


£925,001 - £1,500,000


£1,500,001 and over


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How do I qualify as a first time buyer?

In order to be considered a first time buyer in the UK, you need to have never owned a residential property, either in the UK abroad. If you have previously owned a home, even if you no longer do, you won't be considered a first time buyer. If you've previously owned only a commercial property, you can still be a first time buyer of residential property.

Does a first time buyer need a solicitor?

The conveyancing process when changing the legal ownership of a property can be complex, and the consequences of getting any small detail wrong can be catastrophic, so it's important for first time buyers to use a professional conveyancing service to handle all of the essential requirements.

Can I do house conveyancing myself?

Most mortgage lenders will only allow homebuyers to borrow from them if they use professional conveyancing services to purchase their home. This is because it's easy to make mistakes with conveyancing if you don't have specialist knowledge and experience, and this can cause many problems or even totally derail the property purchase.

Is it better to use a solicitor or conveyancer?

As a first time buyer, you can choose to either use a conveyancing firm or a conveyancing solicitor to handle the legal aspects of your home purchase. With an experienced first time buyer solicitor, you get the benefit of not only their conveyancing experience, but also their wider legal knowledge as you navigate buying your first property.

How do I find a solicitor for a first time buyer?

When choosing the right solicitor for conveyancing services when you buy your first home, you can look at their reputation for helping first time buyers and online reviews from previous clients. While cost is likely to be a feature in your decision, choosing the cheapest service might not be the best decision.

Conveyancers offering a very cheap service in comparison with others could indicate that they will be putting in the minimum possible work during your house-buying process, which isn't what you want or need as a first time buyer. This is why it's important to take more than just fees into account when finding the right first time buyer solicitor for you.

How much should I expect to pay for conveyancing?

The cost of conveyancing can vary somewhat, depending on the specific factors involved in your property purchase and the level of legal work involved. Most first time buyers pay between £800 - £1200 for conveyancing fees and it's important to get a first time buyer conveyancing quote from different providers to help compare services.

What fees do first time buyers pay?

There can be a number of different fees that first time buyers will pay as part of the home buying process, depending on how they are buying, the cost of the property and whether they are using any specific schemes to help them with the purchase.

There will be first time buyer conveyancing fees for the legal work involved in transferring ownership of the property, there may be stamp duty to pay and there may be mortgage arrangement fees or scheme-specific costs to add too. If you're buying a leasehold property, you may find that there is an additional fee with your conveyancers for this.

There will be the costs of legal searches and registering the change of ownership with the Land Registry (generally rolled into your conveyancing fees) and once the property transaction is complete, you may need to pay fees for a moving company to help you move your belongings into your new home.

Our expert conveyancing team can help give you a quote on our fixed fee conveyancing services to ensure that there are no unexpected surprises when it comes to these fees. Get in touch to find out more.

Help in First Time Buyer Conveyancing

If you are a first home buyer and you need a specialist solicitor to handle the transaction, get in touch with Forbes and take advantage of our many years' experience in conveyancing law.

For free initial advice call us today on 0800 689 1358 or contact us for expert and above all friendly advice when buying your first home.

Our Dedicated First Time Buyer Conveyancing Team

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Partner, Residential Conveyancing

Michelle Thompson


Associate, Residential Conveyancing

Jennifer Ross

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Paralegal, Residential Conveyancing

Kathryn Lofthouse

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