My First Home

Couple bought £370k three-bed first home by giving up holidays and takeaways.

FIRST-TIME buyers Isabella Pyne and boyfriend Charlie Courtney have never been on holiday together, despite dating for SEVEN years.  The couple made massive sacrifices, such as ditching takeaways and nights out with friends, to help them save the ...

Couple quit smoking to help save £8k deposit to buy £125k three-bed first home.

STUBBING out cigarettes helped Clare Pearson and her boyfriend Alex Ruddy save £8,000 in just two years.  It helped them buy their three-bed semi-detached house for £125,000 in near Rotherham in September last year. Both Clare, 28, and Alex, 27, p...

How we knocked £15,000 off asking price for £235,000 three-bed first home.

IT’S hard enough save up a deposit and get accepted for a mortgage without worrying about rival buyers – but one couple managed to charm the sellers and get £15,000 off the asking price. Lorena Caruana, 29, and her boyfriend Mitch Tong...

How I ‘tweaked’ my salary to get a mortgage to buy £183k first home.

A FLIGHT attendant has revealed how he had to “tweak” his salary in order to get a mortgage for his £183,000 first home. Ross Lawrie, 26, bought his one-bed flat in Luton in July but almost missed out on getting a mortgage altogether because of th...

I saved £20k for first-home while renting by swapping nights out for Pokemon Go – without the help of my parents.

A SCIENTIST saved £20,000 to buy her first home by swapping nights out to play Pokemon Go instead.  Rosie Daffern, 29, used to spend around £150 a month on going to the pub with pals but accelerated her savings by playing the free app-based game. ...

We had to live with our parents to save for first home – but now we’ve bought, my mum has moved in with us.

EVERY time Maddy and Lee Cook open the front door of their three-bed Hampshire home, they’re reminded that they couldn’t have bought it without help from their parents. The couple saved £18,000 in 18 months but to do it they had to swap their two-...

First-time buyer saved £16k by batch cooking meals, quitting the gym and getting paid to fill out surveys.

SPENDING just £15 a week on food, cancelling memberships and completing online surveys helped construction buyer Luke Beasley save £16,000 to buy a shared ownership house. The 30-year-old moved into his Bristol two-bedroom terrace property, for £2...

We used shared ownership scheme to buy £246k three-bed house at 21.

A COUPLE from Exeter saved for 18 months to buy their £245,500 three-bed house by the time they both turned 21 – but the saving game isn’t over yet. That’s because a year after getting the keys to their first home, Megan Cross and her partne...

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Single first-time buyer saves £25k deposit in four years by car sharing and buying clothes at car boot sales.

CAR sharing and only buying clothes from car boot sales helped graduate Molly Beard save £25,000 for a house deposit in just four years. The 27-year-old moved into her £195,000 terraced home in Market Harborough, Leicestershire last summer with he...

‘We lived off one salary for to buy first home with £100k deposit – but we still had to move back in with parents’.

JOHN Wark and his family finally got onto the property ladder last year after living off just his wife’s salary for two years – but they still had to move back in with parents to do it. It saw the couple up-sticks from London with kids...

Mechanic saved £2.1k towards deposit by pimping up old sports cars in his spare time

MECHANIC Luke Everest saved enough cash from fixing-up second hand sport cars in his spare to buy a home.   The 26-year-old from Essex, who works full time repairing HGVs, managed to save £28,000 in 18 months. As well as pimping up sports cars, Lu...

First-time buyers took £14k inheritance early to buy £166k two-bed house in Norwich.

TAKING their inheritance early was the only way Tabby Farrar and her boyfriend Chris Graham were able to get on the property ladder. Tabby’s dad had been planning to leave his daughter £15,000 cash when he died but decided to gift it early i...

Couple saved £20k deposit by switching supermarkets and holidaying in the UK to buy £172k three-bed bungalow.

DITCHING holidays abroad, switching supermarkets and downgrading their car – that’s how this couple saved a £20,000 deposit to buy their first home in Somerset. Heather Cooke and Luke Kerton, both 24, moved into their £172,000 three-be...

First-time buyer went from council house to owning three-bed £270k house aged 23 by haggling with seller.

A LONDON lad who was brought up in a council house bought his first home aged just 23 – and managed to knock £20,000 off the asking price by haggling with the seller. Mahim Hossain, now 24, had been saving since he was 18 and at university t...

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