Best mortgage deals for first-time buyers

Each week, we’ll review the market to show you the best variable and fixed rate deals currently available for high loan to value (LTV) borrowers.

Our example first-time buyer has a 10% deposit and is looking to buy a £200,000 property over 25 years. 

For ease of comparison, we’re assuming any bank or building society fees are paid up front, and if you can afford to do so it’s worth it. If you don’t, interest will be charged on the fees, which will add hundreds of pounds to the overall cost of your mortgage.

Remember that once any fixed rate period ends the mortgage will revert to a standard variable rate (SVR), so remember to switch to a cheaper deal when that happens.

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Fixed rate deals

Loughborough Building Society, up to 90% LTV, 2.19%
Fixed for two years then reverts to SVR (currently 4.84%)

The Loughborough has the most competitive fixed rate deal for first time buyers. Its two-year 2.19% fix comes with a £499 product fee will cost £780 per month, £9,606 per year over two years. Despite being a smaller mutual, Loughborough lends across England and Wales.

Post Office, up to 90% LTV, 2.53%
Fixed until 30 April 2019 then reverts to SVR (currently 4.24%)

This deal from the Post Office comes without a fee and offers £500 cashback. Repayments are £810 a month, which is £9,608 a year over the first two years. 

Longer fixed rate deals

West Bromwich Building Society, up to 90% LTV, 2.99%
Fixed until 30 April 2022 then reverts to SVR (currently 3.99%)

For those looking to fix for a longer period the West Brom offers a 2.99% rate, fixed until April 2022. This mortgage costs £853 a month - £10,118 per year over the fixed period - and comes with £1,000 cashback, although an initial £199 fee is charged.

Nationwide, up to 90% LTV, 3.89%
Fixed for 10 years then reverts to SVR (currently 3.74%)

Many 10-year fixes are also available if you're willing to fix for longer. If you’re comfortable paying a £999 product fee up front, Nationwide offers a long fix with a rate of 3.89%. This will involve monthly repayments of £939 and an outlay of £11,408 per year.

Variable rate mortgages

Loughborough Building Society, up to 90% LTV, 1.89%
2.95% discount for two years then reverts to SVR (currently 4.84%)

For buyers who are willing to risk a rate rise (or gamble on a further rate cut), Loughborough Building Society offers a 2.95% discount for two years. There is no cash back incentive and there is an upfront product fee of £499 payable. The annual cost is £9,290.

Larger deposits

NatWest, up to 75% LTV, 1.67%
Fixed until 30 April 2019 then reverts to SVR (currently 4.74%)

NatWest offers a two-year fixed rate up to 75% LTV at 1.67% to April 2019. There is no upfront fee or cashback incentive with this particular mortgage. The monthly repayments on a £150,000 advance are £612, equivalent to £7,405 a year.

Accord Mortgages, up to 75% LTV, 1.79%
Fixed until 30 April 2019 then reverts to SVR (currently 5.54%)

There are no upfront fees and £250 cashback sweetens this deal. Monthly repayments are £621 so the effective annual cost is £7,424. Remember Accord Mortgages products are only available through a mortgage broker or financial adviser.

Interest-only deals

If you’re looking for interest-only options, remember the rules are now a lot stricter and you’ll need to show a well-thought out plan for repaying the capital at the end of the mortgage. Monthly repayments are much lower than with capital repayment, but you'll pay more interest on an interest-only mortgage in the long run.  

Not every provider will lend on an interest only basis, so if you’re looking for one it’s best to speak to a mortgage broker. Our mortgage tool can help you get a feel for the rates on offer.

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