Buying a home useful information

We love nothing more than helping you to find your perfect new home.

Whether you’re a first time buyer looking for an affordable first home, looking for a family home to accommodate your growing brood, or a plush city centre pad, we hope we’ll have something that suits you perfectly.

We have a real range of different homes for sale across the UK, which are all expertly built by our experienced and knowledgeable team. We’re also happy to be with you every step of the way to help and support you through the sometimes daunting, home buying process.

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The home buying process

Moving home is one of the most stressful things that you’ll ever do, but luckily, our experienced team members will be with you every step of the way! The process of securing your new home is:

  • If you’re a first-time buyer you will need to see a mortgage adviser before you make any offers on a property and be pre-approved or pre-qualified for a mortgage so you know exactly how much you can borrow
  • Once you have been pre-approved for a mortgage you can begin your search. To search Open Door’s for sale homes do a property search
  • Once you have found a home within your budget that you like, get in touch with a member of the Open Door team to find out more about this home and to arrange a viewing
  • When you have found your perfect home and are ready to make an offer, you can do this by contacting Open Door’s Sales Team
  • If you’re making an offer on a new build property you can, in most cases, put down a small deposit (usually £500) to reserve your property until all of the necessary paperwork has been completed.
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Your frequently asked questions about buying a home, answered:

Buying Questions

Why do I need a valuation and survey?

As part of your mortgage application your lender will need confirmation of what your home is worth and also what you’re paying for it. For a small fee, they will organise a valuation and survey, which will check the condition of the home you’re buying.

Do I really need a solicitor?

Solicitors look after all the legal aspects of the home buying process. Although it often sounds like boring legal waffle, you need a solicitor to make everything happen, so that the property is legally and officially yours.

Always remember to shop around for the best rates and ask your friends, family and colleagues for their personal recommendations too. Don’t forget you’ll need a solicitor that specialises in conveyancing.

I’ve found a home I’d like to buy – what’s next?

If you haven’t already, we’d suggest you apply for a decision in principal at this point. Make sure you do lots and lots of research and carefully consider all your options before you sign up to a mortgage. We have a number of trusted, independent advisors who we’d be happy to recommend.

Once your mortgage  is in place, you’re able to reserve the house of your dreams! Generally, we charge a £500 reservation fee, but please check with a member of our fab sales team to confirm. Once you’ve reserved your home, no one else is able to reserve it!

How do I find the home of my dreams?

Use the search on our website – you can filter by price, property type, price and number of bedrooms, to make sure the results show exactly what you want them to.

You can sign up to our emails which provide regular updates on the homes that we have for sale.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – we regularly post news and updates on our latest homes for sale and those that are near completion.

I’d like to buy a home. What do I need to do first?

Make sure you do your homework to find out how much you can borrow and how much deposit you need to provide – at this point you’re able to get a mortgage in principle, but don’t worry, this doesn’t tie you into anything.

Don’t forget to factor in all the additional up-front costs too, such as stamp duty, valuation fee, surveyor fees and legal fees. You’ll then have to bear in mind on going costs such as contents and building insurance, council tax and utilities.

If you don’t know what your house buying options are, take a look at our simple to use Eligibility Calculator

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