Make The First Move With These Handy Homebuying Tips


First time buyers are being encouraged to take a step onto the property ladder at Barratt and David Wilson Homes’ popular Clipstone Park development in Leighton Buzzard.

Situated on Leighton Road, the development offers a selection of three, four and five bedroom homes perfect for those looking to purchase their first property. 

For those looking to make a move sooner rather than later, the leading developer has revealed a list of handy tips to assist buyers in the process of buying a home.

Marc Woolfe, Senior Sales Manager at Barratt and David Wilson Homes North Thames, said, “As a leading housebuilder, it’s important that we offer a helping hand to first time buyers and aid them wherever we can.

“Our Clipstone Park development has a variety of homes for house hunters to choose from, and with our handy first time buying guide, property seekers can be armed with the information they need before the process begins.” 

The housebuilder’s handy homebuying tips include:

Save, save, save!

The first thing you should think about when buying your first home is saving up for the deposit. This is often considered a challenging part of buying your first home, but it doesn’t need to be.

First time buyers can use the Help to Buy scheme to help them make a move. The government backed initiative, which launched in 2013, allows buyers to purchase a home with just a 5% deposit and a 75% mortgage. A typical street scene - Make The First Move With These Handy Homebuying Tips

The remaining 20% is funded by an equity loan, interest-free for the first five years and repayable on the sale on the home.

Focus on your finances

Keeping up with your finances is a great way to make sure the purchase of your first property runs smoothly. Before you apply for a mortgage, check your credit score to make sure you’re in a good position to buy.

First time buyers need to dig a little deeper to make sure their mortgage application is approved, so it’s useful to go back and check you’ve not missed any outstanding payments on things like phone bills, utility bills or credit card payments.

Patience is a virtue

Don’t rush into buying your first house or give up too easily if things are taking longer than you’d hoped. Buying your first property is an investment and not a decision to take lightly.

Take time to look at different properties and developments in the area and consider all of the outside factors, including local schools, open spaces and transport links.

The beauty of home buying means you can avoid wasting money whilst you rent a property, so take the time to make sure you’re buying the house that suits you best.

Plan for your dream home

Whether you were living with family or renting a property, you might not be used to the freedom of decorating your own home exactly the way you want to.

Start thinking about colour schemes and décor before you start shopping, as this will ensure you avoid purchasing a mismatch of furniture and paint.

For those interested in buying a property off-plan, Barratt and David Wilson Homes also offers its Choices and Expressions range.

The collection of living features allows buyers to choose from specific items for their home, including tiles, flooring and kitchen upgrades, ready for when you move in.

Take advantage of advice and offers

When buying a newly built property, you have the added bonus of expert advice and guidance from the sales team at Clipstone Park. 

When you purchase your property, the experienced Sales Advisers at the development will recommend an independent mortgage adviser and solicitor to help give you the smoothest move possible.

Barratt Homes at Clipstone Park currently has a collection of three, four and five bedroom homes for sale, with prices starting from £319,950.

David Wilson Homes also has four bedroom properties for sale at the development, priced from £449,950.

For more information on the homes for sale at Clipstone Park, visit or Alternatively, please call the sales number on 0333 355 8500 or 0333 355 8501. 

Buyers can also visit the onsite sales and information centre on Leighton Road, open Monday: 12:30pm to 5:30pm and Thursday to Sunday 10am to 5:30pm.