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The North West Is Booming For First Time Buyers

Manchester is the fastest growing economy outside of the south-east, and yet the average house price in the north-west is still a quarter less than the national average at £151,800, creating strong competition amongst buyers.

House prices in Manchester are expected to grow by more than a quarter over the next 5 years and so anyone looking to get onto the housing ladder, may benefit from doing so now. For aspiring first-time buyers trying to secure a property in this booming city, help is on hand, with the First Time Buyer Home Show North West coming to Manchester again and set to take place on Saturday 7th October 2017.

Following the success of its first show in the city last year, the event is set to be hosted at the Lancashire County Cricket Club at Old Trafford from 10am until 4pm, and will be free to attend. First time buyers in Manchester and the North West will be able to find out everything they need to know about getting onto the property ladder, from free mortgage and legal advice to a wide range of properties that are currently available for purchase. This one-stop shop will also explain the use and benefits of homebuying schemes including shared ownership and the government-backed Help to Buy scheme – both which have become extremely popular ways to get onto the property ladder with lower upfront costs, and so are highly useful for new buyers.

Lynda Clark, editor of First Time Buyer magazine comments: “Residential development around Manchester is fuelling the fastest growing economy outside of the south-east, making it an ideal place to buy. However, with the fast increasing sums required for deposits in line with increasing house prices, many first-time buyers in the North West may find that climbing onto the property ladder will become a harder task. The October show will help inexperienced buyers in this thriving city and across the North West get the advice that they need to get onto the property ladder, sooner rather than later.”

In association with Help to Buy North West, exhibitors on the day include supporting sponsor Plumlife, Post Office Money, MJP Conveyancing, PLS Solicitors, Snugg Living, Inspired Homes, Laurus Homes, Which? Mortgage Advisors, RSC New Homes, Redwing Living, Property Booking. A series of useful seminars will also be held throughout the event, offering further practical advice about buying a home.

Alison Gittins, Head of Help to Buy North West, the government appointed Help to Buy Agent for the North West region, says, “The show is a really unique opportunity for prospective buyers to be able to speak to a range of advisors under one roof about purchasing a home.  Visitors will get the chance to speak to financial advisors, solicitors and house builders in a non-pressurised environment to find out more about the process of buying a home. The Help to Buy North West team will also be there on the day to offer help and guidance on the Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme and Shared Ownership.”

Lisa Westerman, Group Head of Sales at Plumlife, our Supporting sponsor, comments: “The show is an excellent way for aspiring first time buyers to find out everything they need to know about buying their first home. Often all first time buyers need is a little help, encouragement and advice to find out all of the options available to them.”

Lynda Clark adds: “We have such a wide range of exhibitors and guests lined up who are ready to provide free and practical home buying advice to anyone who attends the event. It is sure to save days of visiting properties and hours of trawling through the internet, the show is a great way to find out lots of useful information all under one roof with the experts to hand. Those who attend the show will leave inspired and fully equipped with everything they need to know about their next steps towards owning their first home.”

For further information and to register for the free event, visit www.ftbhomeshow.com.

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