Buying a property is a daunting prospect, as for many people, it will be the most expensive purchase they ever make. Our handy guides include advice on how to buy different types of property, how much it costs to buy a home, and how to get the most from estate agents.

  • The ultimate first-time buyer guide

    August 13, 2015

    Are you ready to buy a house or flat for the first time? If so, read PrimeLocation’s first-time buyer guide before you take the plunge.

  • Cost of buying a house

    August 5, 2015

    Buying your first home is one of the most exciting experiences of your life. But the process is also filled with administrative requirements - and, of course, expenses.

  • Guide to the Consumer Code for Home Builders

    March 9, 2015

    The code has been designed to make buying a newly-built home smoother and more transparent.

  • Guide to ground rents

    December 11, 2014

    Ground rents can be surrounded by an air of mystery, but for those in the know, attractive returns of 5 per cent are possible.

  • Potential costs of buying a home

    September 2, 2014

    It is one of the most exciting experiences of your life. But purchasing your first property is filled with administrative requirements and, of course, expenses.

  • Guide to buying property with friends

    September 2, 2014

    Buying a home with friends is a good way, and sometimes the only practical way, of getting onto the first rung of the property ladder.

  • Guide to chain-free property

    September 2, 2014

    Most houses on the market are part of a chain of other property sales and purchases. Chain-free indicates a home with no such sequence.

  • How does the Government's scrapping of HIPs impact you?

    September 2, 2014

    Once lauded as a sensible answer to the problems of gazumping, gazundering and other conveyancing nightmares, the HIP rapidly became a hated addition to buying.

  • How to buy a house

    September 2, 2014

    Buying a property is an exciting time. However, it can be stressful too, whether you are buying a home for the first time, or you have purchased a property many times before.

  • How to buy a new build house or flat

    September 2, 2014

    There are plenty of advantages to purchasing a newly-built home.

  • How to buy a property at auction

    September 2, 2014

    Lucy Alexander, presenter of long-running BBC1 show 'Homes Under The Hammer', tells you how best to negotiate the relatively risky world of auctions.

  • How to buy a property off-plan

    September 2, 2014

    Buying a property which doesn't yet exist is not for the faint-hearted, but many buyers and investors have reaped the rewards for their bravery.

  • How to buy commercial premises

    September 2, 2014

    Moving into your own property is an exciting part of the growth of any business. It is a visible demonstration of your commercial worth to customers, suppliers and partners.

  • How to buy in a conservation area

    September 2, 2014

    Ever wondered how some neighbourhoods seem to have held back time and resisted the encroachment of the worst aspects of modern living?