Make the most of your visit to a Help to Buy Show
Sometimes when people arrive at our shows they tell us that they’re not quite sure where to start or what to do, so we’ve put together this quick blog to help you get the most out of your visit.
On the day
If you’ve pre-registered on our website this gives you fast-track entry on arrival. Just remember bring you e-ticket or paper ticket with you. You can also turn up and register on the day as well.
Once you’re in you’ll get a Help to Buy goody bag. This contains a free copy of our Help to Buy Guide which explains all about the different Help to Buy schemes. Its then up to you to visit the exhibitors and activities.
What’s on offer at a Help to Buy Show?
Our roadshows offer the a range of activities to help you find out more about Help to Buy your home ownership options. The events include a Market Place of exhibitors, a Mortgage Advice Zone and a Pop-up Cinema, read on for more information.
The market place is where you can chat to exhibitors and ask questions. Exhibitors at the roadshows include new house builders, housing associations, mortgage advice companies, solicitors and Help to Buy Midlands.
Here's some more information on the types of exhibitors and the kind of questions you may want to ask.
New House Builders
House builders will be able talk to you about where they are building in the local area. You may want to find out what developments and properties are currently available, or coming up soon. The type of properties, location and price are all things to talk about. They will also be able to advise you about the Help to Buy Equity Loan Scheme and the application process.
Housing Associations build new homes with their focus being on providing affordable homes. They may have homes for sale or rent and can talk to you about the different affordable home ownership schemes as well as properties available now and coming up soon.
If you are interested in buying with shared ownership, you might want to have a chat to a housing association to find out what’s involved. Remember to ask if there are certain criteria you need to meet to quality for a scheme, as well as questions about types of properties and costs.
Mortgage advice companies
The mortgage advice exhibitors can give you information about mortgages and the mortgage market. If you’re new to mortgages ask them to explain the terminology and don’t be afraid to quiz them! Remember to collect contact details so you can make an appointment when you’re ready for some personalised mortgage advice.
If you’re looking for some individual mortgage advice on the day, you may want to visit the Mortgage Advice Zone for an individual mortgage consultation. More information here.
If you’ve never bought a home before then it’s a good idea to find out about the role of a solicitor, so talk to the solicitors and find out more about the legal side of buying a home (this is called conveyancing).
Don’t forget to collect contact details. Useful things to ask include questions around fees and how much they charge for services. If you have a Help to Buy ISA which you plan to use to buy your first home, check with the solicitor that they are registered to access this.
Meet Help to Buy Midlands
Have a chat with the Help to Buy Midlands team and find out about the range of Help to Buy options. Help to Buy is a government backed scheme introduced to help people to buy their own home; it includes Shared Ownership and the Help to Buy Equity Loan. We are experts in all aspects of Help to Buy and will happily talk you through the application process, eligibility criteria and answer any questions you may have.
The Mortgage Advice Zone is staffed by mortgage advisors providing free mortgage assessments throughout the day. By having an individual consultation you will get an idea of what you can afford, whether you can get a mortgage, what you could potentially borrow, how much of a deposit you may need and what your future payments could look like.
The Mortgage Advice Zone is very popular. Appointments are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis. All appointments are booked on the day with registration opening at 10am for the morning sessions and 1pm for the afternoon ones. So if you would like a mortgage assessment make sure you plan your visit around these times.
We also screen short Help to Buy films in our pop-up cinema throughout the day. The films provide an overview of the different schemes so you can find out what’s involved and meet home owners that have bought with Help to Buy.
See you at our next roadshow!
We hope our quick summary of what’s on offer at our roadshows will help you plan your visit and we’ll see you at our next event to discover your home ownership options. Join us at:
- Nottinghamshire Help to Buy Show | Saturday 10 February 2018 | 10am to 3:30pm | Nottingham Conference Centre
- Birmingham Help to Buy Show | Saturday 17 March 2018 | 9:30am to 4pm | Aston Villa Football Club
Also, don’t forget if you have questions after the event you can tweet us @helptobuymids or message us on Facebook www.facebook.com/HelptoBuyMidlands.
Or if you’d prefer to chat to someone, you can call our team of advisors on 03458 502050 (and select option 2) . They’re available Monday - Friday from 8am to 6pm.