It is important that you budget correctly for what you can afford, as buying a property can be expensive.
How do I manage a mortgage?
The Money Advice Service can help you to budget for your mortgage, and overall moving costs. They also provide tips for first time buyers.
Where can I find affordable housing?
Visit GOV.UK for information about affordable housing schemes across the UK, including details about the Help to Buy equity loan, ISA and mortgage guarantee.
You can also apply for an interest-free loan through the Forces Help to Buy scheme while you are still serving, which can help with the cost of a deposit.
Where can I find more help?
Shelter Scotland advises how to draw up a budget and provides detailed information about the expected costs of buying.
Veterans' Gateway - Access to Housing Advice
The Veterans' Housing Advice service, initially provided by the Cobseo group of charities, and delivered by The Royal British Legion, Connect Assist and Shelter, has now been merged into Veterans' Gateway. The service is accessible 24/7 and supported by a resident housing specialist located at the Contact Centre.
The team aim to support veterans in finding, securing or maintaining accommodation by utilising the skills and resources of the Cobseo Housing Cluster, local authority contacts and other housing providers. Information can be accessed by telephone, email, live chat, social media, and on the website by visiting Veterans' Gateway/Self Help/Housing.