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Buying on your own? Talk to Tembo

If you're trying to buy solo, or on a single income, try Tembo. Our award-winning team are experts in boosting affordability through a range of specialist mortgage schemes.

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Being single shouldn't mean renting forever

Buying a home as a single first time buyer can feel an impossible task. But there are ways to boost your affordability, so you can get the keys to your own place. 

Working with over 100 lenders, we can advise you on the right scheme to increase your borrowing power. So you can get on the ladder sooner, or afford a larger property. To get started, create a free Tembo plan, or find out about the ways you could boost your borrowing below.

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“Being a sole applicant, my income was not enough to buy in the area I wanted. I came across Tembo and realised there was another way to get on the ladder. With an Income Boost I could get a larger loan size - I couldn’t have done it without it”


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We help buyers, movers and homeowners discover how they could boost their affordability in 3 simple steps. It’s why we’re the UK’s Best Mortgage Broker.


Buy with help from family or friends

If you’re buying by yourself, you could boost how much you could afford with help from loved ones. This doesn’t have to be a lump sum of cash from the Bank of Mum and Dad. Our specialist team can help you find the right family mortgage scheme for you and your loved ones.

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Income Boost

Adding a loved one's earnings to your mortgage application can boost the amount you can borrow. You’ll still be the sole owner of the property, but your Booster will step in if you can’t make the repayments.

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Deposit Boost

For a lot of single first time buyers, the biggest barrier is saving a big enough deposit. With a Deposit Boost, a family member or friend can unlock money from their home to top up your existing house fund, or to be used as your entire deposit.

Savings as Security

Get a 0% deposit mortgage with help from a family member. They'll deposit cash savings into a special savings account, where it'll be held by the lender as security. As long as you make your repayments, your loved one will get their savings back, plus interest.

Dynamic Income Boost

Add a loved one to your mortgage application as a co-owner. They'll contribute to your monthly repayments, in return for equity in the property. With their income added to yours, you can boost your borrowing power.

Deposit Loan

Your loved ones can lend you a house deposit, in return for a stake in your home. With a boosted deposit, you can get access to lower mortgage rates or afford a more expensive property. While they get to co-invest with you.

Buy solo without family help

Not everyone has family or friends who can help you get on the ladder. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to boost your affordability. At Tembo, we advise on a range of schemes to help single buyers get a mortgage without family support. To find out what you could afford, create a plan today.

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Private Shared Ownership

Struggling to save up a house deposit or worried about affording monthly repayments? Shared ownership could be the solution. Get a mortgage for a share of a property, then ‘staircase’ to buy more equity over time.

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Government Shared Ownership

Buy a share of a home with the government’s Shared Ownership scheme. You'll purchase a share of a property, then pay rent on the rest. Over time, you can staircase your way up to full ownership.

Deposit Unlock

Saving up for a deposit is difficult, especially when you’re saving by yourself or on a single income. With the Deposit Unlock scheme, you could buy sooner. All you only need is a 5% deposit to purchase one of the qualifying new build homes.

5.5x Income Mortgages

With a 5.5x Income Mortgage, you could boost your borrowing capacity with a mortgage 5.5 times your earnings. That could mean an extra bedroom, or a garden!

Professional Mortgages

Whether you're a vet, doctor, lawyer or accountant - if you work in a qualifying profession, you could borrow up to 5.5 times your salary, significantly increasing your total buying budget.

Armed Forces Help To Buy

If you are a serving military personnel, you could borrow up to 50% of your annual salary to boost your house buying budget with the Forces Help To Buy scheme.

Should I buy a house alone or with a partner?

Whether you buy with the help of a loved one, co-own with family or friends, or use a specialist scheme, there are plenty of ways that you can boost your affordability to buy solo or with a partner. Have a play around with our mortgage calculator to find out how much you could afford to borrow by yourself or with someone else.

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The application process

4 simple steps to getting the keys to your new home


Make a Tembo plan

Check your eligibility for a range of buying schemes, and get a personalised recommendation with interest rates and repayments in under 10-minutes.


Talk to an expert

Book a call with our experts to complete the qualification process, and we’ll cover off any questions you might have about any of the budget boosting schemes we advise on.


Find a property

Once you’ve found a property, your dedicated advisor will undertake full affordability checks to prepare the mortgage application. Then we’ll submit it on your behalf!


Make home happen

During conveyancing, we’ll liaise with the seller and your solicitors to ensure a smooth purchase. We’ll also provide a free protection review for your insurance needs.

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