Manchester’s economy is thriving, currently growing by 2.4% per year (1).Yet despite this, house prices continue to remain below the national average, with the average property in Manchester costing £191,232 (2)

For first time buyers looking for a way to step onto the property ladder, help is at hand, with the First Time Buyer Home Show returning to Manchester for a third successive year on Saturday 15th September 2018.

The event is set to be hosted at the Lancashire County Cricket Club at Old Trafford from 10am until 4pm and is free to attend. In association with Help to Buy North West, and sponsored by Plumlife, a leading North West housing provider, the event will provide all the necessary information to help first time buyers in Manchester and the North West purchase their home. A range of property experts will be on hand to offer support to first time buyers.

All topics within the world of homebuying will be up for discussion, from mortgage and legal advice, to a range of properties currently available to purchase. There will also be specialists on hand to explain homebuying schemes including Shared Ownership and the government-backed Help to Buy scheme. Both have become increasingly popular ways of helping first time buyers purchase a home, as they require lower upfront costs than a standalone mortgage.

Lynda Clark, editor of First Time Buyer Magazine comments: “We are excited to bring our First Time Buyer Home Show back to Manchester for the third year running. The event is a fantastic opportunity for first time buyers to learn more about purchasing their first home with free advice on hand from a wide range of experts. With all the necessary information under one roof, first time buyers can save hours of time trawling around on the internet or on the streets of Manchester. We understand that being a first time buyer can be a daunting experience and so by coming along to the show, they will be able to have all their questions answered.”

Together with Plumlife and Help to Buy North West, exhibitors on the day include Which Finance, Direction Law, Redwing Living, Snugg Living, Garden City Homes, and Equity Living. Also in attendance will be Nationwide, Morris Homes, Laurus Homes, Gecko Homes, Forty/8, heylo, Onward Homes and Together Housing.

Alongside the exhibitors, there will also be a series of seminars held throughout the day, offering further insight into certain areas of homebuying. Amongst many others, Plumlife will be exhibiting its brand new development, Arkwright Place, consisting of 131 homes in Gorton. The attractive new development comprises of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes and are for outright sale and shared ownership; an ideal first home.

Edyta Cummings, Sales Manager at Plumlife, comments: “The First Time Buyer Home Show is a useful opportunity for aspirational first time buyers to find out all they need to know when purchasing a home. It can sometimes be difficult to know where to start, so by offering support and advice in a casual environment, we can be sure to help first time buyers start their homebuying journey.”

Lynda Clark adds: “The structure of the event really does alleviate stress for first time buyers looking to buy their first home. With everything at hand and all under one roof in a very relaxed format, the show is sure to save aspiring homebuyers time and reduce confusion. First time buyers can relax and absorb all of the information that they need, and leave feeling confident that they can take the next steps towards owning their first home.”

Taking place on Saturday 15th September at Lancashire County Cricket Club, the First Time Buyer Home Show is free to attend. For further information and to register for the event, visit