Saving for your first home: ISAs, bank accounts and more

For many first time buyers, the most daunting part of the home buying process is saving for a house deposit. In particular, many wonder how to save for a house on a lower income and whether it’s even possible to do it at all.

Pocket Living is built around the idea that everyone should have a fair opportunity to get onto the housing ladder, so we’re going to share our best tips on saving for your first home, whatever your circumstances. We’ve included a range of information on ISAs, bank accounts and more to show you that there are plenty of options to consider to get yourself onto the housing ladder. Let’s get started.

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How to buy a home [home buying timeline checklist]

So, you’re a first time buyer. You dream of getting onto the property ladder, but you need a breakdown of exactly how to buy a home so you can take it step by step. Sound familiar?

We speak to first time buyers every day at Pocket Living, so we know how daunting it can be to figure out where to begin in your home buying journey. But, it doesn’t have to be – we’ve created a home buying timeline checklist to get you on your way.

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Resident making a coffee in the kitchen of her Pocket home.

How to save money on gas and electric bills [tips for first time buyers]

The UK’s rising cost of living has affected us all, but if you’re a first time buyer, you might feel particularly keen to keep your finances in check. If you’re wondering how to save money on gas and electric bills, there are many simple ways to reduce your outgoings, particularly by living more sustainably.

Our residents are first time buyers on middle incomes, so we know how important it is to them to make savings wherever possible. Buying a new build home is a great start, and by making an energy savings plan, you can reduce your bills and rest assured that you’re taking measures to live more efficiently and cut down on unnecessary costs.

Read on to find out our tips for saving money on your bills. They may seem small but can make a big difference over time, so start now to let the pennies begin to add up!

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The ultimate guide to indoor gardening for beginners

Indoor plants are brilliant for our physical and mental wellbeing. Having nature in our homes connects us with the outside world and helps filter the air in our home. Therefore, learning how to be an indoor gardener is useful for all of us, as we learn how to make our home both beautiful and better for our health.

Here we offer a guide on how to begin creating your indoor garden and how to make sure it flourishes.

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Haule’s tips for furnishing your first home with vintage finds

This Second Hand September, we’ve teamed up with Haule, an online marketplace for vintage and second hand homeware, to talk about furnishing your first home. Second Hand September was created by Oxfam in 2019 and has inspired thousands of people to shop in a way that is kinder to people and the planet. 

We invited Haule to give some advice on furnishing your first home using vintage and second hand items. Read on to find out what they have to say.

A blog by Haule

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Dimly lit bedroom in a Pocket home.

The benefits of buying a home (right now)

Buying a home is an investment in your future – but when you do it for the first time, it can feel really daunting. Considering the doom and gloom we hear every day on the news, it may seem particularly risky to take that next step. That’s why we asked Censeo Financial, our recommended Independent Mortgage Advisor, their thoughts on the benefits of buying a home right now, rather than waiting.

A blog by Censeo Financial

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Pocket Living open day: View a Pocket home!

You may or may not be familiar with the Pocket model – we sell well-designed, compact homes across London for 20% below market value to help first time buyers get onto that ever-elusive property ladder.

Generally, we hold viewings for hopeful buyers who meet our eligibility criteria; however, for the first time, we’re opening things up and holding a Pocket Living open day for anyone who is interested in what we do.

On Saturday 30 July 2022, our flagship show home in central London will be open to anyone who wants to peek inside a Pocket home and learn more about buying one. No need to register with us – just book a ticket to reserve your space at our Pocket Living open day!

Our friendly sales team will be on hand to answer all your questions about what we do and our current and upcoming schemes. It’s going to be a good one, so don’t miss out!

Please note – tickets for this open day are now sold out. Register with us to receive info on our next open days!


To stay up to date with Pocket homes you would be eligible for, create a My Pocket account. You can also head to our gallery to watch the stories of city makers just like you who made homeownership in London a reality.

Designing places for people

A blog by Hugo Owen, Marketing and Communications Executive

Have you ever wanted to understand what theories go into making a great place?

Most of us look at buildings and instinctively understand whether or not we like them. But when asked exactly what it is about the place that we like, it is sometimes harder to explain.

At Pocket Living, our design team has many years of experience in understanding exactly what it is that helps elevate our built environments. In this blog, I will outline a few simple design features that we tend to make great places.

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UK’s rising cost of living [and what it means for first time buyers]

The UK’s rising cost of living has made for some alarming headlines, so it’s no surprise that it has sparked anxiety in many aspiring first time buyers.

But is it all doom and gloom? We’re going to demystify the UK’s recent interest rate increases and explain why now could actually be a good time to buy your first home.

It’s our job to get middle earning Londoners onto the property ladder, no matter how tough it is out there. Read on to find out why the rising cost of living shouldn’t deter you from becoming a homeowner.

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Pocket eligibility: Who’s eligible for a Pocket home?

Pocket homes are sold at a 20% discount, but they’re 100% ownership. That’s why we get asked a lot – ‘What exactly is the catch?’.

There is no catch – but you do need to be eligible to purchase one of our Pocket homes. That’s because our mission to make sure we’re helping middle earning Londoners (we call them city makers) onto the property ladder.

Read on to find out about the Pocket eligibility criteria.

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