UK banking group HSBC has launched an online advice centre for first-time buyers which provides access to free, independent advice on the home-buying process.
HSBC says the Web site offers a one-stop shop tool kit and provides access to a team of property professionals including an estate agent, a financial adviser, a solicitor and a surveyor.
First-time buyers will be able to submit questions on any part of the home buying process and to get advice from the panel, who will also explain a key part of the property buying process via a Webcast.
Commenting on the new service, Carina Kemp, head of mortgages at HSBC, says: "The choice and complexity of all the component parts of buying a property can be bewildering and first-time buyers often don't know where to turn to get advice.
"The property panel has been designed to help first-time buyers find and buy their new home with confidence and success. Our panel of advisers will take buyers through the entire process, cut through the jargon and offer common sense advice and practical tips that will save time, money and stress."