2018 AWARD CATEGORIES

The First Time Buyer Readers' Awards 2017

Best Website For First Time Buyers 2018

This award will look at the best company websites that offers clear, practical advice and easy navigation for first time buyers.

Judges will also be looking at:

How simple the website is to navigate for first time buyers, i.e finding mortgage advice and searching for properties

Bespoke tools and features for inexperienced homebuyers
Any extra content such as financial calculators or tips and advice

Best Estate Agent For First Time Buyers 2018

This award is for an estate agent that has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help first time homebuyers. Perhaps they have an exclusive service to support first time buyers into their first home or they have attracted record numbers of first steppers this year.

Judges will be looking for:

A unique and seperate approach to helping first time buyers

An impressive track record of sales to first time buyers

Any examples whereby the agent has gone the extra mile to help encourage homeownership for the first time

Judges Special Award For Dedicated Service To 
First Time Buyers
 2018

This brand new award for 2018 will recognise the outstanding
contribution made by one individual to the first time buyer market.
This award will celebrate the work of an individual who through
their innovative approach to the market has helped first time buyers
overcome the usual challenges faced in this sector. This award will be judged by the judges only.

The winner of the Judges Special Award will:

Demonstrate an exceptional commitment to supporting first time buyers

Show a significant number of achievements over a period of years

Show how they have contributed to improved outcomes for first time buyers

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Best Small Development 2018

This award will be given to small developments that have used the best design and quality to create desirable, affordable and inspiring environments in which people wish to set up their first home. The award is for schemes of fewer than 35 homes.

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Best Urban Regeneration Project 2018

This award is for the best development within a neighbourhood regeneration scheme, that can demonstrate the benefit it has brought to an area.

Most Innovative Redevelopment Of An Existing Property 2018

This award looks for properties that have been redeveloped using fresh ideas that uphold the integrity of the original building and make best use of the retained features and surroundings.

Best First Time Buyer Media Coverage 2018

This award is looking for the best news outlet that provides helpful and useful information, either in print or online, to help first time buyers on to the property ladder. The coverage must reach out to at least 1,000 readers and should provide regular articles aimed to those looking to buy their first home.

First time buyers often look to the media to help them make informed purchasing decisions. It is therefore the responsibility of the team of writers and the editorial team to provide accurate and relevant information through their coverage.

Judges will also be looking at:

A variety of news articles offering details of relevant first time buyer issues Visual appeal
Inspirational stories designed to encourage readership from a FTB audience

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Best Law Firm For Conveyancing 2018

This award celebrates law firms with outstanding conveyancing packages for first time buyers.

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Best First Time Buyer Apartment 2018

This award is for an apartment suitable for a first time buyer which is affordable and also offers excellent design flair both inside and out.

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Best Large Development 2018

This award is for developments of more than 80 homes, that have used the best design and quality to create an affordable, desirable and inspirational environment, and that has provided additional facilities to benefit the local community and surrounding neighbourhoods. these homes are either on large developments in a mixed-tenure environment, or stand-alone developments.

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Best Architectural Design 2018

This award is for the design of a building that exceeds normal architectural standards and makes a substantial contribution to the local environment.

Most Innovative Marketing Campaign 2018

This award will be given to the most innovative marketing campaign that has been carried out using all forms of media. Enabling first time buyers to find affordable housing and have the most up-to-date and relevant information about government schemes and mortgage deals.

Judges will also be looking at:

How the campaign has been carried out through all forms of media

Use of social media which must demonstrate innovation in the way each platform has been used specifically to help first time buyers

Best Show Home 2018

This award goes to the company with the best show home allowing the buyer to see the property to its maximum potential, giving them a realistic insight into their new home.

Best First Time Buyer Family Home 2018

This award is for a family starter home which is affordable for a first time buyer. It should offer a comfortable environment, at a realistic price, which is ideal for family living.

Best New Development In ​The North 2018

This award is for the best development of any size in the North of England (for the purposes of this category – Birmingham and above). An area of the country where housebuilding is increasing and offers a highly competitive market place, this award recognises an exceptional range of new homes that stands out from the crowd whilst remaining accessible to first time buyers.

Best New Development In ​The South 2018

This award is for the best development of any size in the South of England (for the purposes of this category – below Birmingham). A highly competitive market place where the construction of new homes is increasing, this award recognises an exceptional range of new homes that stands out from the crowd whilst remaining accessible to first time buyers.

Private Developer Of The Year 2018

This award will focus not only on the design and quality of the properties built, but also on all aspects of the developer’s performance.

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Affordable Housing Provider Of The Year 2018

This award will go to an organisation that has shown innovation in the way they design, build and market their properties as well as offering a variety of services which can help first time buyers on to the property ladder.

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