One of the most important points at the start of your property journey, before you even get ready to make your purchase, is to ensure you have enough saved to cover the deposit. We regularly hear first time buyers in Birmingham that this part can sometimes be a little tricky.
Quite a common way around this, however, is for someone close to you to help you cover either a portion of the deposit or the full amount. This is called, quite aptly, a gifted deposit. In order for a gifted deposit to work, there will need to be an agreement that this is purely a gift and not a loan to be paid back.
For many, they benefit a lot more from buying a property and obtaining their own mortgage, than they do when renting from a landlord or local authority. There are lots of reasons for this, with one being that your monthly payments could be a lot less than you might have been paying per month on rent.
If you have worked out that you’ll be able to afford these monthly mortgage payments but can’t afford the initial deposit, then this is where a gifted deposit can become useful. In some cases we even see a gifted deposit being added onto an already saved deposit, increasing the amount.
The more deposit that is put down initially, the better rates you are going to open yourself up to. This in turn offers quite the benefit to home buyers, as you are guaranteed to lower your monthly mortgage payments in doing this.
We usually find that it is people’s parents, whether that be their birth parents, adopted or sometimes even carers, who are the ones that will gift a deposit. Across the industry, online and in person, you may see this with the tagline “The Bank of Mum & Dad”.
There are a few lenders out there who will possibly allow deposits to be gifted by some other family members such as aunties & uncles, though this will require your dedicated mortgage advisor to take more care when searching for the right mortgage lender to use.
If anyone over the age of 55 is willing to give you a hand, they may have the option of taking out an equity release in Birmingham as a means of gifting you a deposit.
When we have our primary chats with customers who are in the situation where they are struggling to save for a deposit, we will usually ask if they are able to be gifted the deposit from someone they know.
In those instances we either hear that they didn’t even know their parents could help, or they do know but don’t feel like they can approach them about the topic.
The reality is that if they are able to do so, most parents are more than happy to help their children if they can. Inheritance can help them achieve this, with some parents opting to gift it early if they have enough saved. We have also had cases where equity release has been used to help them out.
Lenders are not particularly keen on working with customers who take out loans for a deposit. The reason for this is because it is an additional financial commitment that could possibly get in the way of your mortgage repayments.
It’s not like there aren’t lenders out there who will accept this, because some of them will, it just makes for a more difficult process.
The majority of lenders out there won’t give you a mortgage unless you have at least a 5% deposit. Some may want more than this though and is entirely dependant on the lender and the situation. Bad credit, for example, will usually mean you have to put down at least a 15% deposit.
When it comes to gifted deposits, there is usually no limit to the amount that can be gifted. As mentioned earlier, the more you have, the better the rates you open yourself up to and the more likely you are to save money on your monthly payments.
Gifted deposits will mostly be beneficial to a first-time buyer in Birmingham or a home mover in Birmingham. It can also be a helpful tool to use alongside the Help to Buy Scheme in Birmingham.
Depending on the lender that your mortgage advisor in Birmingham selects for you to go with, the required 5% deposit can be paid via gifted deposit.
As a general rule of thumb, all mortgage lenders will require a gifted deposit form. You may be asked to provide additional proof and ID (such as a donor ID or bank statements).
This all depends on the lender that your mortgage advisor in Birmingham feels is right for you and your personal circumstances.
Once you have gotten the hard part out of the way, that being saving up for your deposit (or if you’ve utilised a gifted deposit) and have decided you are ready to buy your first property as a first-time buyer in Birmingham.
The next step is to get yourself prepared for the mortgage process that is about to follow.
In our experience as a mortgage advisor in Birmingham, we have found that customers benefit the most by getting in touch with a mortgage broker as early on in your process as you can.
Your dedicated advisor will help you to work out an outline of the amount you could be looking to borrow for a mortgage and how much your monthly mortgage costs could be.
Before anything else, your top priority should be to obtain an up-to-date credit report. You ideally don’t want any credit issues such as a missed phone contract payment, to hold you back from a mortgage. A credit report will be able to show you potentially harmful factors.
Following these steps will give you a realistic overview of the likelihood that you’ll succeed with a mortgage and what your budget could be. This will help you to organise your accounts, such as any existing credit cards or phone contracts.
Our hard working and dedicated mortgage advisors in Birmingham are able to obtain a fully credit-checked agreement in principle for you, within 24 hours of your primary mortgage appointment.
There’s a lot of important paperwork for you to gather for your process, so it’s a good idea to start organising what you will be required to have ahead of looking for your mortgage. In doing this, you possibly enable yourself to go through the process quicker.
We need to be able to prove your identity. With this, you’ll need to provide us with some photo ID such as a driving license or passport, so that we can prove who you are.
On top of this, you’ll need to prove where you are living. To achieve this, you need to send us a utility bill or original bank statement that has been dated within the last 3 months of your current home address.
One of the most important factors when seeing if you qualify for a mortgage, is analysing your income and spending habits. This can can be a big difference maker in whether or not you obtain a mortgage. Your bank statements should show your income and what you having regularly going out.
Lenders will not be too thrilled to see gambling transactions on your account. They also won’t be too happy if you go over an agreed overdraft limit or if your direct debits regularly bounce.
It’s best to plan ahead regarding your bank statements. The more organised they appear to be, the more likely you are to be accepted by a mortgage lender.
You will have to prove you have the financial capability to pay for the deposit and also evidence where this came from for the purpose of anti-money laundering.
Try not to move money around your accounts too often as it will make auditing where everything came from a little complex. Lenders like to see you build up your savings, so you’ll need to provide individual proof for any large financial deposits into your bank account.
We regularly see that money for deposits has been given as a gift by a member of your family. The gifted funds also need to be evidenced, with the “donor” needing to sign a letter to confirm it is a gift and not to be paid back as a loan.
Regarding being able to afford a mortgage, the most important thing is to be able to prove your that you are financially capable to keep up monthly mortgage repayments.
If you are a regular employee, the proof you will be required to provide is the last 3 months’ payslips and most recent P60. Lenders can take into account frequent overtime, commission, shift allowance and any potential bonuses.
If instead you are an applicant who is self-employed in Birmingham, then you’ll need to enlist the help of your accountant. They will help you request your last 2 or 3 years’ tax overviews and tax calculations documents from HMRC, which you can use for proof of income.
When taking out a mortgage in Birmingham, it really is a good idea to prepare yourself ahead of the process starting. Make note of what you expect your outgoings to be after you move and work out what you are able to afford.
Factor in costs like council tax and utility bills, food, drink and leisure activities. This will demonstrate how much money you actually have free to put towards monthly mortgage repayments.
It may seem like a difficult process, but without taking the steps we mentioned above, it is not possible to proceed with any lender or broker. Once you have taken the necessary steps, you’ll be just that little bit closer to your home owning dreams.
It’s better to prepare yourself in advance, making a collection of everything a mortgage lender might wish to see. This saves both your time and frustration further along the process, especially if it’s something that could’ve easily been arranged at the start.
A mortgage agreement in principle is basically an obtainable document or certificate of confirmation that proves to the estate agent or seller of the property that ‘in principle’, the bank is willing to lend you a certain amount for a mortgage. You may also see this called a decision in principle.
This is something that we will always look to obtain for of our customers if they don’t have one already, and something we can usually get within 24 hours of your initial appointment.
In order to obtain an agreement in principle, you will have to pass the lenders credit score. This works out well because in almost all cases, this is a very good sign to the lender that you are creditworthy and could be trusted with a mortgage.
If you are in the market for buying a new home as a first time buyer in Birmingham, then an estate agent will often want to check again and again in order to make 100% sure that you are ‘mortgage ready’ when it comes to making any offers on a property.
In having this certificate on hand, you will prove to the seller that you are able to obtain a mortgage for the amount you will need to purchase the property and are ready to proceed with the sale.
A mortgage agreement in principle will not be a definitive guarantee of being able to obtain a mortgage, as the rest of your full application will require further background checks (such as evidencing your income) and having a property valuation undertaken on the property you’re looking to buy.
As an experienced mortgage broker in Birmingham, we highly suggest that all customers try to obtain an agreement in principle at the earliest opportunity. This is because of the following reasons:
1. Negotiating Power.
2. Avoid Disappointment.
3. Knowing Your Limits.
Once you reach the point of being able to make an offer on a new home, the majority of estate agents will undertake the necessary steps to ensure that you can go forward with a mortgage on the property.
Generally speaking, they will require you to provide them with evidence that you are able to afford the purchase of the property, prior to listing the property as sold and taking it off the market.
If you have already managed to have a mortgage agreed prior to making an offer on the property, you’ll come off as more appealing to the seller.
This will also prove to the seller that you’ve put a lot of careful thought about your mortgage journey and not just decided to purchase out of the blue, with no preparation.
This might persuade a seller to accept any offers that you make that are lower than the initial asking price. Make sure not to make offers too low though, as you don’t want to insult the seller.
When it comes to making a purchase on a property, we often find that customers can go full steam into the process, making an offer on a property without making sure that they can afford to actually buy the property in the first place.
This could lead to customers facing potential disappointment if the mortgage application happens to fail, as by that point they may have already had their heart set on that property.
By getting in touch with a mortgage advisor in Birmingham early on, the potential disappointment that you otherwise would’ve faced could potentially be avoided.
Often, there are various factors that are causing a mortgage to decline that can be overcome with a little time and the guidance of a trusted mortgage broker.
If you know you have a good credit rating because you’ve never been turned down for credit, have paid everything on time and are registered on the voters roll etc, it is still worth getting in touch with us for mortgage advice in Birmingham.
You might find that you could approach various different lenders and each time get a different max mortgage amount back from them. These lenders all calculate affordability in their own unique way, with their own individual criteria.
If you are self employed in Birmingham, though the mortgage process is not completely impossible to navigate, it can be very complex for self employed applicants, without the assistance of a mortgage broker in Birmingham by your side.
Some lenders will take your net profit, others are known to use your salary and dividends. Some use your latest year, whereas some others will use an average over three years.
Being aware of your borrowing limits is very important when it comes to applying for a mortgage, as then you have a realistic idea of what your price range on a property is going to be.
Our team of mortgage advisors in Birmingham will be able to give you a guide of the potential maximum mortgage available to you and help you to work out an estimate of the amount you’ll possibly be paying back per month for your mortgage.
Consumer awareness of credit scoring appears to be higher than ever before, and a large majority of people who get in touch with our team appear to have already reviewed their credit reports online.
There are lots of different credit reference agencies to choose from, with the two most commonly heard of companies being either Experian or Equifax. We personally would recommend that new clients use Check My File for a 30-day free trial. If you do not cancel, this will change to £14.99 a month, though you can cancel this at any point in time. This report offers our clients a collaborative look at the information produced in an easy to understand the color-coded credit report.
Often our customers will ask if our Mortgage Advisors in Birmingham will be doing a credit search of their own, because they are aware that too many searches can cause problems for their credit score. The lender always runs credit checks, but our Mortgage Advisors in Birmingham will ask the client for their permission beforehand.
A hard credit search will provide a much more in-depth look at your credit report. Any financial institution that looks to carry one of these out should seek your permission before doing so. The advantage of a “hard” search would be that you have a much higher chance of succeeding with your mortgage if you pass the credit search, as they will have already gone quite deep into your details.
The only thing that can go wrong from then on is if, for some reason, you cannot provide satisfactory documentation to back up the information you have disclosed, or it turns out you have provided false details.
Another benefit to the hard search is that it leaves a ‘footprint’ on your credit file, meaning that anyone who looks at your report can see that it you’ve already been under the microscope so to speak. This isn’t inherently a bad thing but if for example, you have multiple searches included in your credit file in a short period, then it could be perceived as you are applying for lots of credit at once, which the lender may feel is suspicious activity.
The footprint does not state whether your application was successful or not but if you have several searches over a few weeks then lenders’ systems could wrongly assume you are being declined on the basis that “Why else would you go to Lender number two unless Lender number one had said no?”.
The odd hard footprint on your record is no big deal so this doesn’t give reason to worry a whole lot about it. The main lesson to take away here, is take precaution in having too many hard searches, as this could negatively affect your process.
On the other side of the coin, we have a soft credit search. This is a much ‘lighter’ search which looks at your financial situation and would be the type of search that would be carried out on price comparison websites to let you know what may be available to you. It may also be used from time to time, in order to verify your identity. Many mortgage lenders carry out soft searches, and we’re always seeing more lenders switching to this type of search.
While less information is offered to who is carrying out a soft search, as opposed to what they would receive if it were a hard search, you can still get a good idea as to whether or not you’ll find mortgage success by obtaining an Agreement in Principle. If you get this, you’re theoretically in with a good shot anyway.
One of the most beneficial things about soft searches is that while you will be able to see soft searches that have been carried out on you, if you check your credit file (people are usually surprised by how many have been carried out on them) these searches are not visible to other financial institutions like banks, building societies or other mortgage lenders. This means you can freely apply for an Agreement in Principle and it is unlikely to damage your credit score, whether it is successful or not.
If you are in the market for making an offer on a property as a First-Time Buyer in Birmingham or are maybe Moving Home in Birmingham, our trusted Mortgage Advisors in Birmingham would highly recommend that you have a Mortgage Agreement in Principle in place before getting in touch with the seller.
You want to be able to give yourself the best possible chance of securing the property you want at the lowest possible price, so if you can demonstrate that you have your finances in a good place, you are effectively giving yourself the upper hand. Having an Agreement in Principle could also mean that any estate agent may be put off trying to ‘cross-sell’ their other in-house mortgage services to you.
So, you’ve had your offer accepted on a property, however, is the house actually worth what you’ve said you’ll pay for it?
A property survey will be carried out to find out the true value and the overall condition of a property. They will also highlight any issues with the property, such as major/minor damages.
There are three main types of property surveys: Mortgage Valuations, Homebuyer’s Report and Full Structural Survey. Sometimes, a property survey can be carried out free of charge, it depends on the lender that you use.
Depending on the survey that you choose, the outcome of your survey report will vary. Some will provide more detail, whereas others will only touch upon certain aspects. You’ll find that the more in-depth a survey is, the more costly it will be.
If you discover something on your survey about your property that you weren’t told about, by law you are allowed to approach the seller and work out an alternative price if necessary.
Mortgage Valuations are the simplest type of property survey. These are carried out just to work out how much a property is actually worth. Your lender will need to ensure that the property price matches how much you are set to borrow from them. For example, if you put in an offer above the property’s actual value, the seller will likely accept your offer, however, your lender won’t. Unless you have the funds to make up the difference the lender will pull out of the deal. This is called a down valuation.
Unfortunately, this type of survey will not point out unobvious repairs and damages. However, it can inform you of clear structural defects that will require a further look at. For further property investigation, you will be required to pay more to upgrade your survey. In the long run, this may be worth it.
A Homebuyer’s Report focuses on safety. How safe is the property? Is it suitable for living in? These things need to be checked as there could be a mould problem, damp issues or something that does not pass the current building laws.
The report will be carried out by a property expert. They will examine the property from top to bottom, making sure that it’s safe for you to live in.
As a Mortgage Broker in Birmingham, if you’ve made an offer on an older building, we would strongly advise that you take up a Full Structural Survey.
This is the most expensive property survey because the whole property is surveyed. It will also provide the biggest insight to the property out of the three main surveys, highlighting what condition the property is in and what changes need to be made if the property purchase goes through.
A Full Structural Survey can take as long as a whole day depending on the size of the property.
New build properties work slightly differently. There is a property survey specialised for them called a Snagging Survey. This survey will point out both minor and major issues, it could be anywhere from a missing hinge on a door to cracks in the ceiling.
If the new build has already been built and it’s ready for you to move into, ideally, you want to get a snagging survey carried out on it prior to moving in. This way, you have the power to negotiate pricing if there is anything wrong with the property.
If you need help to choose the right property survey for you, feel free to get in touch with our mortgage team. We’ve helped thousands of First Time Buyers in Birmingham and Home Movers in Birmingham choose property surveys in the past – you could be next!
You can obtain the services of a surveyor to carry out a Homebuyers report or building survey through the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Over the years, the government have launched various schemes to make it easier for home buyers and home movers to get onto the property ladder. Some of these schemes have had the “Help to Buy” label associated with them, whereas others have been put into their own category with their own unique criteria.
Over time, some of these schemes became more and more popular, leading to the government introducing more further down the line. For example, in March 2021, we have just been given the go-ahead on the “Mortgage Guarantee Scheme”.
One of the most popular and well-known Help to Buy schemes available is the Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme. The scheme gives you a great chance to get yourself onto the property ladder. You should know that you must be a First Time Buyer and be purchasing a new-build to access this scheme. The scheme has a property price cap, here is an updated list (April 2021 – March 2023):
|Region||Maximum Property Price|
|Yorkshire & the Humber||£228,100|
|East of England||£407,400|
If you want to hear from the mortgage pro himself – Malcolm “the moneyman”, here is a video summarising the Help to Buy Equity Loan Scheme how you can access it:
The way that this scheme works is that you put down a deposit between 5%-20% on a property and then the government will top-up your initial deposit to make up a total of a 25% deposit. For example, if you put down a 5% deposit, the government will loan you an extra 20% of the property’s value to make a 25% total.
When the government loan you extra to make up a total of a 25% deposit, you must know that this is a loan and not a gift – this is the “Equity loan”. This equity loan will have to be paid back at some point. This means that you will have a 75% mortgage and an equity loan to pay off.
The equity loan will be interest-free within the first 5 years of you taking out the mortgage, however, after these 5 years have passed, the loan will start gaining interest beginning at 1.75%. If you haven’t even started paying off your equity loan, you may need to weigh up your options and even consider Remortgaging to consolidate this loan.
As a Mortgage Broker in Birmingham that offers Help to Buy in Birmingham, we strongly suggest looking further into the scheme if it sounds like something that could help your mortgage situation. If you want to see whether you qualify or not, feel free to get in touch with our Help to Buy Mortgage Advisors in Birmingham today, they will be more than happy to help!
The Help to Buy Armed Forces scheme was introduced to help regular armed forces personnel get onto the property ladder. It was brought into the mortgage market after it was found that there was a large number of servicemen and servicewomen who were struggling to obtain a mortgage.
It was originally a pilot scheme, however, due to its popularity and helpfulness, the government decided to extend the Help to Buy Armed Forces scheme to 31st December 2022. Here is another helpful video from our MoneymanTV YouTube channel. Take a look for an in-depth look at the Armed Forces Help to Buy scheme:
The scheme is very helpful if you can qualify for it; it can allow you to borrow up to 50% of your annual salary, with the total being capped at £25,000. This amount that you have borrowed can be used for your deposit or other fees that come with buying a home, such as solicitor’s and estate agent’s fees.
You can access the scheme if:
If you meet the scheme’s criteria, you can apply for it through the Joint Personnel Administration System or seek Mortgage Advice in Birmingham on how to apply for it. Our Mortgage Broker in Birmingham can help explain this scheme for you in full, and tell you whether or not you’ll be able to access this scheme. They will sort everything out for you, making your mortgage experience stress-free and simple.
When applying for the Armed Forces Help to Buy scheme, you should know that you will still have to prepare documents to aid your application. Our team of Mortgage Advisors in Birmingham can help you get prepared for this so that you are mortgage ready!
Shared ownership is the scheme that often gets applicants confused. The scheme allows buyers to purchase a share in a home. This means that you are sharing ownership of the property with a housing association. Here’s a helpful summary video on “What is Shared Ownership”:
With Shared Ownership, you will pay a mortgage on the share that you own, then pay rent on the remaining share. You will pay rent to the housing association linked with the property. The percentage of the property that you buy usually has to be between 25%-75% of the property, though this can be different. The lower your percentage share is, the lower your mortgage and your deposit is likely to be.
Further down the line, if you have the funds, you can opt to buy the remainder of the property if the housing association let you. People usually do this once they are settled in, have a higher income or even once their share has been paid off.
To access the shared ownership scheme, you have to meet its criteria:
For further Shared Ownership Mortgage Advice in Birmingham, make sure to get in touch with our experienced Mortgage Advisors in Birmingham, we will be more than happy to explain the scheme for you and see whether you qualify for it or not.
The Lifetime ISA scheme is not at the forefront of the mortgage market despite its great ability to help get First Time Buyers onto the property ladder. The scheme is often confused with an expired government-led scheme called the “Help to Buy ISA”, and that’s partially why we believe that not many people take advantage of the scheme.
The Lifetime ISA (Individual Savings Account) can be used for one of two things: to buy your first property or to save for later life. You must be between the age of 18-40 to access this scheme.
The Lifetime ISA lets you put money into an interest-free savings account, the maximum amount of money that you can add to ISA each year is £4,000. Every year, the government will top up your savings with a bonus of 25% of whatever you’ve saved.
Focusing on using the Lifetime ISA towards the purchase of your first home, you must know that in order to take money out of the ISA, you must have had the ISA account for at least 12 months. Here is the criteria for when you want to use your Lifetime ISA savings to buy your first property as First Time Buyer in Birmingham:
If you withdraw funds from your Lifetime ISA for an unauthorised reason, you will be charged a withdrawal charge. This charge is usually around 20-25% of the savings.
Following the March 2021 Budget, we learnt that 95% mortgages were going to making their way back into the mortgage market. This time, it was going to be through a new government scheme, called the “mortgage guarantee scheme”. Feel free to watch our March 2021 Budget summary video to find out more about the scheme:
The name of the scheme is a bit misleading, no one will ever be guaranteed a mortgage. Lenders will still take your credit score and affordability for a mortgage into account before accepting you for anything.
The scheme is simple, the government have stated that if you can make up a 5% deposit and can pass lenders criteria, you will be able to get a 95% mortgage. The great thing about this scheme is that it can be accessed by both First Time Buyers and Home Movers. The only limitation to the scheme is that the property that you are purchasing must be under £600,000.
If you need any help whatsoever with any of these government-led schemes, make sure to get in touch with our Mortgage Broker in Birmingham. We are highly experienced in dealing with all of these schemes, so if you want a simple run over of what each one does or you want further detail on one specific scheme, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We are always more than happy to help with your mortgage queries and questions.
In the beginning of your mortgage process, you will quickly become aware that there are lots of different options available to you. Ranging from mortgages for First-Time Buyers in Birmingham to Home Movers in Birmingham, or Remortgages in Birmingham, there is a large variety to choose from.
In this article, you will see a selection of free information with accompanying videos, of the most popular types of mortgages available on the market. If you have any further questions regarding any of the below mortgage options, then please do not hesitate to Get in Touch.
A Fixed-Rate Mortgage means that your mortgage payments are going to remain consistent for a set period. You are in control of the length you wish to fix your payments for. Popular choices tend to be two, three, or five years, sometimes longer.
No matter what happens to inflation, interest rates or the economy you know that your mortgage payment, often your biggest financial outgoing, will not unexpectedly change.
A Tracker mortgage means that your interest rate will follow the Bank of England’s base rate, and is not set by either yourself or the mortgage lender.
You will be paying a percentage above the Bank of England base rate. For example, if the base rate is 1% and you are tracking at 1% above base rate, that means you will be paying a rate of 2%.
When you take out a repayment mortgage, this means each month you are paying a combination capital and interest. This means that if you keep your payments going for the full length of the mortgage term, you are guaranteed to pay off your deal in full by the end of your term.
This mortgage type is the most risk-free way to pay the lender back your capital. In the beginning of your mortgage term, it is mainly the interest that you are paying and your balance will go down at a slow rate, especially if you have taken out a term over 25, 30 or 35 years.
Things pick up in the last ten years or so of your mortgage, where your payments are paying off more capital than interest and you will be able to pay off your balance quicker.
While many mortgages connected to Buy-to-Let in Birmingham can still be set-up on an interest-only basis, it is much more difficult to get that kind of mortgage on a residential. It is much less likely for lenders to offer an interest-only product nowadays, though there are certain circumstances where this can still be viable.
Reasons this may work, include downsizing when you are older or have other investments that you will use to pay the capital back. Lenders are very strict when it comes to offering these products now, and the loan to values is a lot lower than it used to be in days gone past.
With an Offset Mortgage, the lender will organise a savings account to go alongside your mortgage account. Let’s say you have a mortgage balance of £80,000 and £20,000 remains deposited into your savings account, you only pay interest on the difference, which in this case would be £60,000. It can be a very efficient way of managing your money, especially if you are a higher rate taxpayer.
If you’ve found a property that has caught your eye and you think that it could be the one for you, the next step is to make an offer on it. When making an offer on a property, you have to make sure that the seller or estate agent knows the whole of your personal and financial situation.
Giving them the whole picture of your situation puts yourself in a great position and can benefit your application. They will refer back to your circumstances and consider them before accepting your application. You are always covered if something pops up in the future as you’ve already told them right from the start.
If there is a cash buyer making an offer on a property, 99% of the time you won’t be able to beat them. However, to improve your chances of competing against other buyers, you should get an agreement in principle in place nice and early.
A mortgage agreement in principle is written confirmation that a lender is willing to let you borrow a certain amount from them for a mortgage. If there are other people interested in buying the same property as you without an agreement in principle, you should automatically be a step in front of them if you have one.
When you approach a Mortgage Broker in Birmingham like ourselves, we will arrange an agreement in principle for you within 24-hours of your application. It can even be within a couple of hours if your mortgage situation is straight forward.
If you are prepared for your mortgage and have everything else ready to go, you may be in a better position than other buyers who are still preparing last minute bits. Make sure that you have everything ready, especially if you have your heart set on a property; you wouldn’t want to lose it!
Sometimes, the seller may want a quick purchase, so if you want to quickly secure the property and are settled on a final price, you may be Moving Home in Birmingham faster than you thought.
If a property has just been listed on the market, the seller may stick to their asking price, especially if it’s gaining interest. When a property has been on the market for a while, the seller may be more lenient with the selling price and you may be able to ask for a little less.
A top tip for making an offer on a property is to research similar housing sold prices in the same area to get a feel of how much you should offer the seller. If they aren’t willing to negotiate a deal, you may have to increase your offer or walk away if you don’t want to meet their asking price.
As a Mortgage Broker in Birmingham, we also recommend that you never take someone’s first offer, as a buyer or seller. There will be a reason why the property is listed at a certain price, so make sure that you do your research first.
A property chain is where more than one buyer is linked to a transaction. For example, you are Moving Home in Birmingham and you want to make an offer on a property but you can only move in once the people buying your current home can move in after they’ve sold their home. It often keeps going and going, that’s why it’s called a property chain.
It can be very hard to avoid being tied into a property chain. Almost every home mover’s purchase will require another purchase to be made before they can move into another property. Therefore, if you aren’t linked to another property and that chain isn’t there, you actually could put yourself in front of lots of other people.
If you are a First Time Buyer in Birmingham, this won’t affect you as you are most likely renting or still living with your parents.
If you are interested in a property in Birmingham and want further advice on how to make an offer, feel free to get in touch with our amazing team of advisors. Our Mortgage Advisors in Birmingham will not only be there to give you advice on this stage of the moving home process, they will also provide you with support and guidance through the rest of it.
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Once you’ve saved up for your money for a mortgage, the next step is preparation. You need to prepare for your mortgage application and get in a position where you are ready to start your process. If you are a First Time Buyer in Birmingham, this guide will definitely help you progress with your mortgage application. Also, if you are Remortgaging or Moving Home in Birmingham, you will still benefit from this article as it features some useful tips and tricks to help fast track your mortgage application.
One of the first things that you should obtain during the preparation process is an up-to-date credit report. Having an up-to-date credit report is essential for your mortgage application; ideally, you should try and get yours arranged prior to approaching a Mortgage Broker in Birmingham. Your report will be reviewed by your Mortgage Advisor in Birmingham before passing it onto the correct lender.
Another thing that you should get ready is an agreement in principle. You need one to make an offer on a property!
If you want a fully credit-checked agreement in principle within 24 hours of your application, you should get in touch with us. As an experienced Mortgage Broker in Birmingham, we can often turn around an agreement in principle on the same day of your application.
In terms of proving who you are you’ll need to produce a photo ID. Most customers use a Driving license or passport for this element. You can’t use a Driving Licence for ID though if you are also using it for proof of address. If you are a non-UK national working over here on a Visa, you’ll need to produce that too.
When looking at proof of ID, the required documents will have to be photo identification such as a Driving Licence or Passport – though if you’re using one for proof of ID then it can’t be used as a proof of address. If you are a non-UK national working in England on a Visa then this will also need to be presented.
In addition to proof of identification, you will also be required to prove where you live. This is usually in the form of a utility bill or bank statement within the last 3 months.
Your bank statements should reflect your income and regular expenditures. It will be displeasure to Lenders if they see gambling transactions on your account and they will also not be happy if you are seen to have surpassed an agreed overdraft limit or your direct debits have bounced regularly. The key factor is to get ahead of the game and get prepared as best as you can.
Not all lenders will ask to see your Bank Statements but it is an option that is available to them if they choose to utilize it – regardless of whether they do ask for your bank statements, they want to be confident that you take your finances seriously. The bank statements which you produce should consist if your salary going in and your bills going out.
A vital step in the mortgage application is evidencing your deposit for Anti-Money Laundering purposes. To help the process it is best not to move finances around your accounts too much as this will make it a lot more difficult and may delay the process.
Lenders like to see that you are saving your money responsibly, but that doesn’t exempt you from having to account for any large recent deposits into your accounts.
If you have been gifted a deposit, then there will need to be written confirmation stating it’s a non-refundable gift.
The most pivotal point of the application is proving your income. If you’re in employment then sufficient evidence would be your last 3 months’ payslips, though some lenders will also ask for your most recent P60. Lenders will take into account regular overtime, commission, shift allowance and bonuses. Additionally, extra earnings may also be considered with some lenders such as part-time jobs or self-employment.
Many applicants are Self Employed in Birmingham nowadays – if you are a self-employed applicant then you may mean you will need to acquire your Accounts’ help to request your last two or three years’ proof of earnings from the Revenue. If you submit your own accounts then feel free to get in touch and we will be happy to advise you on how to go about downloading from the Government Gateway.
By working out an estimate of your expected outgoings after you move house means you can gain an idea of how much disposable income will be available to you to pay your mortgage after such things as regular expenditures, council tax, and utility bills have been paid out from your account. To help you with this, we are happy to send you our version of a Budget Planner to get you started.
As seen, there are many steps you must take in order to prepare fully for your mortgage application deeming it not an easy feat but it doesn’t mean you should worry. If you approach the mortgage application with due timing and an organized matter along with a Mortgage Broker in Birmingham, you will be in safe hands.
Prospective first-time buyers in Birmingham and clients looking at Moving Home in Birmingham, usually ask us “How much will this all cost?”. So here we listed a full list of the fees you can expect to pay when you are thinking about buying a new home in Birmingham (and when they become payable).
Estate agency fees only apply if you have a home to sell in Birmingham. With the rising of the online Estate Agent, the price to sell your home can be as low as £500 for a basic Rightmove listing. However, if you are looking for a more personalised local service and a dedicated sales negotiator, the fee will be in the region of 1-2%.
Your mortgage lender will have a requirement to have a valuation carried out on your chosen property. Valuation fees will be to ensure they are lending against adequate security. Prices can vary from nil (for a fundamental valuation with some lenders) up to several hundred pounds for a more detailed Home Buyers’ Report. A full Building Survey can be even more.
Having an element of choice is the key, in whether you wish to elect for a more detailed report or not. Your decision will likely depend upon the age and type of property you’re buying in Birmingham. Along with any fears/concerns you have about it.
Some mortgage products offer comparatively cheap rates. However, this benefit can get outweighed by an arrangement fee payable to the lender. Not every product has one, so the cost can be nil but could, for example, be £999 or even more depending upon the lender/product.
Sometimes these are to be paid upfront or elect to add these to your mortgage balance. Although, you would then incur further interest charges. Being a Specialist Mortgage Broker in Birmingham, we compare mortgage deals with all fees added to reach on a like for like basis.
You’ll need to engage a solicitor’s services, the fees quoted by various firms can differ enormously. Estimation for a straightforward purchase with a local company is £600 for a low-value property. You will need to give the property address, whether it’s leasehold or freehold. You will also need to provide the purchase price to obtain quotations.
The key points to cover when asking for a quote are:
You’ll be required to pay this tax which the Solicitor collects on completion of the property purchase, in addition to your Solicitor’s fees and disbursements. Full details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/stamp-duty-land-tax.
Your Mortgage Broker in Birmingham will usually charge a fee for their service. Broker fees will be disclosed upfront. Please try to use a trusted company that charges on completion only. Avoid any application fees where your money will be at risk.
The cost of moving your furniture can vary significantly. It will depend on the level of service you are searching for, and if you are quite happy to hire a van and roll your sleeves up, this can cost less than £200. On the other hand, if you are looking for a company that provides the full service, this can be £1,000 plus.
If you would like to discuss the costs of obtaining a mortgage in more detail, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us.