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Agreement in Principle: Frequently Asked Questions

A Brief Summary of an Agreement in Principle

In order for customers to qualify for a mortgage, they will need to obtain an Agreement in Principle from the mortgage lender. The point of this is much as the name suggests; the lender will agree, in principle, to let you take out a mortgage with them.

This is done prior to the final checks and whilst it is not a guarantee that you will definitely get a mortgage, it is a good indicator that you are on the right track.

You may see this being called a Mortgage in Principle, a Decision in Principle, as well as the abbreviations AIP and DIP. Though it may seem confusing at first with all those names, they are all the same thing.

Once you have obtained your Agreement in Principle, you will be raring and ready to go, fully prepared to support any offers you make on a property as a First Time Buyer in Nottingham.

In having this to hand, you may also even open yourself up to the possibility of negotiating with the seller on a lower price. The reason for this, is because it demonstrates to the seller of the property you are looking to buy, that you are a serious buyer and do in fact have the funds to proceed.

Frequently Asked Agreement in Principle Questions:

Will obtaining an agreement in principle affect credit score? 

We regularly find that more and more lenders are choosing to go with soft searches over hard searches. Generally speaking, a soft search will leave your credit score unaffected, as they tend not to leave a footprint.

Hard searches do leave a footprint, so having too many done can cause more harm than good, especially if you don’t pass each time. That’s not to say a soft search will never affect you, but it is not something that tends to happen often.

Soft searches don’t go quite as in-depth as hard searches, though you can rest assured that no matter which one the lender chooses to go with, they have their reasons and will choose the right one either way.

Should I avoid hard credit checks? 

If you are not having hard searches done on a regular basis, then having one done shouldn’t really make too much difference. When it starts to become a problem is if you start having a lot of different hard searches taken out on you within a short amount of time.

It’s important to keep in mind though that if you are well aware that you do have a good credit rating, you should not feel put off by the idea of getting one done, especially if a hard search with that mortgage lender is going to be the best option for you.

Is an Agreement in Principle a guarantee that I will get the mortgage? 

Though we would like to say yes and fill you with hope, unfortunately even with an Agreement in Principle to hand, we cannot guarantee mortgage success.

The mortgage lender still needs to see all your documents and only after they have done that will an underwriter be able to make their final decision.

We tend to find that customers contact us after being declined at the point of application, as they have missed a lot of the small print that is mentioned in their Agreement in Principle.

You will need to provide your mortgage lender with proof of ID, the last 3 months payslips and bank statements to show how you handle your money, all before a lender will offer your case.

The required documentation is slightly different for Self-Employed Mortgage applicants.

Can I make an offer without an Agreement in Principle? 

Technically yes, you can make an offer without an Agreement in Principle to hand, though we personally believe you would be much better off having one with you.

Any credible estate agent will ask you for one of these before they do business with you, as they will want to know that you can go ahead with the mortgage process.

How long does it take to get an Agreement in Principle? 

One of our dedicated mortgage advisors in Nottingham can typically obtain an Agreement in Principle within 24 hours of your initial appointment.

How long does an Agreement in Principle last for?

An Agreement in Principle will usually expire after somewhere between the 30-90 days mark. That being said, please be aware that you don’t just have to jump at the first house you see. Take time and take care when looking for a home.

If your Agreement in Principle expires, there are no worries. We can quite easily get you a new one once you are ready to make an offer on a property that is right for you.

Finding your dream home only to be declined by a lender can be both frustrating and disappointing. To counteract this feeling, we recommend getting an Agreement in Principle as early as possible, to ensure you are readily prepared for the process.

Agreement in Principle Mortgage Advice in Nottingham

To learn more about what an Agreement in Principle is and how they can help, take a look at our YouTube video below.

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8 Factors to Help you Decide Where to Live in Nottingham

First Time Buyer Mortgage Advice in Nottingham

There are a lot of different things that potential home buyers in Nottingham must take into consideration, whether their journey will be as a first time buyer in Nottingham or you’re moving home in Nottingham.

The sort of things you’ll have to bear in mind will include your personal finances, any mortgage arrangements and the finding the best deal you possibly can for your personal and financial situation (this is something we can help with).

Before all that though, before even deciding on the house you wish to buy, you have to know where it is you want to live. What do you want nearby, what’s important, do you like thriving scenes or quiet settings?

Below we have collated a list of the various factors you’ll need to consider when you start looking for your new home.

Things to Consider When Moving Home in Nottingham

1. Where to Live: City Centre or a Rural Location

First of all you need to decide what type of setting you wish to call home.

Maybe you prefer the hustle and bustle of the big city and are looking to live closer to the centre? Maybe you prefer the quiet life and wish to live on the outskirts, perhaps near some countryside?

You will need to carefully consider your choice here, as determining this will have an impact on any potential commutes to work, the choice of local amenities, shops and schools.

2. Transport

Although we see more and more people in the UK working from home, for a vast majority of homeowners, you’re going to have to factor in the way you will be getting to work.

It’s not just work of course, you’ll also have to factor in local convenience accessibility, such as how easy it will be to get to the local shops or any other businesses/services you require the use of.

Will you be able to walk where you need to go, or do you need to drive? If you do, will you need to access any motorways to get there?

Beyond that, what if you don’t drive? Are there are buses, coaches, taxi companies or train stations nearby? Depending on location, these options may be limited greatly, especially if you’re looking to buy in the middle of nowhere.

3. Education

If you happen to have children, it is generally considered important to factor in what schools are in the area and the quality of those schools.

By taking a look at school league tables online, you will be able to judge for yourself what the best options for your children may be and plan accordingly.

There are some great schools across Nottingham for kids to get a good education, as well as options for further education beyond that.

Check the catchment areas too, as the area you’ve been looking at may not fall into the catchment area for a particular school that you may have wanted for your children.

4. Local Amenities

Depending on the type of lifestyle you lead, the sorts of things you will be looking for in an area may differ. Some people may have the preference of having nearby shops to visit.

Others may not be so fussed about that (especially now that home deliveries of your weekly food shop exist!) but may want to be close to a gym or a local pub.

Some that have children or pets may prefer to live close to parks or open spaces. We highly suggest that you make a shortlist of the things you need and what you would like to prioritise nearby.

When you find a house you are interested in, you can then take a look at your compiled list and see how much of it you are able to tick off.

5. Family & Friends

This is a personal choice and will be dependant on your circumstances. Some people will rely on family support, often when it comes to children. You may need family nearby for childcare or school runs.

Having a social life is also usually a crucial part of people’s lives. Do you want your friends to be as close as possible? Would you prefer to have some distance between them so you can visit sporadically?

6. Value For Money

Your choice of home location will also determine how far your money is going to go. Depending on location, you may have a different option of houses to choose from.

For example, some areas may allow you to find a 4 bedroom house for the price of a 2 bedroom flat in another area.

You may have to compromise on some of the things you previously listed as wanting nearby, in order to find an affordable property near the area you were set on.

7. Where to Live – Local Community

Some of us would prefer to be a part of and contribute to a local community.

With this in mind, you may possibly wish to surround yourself in a local area that is involved in arts, crafts, book fares and local events at the community hall or town/village green.

Take the time to look and see what activities occur in the local area. For best results see if there are any local or even town websites.

Maybe even visit the area beforehand and get to know some of the locals. They will likely be able to inform you on current events and what is available nearby.

8. House Prices – Long Term

The chances are your new home is a long term investment and you’ll be wanting to see house prices increase, in the event you ever do decide you want to look at moving home in Nottingham.

In order to be more informed about this you could look to see if the local area has any investment plans, new road links, planned development projects, shops, sports facilities or if there are any companies looking to call it home base.

All of these can have an affect on the future of your new homes value, so if this is something that is important to you, you should definitely make sure that you do plenty of research ahead of time.

Obtaining a Mortgage as a Newly Qualified Teacher in Nottingham (NQT)

Newly Qualified Teacher Mortgage Advice in Nottingham

Congratulations are in order! The hard work has paid off and you have recently passed your exams, becoming a newly qualified teacher.

From here you have found yourself a teaching position and are understandably very excited to get started in the classroom. The catch here, is that this start to your career also requires you to move to Nottingham.

Times are now equal parts exciting and stressful for you, as you now begin struggling to balance owning your own home s well as starting your brand new job role. Worry not, you are definitely not the only one to have been in this situation.

Mortgages for NQTs

Finding a lender that is actually willing to offer a mortgage to someone who has become a newly qualified teacher can be a bit tricky. This comes down to a lack of work history or having temporary contracts, to name a few reasons.

Even still, it’s important to remember that with some care from a mortgage advisor in Nottingham searching for the right lender, you may still be able to obtain a mortgage.

There are indeed lenders out there who will lend to someone who is newly qualified, with some even potentially offering reasonable deals to those working within the education sector.

The tricky part is trying to navigate around the various mortgage lenders and finding one that you match up with the criteria of.

This is the benefit of working with a trusted team of mortgage advisors in Nottingham who will be able to search over thousands of deals on your behalf. It’s our hope that in doing so, we’ll open you up to better deals and rates.

What mortgages for NQT teachers are there?

The different types of mortgage available for NQTs can include:

The benefits of speaking with a fast and friendly mortgage broker in Nottingham.

Here are some of the critical factors that can be taken into consideration:

  • No previous employment history required.
  • A 12-month first post-contract can get treated the same as a permanent role
  • Mortgages available up to one month before the start of the first contract (so you can apply in the August for example)
  • Up to 95% loan to value

How a Mortgage Advisor in Nottingham Can Help

Our experienced mortgage advisors in Nottingham are extremely familiar with the workings of various lending criteria, utilising their many years of experience to help our customers with their mortgage circumstances.

Get in touch with us today to see what options you have available to you. Our dedicated team will take some details from you, using this information to work hard and see if we can get a mortgage suitable to your individual circumstances.

Can I Port my Mortgage to a new Property in Nottingham?

Porting Mortgage Advice in Nottingham

You will find that a large portion of high street mortgages that are on the market are portable. To put it simply, a portable mortgage is where you can move from one property to another without the need to pay a penalty fee. If you are looking to move to a new house and are currently in the middle of a fixed rate deal, a portable mortgage could be beneficial as you potentially could be able to avoid an early repayment charge.

Are all mortgages portable?

Not all mortgages are portable and being with a specialist lender might not provide you with the option to port your mortgage to another property. To determine whether or not this is a possible option for you, get in contact with your lender and ask them.

Should I port my mortgage?

Some people may not proceed with the option of porting their mortgage even if they have had the option to. The reasoning behind why customers might not want to port can be down to a number of factors. Sometimes, customers don’t port because lenders aren’t lending additional funds that a person needs to move or that the additional funds will be at a different rate to the one you have on your existing deal. Overlooking the repayment charge and swapping to a different lender altogether might be something you decide to do if it fits well with the new deal you are offered. 

What is a sub-account?

This is an account that will be created onto your mortgage when you decide to port it and the additional funds will end up being on a deal that is different from the original one. This means there will be two different rates of interest that are applied even though you have one mortgage and one direct debit.

One factor that may become a nuisance for you in the future with your sub accounts is that different products could overlap. This means you may need to get them aligned back at some point which will involve one of the sub accounts having to go onto the lenders’ variable rate for a period of time.

Buy to Let Mortgage Advice in Nottingham

Get in touch with a buy to let and moving home mortgage advisor in Nottingham like ourselves if you are looking for an expert opinion. With our experience of dealing with thousands of applicants in this situation, we may have a good idea of how to help customers with their mortgage needs.

Sole Name Mortgage Advice for a Married Applicant in Nottingham

Specialist Mortgage Advice in Nottingham

When it comes to looking at applying for a mortgage, we find that it is common for most applicants in relationships to look at making a joint mortgage application rather than making a single application for a mortgage under their sole name.

With property prices ever-increasing over the years, as well as inflation outstripping the increases in wages, we find that in most instances, a couple of first time buyers in Nottingham with two salaries are usually required in order to obtain a large enough mortgage that covers what the buyers are looking to achieve.

That being said, sometimes there are circumstances that arise which may allow for a sole name to apply for a mortgage. Sometimes this may be down to one of the applicants not wanting to have their name tied to the mortgage in question.

It may possibly be that they have had a previous credit problem, say for example a bankruptcy or a County Court Judgement, which is stopping them from getting a mortgage at the moment.

When something like this arises, so long as the spouse or partner has no financial connection to that issue, they could apply for the mortgage in their sole name.

That person should also be careful to try and avoid creating a financial association with their partner, in order to protect their credit score from any future harm.

Mortgage Application Borrowing Capacity

Another example we see from customers is where one of the partners is currently out of work, be that by choice or something else. Generally the rule of thumb is that the maximum borrowing capacity for a couple with only one employed applicant, is lower than if the working applicant applied for a mortgage in their sole name.

This is quite a common occurance amongst the mortgage world. Age can also be factored into the calculation, if you have an applicant who is maybe older, say in their 50s or so.

As an example of how this applies to your mortgage, if you are buying with a younger partner who also has a well paying job, it is entirely possible that they could have access to a higher mortgage.

Implications on Tax

There may also potentially be stamp duty or other tax implications that could lead to an applicant potentially looking to apply for the mortgage in their sole name as well.

Speak to a Dedicated Mortgage Advisor in Nottingham

There are lenders that tend to have pretty strict criteria when it comes to married mortgage applications, as it will be taken out with two interconnected applicants.

Whilst it provides them with security, should they need to chase for payments, it also brings complications if something were to go wrong, such as a divorce.

Thankfully, not all lenders will share this rather prejudicial view. Bearing all we have touched upon in mind, our experienced specialist mortgage advice team in Nottingham will be here to help you from early until late, all throughout the 7 days of the week.

We’re proud of the service we have provided thousands of home buyers and homeowners alike, so would love to help you get started with your mortgage journey!

Why can’t it be easier to get a mortgage in Nottingham?

Specialist Mortgage Advice in Nottingham

Sometimes, many first time buyers in Nottingham and home movers will struggle to get their mortgage journey started. Whether this is down to your deposit size, affordability or credit score, if you’re struggling, it may be time to get professional help. You’re not the only applicant to be experiencing hardship during your mortgage application.

As a mortgage broker in Nottingham, we’ve seen lots of different scenarios where people have been declined for a mortgage. In this article, we are going to look over some of the most common situations that we come across.

Failing to match criteria

Each lender will have their own unique credit scoring, criteria and some will be easier to match than others. You’ll never match every single lender’s criteria as most of them, particularly specialist lenders, have carved out their own niche audiences. Also, an applicant with a high credit score and good affordability will not need to use a specialist lender who usually works with applicants with lower credit scores.

By rule of thumb, lenders offering the lowest rates will have the strictest lending criteria. In order to pass this criterion, it’s likely that you’ll need a high credit score and a clean credit history, etc.

Lenders need to trust you, they need to know that you are reliable. They don’t want to risk taking on an applicant that could fall into areas over the course of their mortgage term. If you’re suffering from bad credit or have had bad credit issues in the past, you may need to choose a specialist over a high street lender.

We are a specialist mortgage broker in Nottingham and have access to many different specialist lenders on our panel. We can check each lender to see whether you match their criteria. It’s our job to help customers who are struggling to start their mortgage process.

Deposit amount

What is the total deposit amount that you need? Is it 5%, 10%, 15%?

Usually, the lower your credit score, the higher deposit you’ll have to put down. Also, you have to remember that the deposit required will depend on the property that you’re buying. An increase in property price means an increase in the deposit.

Without a deposit, it’s very unlikely that you’ll be able to get a mortgage. An example of where you may not need a deposit would be if you’re taking out a right to buy mortgage in Nottingham.

Taking advantage of government-led schemes could potentially help you get a mortgage with a small deposit. These schemes were designed to help struggling mortgage applicants get onto the property ladder. Why not look into the Help to Buy Equity Loan, Shared Ownership or the Mortgage Guarantee scheme?

Find out more here: ownyourhome.gov.uk

Computer says no

Unfortunately, you may not be told the reason why your mortgage application was declined. Sometimes, your lender can just decline your application.

If you find yourself in this situation, you should get help from a mortgage advisor in Nottingham. It could be anything from that you’ve tried to take out the wrong product to that you simply didn’t match the lender’s criteria. We like to call this scenario “the computer says no”.

Nottinghammoneyman will never put you forward for a mortgage product when we know that you won’t pass the lenders criteria.

As a mortgage broker in Nottingham, our job is to try and find you an appropriate mortgage deal that is tailored to your personal and financial situation. Measuring your affordability is a huge part of the first stage of the mortgage process, so we will carry this out for you for free.

Fast & Friendly Mortgage Advice in Nottingham

Once you pass the first couple of stages of our mortgage process, the rest should be stress-free and simple. A mortgage advisor in Nottingham by your side throughout the whole journey may be what you need.

Now, don’t ask “why can’t it be easier to get a mortgage?”, use a mortgage broker in Nottingham!

Advisors in Nottingham are available 7 days a week. Book your free mortgage appointment online today.

Can I buy a home in Nottingham with a small deposit?

So, you’ve got a 5% deposit and are in the position to start making property offers, however, as you progress further through the process, you are finding that you may need a bigger deposit.

There could be lots of different reasons why you’re being asked for more deposit, it could be down to anything, e.g., sellers’ preference, buyer competition or your credit history/file.

Here we look at how you can use government schemes to help you make an offer with a small deposit as well as looking at simple things that you can do too.

Utilising government schemes

There are many government schemes readily available on the market. These schemes come under an umbrella named ‘Own Your Home’ and can be utilised to help you move home in Nottingham.

These schemes could give you the extra boost that you need to get yourself onto the property ladder.

Help to Buy Equity Loan

This scheme helps you increase your total deposit size, making up a total of 25%. This can heavily increase your chances of your offer being accepted.

When you take out a Help to Buy mortgage, you’ll have to supply a minimum of a 5% deposit, and your deposit will be topped up by the government to make a total of 25%. This ‘extra deposit’ that they give you is the ‘Equity Loan’. The Equity Loan is a loan and not a gift, therefore it will need paying back eventually.

The loan will be interest-free for the first five years, then afterwards, if there’s still a balance due, the remaining will start gaining interest starting at 1.75%.

You should know that this scheme can only be used on new-build properties and can only be accessed by first time buyers. Therefore, if you’re a first time buyer in Nottingham, we would recommend looking into the Help to Buy Equity Loan as it could give you that extra helping hand that you need!

Shared Ownership

The Shared Ownership scheme allows you to take out a mortgage based on a percentage share of a property (usually anywhere between 25%-75%) and then pay the rest back through rent.

As you are only taking out a mortgage on part of the property, your overall deposit required should be lower. Once you are settled in or perhaps in a better financial situation, you could even increase your share further if you want to. This is why this scheme can be such as good way to get you onto the property ladder.

The Shared Ownership scheme can get a little complicated in some places. This is why we’d recommend consulting with a mortgage advisor in Nottingham like us before getting started on your own.

Lifetime ISA

A Lifetime independent savings account should be an ‘early on in the process’ thought. You should set one up once you’re thinking of moving or buying your first home in Nottingham.

The longer a Lifetime ISA has been set up, the more beneficial it will be; this is because it’s just a savings account. Your money will grow year on year; however, this is not due to interest, the government will top up whatever you save by an extra 25%. You can deposit as much as you’d like each month, as long as it doesn’t go over a total of more than £4,000 over the year. You can only save a maximum of £4,000 each year.

So after every year, you will gain 25% extra. If you manage to reach the maximum, you will have an extra £1,000 deposited into your independent savings account. The money that you’ve saved can be used for one of two things: to buy your first home or for savings for later in life.

If you set up a Lifetime ISA as soon as you starting thinking about moving home in Nottingham, you may only be required to put down a small deposit as the lifetime ISA will end up covering the majority of it!

Right to Buy

Do you currently live inside a council house and are planning to make an offer on the property? If this is your situation, then you may only need to put down a smaller deposit, or in some cases not one at all.

You’ll discover that quite a lot of lenders will offer a right to buy discount. This discount is worked out by the government, they use factors such as how long you’ve been living within the property.

95% mortgage guarantee scheme

The 95% mortgage guarantee scheme was brought in off the back of the coronavirus pandemic during 2021. It gives struggling buyers the chance to purchase a property with just a 5% deposit.

Getting a mortgage application accepted is never guaranteed, however, through the use of this scheme, your chances could be significantly increased. Remember, during the whole process, you’ll still be required to pass credit checks, affordability assessments etc.

Alternative to using government schemes

Besides using government schemes, there are over ways to get a mortgage with a small deposit.

Have an agreement in principle at the ready

To show your readiness to proceed through the mortgage process right away, you should get an agreement in principle (AIP) (also known as a decision in principle (DIP)). An AIP could be the thing that you need to boost your chances of getting a mortgage with a smaller deposit.

Having an AIP in place indicates that a lender is willing to lend you. Remember, this is only in principle of you being able to provide sufficient documentation to prove your mortgage affordability. When making an offer on a property with an AIP in place, you are potentially putting yourself in front of other’s who don’t have one.

You could say that in this scenario, it doesn’t really matter about the deposit, however, if you have a minimum of a small 5% deposit, having an AIP could give you that extra chance that you need. Having an AIP in place could be the difference between the seller choosing you over someone else. Choosing an applicant with an AIP over one who hasn’t got one can only speed up their process too!

Keep saving!

An alternative would be to continue saving. Perhaps, you could postpone your home buying journey for just a little longer; this could maybe push up your total mortgage deposit.

Your ‘small’ deposit could become a much bigger deposit if you put your moving home in Nottingham journey on hold. Also, it could allow better rates and products to make their way onto the market.

We’ve even seen customers that are struggling to find a home that they’re interested in enough to make an offer on, but by waiting a little longer, they ended up finding their dream home!

Remember that the minimum 5% deposit will change depending on the property’s price. If you’re thinking of buying a larger home, you’ll likely need a bigger deposit anyway.

Taking out a loan to cover your deposit

This situation is extremely specialist and not all lenders will not allow it. As a mortgage broker in Nottingham, we rarely see it happen, but when we do it’s always on strict terms.

In some situations, you can take out a loan to cover your deposit. This will likely affect your ability to get accepted as you are essentially borrowing 100% of a mortgage.

This means that you’ll have to pay two sets of monthly payments; your loan and your mortgage. You’ll be questioned on your affordability from the off front as they can’t risk lending to someone who has the potential to fall into arrears.

Remember that this is a specialist topic. As a mortgage broker in Nottingham, we would recommend that you speak to a mortgage advisor in Nottingham and contact us first. In all cases, taking out any sort of loan during the months leading up to your mortgage application is not recommend unless you’re certain that you can pay it off.

How Much Deposit Do I Need to Buy a House in Nottingham?

First Time Buyer Mortgage Advice in Nottingham

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Putting down a deposit in Nottingham

The amount of deposit you will be required to have in order to purchase a property is something that will be entirely dependant on your personal and financial circumstances, as well as looking at what you are trying to do. In this article we will take a look at how much deposit you may need.

The previous era of 100% and 125% mortgages are long gone, as is the infamous credit crunch. The Coronavirus did see certain deals pulled back, but nowadays we are seeing more and more lenders feeling confident about offering 95% mortgages to homebuyers.

Based on the history of mortgages and what went wrong, having to prove to a mortgage lender that you are a responsible borrower and have the means to maintain your monthly payments. Lenders need to have a confidence that they have invested correctly. This factors in with your deposit, as it also show that you have something to lose too.

The initial saving for a deposit can often be the difficult part for many, especially first-time buyers in Nottingham who have only been renting up until this point.

It can also be seen as one of the biggest obstacles in the property market and there are certain factors involved which could make the whole process seem even more daunting to someone who hasn’t experienced it before.

As an open & honest mortgage broker in Nottingham, we are always hearing questions from customers regarding deposit. In fact, we can safely say that it’s one of the most commonly discussed topics from first-time buyers. As such, we have compiled a list of the usual suspects and the answers to these.

Why do I need a deposit?

In years gone by, 100% mortgages were on hand to most customers. There were even a selection of companies who were offering 125% loan to value mortgages. In hindsight, this sounds crazy, as it means if you were buying a property valued at £100,000, the mortgage lender would be willing to lend you up to £125,000.

Lenders require their customers to put down a deposit to reduce their risk of lending such a large amount of money. If they lend you 100% of the purchase price and for one reason or another you happen to fall into arrears, the lender would need to repossess the property in question and attempt to sell it.

If property prices dip even by a small amount, they have now not only made any profit, but have in fact lost money on this venture.

Also, there tends to be a school of thought that if you haven’t invested some money into a property, whether it be from your own savings or a gifted deposit, you might lack attachment and find it easy to “walk away” if you happened to struggle with your monthly repayments.

There is also the argument that if you are not in a position to save up at the very least, a minimum of 5% of the purchase price of a house for a deposit, then you likely aren’t ready for such a commitment at this current moment in time.

What about putting down more than 5% deposit for a mortgage?

Putting down more deposit is generally a great thing to do!

If you are putting down a higher amount than the average home buyer, the lender may actually be willing to offer you a deal with lower interest rates than usual, as you will be borrowing less and therefore less of a risk.

For example; if you are looking to buy a £100,000 home and have only saved 5% deposit, you’re only able to access 95% mortgages and would be borrowing £95,000. However, if you were able to save a 20% deposit on that same property, you would be open to 80% deals and therefore only borrowing £80,000, which a lender would much prefer if an option.

It is important to know that products are offered in bands of 5% with 95% of Mortgages being the most expensive.

Can I take out a personal loan for the deposit?

In some cases, very specific ones, using a personal loan for a deposit may be acceptable, though this depends on the lender.

It’s not widely accepted, because a mortgage lender will consider it as a monthly mortgage payment and therefore treat it is technically is, as an additional credit commitment. Because of this, you would be granted a smaller mortgage as opposed to the types of mortgage deals available to those who outright saved for the deposits themselves.

The reason why mortgage lenders don’t like to get involved with these circumstances, is because you are essentially borrowing 100% of the purchase price, which if we go back to mortgage history, is what caused problems in the first place.

Are gifted deposits accepted by lenders for a mortgage?

The majority of mortgage lenders will accept gifted deposits as a source of your deposit towards a property.

Gifted deposits can pretty much come from anyone, though it is generally family and depending on criteria, friends too. There are certain obligations that the ‘donor’ will have to comply with, such as being willing to confirm it is a gift and not something you’re required to pay back.

They must also provide ID and proof of funds to keep in line with the lenders’ to anti-money laundering regulations.

As it pertains to modern society, if it weren’t for ever-rising popularity of gifted deposits, known by many as the ‘Bank Of Mum and Dad’, we believe that the property market landscape would look completely different to how we’ve come to know it.

Evidencing the Deposit

Much like when using a gifted deposit, using your own savings to fund a deposit will require certain forms of ID and various documents in order to evidence how these funds came to be over time.

Lenders like to see how you have been saving over time. If it looks to the lender like you have had any large deposits moved into your bank account recently, then you will need to provide documentary evidence to show where it came from.

For example, if you have recently sold a car then you will need to provide the receipt and the amount you sold the asset for. The number present on this receipt should match that of the amount in your account.

Large cash deposits can sometimes prove to be problematic, especially when it comes to audit trails. When it comes to your application, audit trails can often be one of the hardest parts. The longer the funds have been in your account then the easier everything should be.

If you are selling a property, then the Memorandum of Sale provided by the Estate Agent will be sufficient proof.

Help to Buy Equity Loan & New Build Mortgages

If you happen to qualify for the government’s Help to Buy Scheme, then the minimum deposit required will still be 5%. The government will then loan you an amount of around 20%, which will be put towards your deposit, totalling 25% overall.

You must always remember though, that unlike when dealing with a gifted deposit, the government Help to Buy Equity Loan Scheme is just that, a loan. Eventually, that 20% needs to be paid back.

Buying as a sitting tenant; is a deposit still needed?

Not always. If it is a genuine discounted purchase, let’s say that the house is worth £100,000 and you have been offered it for £90,000, then some mortgage lenders will accept this discount as your deposit. This also can apply if you have access to the Right to Buy Scheme when purchasing from the local authority, such as council or housing association.

How a Mortgage Broker in Nottingham can take away the stress of Moving Home

There’s an expectation amongst home movers that the moving home process is going to be stressful and hard to get through. This shouldn’t be the case as it’s quite the opposite!

As a mortgage broker in Nottingham, we will make moving home stress-free. We’ll take care of the mortgage side of the process, helping you find an excellent product whilst you search for your dream home.

No matter which stage of the process that you’re up to; it could be that you’re thinking of moving home in Nottingham, still taking up property viewings or are ready to make an offer; we are able to help you.

Why a Mortgage Broker in Nottingham?

Making the moving home process stress-free is what we do best, it’s our job. Here’s what we do best:

Taking care of the ‘stressful’ parts of the process

We’ll search through 1000s of mortgage deals on your behalf. You won’t have to do the shopping around through countless products trying to find one that matches your financial situation and property… that’s our job now!

To progress through the process, we’ll need some evidential documents to support your application, e.g. payslips, identification, etc., Once we have them, we can begin searching for the perfect product for you. If we find one that matches your personal and financial situation which you want to continue with, the next step is to submit your mortgage application.

Fast and friendly process

Having worked in the mortgage industry for over 20 years, we have come across almost every mortgage scenario. We know exactly what we are doing. If you’re at the stage of the process where you’re ready to make an offer, if you need a speedy mortgage process, get in touch with our team.

Your mortgage advisor in Nottingham will try to obtain a quick but competitive mortgage product. Once you get in touch, we’ll book you in for your free mortgage consultation with your dedicated mortgage advisor in Nottingham.

Part of our process involves obtaining an agreement in principle (AIP) for you within 24-hours of your application. We do this so that you can a potential advantage over other home buyers who don’t have one in place. An AIP shows the seller that a lender is willing to lend to you, hence increasing your reliability.

Or an easy-going process

If you’re first time buyer in Nottingham or moving home in Nottingham, you may want to slow down your mortgage journey, and there is nothing wrong with that.

Your mortgage advisor can slow things down for you. Don’t hesitate to ask lots of questions and take your time during your moving home journey. Our team will be open and honest with you during every step of the process; you’ll know what’s going on at all times.

Speak when it suits you

We operate during out of office hours so that you contact us at when the time suits you.

Workaround your working schedule. Whether you’re calling in the morning or late at night, our team will be available. These hours don’t just apply to our customer care team, your mortgage advisor in Nottingham will be able to book an appointment during the same times.

Little things like this can still help take away the stress from the moving home process. If you can contact a mortgage advisor in Nottingham at a time that is best for you, it will mean that you can talk at a time best for you.

Mortgage Advice in Nottingham

For a stress-free moving home process, get in touch with our amazing mortgage team in Nottingham. We will take care of you from start to finish and handle all of the stressful parts that come with moving home!

Remember, as a mortgage broker in Nottingham, we aim to take the stress away from moving home. We do this through numerous ways to ensure that you feel at ease and relaxed from enquiry to getting your keys.

Take advantage of our free moving home mortgage consultation today.

Obtaining a Mortgage Agreement in Principle in Nottingham

Agreement in Principle Mortgage Advice in Nottingham

Obtaining a mortgage agreement in principle (AIP) is a key part of the mortgage process. As a mortgage broker in Nottingham, we would advise that you secure an AIP as soon as possible.

You may also know an AIP by the name ‘decision in principle’. They mean the same thing; depending on the lender that you use, they may change what they call it.

What is an Agreement in Principle?

An agreement in principle is written verification that a lender will let you borrow from them. However, this is only ‘agreed in principle’ – in principle of you being able to provide sufficient, evidential documents to back up your application.

An AIP can be obtained before your mortgage broker in Nottingham, lender or building society start performing credit checks, taking documents from you etc. This is why we advise that you get an AIP as early on in the process that you can.

What is an Agreement in Principle? | MoneymanTV

Why do I need an AIP as early as possible?

Having an AIP in place early will not only show that you’ve been accepted by your lender and can borrow from them for a mortgage, but it can also put you above other potential buyers.

Remember, an AIP shows that you’ve had an offer accepted in the principle that you can support your application. So, if you’re currently viewing houses, you may be putting yourself in front of other viewers who don’t have one in place.

Sometimes, they can also allow you to negotiate prices. If your maximum mortgage amount is lower than their asking price, you may be able to speak to the seller and try and work out a price reduction.

How can I get an AIP?

As a mortgage broker in Nottingham, it’s our job to guide you through the whole mortgage process, therefore, we can also assist you with obtaining an agreement in principle.

After your free mortgage consultation with a mortgage advisor in Nottingham, we can arrange an AIP for you within 24 hours!

There are other ways to obtain an AIP. In most cases during the mortgage process, your bank, building society will automatically get one arranged for you.

How long will my AIP last?

Since an AIP is only ‘agreed in principle’, they do have an expiry. Usually, they are valid for around 30-90 days.

If your AIP expires, you can easily get another one. It’s a simple process; go speak to your mortgage advisor in Nottingham, bank, building society or whoever you got one with the first time around, and they should be able to arrange another one for you.

AIP’s usually expire when a buyer is struggling to find a property that they want to buy.

Can I make an offer on a property without an AIP?

In some scenarios, yes, you can make an offer on a property without an AIP. However, as mentioned before, having one in place may boost your chances of getting your offer accepted as you’re ready to proceed through the process straight away.

Not having one in place could slow your process down and sellers will not want this – particularly if they’re looking for a quick sell.

Occasionally, we’ve found that estate agents with credibility would rather that you prove that you can proceed first.

Mortgage Broker in Nottingham

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