Thinking of moving home?
One of the first stages is to find out how much you can borrow, and how much you can expect to sell your existing property for. This gives you an idea of a projected deposit which has a considerable impact upon finding the most suitable mortgage deal for you.
We offer advice specific to your circumstances, and appreciate that mortgage availability and rates changes daily, as does the criteria the lenders use to determine how much they will lend to and whom.
Moving Home Costs
Mortgage arrangement / application fee
It is likely you will be charged an arrangement fee when taking out a mortgage – however our advisers will be able to talk you through the conditions that apply. Some lenders also charge completion fees, although these are less common than arrangement fees. Completion fees are usually charged on the day that the borrower moves into their new home.
Higher lending charge
Not all lenders charge these, but if you borrow a high percentage e.g. if you borrow more than 75% of the price of the property, you may have to pay this type of fee. Our advisers will let you know if these apply to you.
You will be required to get a basic valuation carried out and you may decide to request additional surveys on the house you want to buy. A valuation will value the property and tell you how much it is worth, whilst a survey will tell you about the structure of the property and any faults that it may have.
Valuations and surveys not only give you peace of mind that what you are paying is correct, but it will also give the lender confidence as well. A lender will need to have the property being used as security valued to protect themselves from negative equity and to make sure their mortgage is secure. The borrower is usually expected to pay this upfront, when the application is submitted. Asking the surveyor to carry out your personal survey at the same time as the lender valuation can save money, and guarantee you peace of mind about the value of the property.
There are 3 levels of valuation / survey:
1. Basic valuation – this is carried out purely on behalf of the mortgage lender even though you may have to pay for it. Most lenders charge valuation fees on a scale depending on the value of your property. The report is basic and all lenders disclaim any responsibility for the condition of the property. You have no comeback against the surveyor for any defects or problems overlooked in the report.
2. Homebuyers survey / report – this service includes a basic valuation but also contains a report on the condition of the property, highlighting any defects that the surveyor has spotted. It is still fairly basic.
3. Full structural survey – the most thorough (and most expensive) report. If the property is defective, the surveyor should discover this. If major defects are not discovered then the surveyor acting for you would have some legal liability, and you would be able to claim redress.
With any level of survey, if there are potential or actual defects found the surveyor may suggest you obtain additional specialist reports which will be at your expense and may be time consuming. Dealing with solicitors can be the cause of delays in the process, however our expert advisers will advise you on a reliable and competitively priced solicitor. Speak to an adviser today for details.
Early repayment charge
The charge some lenders make if a mortgage is paid off early.
Estate agents’ fees
These will differ by agent, some will charge upfront fees and some may charge fees on the completion of sale. The cost is likely to be based on a percentage of the property value, so it is best to get a quote before proceeding.
Brokers charge fees for their advice and recommendation service offered to you. Typically fees are paid when the application is submitted. Your adviser will be able to explain any broker fees to you, although our fee policy is clearly detailed on every page of this website.
Solicitor / conveyancing fees (including Land Registry fees)
Conveyancing is the legal process to transfer the ownership of a property from the seller to the buyer.
If you are buying a property, your solicitor generally works on behalf of the mortgage lender, who usually insists on certain searches before they will release the money for your property.
If selling a property, the solicitor will draw up a contract for the sale. They will also apply for title deeds (or details of freeholder if leasehold) from your mortgage lender. They will also set a completion date and inform the relevant parties and make sure all mortgage conditions requiring attention are complied with.
Dealing with solicitors can be the cause of delays in the process, however our expert advisers can advise you on a reliable and competitively priced solicitor within minutes, contact them today for details.
This is a ‘front end’ charge levied by several home lenders. The idea is you’re asked to pay the fee (typically £100 and £300) to secure the funds you are intending to borrow. It is sometimes described as an administration fee or a booking fee. Reservation fees are often levied on fixed rate mortgage offers where the funds on offer may be limited. Some lenders believe the fee is a useful way of getting the borrower to show commitment at an early stage. Some, but not all reservation fees are refundable should the home loan not go ahead.
Removal fees are one of the easily forgotten costs of property buying or selling. Removal fees will have to be paid if a company is hired to help shift belongings and goods from one property to another. You should look around for a competitive quote and ask around for a reliable removal firm, your estate agency will help you with this.
Your property may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.
There may be a fee for mortgage advice. The actual amount will depend on your circumstances. The fee is up to 1% but a typical fee is 0.3% of the amount borrowed.
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We will meet you on a face to face, no obligation basis and obtain a thorough understanding of your circumstances and needs.
We will provide you with a full and transparent breakdown of our services so you can decide if you want to conduct business with us.
You will have a single point of contact to guide you through the mortgage application process from initial enquiry to completion.
We will liaise with other associated parties (i.e. conveyancers, estate agents etc) providing you with timely updates, removing unnecessary hassles at this stressful time.
Once the mortgage has completed we will conduct regular reviews with you to see if there have been any changes in your circumstances which may require our assistance.
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