When buying a property, you will need to put down a deposit. This deposit amount can change depending on the property value, your credit score and your personal and financial situation.
Your lender will need to know that you are a reliable applicant, therefore, you will have to pass certain affordability assessments before your application is accepted.
A Mortgage Broker in London like us will help you prepare your mortgage application and make sure that you look the best that you can do in front of your lender.
Pre-credit crunch era, you wouldn’t need a deposit to get a mortgage, in some cases, you’d be able to borrow 100% of the property’s price. Some lenders were even offering more than the actual value of the property, for example, you may get £125,000 for a £100,000 property. You can see where it all went wrong.
You are now required to pass affordability assessments before being able to borrow any amount of money this large. Lenders don’t want to be lending to someone who cannot afford to pay them back. The last thing that they want is to repossess your property.
Usually, you will need a 5% deposit minimum. If you cannot make this amount, you may need to ask for help through a gifted deposit or continue saving until you reach the required amount.
The government cannot pay for your deposit, however, there are schemes available that can help you increase your deposit amount.
For example, the Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme, allows you to make up a 25% total deposit. You will have to meet the 5% minimum deposit, then the government will top it up to make up a total of 25%. This scheme only applies to new-builds and you have to be a First Time Buyer in London.
The Equity Loan that the government lend you is interest-free for the first 5 years. Afterwards, you’ll start receiving interest on the amount left.
Most high street lenders will ask for a 5% minimum deposit. If you’ve got bad credit, you may be asked to put down a higher percentage, e.g., 10-15%.
If you’ve got your 5% deposit and are ready to make an offer on a property, you will need to arrange a mortgage agreement in principle so that the estate agents are aware that you’ve been accepted by your lender. As an experienced Mortgage Broker in London, we are able to prepare you a mortgage agreement in principle within 24-hours of your mortgage appointment.
Having poor credit may mean that you have to put down a higher deposit. Some lenders may ask for 10-15% of the property’s value. They need to make sure that you are a reliable applicant that can afford their mortgage payments before lending to you.
There are different ways to improve your credit score. If you try to implement these changes and show your lender that you’re trying to improve your finances, it will reflect better on your application.
If you are looking at taking out a Buy to Let in London, you are going to need a minimum deposit of 25%.
When it comes to taking out your second, third or even fourth mortgage, you’re going to need a higher deposit, no matter what the reason is for doing so. Affording multiple sets of mortgage payments can be difficult, and that’s why lenders ask for more evidence so that they’re certain it’s within your limits.
Despite this being possible, not all lenders will allow it. It’s rare to find a lender that is okay with this as you would have a 100% mortgage.
This would result in you having two sets of loan repayments going out, which could be difficult to manage.
Yes, you can receive the deposit as a gift. Typically, buyers receive a gifted deposit from their parents or family members when they’re struggling to make up the minimum 5% deposit.
This must strictly be a gift and not a loan. The party gifting the deposit must confirm that this is the case.
As a Mortgage Broker in London, we see situations where the gifted deposit boosts the applicant’s deposit up to around 7 or 8%. This can make you appear more reliable and have a positive impact on your application.
There are some of the main situations where you may not need a deposit for your mortgage:
Please note that the above information and guidance is for reference purposes only and is not to be viewed as personal financial or mortgage advice.
When you start your mortgage process, if you choose to use a large estate agent, they will want you to use their in-branch Mortgage Advisor and their recommended conveyancers.
You don’t have to use their in-house advisor however, in fact you can still get the same or better deals from somewhere else! Unfortunately, First Time Buyers are often the ones that get caught out and end up coaxed into using their internal services.
Searching for an external Mortgage Advisor in London could be the best path for you to take. An estate agent’s advisor will be biased, only encouraging you to see their side as they just want you to stay on with them.
A dedicated mortgage broker in London will be able to give you more perspective and see different sides. If you do your research and still end up back with your in-house advisor, that’s fair enough, though you should always remember that you have other options out there.
Our view consists of both transparency and efficiency, as we want to provide the best possible experience and the best advice for your personal and financial situation, whilst still delivering a fast yet friendly service.
If you end up choosing to use your estate agent’s in-house mortgage advisor and conveyancer, you need to think about where the cost of their service is coming from. Maybe they are charging you for their services without asking you and adding it to other fees, so that you don’t notice. Taking the route of a trusted mortgage broker in London will eliminate these concerns, as you know exactly what you are paying for. Your dedicated advisor will break each cost down for you and answer any questions of uncertainty you have with what’s going on.
Even though it is an illegal tactic, if you have opted not to take the estate agents in-house mortgage advice, they may refuse to put your offer forward on a property. For example, you could be using a broker and they may push another offer to completion over yours, purely on the basis that you aren’t using their services. Once again, these situations are illegal.
Estate agents may get even craftier and try to charge you with extortionate in-house conveyancing fees. Even with a straightforward purchase, they could try and charge you with fees upwards of £1,500. If you encounter anything like this during a purchase, you have all rights to ask them where they have got these prices from and for them to provide a full breakdown of everything.
An experienced mortgage broker in London only has your best interests at heart, and all of this can be avoided by going to one over an estate agent for mortgage advice.
Choosing the right Mortgage Advisor can be hard; but is there a way to make it easier?
Sometimes your case will be specific and might require specialist care and attention. An estate agents in-house advisors don’t care about this and just want to make money off you. When you Get in Touch with a mortgage broker in London, you can be matched up with a specific advisor who has experience in that field.
For example, we have specialist buy-to-let mortgage experts who can be called upon if a buy-to-let enquiry is presented to them. Once you’ve had a free mortgage consultation and an agreement in principle (usually turned around in 24 hours or less), you could be linked with your perfect advisor and get a head start on your mortgage process..
We have years of experience providing mortgage advice in London and have been helping struggling customer take that leap into the mortgage market for over 15 years now as a company. You can find out more about our excellent mortgage advice service by looking at our fantastic customer reviews.
If you would rather “go it alone”, you should know that it’s perfectly okay to do so. The majority of things you need can now be done online! Along with the use of price comparison websites, you may be able to find yourself the most appropriate deal.
The benefit of doing things online is that you have the chance to save money on additional fees. As long as you are confident in what you are doing and know what you are looking for, you could complete the process very quickly.
One thing to note though is shopping around and comparing online may be a little harder than you think. You will need to make sure that you’ve found the most appropriate fit before agreeing to anything. Here are some things you should be wary of when choosing to find a deal by yourself:
It isn’t difficult to make an appointment with your bank’s Mortgage Advisor, however, it may not be the right choice for you to make. If you do choose this route, here are a few things you should keep an eye out for:
Working alongside a mortgage broker that is not associated with the estate agent ensures you have someone working purely on your behalf as an inexperienced First Time Buyer in London. This also ensures there’s no conflict of interest risks.
Everything will be kept between you and your designated Mortgage Advisor in London. We have no external ties to any building societies, banks or estate agents. When we work, it’s solely for you and only you. Whilst we have lenders on panel, they’re purely there for the deals they offer, allowing us to find the most appropriate case for your case.
Our team have your best interests at heart. Managing Director Malcolm Davidson is here to explain the pros & cons of using a dedicated mortgage broker:
An Agreement in Principle (also known as an AIP or Decision in Principle) is where you pass a Lender credit score to qualify for a mortgage.
By obtaining an Agreement in Principle, you prove that you are ready to support any offers you make as a First-Time Buyer in London. It may also aid in negotiating a lower price if you have one of these as it shows the seller you are serious and have the means to continue with the process.
The more frequently seen methods of credit scoring are via soft searches, rather than a hard search. These may still affect your credit score, though usually a hard search will be more likely to do this than a soft search.
The reason for this, is that a hard credit search leaves a credit footprint, whereas a soft search does not. Regardless, you can rest assured that whichever is used by the lender, is done with the best intentions.
Having your credit checked via a hard search every so often should not make too much difference. It becomes an issue if you take too many of these within a small amount of time.
On the flip side, if you know you have a good credit score and it’s the best path to take with a lender, this should not be a problem.
Whilst the prospect of this would be nice, there are no guarantees that having an Agreement in Principle will allow you to get a mortgage. The Lender will still require seeing all your documents and only then will an Underwriter make very final decision.
Often we find that customers contact us after they have been declined at application stage, due to missing some small print in their Agreement in Principle. You will need to provide ID to prove that your identity, payslips to prove your income and bank statements to prove you are smart with money, before a lender will offer your case.
Though you are able to make an offer without an Agreement in Principle, we would not suggest doing so. Any credible Estate Agent will want you to prove you can definitely go forward.
It is possible to obtain an Agreement in Principle within 24 hours of getting in touch with an experienced mortgage advisor in London.
Typically,an Agreement in Principle will expire after 30-90 days. The good news is that this doesn’t mean you should just apply for the first house you find. If your Agreement in Principle expires, it’s not a difficult task obtaining another ahead of making an offer.
Finding a mortgage only to be declined a mortgage can cause understandable disappointment. With this in mind, we recommend getting an Agreement in Principle as early as possible.
Following on from the recent announcement made by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, we felt it appropriate to share some positive news that came with the new lockdown rules.
Much like during the November 2020 lockdown, the property market is still open for business as usual. You are still able to take up house viewings, continue your purchase and put your home up for sale.
Below, we have a mortgage market update from the ‘moneyman’ himself, Malcolm Davidson:
Throughout the last lockdown, back during November 2020, there was a significant increase in the amount of mortgage enquiries banks and brokers were receiving. The boom in purchase approvals for homes reached an outstanding 105,000 in November, which was the highest recorded figure since August 2007.
In October 2020, purchase approvals were at 98,300. This increase of 6,700 is impressive when you think about where we were, working through the middle of a nationwide lockdown.
In terms of the property market, the January 2021 lockdown is currently working on a similar level to the previous one we experienced back in November 2020. You are still very much able to start your mortgage journey in 2021. How you start this is completely your call.
Whilst some take the route to do this themselves, accepting the help of a dedicated and experienced mortgage broker in London can reduce stress, time and the possible cost of the matter, depending on what you’re looking to do.
January is always a popular time of year for First Time Buyers, Home Movers, landlords and so on, with more mortgage products becoming available again as time progresses. This is allowing for more mortgage options to those looking to invest in the property market.
Yes, thankfully 90% mortgages are still available and lenders are getting more and more confident in the UK property market over time. They know that the demand for properties and mortgages is still alive and well, and that people will only start coming back when they are confident that they can get a deal with a 5-10% deposit.
There are also other ways to access a 90% mortgage, through something like the Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme or the Help to Buy Shared Ownership scheme. If you want a Help to Buy Specialist to walk you through the process, explaining how these methods could help you obtain a mortgage with only a 5-10% deposit, make sure to get in touch and a mortgage advisor in London will assist you how in any way they can.
The property market is still open, which means Londonmoneyman is ready for business as usual! We have a team of dedicated Mortgage Advisors in London available from 8am – 10pm, 7 days a week, all throughout the year to help you along your property owning path to a mortgage.
Don’t worry, we still offer a free initial mortgage consultation to all customers who get in touch, no matter the situation.