Buying your first home can feel both exciting and a little bit overwhelming… But if you take one step at a time, you’ll find things aren’t as scary as they seem.
This page contains all the steps of buying a home to make the process of buying your house simple and easy.
The amount you are able to borrow will be based on your income and the size of your deposit. Knowing how much you can comfortably afford can save lots of time and potentially heartache later on.
Once your budget is in place, it becomes a matter of viewings and finding the right property. Do your research, online property search websites are a good place to start.
This allows you to supply the agent with evidence of funds, an 'Agreement in Principle', if you're funding the purchase with a mortgage.
Once you have found a property that ticks the right boxes, you will need to make an offer to the seller.
Once you've had your offer accepted, we will proceed with a full mortgage application.
Once the seller has agreed your offer the next step is to instruct a conveyancer to help you with the purchase. They will handle all of the legal work involved and advise you on any issues or concerns they may have around the property.
The Lender will review your application and issue a formal mortgage offer if they're happy to lend.
Once all the other steps have been completed, and yourself, the seller, and your respective solicitors are agreed that everything is in order, you will be able to exchange contracts. At this point you will agree a completion date and thereafter the sale is legally binding. Both parties will be required to sign the contract agreement, and you will need to pay your deposit at, or prior to, this point.
On your completion day the keys will be available to collect. Congratulations - you are now the legal owner of your new home.
On completion, your lender will write to you to confirm your first mortgage payment date. This is usually within one month of receiving your keys.
Protecting your mortgage
Your mortgage is likely to be the biggest investment you will ever make, so it is important to ensure that you have the right cover in place, to protect yourself and your family should the worst happen.
Free yourself and your family from the worry of paying the mortgage, should the unforeseen happen and give yourself the best chance to recover from an illness with mortgage protection.
Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.
There may be a fee for mortgage advice. The actual amount you pay will depend upon your circumstances. The fee is up to 1% but a typical fee is 0.3% of the amount borrowed.
Stonebow Financial Services Limited is an appointed representative of Mortgage Advice Bureau Limited and Mortgage Advice Bureau (Derby) Limited who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
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