First Time Buyers Mortgage

Buying your first property can be both exciting and daunting, there are important decisions to make and criteria to be considered before you take your first steps onto the property ladder.

Your Expert Mortgage Adviser will assist you throughout the home buying process to ensure you receive the right guidance and advice.

Getting Mortgage Ready

Our aim is to put you in the best position to proceed once you have found a property. At your initial discovery meeting, your Mortgage Adviser will review your income and outgoings to determine a sensible budget for your new purchase. It is important to take advice on your mortgage options before getting serious about your property search.

Your Mortgage Adviser will be able to clarify how much you may be able to borrow, what your monthly costs will be and guide you through the next steps in the house buying process.  Your Mortgage Adviser will help you understand all costs associated with purchasing a property and when you need to pay them. This could include:

  • Deposit
  • Lender charges
  • Protection costs for your family and lifestyle needs
  • Solicitors’ fees
  • Surveys fees
  • Stamp duty/government taxes

Preparation is very vital during the mortgage process, it’s a good idea to have the following documents available for this meeting:

  • Payslips or audited accounts/SA302 documents if self employed 
  • Bank statements
  • Proof of deposit
  • Proof of residency
  • Proof of identity e.g., driving licence or passport
  • Existing loan or credit card commitments

Choosing The Right Legal Services

Solicitor carries out the legal process of handing over a property from one person to another (this is also called conveyancing). The solicitors have a duty to protect your interests so they will investigate the legal aspects of the property. It is highly beneficial to choose a solicitor in advance in order to budget precisely what you are going to spend from the outset.

We understand that instructing the right professionals to assist you in the purchase of your home is essential. Your Mortgage Adviser can put you in touch with a recommended solicitor devoted to working solely for you. This enables us to take full control of the purchasing process and ensure that you are guaranteed the best possible service for your move.

Decision In Principle

After checking your mortgage affordability and suitability with lenders, your Mortgage Adviser will apply for a decision in principle which helps to confirm the potential acceptance by a lender subject to making a full application.

The mortgage lender will carry out a credit search (some lenders do a hard search on the credit file, but majority of lenders only have a soft footprint) and either issue a decision in principle accept or decline.

The decision in principle gives more confidence for you to then go on property search as most estate agents require a prove of this before agreeing to confirm house viewings in order to filter out serious potential.

Property Search & Making An offer

Now you know what you can afford, you can begin your search but before you go out splashing on your dream purchase, remember that the price the seller is asking for is not necessarily the price they will finally accept.  Your first offer can be lower than the asking price although, if there has been a lot of interest in the property it could be wise to make an offer close to the asking price.

Remember, first time buyers are often preferred by sellers because your purchase isn’t reliant on selling another property. This means the chain stops with you and there is less chance of delays. By discussing your mortgage requirements and affordability before you start viewing you will be able to show that you are in a position to proceed with the purchase.

Once your offer is accepted, it will be confirmed in writing. Remember, the property is not officially yours until legally binding contracts are exchanged, and all monies have been paid. Your Mortgage Adviser can help you make a formal offer and instruct your solicitor.

Property Surveys

A survey is a key part of obtaining a clear idea of the property’s condition and value. There are different types of survey from

Mortgage Valuation – a simple valuation indicating how much the property is worth for the purpose of mortgage lender

Home Buyers Valuation Report

Builders Valuation Report

Applying For Full Mortgage

The Mortgage Adviser will check that your original mortgage recommendation is still the right solution for you. Your Mortgage Adviser will then submit a full application to the mortgage lender with all supporting documentation, details of the property you wish to purchase and the solicitor you will be using.

The mortgage lender will review your application and carry out the necessary checks, also known as underwriting, to satisfy their lending criteria. The lender will instruct a basic mortgage valuation to ensure that the property is suitable security for the mortgage loan.

Once all underwriting has been completed and a satisfactory survey received the lender will produce your mortgage offer. A copy will be sent to you, your mortgage adviser and your solicitor.

Property Contract Exchange

You on the last huddle….

Once the solicitor is satisfied will all of the necessary searches on your new property, solicitors from both sides will draw up formal contracts for you and the seller to sign. This is to prepare for exchange of contracts, the final agreement between buyer and seller. Your solicitor will ask for your deposit funds in order to exchange. Make sure you have your buildings insurance in place for exchange of contracts (your Mortgage Adviser will have already discussed this with you during your first appointment). These contracts are legally binding so make sure that you are totally prepared to go ahead.

Completion & Moving Day has finally arrived!

This is also known as completion. On completion, your solicitor will transfer the funds released the lender to the seller’s solicitor and you will finally get the keys to your new home!  

Your first mortgage payment should leave your account about a month after you move in. This first payment may be more than your standard monthly repayment depending on when you complete and your payment date. Your Mortgage Adviser will be able to give you more information.  

Dartford Mortgage Centre Adviser will be in contact with you, the estate agents and your solicitor throughout to ensure your purchase runs as smoothly as possible.

We understand that your personal circumstances and financial requirements may change over time, so our Client Fulfilment Manager will stay in contact to provide continuous support for as long as you need us.