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The Costs of Buying a Home in Coventry

Moving Home Mortgage Advice in Coventry

As a Mortgage Broker in Coventry, we have had the opportunity to help many First Time Buyer in Coventry and those looking at moving home. Through this time we have found that the most common question we get asked is “How much will this all cost?”.

In this article, we have collated a list of the fees you can expect to pay to help you organise the costs accordingly when buying a new home (and when they become payable).

Estate agency fees

This cost is one for people who are looking at selling their house. These days, we have found a growing interest in online estate agencies with the price of a basic Rightmove listing being as low as £500. On the other hand, for a more tailored and local service with a dedicated sales negotiator, the fee will be roughly around 1-2% of the property price.

Valuation fees

Having a valuation carried out on your chosen property will be something your mortgage lender will want you to do. The reason for those is so they know they are lending against adequate security.

When it comes to the price of a property surveys can differ starting from nil (for a basic valuation with some lenders) up to a few hundred pounds for a more in-depth homebuyers’ report. It could be even more for a Full Building Survey.

The importance of working around the cost is that you always have an element of choice when it comes to the level of detail your survey goes into. This is likely down to the age and the type of property you are looking to buy along with any fears/concerns you have about it.

For more information about property surveys, which survey is best for you and how we can help as a Mortgage Broker in Coventry, check our article on ‘what is a property survey’.

Mortgage arrangement fees

You might find that some mortgage products offer cheaper rates, however, keep in mind that this would come with an arrangement fee which could end up outweighing the benefit. This doesn’t apply to all mortgage lenders, so you may not need to pay anything.

In some cases, you may need to pay these fees upfront or you may be able to add these onto the balance of your mortgage. Keep in mind, that it would mean further interest charges.

Our Mortgage Advisors in Coventry have access to a panel of lenders all offering a range of mortgage products. From this, they will be able to compare mortgage deals with all fees added so we can compare on a like for like basis.

Solicitor’s fees

You will need to factor in the services of a solicitor with their fees varying between firms and largely differ. As an estimate, a straightforward purchase with a local company is £600 for a low-value property.

This will involve you to provide the property address if it’s leasehold or freehold and the amount you are purchasing for it to get accurate quotations.

The key points to cover when asking for a quote are:

  • Ensure the firm includes VAT
  • Ensure the firm includes the cost of any “disbursements.” These are fees such as Land Registry Fees and Local Authority Search Fees
  • Is your Solicitor on your mortgage lenders panel?

Stamp duty

Along with the costs and disbursements that come with paying your solicitor, depending on your situation, you may need to pay this tax that the solicitor collects on the completion of the property purchase. Full details can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/stamp-duty-land-tax

Broker fees

Normally, a Mortgage Broker in Coventry will charge for their service. The amount you pay varies from company to company.

Here at Coventrymoneyman where we provide open and honest Mortgage Advice in Coventry, your dedicated advisor will explain these in more detail within our free initial mortgage appointment.

We would suggest you approach a local company like ourselves instead of a big organisation. Usually, they will charge only on completion instead of any application fees and further costs that could be incurred.

Removal fees

If you are Moving Home in Coventry, the cost of moving your furniture can differ significantly and still can be pretty costly. A cheaper alternative is to hire a van and carry out the work yourself. Finding a local man with a van could be slightly more in price than hiring your own van. On the flip side, a professional van service could cost you high hundreds, early thousands.

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Do Gambling Transactions Look Bad on My Bank Statements?

Lenders will look out for a variety of things when it comes to assessing your bank statements. They do this in order to see what your spending behaviours are like to determine whether or not you will keep up with your mortgage payments or not. A common question we find crops up when speaking to customers is: “do gambling transactions look bad on my bank statements”.

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Mortgage Questions to Consider

What has it got to do with the lender whether I gamble or not?

You might enjoy putting down an annual bet on the grand national or regularly use internet betting sites, as you can tell, there is nothing illegal about properly licensed gambling. It is known to be a popular hobby or pastime with many bookmakers advertising it on mainstream TV and radio.

If you have seen these adverts, you have probably noticed that they always urge customers to ‘please gamble responsibly’ and this is an important point you should think about when applying for a mortgage. It’s not the lender’s job to dictate your spending habits or moralise the ethical pros and cons of gambling, however, they do have a duty (underscored by mortgage regulation) to lend responsibly.

Think about it this way, if lenders need to prove to the regulators that they are making well-judged lending decisions, it’s fair for them to expect a similar approach when it comes to their personal finances. If you were lending your own money would lend it to the applicant who gambles or the one who doesn’t?

Is it still possible to get a mortgage if I’ve got gambling transactions on my recent bank statements?

As stated previously, it is not illegal to gamble. With this in mind, you will not be declined by a mortgage if you have the odd gambling transaction on your bank statements. The lender will decide whether these transactions are reasonable and responsible. They will look in detail of how frequent these transactions are, the size of the transactions in connection with the person’s income and the impact upon the account balance.

Having infrequent small gambling transactions that make little difference on a regular credit bank balance will not likely be seen as important. On the flip side, placing bets most weeks or being constantly overdrawn, the lender will view your spending behaviours as irresponsible and decline your application.

Is there anything else lenders wouldn’t want to see on my bank statements?

As you know, lenders will look at your bank statements to basically see how you manage your money and to help them determine whether they are confident in you managing payments or not.

Lender are financial institutions that either directly or as part of a wider group, usually sell current accounts, overdraft facilities credit cards and personal loans, therefore, you need to know that these factors all go towards wise financial planning. It’s good for a mortgage applicant to know how these facilities are managed. You might have an overdraft facility and occasionally use it, which is not essentially a bad thing, however, exceeding the overdraft limit regularly which is not so good. If you have excess overdraft fees or returned direct debits, these would be things lenders will look for and will show them that your account is not being managed well.

As well as this, lenders will also look for credit transactions from pay-day loan companies; “undisclosed” loan repayments (i.e. if you said on the application that you have no other loans but there is regular loan payments appearing, this could be an issue). They would also look out for any missed payments and they see how much of a typical month is spent in overdraft – i.e. you might go into credit on payday and for the rest of the month you are overdrawn, you need to wonder how you would manage with a mortgage.

What can I do to improve things?

You can be sensible and plan ahead if you can. Usually, a bank still request up to three months of your most recent bank statements. These documents will show your salary credits and all your regular bill payments. Because of this, it’s best that you avoid any of the situations above, especially if you are looking to apply for a mortgage in the near future. You could avoid gambling for short period and work on presenting your bank account in the best way.

Seeking help and support from Mortgage Broker in Coventry can be helpful because there are some lenders who may ask for fewer bank statements than others or may not request them at all. Despite this, lenders do still have the right to reserve the right to request bank statements in particular circumstances so it’s best that you be as prudent as possible when you are in the midst of any mortgage application. Remember, if you do gamble, please gamble responsibly!

Get in Touch With a Mortgage Broker in Coventry

In the circumstance where you are a First Time Buyer in Coventry who doesn’t have a lot of knowledge about mortgages, it’s you get some specialist advice from an expert Mortgage Advisor in Coventry. Throughout the process, your dedicated advisor will provide a helping hand with your application and work hard in getting you up to date so that lenders will be impressed.

Buying a Property With a Partner or Friend in Coventry?

Buying a Property with Other in Coventry

Beginning the journey of finding a property and obtaining a mortgage can be daunting for many homebuyers, particularly if they are going through the process on their own.

As a Mortgage Broker in Coventry, we have spoken to a number of First Time Buyers in Coventry who have decided to buy a property with a friend or partner if they are able to.

A part of the process will involve the advisor carrying out an affordability assessment in which they will ask you about your financial situation. This will give us an idea of the maximum mortgage amount. In the case where there is two applicants, lenders will factor in both of the applicants’ income. Due to two sources of income being on the mortgage, it can increase your chance of getting a mortgage offer.

In the event that you were to default, your co-borrower could also be responsible for the full mortgage, and vice versa.

Below is a list of helpful tips we advise you consider when moving into a property with a friend or partner.

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How many people can jointly own a property?

This all goes down to which lender you are with, however, you will usually be able to co-borrow with up to four people jointly.

As much as having more people involved can work well with getting accepted, it’s best to keep in mind that this does increase your chance of someone pulling out before the term ends. Therefore, you need to be mindful of the people are choosing to buy a property with.

There is the option to increase your mortgage later if you want to, however, all parties need to agree to this. Keeping this in mind, it’s best to plan ahead for your future and your plans for the property.

Joint tenancy or tenancy in common – what’s the difference?

Joint tenancy is an option that is more popular with civil partnerships or married couples. In the eyes of the law, joint tenants are two halves of one whole, one borrower. Therefore, in a tragic event where one half of the party passes away, the property would automatically be given to the other half.

In the circumstance, where you are looking to remortgage or sell the property, both of you would have agreed prior to proceeding with the mortgage.

A ‘Tenancy in Common’ can be an option if you and your co-borrower are friends or family. This means that you both own your part of the property.

You don’t need to split your shares equally either. Therefore, if you find that one of you is on a higher income, for example, one of you will own more of the property than the other.

One benefit of being a ‘Tenant in Common’ is that you can have the freedom to act independently so it’s your choice if you want to sell or give away your share.

Joint mortgage & removing names

What happens if you jointly own a mortgage, but your co-borrower(s) stop meeting the mortgage payments?

A mortgage lender will stress that all borrowers are jointly and severally liable. Due to this, you will be responsible to keep up the payments if one person decides not to pay their part of the mortgage.

How do I remove my ex-husband/wife from my mortgage?

If you are looking to buy a home with your other, you never really expect that you’re going to split up before the term ends. It is a big financial commitment to make, let alone with someone else, and can be a difficult process if you want to make changes.

This can be even more challenging if children are involved because it is likely that one parent will stay with them whilst you are the one who will move out and possibly find your own mortgage. Regardless of whether you are staying or going, both parties will need the help of a Mortgage Advisor in Coventry.

Even if the person has been paying the mortgage with the input of their ex or not, this doesn’t change the fact that it was applied for in a joint name. This means that in the event of arrears, they will still chase both parties.

Prior to removing your ex-partner from a mortgage, the lender will need to be sure that you will be able to maintain mortgage payments by reassessing your income before they proceed.

It can be common for people to apply jointly for the second time with a friend, family member or new partner if they are will struggle to afford a mortgage on their own. In this circumstance, it can be beneficial to obtain Mortgage Advice in Coventry.

How do I remove my name from my ex-partner’s mortgage?

As mentioned, in the circumstance where you may end up divorcing or separating from your partner while on a mortgage, you are both still responsible for the property and its mortgage payments.

Firstly, you would need to get in touch with your lender if you were the one who wanted your name removed from your mortgage. You can’t just make an agreement between the two of you.

In the situation where you are looking to get a mortgage of your own, the lender would take into consideration the property you are currently tied to. Therefore, it’s important to make sure that you are removed from the previous mortgage.

Circumstances like these will require you to look at getting Mortgage Advice in Coventry.

You will find that some lenders will be more generous than other when it comes to how much they will be willing to lend you. This is something your allocated Mortgage Advisor in Coventry will factor this in when recommending the best mortgage lender for you to approach.

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Don’t Pretend to Live Elsewhere in Coventry

Mortgage Advice in Coventry

Don’t Pretend to Live Somewhere Else

If you are applying for credit, you will find that the fewer different addresses that are tied to your name and accounts, the better it will be for your credit score. When it comes to mortgages, having better credit can work in your favour when applying for a mortgage.

These days, a lot of First Time Buyers and Home Movers in Coventry have gained a lot of knowledge and insight into the way credit scores work and generally use their current and previous addresses to their advantage.

Many of our customers are usually applicants who have moved out of their parent’s home into new rented accommodation. There are still applicants out there who believe that leaving their previous address on credit cards, electoral roll information and bank statements is acceptable.

Records of Your Address

There will always be a record on your credit repot showing if you have moved elsewhere which is why it’s important to update documents with your new address.

They will be evident on documents like car insurance, orders from online shopping all having ties with your previous address so it’s important to update each account.

Keeping Your Address Up-to-Date

If you are looking at options to buy a property in Coventry and are wanting to take out a mortgage, it’s best that you make sure that all of our electoral roll, cards and other accounts have been updated with your current home address.

Furthermore, any other accounts that need an address are up to date and consistent with your current home address.

It’s good to double-check the date you moved in and out when you update your current home address on your electoral roll and credit score. If you don’t do this can give the lender the impression that you live in two different places simultaneously.

It’s always important that you are honest and transparent with the lender so updating your address and dates can work in your favour when applying for a mortgage.

What is Gazumping & What Should I Be Aware Of?

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The first place we should visit is the question of what is exactly is gazumping? The term gazumping is used as a way to describe an instance where a property seller accepts accepts an offer from another buyer, even if you’ve already started applying for your mortgage.

A lot of people may understandably ask the question; “Surely this isn’t legal? Especially if the seller has already accepted your offer to buy the property?”

Whilst yes, it is highly immoral and we do not condone the act ourselves, the unfortunate case is that it is not illegal and thus nothing can be done if that happens.

Gazumping happens all too often and for better or worse is a regular occurrence across the English & Welsh property markets.

The reason for this, is because until there have been written contracts exchanged by the lawyers, the agreement is not legally binding. Verbal agreements will not hold up in the court of law.

For first-time buyers in Coventry, being gazumped can be especially difficult and demoralising. You’re on your way to finally achieving your home owning dreams, when it all suddenly comes crashing down.

You may also find yourself caught up in a property chain that breaks, resulting in you having to push back your moving day. If you end up losing money because of this (perhaps you’ve already paid for non-refundable survey costs, conveyancing fees etc.), it can be even more frustrating.

How does gazumping happen?

As mentioned further up, until there has been a legal exchanging of contracts with your lawyers, any agreements made verbally won’t be legally binding. The seller is under no obligation to take the moral high ground and does not need to keep their word.

Between the point of having your offer accepted and exchanging deals, there can unfortunately be a good number of weeks. Whilst dedicated mortgage advisors in Coventry will aim to work as quick as they can, it’s not an instantaneous process and does take time.

The reason that the mortgage process can take as long as it does, is down to varying factors, such as having someone come out to do a property survey, arranging for a conveyancer to carry out the required searches and then also waiting to receive your mortgage offer.

Whilst you’re waiting for all this to go through, other first-time buyers in Coventry may come in and make the seller a better offer than what you had both previously agreed on, leading them to accept and leave you without a property to buy.

It’s difficult to pinpoint a specific cause of gazumping, as it varies per situation. Sometimes it’s financial preference, but it can also be anything from a buyer who’s process may be quicker, to someone who isn’t reliant on a property chain.

The term ‘gazumping’ is used as an umbrella term for any of these situations, wherein the seller takes up another offer after already verbally agreeing to yours.

Ways to Prevent Gazumping

There’s not a lot that can be done initially. A lot of the steps that might occur may not even become factors until you have decided to make an offer on the property.

Those steps, for reaffirmation of the points mentioned earlier, are having someone take out a property survey, finding a conveyancer to do searches, and the point where your mortgage is offered.

Even though you have limits as to what you can do to start with, you may still be able to quicken the pace between making an offer and exchanging your contracts. These are a few ways in which you can do this:

  • Conduct some research and find yourself a conveyancing solicitor and surveyor ahead of time.
  • Move swiftly at each step of your journey, presenting all the required information needed when asked for, with haste.
  • Make sure that you obtain a mortgage agreement in principle prior to making offers. Be as prepared as you possibly can be!

Additionally, there are a few other tips and tricks that may be quite useful to you and give you some additional security prior to the point of making contract exchanges with the seller.

First of all, make sure you ask the seller if they can possibly take the property down from the open market whilst you’re sorting out your mortgage, as this will lower the chance of someone else jumping in with an offer the seller can’t refuse.

The property owner is not obligated to agree to this request, though we generally find that many homeowners will agree to this request out of respect, especially if they’ve struggled in getting offers on the property in the first place.

Second of all, you should definitely look up your options for setting up a Lock-in-Agreement, as this means the seller has something to lose too as they will have to put down a deposit down as well.

If one of the party decides to pull out of the deal with one of these agreements in place, the other side will take their deposit. Sorting this out on the legal front can cost a pretty penny, but for that added security you may find it to be very beneficial.

Last of all, you may have the option of taking out insurance in order to protect yourself against being gazumped. These policies will be an agreement that in the event you are gazumped, you will receive a lump sum payout.

Shared Ownership – What is it? How does it work?

The Shared Ownership scheme was introduced following the credit crunch in 2012, the scheme gives first time buyers and home movers the chance to buy a share of a property and then rent the remaining part of it.

Shared Ownership Mortgage Advice in Coventry

What is shared ownership?

Shared Ownership will let you take out a mortgage/purchase a share of a property. This is a percentage-based share; usually, you will have to own a share of at least 25%-75%. However, in recent times, some properties are letting you have a share as low as 10%.

You will also have to pay rent back on the remaining share of the property. Your mortgage bills should be lower as you’ve taken out a mortgage on a lower share, so you should be able to compensate for the rent payments.

Furthermore, since you’re taking out a lower share in the property, your initial mortgage deposit should be lower.

Maybe partial homeownership is the route that will help you get onto the property ladder.

How does the scheme work?

Although it can differ based on your credit history, since it’s likely that you’re only purchasing between 25%-75% of the property, the minimum deposit required should be lower.

Here’s an example of how Shared Ownership would work. If you take out a 50% share of a property that’s valued at £250,000, you’ll only need to borrow £125,000 for your mortgage. In addition to this, say that you’re required to put down a 5% deposit, you’ll only have to supply £6,250 rather than the whole £12,500 if you were to take out a 100% mortgage on the same property.

Once your Shared Ownership papers have gone through and you’ve put down your deposit, just like any other mortgage type, you’ll start paying back your mortgage each month. You’ll also be paying rent to the housing association that is linked to the property.

In theory, your combined mortgage and rent payments shouldn’t be as much as if you were to have taken out a 100% mortgage. Your mortgage advisor in Coventry can go through the costs with you.

Costs and fees

With any type of mortgage, you’ll be faced with a few different costs and fees; the same costs should apply to Shared Ownership.

You’ll have to consider obvious set-up/mortgage arrangement fees and possibly booking fees. There may also be a stamp duty charge on your property, it depends on the property price and how much you’re buying it for. You can speak to your mortgage advisor in Coventry about stamp duty to find out which threshold your property is in. Don’t forget about solicitor and legal fees too.

Costs may vary depending on the property that you’re buying. Deposit size, monthly payments, arrangement fees will differ from property to property.

How can I apply?

You’ll have to match the Shared Ownership criteria before you can move forward with your application:

  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • If you live outside of London, your household annual income must less than or equal to £80,000. If you live in London, this is upped to less than or equal to £90,000.
  • You can’t have ownership over another property during your Shared Ownership mortgage application. You must be a first time buyer in Coventry or in the process of selling your current property.
  • If you can afford a house on the open market, you will not be able to take out a Shared Ownership mortgage. It was introduced to help struggling homebuyers.
  • You must prove that you are not in any kind of arrears, this includes both mortgages and rent.
  • You’ll need to show evidence of a good, clean credit history. This means that you may struggle if you have a CCJ (county court judgement) in your name or have had past credit issues.

Although this may seem like a long list of requirements, you must remember that most of the other home buying schemes are the same or have an even longer list!

At the end of the day, the scheme was made for a specific target audience, so if you don’t match it, it probably isn’t for you.

Speak to a Shared Ownership Mortgage Advisor in Coventry

Our team has been working as a mortgage broker in Coventry for over 20 years now. Along the way, we have helped many applicants secure Shared Ownership mortgage products – it’s one of our many specialities.

Shared Ownership fits within the government-led ‘Own Your Home’ project. There are many different schemes available through this project; you can find out more information here: www.ownyourhome.gov.uk

We offer a free Shared Ownership mortgage appointment to every customer. Book online today and speak with a mortgage advisor in Coventry at a time that suits you.

Why Use a Mortgage Broker in Coventry?

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We Aim to Take Your Stress Away

Buying a home can be a stressful experience, which is why home movers and first time buyers in Coventry use a mortgage broker to help make sure their home buying process go as smoothly as possible. It’s comforting for our customers to know they have someone on their side, on hand to answer any enquiries they have.

A mortgage advisor in Coventry will ensure you obtain the cheapest mortgage to suit your needs. We take full responsibility for recommending the most suitable mortgage for you and package your application to the Lender in such a way to give it the best chance of success.

The same applies when you come to remortgage too, we like to know our customers are on the cheapest deal for the entire mortgage term.

When Should I Get Mortgage Advice in Coventry?

If you’re looking at taking out mortgage advice when buying a home, we recommend talking to a mortgage advisor in Coventry. Your committed member of the Moneyman team will be able to help you work out how much your payments will be, as well as how much you may be able to borrow.

That said, different lenders have their own strict lending criteria, so it does help to speak to an expert. If you know what you can afford well in advance of making an application, it may help you avoid any potential future disappointment. 

We aim to ensure all customers are informed about their mortgage application progress so you are fully aware of what is going on. If you have any questions, we are available seven days a week, ready to help you out in any way we can.

Free From Estate Agents, Banks or Building Societies

Mortgage Brokers work for the customer, not the Lender. This is something that is important to remember throughout your process. Our team are firmly in your corner, sometimes having to argue how strong an application may be, in order to ensure it goes through.

Our company process of requesting and checking your proof of income and bank statements ahead of time allows us to try and avoid any hurdles that may arise, hopefully before they can become a factor. 

We also can help you choose the right type of survey for your property, as well as instruct a Solicitor on your behalf to carry out the legal aspects of your transaction. 

Building Customer Relationships

We love to build up customer relationships and assist with future mortgage enquiries, whether as a Buy-to-Let landlord with your portfolio or remortgage when your term ends. This often starts with an affordability assessment and Agreement in Principle prior to even finding a house. 

Once your purchase is complete, a member of our team will keep in regular contact, and we will get in touch once more to discuss your remortgage options. We can then compare the market on your behalf as we did before to help you obtain the best remortgage deal available for your circumstances. 

What is a mortgage agreement in principle and how can it help with my mortgage?

Agreement in Principle Mortgage Advice in Coventry

What is an Agreement in Principle?

First things first; What is a mortgage agreement in principle?

If you are a first time buyer in Coventry, you may not aware of what a mortgage agreement in principle is. A mortgage agreement in principle (sometimes shortened to AIP or DIP – decision in principle) is a document that demonstrates the lender believes, so far, you are a good candidate for a mortgage and are ready to go.

This shows both the estate agent and the person selling their home, that you are creditworthy as you have passed the lenders initial credit score. It’s important to remember though that this is not a guaranteed mortgage, as going for a full application will require even more in-depth background checks.

However, it is a good idea to get one done at the earliest opportunity for the following reasons:

  1. Negotiating Power
  2. Avoiding Disappointment
  3. Knowing Your Limits

Negotiating Power with a Mortgage Agreement in Principle

When you are at the point where you would like to make an offer on a new home, you’ll find that the majority of estate agents will undertake due diligence and ask you to provide them with proof that you do in fact have the means to proceed with the property purchase.

Your proof will usually come in the form of bank statements, but can also be done using an agreement in principle. This is something that we can provide for you, usually within 24 hours of your initial appointment.

Once you have provided them with all this documentation, the estate agent will generally cease marketing the property and put a “sold” or “sale agreed” board up outside of it.

If you already have a mortgage agreed prior to making an offer on a property, this will definitely appeal to the seller, as this proves you are not making an offer on the fly and have actually put a lot of thought into how you’re going to fund the purchase.

This might persuade a seller to accept an offers you make that could possibly be under their asking price.

Avoid Disappointment with a Mortgage Agreement in Principle

When it comes to purchasing a new or additional home, some customers like to try and run before they can even walk. They charge ahead all guns blazing, making an offer on a property without actually making sure they can proceed in the first place.

If the application then goes ahead and fails, this can result in disappointment that could’ve been avoided. The last thing you want to be doing is having your heart set on a new family home and then feeling down when it doesn’t work out the way you had hoped.

This can all be prevented by getting in touch with us at an earlier stage. Sometimes there are factors that may cause an application to fail, that given time and care with the help of a mortgage broker in Coventry, can be solved over time.

An example of this is, let’s say you have a disputed mobile phone bill that keeps cropping up. This is something that can be sorted with the appropriate action. Some think they’re on the voters roll when they are not. Give it a few weeks and that can be sorted too.

In some cases you might not be able to get a mortgage at all. If that does happen to be the case, it’s better that you are made aware of that now rather than mess people about. One of our dedicated mortgage advisors will be able to tell you what you need to do to improve your credit-worthiness for the future.

Knowing Your Limits with a Mortgage Agreement in Principle

Let’s say in theory, you know that you have got a good credit rating and have never been turned down for credit, you’re registered on the voters’ roll and you’ve always keep up your monthly credit payments. What could possibly go wrong?

Well the truth is, you could approach 10 different lenders these days and get 10 different results from each of them! They all have their own lending criteria and calculate affordability in their own unique ways.

If you are Self Employed in Coventry it can be complicated further, as some lenders may take your net profit, whilst others are known to use your salary and divided. In some cases, you’ll find that lenders may even use your latest year, whilst others prefer an average over 3 years.

Expert Mortgage Advice in Coventry

Being mindful of your borrowing limits is important as this will help you determine what your ideal price range will be. Ou dedicated mortgage advice team will be able to advise you of the maximum mortgage available to you. Also, more importantly, together we’ll work out how much you can afford to pay back on a monthly basis.

Buying as a Sitting Tenant in Coventry

Sitting tenant mortgage advice in Coventry

Now and again, we receive calls from tenants when the landlord has notified them and is considering selling their properties. 

That said, it is much easier for landlords to sell to existing tenants than the open market. Tenants sometimes have the opportunity of deciding whether to accept or reject it before the landlord offers it to others.

Why is my landlord selling up?

The Government has re-evaluated tax reliefs previously afforded to landlords, leading many landlords to pay more tax than before, hence selling their properties. A prevailing situation for landlords. 

On the other hand, more severe investors often keep their properties as they view it as a long-term arrangement and a sound investment despite legislative changes.

Why is it better for landlords to sell to sitting tenants?

There are various reasons why a landlord might choose to sell their property to you. These include and are not limited to:

  1. They avoid paying commission with estate agents.
  2. It avoids ‘loss of rent’ due to not having tenants in the residence until the sale goes through.
  3. No refurb costs: If a tenant moves out, the property will have to be prepared for sale. With potential expenses needed to redecoration, e.g. new flooring.

Advantages for you

Not only are there advantages to landlords, but there are potential advantages to sitting tenants who are considering buying the property as a first time buyer in Coventry:

  1. You know the property inside out. No nasty surprises for you! If there are any faults, you’ll already be aware of them.
  2. You won’t be caught up in a chain. You aren’t waiting for the property owner you’re after to finish their process, meaning you can do a deal faster.
  3. Discounted price when purchasing. Given all the advantages listed above, it’s normal for a landlord to sell to a sitting tenant at a discounted price. More commonly known as a ‘sale undervalue’.

Some lenders will allow any discount the landlord offers you as part/all of your deposit if the agreed price is well below the open market value. It may even be possible for a tenant not to have to put down any deposit at all.

Buy to Let Mortgage Advice in Coventry

The Popularity of Gifted Deposits

The benefits of receiving a gifted deposit

We tend to find nowadays that more parents are gifting a deposit than ever before. Realistically, the “Bank of Mum & Dad” is now within the UK’s top 10 biggest lenders.

It’s no surprise how many younger people struggle to save enough for a deposit and lean on their parents or friends to help gift part of the entire housing deposit. Some parents or other family members, such as grandparents, are now gifting amounts upwards of £24,000.

Extra assistance to get a mortgage

Hundreds have become reliant on a family member every year, hoping to help them onto the property ladder. When speaking to some customers, we found that they felt a sense of personal responsibility.

It’s no surprise why many need that extra support, an increase of property prices, that has gone way over the average wage, leaving many unable to save for the deposit on their first home while coving the expenses of rent and utility bills. That said, it’s become more apparent if there is only one income supporting the household or being a sole applicant.

Escaping the rental cycle & getting a mortgage in Coventry

While renting may seem helpful in the short term, it can harm any chance people have to save for a mortgage deposit in the long run. Some decide to move back in with their parents to help save up the necessary costs for a larger deposit. Surveying 1600 parents who had helped their children out, many went on record as saying they had used their savings to do so. 

Another concern is that some said they had withdrawn from their pension schemes or equity to gift a deposit. Essentially, this is them putting forward any inheritance their child would receive.

To read about what could be available to you, read our help to buy service page, or check out our first time buyer in Coventry service page. If you like to arrange to speak with a mortgage advisor in Coventry, please feel free to get in touch with us today. 

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