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What is a Mortgage Agreement in Principle?

The Value of an Agreement in Principle

How having your mortgage agreed at the outset can help you negotiate on an asking price:

A Mortgage Agreement in Principle is essentially a document to prove you have a mortgage in place.  It proves that you are credit-worthy and have passed the lenders credit score.

A Mortgage Agreement in Principle is NOT a guarantee that you will definitely get a mortgage.  Your full application will require further background checks (such as evidence of income) and a satisfactory valuation of the property itself. However, it’s a good idea to get one done at the earliest opportunity for the following reasons:

  1. Negotiating Power
  2. Avoid Disappointment
  3. Knowing your Limits

Negotiating Power with a Mortgage Agreement in Principle

When you are ready to make an offer on a new home most Estate Agents will undertake due diligence. They will also ask you to produce evidence that you have funds available to complete the purchase. This will take the form of bank statements and also an Agreement in Principle certificate. Once completed, Estate Agent will then normally stop marketing the property and put a “Sold” or “Sale Agreed” board up.

If you already have a Mortgage agreed before you make an offer you are making yourself appear as an attractive proposition.  This proves you are not making an offer on a “whim”, you’ve thought about how you’re going to fund the purchase.  This might persuade a seller to accept an offer you put forward on their property underneath the asking price.

Avoid Disappointment with a Mortgage Agreement in Principle

When it comes to buying a house some clients have always “put the cart before the horse”.  It’s easy to go full steam ahead and make an offer on a property without first checking that they are actually in a financial position to proceed.

This can lead to terrible disappointment if the mortgage application fails.  This disappointment can be avoided by contacting us, a Mortgage Broker at an earlier stage.  Sometimes there are things that are causing a mortgage to decline that can be overcome given a little time.

For example, there may be a niggling issue on your credit report, perhaps a disputed mobile phone bill which can be easily rectified. Maybe you thought you were on the Voter’s roll and you’re not – once again that can be sorted out given a few weeks.

Or maybe you can’t get a mortgage at all! But if that’s the case it’s better that you know now rather than mess people about and we’ll 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

Ok, so you know you’ve got a good credit rating because you’ve never been turned down for credit, you’re registered on the Voter’s roll and you’ve always made your credit card payments on time – so what can go wrong?!

Well, you could approach 10 different Lenders these days and get 10 different maximum mortgage amounts! They all calculate affordability in their own unique ways. If you’re self-employed it really is a minefield: some Lenders take your net profit, others your salary and divided. Some use your latest year, others an average over 3 years.

Still, think it’s simple?!

Knowing your borrowing limits is important as then you know for sure what your price range is. I’ll be able to advise you of the maximum mortgage available to you and, even more importantly, together we’ll work out how much you can afford to pay back each month.

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