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First time buyer mortgages

Key steps to buying your first home.

Step 1 - You're thinking of buying your first home

Learn about the size of deposit you’ll need, how much you could borrow and whether you’re eligible for a mortgage.

Step 2 - Find out how much you could borrow

Our mortgage calculator gives you an idea of what you could borrow and shows the current interest rates. You can also compare monthly payments.

Step 3 - You're ready to start viewing properties

You’ll find it helpful to have an Agreement in Principle. There’s no charge for this, and no obligation to apply for your mortgage with us.

YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE

What's an Agreement in Principle?

An Agreement in Principle (AIP) provides you with a personalised commitment-free mortgage promise of how much we might be able to lend you. This is required before you can begin your full application with us. Estate agents will often ask to see an AIP to show that you are a committed buyer.

  • It should take no longer than 15 minutes with no obligation to apply for a mortgage.
  • No effect on your credit rating even if you're declined.
  • Get a clear idea of which properties you could afford
  • Your Agreement in Principle is subject to a full mortgage application and the amount we could lend you isn't guaranteed.

Watch our video to learn more about the mortgage application process.

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Step 4 - You've had an offer accepted on a property

Make sure you’ve completed your Agreement in Principle with us, then you’ll need to speak to one of our mortgage advisers.

They’ll ask you about your needs and circumstances and then recommend our most suitable mortgage for you.

You can either call us on 0800 783 3534Call telephone number: 0800 783 3534, or book a branch appointment online.

Mortgage Offers

On a selected range of mortgages:

  • We'll pay your standard valuation fee
  • We'll arrange and pay your basic legal fees through our eConveyancing service
  • 0.20% discount off a fixed rate mortgage if you have a Club Lloyds current account.

Average time: 2 hours

If you are applying with someone else, make sure you are both available as this will save time. In preparation for your interview you’ll need to:

  • Prepare the documents you’ll need such as payslips, bank statements, details of any financial commitments or bonus, and proof of your identity
  • Bring details of the property you want to buy

At the interview your Mortgage Adviser will:

  • Complete background checks with a Credit Reference Agency
  • Talk to you about valuation schemes
  • Review your income and commitments
  • Review your needs and circumstances and recommend our most suitable mortgage for you
  • Give you an Illustration, which sets out the terms of the mortgage product and the total cost of the loan.

In Scotland sellers must provide a Home Report which includes survey, Energy Performance Certificate and Property Questionnaire.

When all this is done and if everything is ok, we’ll write to make you a mortgage offer.

Average time: 2-3 months

The legal side of buying or selling a property can be carried out by either a ‘solicitor’ or ‘licensed conveyancer’, for simplicity we refer to both of these as ‘conveyancer’. They will check who owns the property you want to buy, what’s included in the sale, and whether there are any clauses in the property’s legal title you or your lender need to be aware of. In Scotland your solicitor will also put in your offer to buy the property and negotiate for you.

You’ll need to:

  • Get an estimate from them of costs, including any legal fees and VAT
  • Ask your conveyancer to explain anything in your Mortgage Offer you don’t understand
  • Ask your conveyancer to confirm any Stamp Duty Land Tax/Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (properties in Scotland) charge payable
  • Tell your conveyancer if you have negotiated for any items such as curtains, carpets or kitchen appliances to be included in the sale
  • Make sure you read any documents your conveyancer sends you very carefully.

Who’s involved:

  • You and the seller, known as the vendor
  • Seller’s estate agent
  • Your conveyancer and the seller’s conveyancer
  • Your lender.

You can use the Lloyds Bank Conveyancing Service to compare quotes from our panel of up to 200 conveyancing professionals. You can review the quotes and choose a conveyancer based on what matters to you - the price, the firm's location or their service rating.

Get a quote for your legal costs

Alternatively, you can appoint your own conveyancer, or your mortgage adviser can help arrange one during your mortgage appointment using the Lloyds Conveyancing Service.

All conveyancers instructed through the Lloyds Bank Conveyancing Service offer a 'no completion, no legal fee' guarantee, so you'll have nothing to pay for the legal work done if the purchase falls through. No legal fee is payable, however if the conveyancer has made payments to third parties on your behalf, such as fees for searches, these will still be payable.

Using the Lloyds Bank Conveyancing Service isn’t a requirement of applying for a mortgage with us and inclusion of a firm on our eConveyancing panel does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement of that firm by Lloyds Bank.

Average time: Usually takes place in one day.

When you have read all the documents your conveyancer will ask you if you are happy to proceed with the purchase. They will then ask you to sign the contract. When everyone is ready contracts will be exchanged, usually by phone, to form a binding legal agreement to buy and sell.

You’ll need to:

  • Make sure you have given your conveyancer the money they will need to pay as a deposit on exchange of contracts
  • Sign the contract sent to you by your conveyancer (In Scotland, you exchange 'missives' which are letters of exchange with the sellers conveyancer)
  • Give your conveyancer a date on which you wish to complete the process
  • Make sure you have buildings insurance.

Who’s involved:

  • Your conveyancer and the seller’s conveyancer
  • Once you’ve exchanged contracts (In Scotland concluded missives) you can start to make arrangements for moving.

 

After exchange your conveyancer will ask you to sign the mortgage deed and the document to transfer your new home to you. They will also apply to us for the mortgage money and ask you for any balance they need to complete your purchase.

Your conveyancer will call you to confirm the legal process is complete. You can then pick up the keys to your new home.

Congratulations! You now own your first home.

Government Schemes

Help to buy

Lloyds Bank support government backed initiatives to help people buy a home. So whether you're a first time buyer or moving home there could be a scheme that's right for you.