Use our frequently asked questions to find out what you need to know about first time buying.
We'll only lend you a certain percentage of either the purchase price or the property valuation, whichever is lower. So you'll need to use some of your own money to buy the property – a deposit. We usually ask for at least a 5% deposit from your own money.
However, the more deposit you put down the less you have to borrow. This will ultimately save you money and you can often get a cheaper mortgage product.
As well as your deposit, there are other costs associated with buying a property and taking out a mortgage.
Typical ones that apply to most buyers include conveyancing fees, Stamp Duty Land Tax/Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (properties in Scotland), valuation fees and Land Registry fees.
With Lend a Hand, your mortgage payments stay the same for 3 years, and you don’t need to save for your own deposit. Instead, a family member can put down 10% of the cost of your home, up to £500,000, which they’ll get back plus interest after 3 years (subject to conditions). Learn about the full Lend a Hand details and conditions.
As long as one person applying has never owned a property before, you can apply for a first time buyer mortgage with Lloyds Bank.
An Agreement in Principle (AIP) provides you with a personalised commitment- a free indication of how much we might be able to lend you. If you're buying a home it'll give you a clear idea of which properties you could afford. Estate agents will often ask to see an AIP to show that you are a committed buyer.
We do what's called a soft credit check as part of the process. Soft credit checks can only be seen by yourself on your credit report and do not affect your credit rating or ability to borrow from other lenders or ourselves in the future, even if you're declined an AIP on this occasion.
An Agreement in Principle, also known as a 'Decision in Principle' or 'Mortgage Promise', is useful if you haven’t found a property you want to buy but would like to know how much you could borrow.
All we need is a few personal details about you and anyone else who will be named on the mortgage. Then we’ll contact a credit reference agency for a credit search and give you a credit score. If you reach our pass mark, we’ll give you a certificate that you can use to show a seller you can get a loan.
A mortgage offer is issued by a lender once your application has been received and necessary checks, such as a valuation and confirmation of your details, have been carried out. It sets out the terms under which the lender is prepared to offer you a loan.
The property you buy must be located within the UK and loans can only be used to buy your main residential home or for purposes relating to this home.
We will consider lending you money to buy different types of property. We may ask you to provide a bigger deposit on some types of property than others.
Any loan we make is subject to a property valuation.
While we will consider many types of property, we have a responsibility to ensure that a property is suitable security for a mortgage.
As a result, we will not lend against properties where the lower of the valuation or purchase price is below £40,000.
A mortgage has one key difference to other loans – it is secured against your home. If you cannot keep up with your monthly repayments or you get into financial difficulties you should contact us straight away so we can give you the help you need.
Remember, house prices can go down as well as up. If you owe more than the current value of your home, you will be in negative equity. If you need to move home and sell your property, and if its value has dropped below what you paid for it, there may be a shortfall between the amount you owe on your mortgage and the amount you get for the sale which you will need to repay.
Mortgages can last for a long time, so it is important you get the one that is right for you. You will need to think about such things as the type of loan, how long you want it for and what type of product you would like.
Methods of repayment - there are three different ways of repaying your mortgage. These are repayment, interest-only, and a combination of repayment and interest-only.
Mortgage terms - mortgage terms of up to 40 years are available. How long the mortgage lasts will affect your monthly payments and the total cost of the mortgage.
With a repayment mortgage, the longer the term, the lower the monthly payment. However, it will take you longer to pay off the loan so you will pay more interest. This means it will cost you more over the life of your mortgage.
With an interest-only mortgage, the length of the term makes no difference to the monthly payments because these are only paying off the interest charges and not the loan itself.
With an interest-only mortgage your mortgage term needs to match the time when you will have enough money in your repayment plan(s) to repay the loan.
Mortgage products - we may have different types of mortgage products with different types of interest rates. These change from time to time and we'll give you details of the current range when you apply.
Depending on the mortgage product you chose, you may have to pay an early repayment charge if you repay all or part of your mortgage early or we agree you can change products.
Product incentives - from time to time we may offer mortgage products that include an incentive. The interest rate for products with incentives may sometimes be slightly higher than for products without incentives.
So you will need to consider whether the incentive available at the start of the mortgage is more important to you than the slightly lower interest rate you may get during the product rate period without the incentive.
Your mortgage adviser will ask you about your preferences and discuss your needs and circumstances before deciding which mortgage to recommend to you.
Look at key features to help you understand more about our mortgages.
It is a requirement of your mortgage to have buildings insurance. This covers the bricks and mortar, fixtures and fittings. It's also a good idea to take out contents insurance as well - this protects all your possessions in your home, from furniture to jewellery.
You may want to look into insurance to protect your mortgage for example Life Cover and Critical Illness Cover.
This will depend on the mortgage product, there may be a product fee to pay and early repayment charges if you repay early.
You will need to check our current rates for full details. Any product fees can usually be added on to your mortgage on completion.
There could be other charges and standard costs which you may have to pay during the course of setting up your mortgage.
You will be charged interest on any fees, charges and standard costs added to your loan.
There are other costs associated with buying a property and taking out a mortgage.
Looking for a property can be daunting – think about;
Our house viewing checklist may be useful when you start to view properties. It will help you keep track of the various properties you view.
Moving house can be stressful but it does not have to be. This useful checklistThis link opens in a new browser window and in PDF format. The PDF is approximately 47kb in size. will make it easier to tackle the big move.
You will usually be asked for conveyancer details to take care of the important legal work when you apply for your mortgage.
You will need to choose a conveyancer from our approved list. So it is worth checking with us before you instruct a conveyancer.
When you take out your mortgage, you arrange to have a fixed or variable rate product for a period of time.
At the end of this time, the product will end and your loan will usually be transferred to one of our lender variable rates. At this point, you may choose to move it to a new product for a further period of time.
It is sometimes possible to take a product rate with you to a new mortgage - we sometimes call this 'porting'. Your Illustration and offer letter will say if any of your product rates can be taken to a new mortgage.
We lend you the money on the basis that you are using the property as your main residence.
If your circumstances change after you take the mortgage, and you want to let the property you must ask our permission.
We do not guarantee that we will allow you to let your property and you may have to transfer onto another product if we do allow this.
An agreement in principle is the first step to getting a mortgage. It provides an indication of how much you could borrow (subject to terms and conditions).
You can apply for one online now. There’s no charge and no obligation to then apply for your mortgage with us.
YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE