If you’d like to wake up on Christmas morning in a new home, you need to act fast. December will be here before you know it, and you’ll want to be in your new property at least a couple of weeks before the 25th, so you can decorate the Christmas tree and put a wreath on your front door. Aside from the Christmas decorations, you’ll want time to turn your house into a home too.
Buying A House Fast
If you’ve decided your current home isn’t big enough, you fancy upgrading, moving to a new area or you’re buying your first home, you should dedicate some time to deciding what you want and don’t want from your new home. If you’re buying with someone else, compromise might be required. Having a clear search area, property type and budget, can stop you from wasting time looking at properties that aren’t suitable.
Make sure that you’re registered with local estate agents and that they know you want to move fast. If you’re also selling a property to enable your purchase, you’ll need to find a buyer who is equally as keen to get moving.
Get a mortgage offer quickly
Don’t wait until you’ve found the perfect property before booking an appointment with a mortgage broker. They’ll be able to offer your invaluable advice, answer any questions you have about the house buying and mortgage process, and provide you with a mortgage in principle.
A mortgage broker or adviser will look in detail at your finances and circumstances, asking a number of affordability questions, as it’s vital that you’ll be able to keep up with your mortgage payments, month in, month out, or you could end up losing your home.
They will then search the market for you to find the best mortgage deals, saving you valuable time. Many mortgage comparison sites don’t search all available lenders, and therefore won’t necessarily identify all mortgage products that are suitable for your needs. A broker has access to everyone and will spend the time stress testing each option and exploring alternatives. They’ll then go through the best deals with you, explaining how they each work, e.g. some may be fixed deals for 2 years, 3 years, or 5 deals, which are often ideal if you want to know exactly how much you’ll have to pay each month. If this isn’t something that matters to you, you may decide that a tracker mortgage is better.
Once you find a deal you like, your broker can put in an application, and you’ll receive a mortgage in principle letter. This means that you should be able to get a mortgage for a given amount; so can act as proof that you’re a serious buyer when you place an offer on a property.
From offer, to exchange, to completion
Placing an offer on a property is exciting, but until it’s accepted and the property is taken off the market you won’t be able to begin the conveyancing process. The conveyancing process is what happens when a property legally changes hands. Generally it takes around 6 weeks from instructing solicitors to exchange.
Your mortgage adviser will most likely be able to recommend several local solicitors, for a speedy purchase and / or it is best to get them lined up early so you can instruct as soon as your offer is accepted. They will also act on behalf of the mortgage lender (who is essentially buying the house for you, or at least part of it) and will need details of the mortgage offer to proceed.
The mortgage lender will send a surveyor to assess the property you want to buy, to confirm that the property is worth as much as you say it is. If it’s down valued, you might not be able to get the full amount you were hoping for. If this happens, your mortgage broker will explain the different options available to you, one of which will be to apply again this time with a different lender. Having an independent mortgage adviser to help you through this process, can take the pressure off and make it a lot less stressful than trying to do it yourself.
Once your mortgage has been approved, your broker will probably also recommend buildings insurance products – you need to have this in place from the date of exchange – but you do have the option to shop elsewhere for buildings cover if you choose. Your solicitor will arrange a date for exchange of contracts, and a completion date, which is the day you’ll get the keys to your new home. Once you know these dates, you’ll be able to begin packing up your belongings and book your removal company.
Need a mortgage broker?
Moving home can be stressful especially in the run up to Christmas, but if you have the right professionals in your corner, you should have as smooth a move as possible. If you need mortgage advice, or a general chat about your options for buying a property, please get in touch.