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Valuation Fee

This may include a non-refundable administration fee and must normally be enclosed with the application. The whole fee is non-refundable once the valuation has been carried out. The type of valuation you choose will depend on factors such as the age and condition of the property and whether there is any history of subsidence in the area.

  • Basic Mortgage Valuation
    This is for the lender's own purposes confirming the property provides security for the loan. You may wish to consider one of the more detailed types of survey
  • Homebuyer's Report
    This provides concise information in a standardised format on the state of repair and condition of the property. The report will include comments on the property's defects and the valuer's opinion as to its marketability.
  • Full Structural Survey
    This is a structural report based on a detailed examination of the property. Any areas of concern you might have about the property will be investigated.

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Arrangement Fee

This may be payable either in advance, where the lender will ask you to enclose a cheque with the mortgage application or on completion.
All or part of it may be non-refundable if the mortgage is declined or withdrawn. This will be specified in your mortgage Key Facts Illustration.

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Legal Costs and Fees

The fees charged by a solicitor include the charge for conveyancing (the transfer of ownership of land), the costs of legal registrations and miscellaneous costs (known as disbursements); for example, Local Search Fees and Land Registry Fees. We recommend you obtain an estimate of these costs early on in the process

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Stamp Duty

If the purchase price is £125,000 or less you don't pay any Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT).

Purchase price of residential property Rate of SDLT (percentage of the total purchase price)

Up to £125,000Zero
The next £125,000 (the portion from £125,001 to £250,000)2%
The next £675,000 (the portion from £250,001 to £925,000)5%
The next £575,000 (the portion from £925,001 to £1.5 million)10%
The remaining amount (the portion above £1.5 million)12%

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Higher Lending Charge

This may apply if the amount you wish to borrow is more than, typically, 75% of the value of the property. The Lender will require additional secruity on the amount in excess of this threshold in the form of an insurance policy (a higher lending charge).

This policy is used to protect the lender only and is used to cover the lender in the situation where the property is repossessed and the loan plus any unpaid interest. You will then owe the insurance company any payment claimed by the lender. The lender will arrange the insurance and the premium will be paid by you, in some cases it can be added to the loan.

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Repayment Charge

Some lenders make an early repayment charge based on the product selected. Others may charge at any time if you pay off your loan before the end of the normal mortgage term. In some cases this can be a significant amount. Always check the terms in the offer letter from your lender.

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Buildings and Contents Insurance

All lenders require that you fully insure the property for the total cost of rebuilding it. It is also strongly recommended that you take out contents insurance. Your adviser can arrange this cover for you.

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Mortgage Payment Protection

We recommend you consider protecting your mortgage and associated payments in the event of being unable to work through accident, sickness or unemployment. Your adviser can arrange this cover for you.

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Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.