So you have found your dream property and have had your offer accepted, now you are ready to handle the nitty gritty mortgage details.

You will have to find the best mortgage deal that works for you and then you can apply online or over the phone. You may choose to go with a broker to help you get the best deals.

Do you need a mortgage broker?

A broker is a qualified and regulated mortgage advisor. They should remain unbiased and be there to help you wade through all the offers and find you the best deal for your situation.

Having a broker will save you time and effort trying to find the best deal, they will also be able to handle the negotiations with the lender for you. A broker will help you understand the mortgage rates and know what you will need.

Make sure to be upfront with the broker about your finances and credit so they can do their job properly.

You either pay them a broker fee which is usually around £500-1000 or they will receive a procuration fee from the lender, which won’t affect your total.

If you are confident you can find the best deals yourself then you can skip this step and move on.

What you need for your application

You will need original copies of all the forms listed below, make sure you have these ready before starting the process, this will help you speed things up.

  • A form of ID, e.g. a passport
  • Details of your current employment
  • At least 6 months’ worth of payslips
  • Proof of current address
  • Proof that you have the deposit
  • Tax return forms, if you are self-employed
  • Your latest P60 tax form

A mortgage in principle

This is a conditional offer from a lender with no guarantees this will go through to completion. This helps buyers to have a sense of confidence during the process whilst the lender continues with their checks

The lender will complete credit checks, these could damage your score so make sure not to have too many in short space of time.

‘Soft’ credit checks leave a less visible sign to the next lender so check which type they are using.

Don’t rely on your existing bank or building society as this vastly limits your options and cuts the market short.


On top of all the big payments you’re making to buy a house it is important to factor in all the other fees you have to think about too.

Arrangement fee

You will pay this to the lender and it can go up to around £2000 which you can pay upfront or add on to the price of your mortgage. If you pay upfront be aware that this is a non-refundable sum even if your offer falls through.

Booking/reservation fee

Some lenders will charge this fee to secure a fixed-rate, tracker or discount deal. This will be around £100-200 and is again non-refundable which you can pay upfront. Sometimes this will be rolled into the arrangement fee and won’t be a separate charge.

Valuation fee

The lender will carry out checks on your chosen property to determine the value in case you miss payments and the property is repossessed. The cost of this will depend on the property value. You can also ask for a survey at an extra cost which will check for any hidden damages and structural problems which is especially important if you are buying an old house.

Legal fees

This is paid to your solicitor and covers all the legal work needed when buying a house including, conveyancing which searches local authorities data for hidden damage on the property. This will cost roughly £500-1500.

Stamp duty

This is a tax paid to the government which some developers will offer to pay if you are buying a brand new home.

The price depends on the property value.

If the property price is between £300,001 to £925,000 then you will pay 5% in stamp duty.


The application process in total can take months to reach completion which is why before you start, it can be helpful to make sure you have all the information, are sure you can cover all costs and have all the correct documents.

Happy Mortgage hunting!