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How long does it take to get a mortgage?

Buying a home in Doncaster is a tricky business, and aligning all the different factors can pose a logistical nightmare. You’ll want to get your Mortgage Advice, deal, lender and agreement decided as soon as possible

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Stephen Kerrigan, our mortgage expert from Scunthorpe, has provided tips for getting a mortgage to buy a home.

Buying a home in Doncaster is a tricky business, and aligning all the different factors can pose a logistical nightmare. You’ll want to get your Mortgage Advice, deal, lender, and agreement decided as soon as possible so you can act fast and buy your first home. Mortgages Remortgages – Fee-Free Mortgage Advisor will look at how long it takes to get a mortgage and what you, the First-Time Buyer need to consider.

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In terms of securing a mortgage offer, there’s no hard and fast rule over the time it takes, but most of us can expect to wait around a month (between 18-40 days) from application to mortgage offer – provided the process goes smoothly and your application is relatively straight forward.

Mortgages can take a while because they involve a huge number of checks and information processing. There is a range of information the lender will have to check, which includes:

Verifying your income by wading through wage slips, bank statements or self-assessment returns (if self-employed)

Assessing your financial commitments and outgoings, including childcare costs

Getting proof of your current address

Finding details of your solicitor who’ll carry out the transaction

Receiving your estate agent’s details

The lender will then want to conduct a mortgage valuation survey (not to be confused with a building survey) of the property you want to buy. Depending on how busy their surveyors are this can take a few days or more than a week.

How can I speed things up?

Stephen Kerrigan, your Mortgage Broker can help speed up the process, because they are already familiar with the mortgage products on the market, including the specific criteria each lender looks for. This can considerably cut back on the time you’ll spend doing your own research and having to make appointments with or speak to individual lenders directly.

You can help speed up your mortgage application by having all the documents you’ll need handy and sending them through as soon as possible. It’s also a good idea – but not a stipulation – to make a list of all your financial outgoings as well as your income because your broker/lender will want to know that you’ll find the mortgage affordable.

How long does it take to get a mortgage?

You’ll find a standard mortgage offer is typically valid for up to six months, whereas a Remortgages is usually valid for three months (although it can also be six months). The difference is down to the fact that a purchase will typically take longer from application to completion.

Some lenders have a completion deadline instead of a time limit. If you go past this you can still use that lender for a mortgage but your criteria will be re-assessed so you’ll be starting from scratch again. If your circumstances have altered you may be offered a new deal.

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