The most common way to purchase a property is with a combination of mortgage (home loan) and a deposit. Banks and other lenders usually require a deposit or contribution from you, often calculated as a percentage of the total value of the home. For example, a 25 per cent deposit on a £200,000 property would be £50,000.
How you fund this deposit is up to you. Some people use savings or equity in an existing property and others may borrow from their parents or someone else in order to get on the property ladder. Either way, working out how much money you have available is a good place to begin.
If you are funding the rest of your property purchase with a mortgage, you need to find out how much a bank or building society is prepared to lend you. In most cases this is calculated using your income, whether that’s from an employer, interest dividends from investments or from a self-employment source. A mortgage lender will require evidence of your earnings, which can be in the form of pay slips, bank statements or, in some cases, company accounts.
At Private Wealth Mortgages, we help you find out what a mortgage lender is prepared to offer when it comes to the amount you can borrow and how much interest they will charge. You can also use our mortgage calculator as a guide to the amount you could borrow. However, this is just a guide and affordability of any loan needs to be assessed as well.
If this is your first property purchase, it’s important to bear in mind there are additional costs associated with purchasing a home. You should set aside money for stamp duty, hiring a solicitor or even furnishings and decorating. And when it comes to monthly costs, you may have to consider building or home contents insurance, household bills and any grounds rent or service charges, in addition to your mortgage payments.