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The buying process

There are a number of important steps in the home–buying process, which generally starts with you working out how much you can afford to borrow to buy a house, and ends with you moving into your new abode.


Below you’ll find our step-by-step guide to the buying process, which will help you to buy your new home in the most simple and straightforward way:


Step 1 - How much can you borrow?


Firstly you need to work out exactly how much you can afford to borrow, most mortgage lenders use an affordability calculator to assess how much they are prepared to lend, it is important that the monthly payments payable are affordable to you. Wisemove provides mortgage brokerage facilities to obtain the most suitable mortgage for its clients, this is achieved by discussing a clients requirements and tailoring a mortgage to suit their individual needs.If you already own a property then you will need to have it valued and find out how much you still owe on the mortgage, so you can take that into consideration when deciding how much to spend on the new house.


Buying process


Step 2 - Start your property search


Once you know how much you have to spend on a property you can go into a number of different Estate Agents and register with them. Tell them your price range and any specific requirements, such as the number of bedrooms, etc, and they will inform you of any properties for sale that meet your criteria.


This is often the longest step in the process, as you will probably view lots of properties that meet your requirements on paper but do not live up to your expectations. However, don’t get disheartened, keep looking and you’re sure to find the home of your dreams.


Step 3 - Offer process


When you find a property you want to buy, you must tell the Estate Agent your offer price and they will liaise with the vendor (person selling the property) on your behalf, and will then let you know if they accept your offer.


Step 4 - Mortgage, surveys & solicitor


After your offer has been accepted, you would need to provide proof of funding to the Estate Agent i.e. mortgage Decision in Principle, Equity from sale of an existing property or Savings or a combination of these.


You would then be expected to apply for your mortgage if required. You will also be expected to appoint a solicitor who will prepare and explain the legal aspect of the sale/purchase of the property in to your name.



As part of the mortgage process the mortgage lender will require the property to be valued/surveyed, as this will form part of their underwriting decision about your mortgage application. The mortgage lender will require the details of the solicitor who will be dealing with the legal aspect of buying the property for you.


Buying process


Your solicitor will help you with the legal procedures of the purchase, including making enquiries to the sellers solicitor to ensure there are no issues stopping you buying the property, to raise any concerns they may have in respect of the property purchase (if there are any), the solicitor will usually have an appointment with you to explain the paperwork involved, they will collect any monies from you and/or from a mortgage lender, to be able to be in a position to exchange contracts and agree a completion date with all parties related to the property sale.


Step 5 - Pick up your keys


The property will then be your home and all you have to do is pick up the keys from the selling Estate Agent and move in!

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