How to get a mortgage in principle to reserve a new build plot

first-time buyer getting a mortgage in principle to reserve a new build plot

If you want to feel like you have made a big first step towards purchasing your dream home and putting yourself in the best position possible, then getting an MIP in place is the right thing to do.

A mortgage in principle (MIP) is an essential step in successfully reserving your new build home. It shows developers that you are a serious and financially ready buyer. Plus, knowing your budget allows you to act swiftly, getting ahead of the competition to secure your new home.

If you are ready to embark on your journey to homeownership, then our blog post is here to help you understand why getting an MIP is key in finding and securing your new build home. We’ll explore why it is necessary, what you need to do and how to do it in the easiest way possible.

At Bliss Financial, we’re helping individuals on their journey to homeownership. We help with various stages of reserving a new build house, from getting the mortgage in principle to signing a legal contract. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or looking to move home, we are here to help you. Contact us today, and let’s talk through your situation.

What is a mortgage in principle (MIP)?

If you want to take the first big step in purchasing a property and are interested in reserving a new build home, then heading to an experienced mortgage broker or bank to ask for a mortgage in principle (MIP) should be top of your home-owning agenda.

Essentially, an MIP is a confirmation from a lender or broker that you would probably be accepted for a mortgage. While it isn’t a guarantee, it is a good sign and certainly makes you more attractive to sellers when putting in an offer.

How long does a MIP last?

While an MIP is great, especially if you are close to putting in an offer on your dream home, it doesn’t last forever. It is a snapshot of your finances and the current housing market at the specific moment you apply. A MIP is typically valid for around 60 to 90 days, giving you a couple of months to use it.

If you don’t use it within this timeframe, then you will need to reapply. Why? This is because your financial situation or mortgage interest rates could change at any given time. Lenders essentially want to make sure your MIP reflects your current situation.

Is it best to get an MIP before starting the buying process of a new build?

Before you dive headfirst into the exciting adventure of searching for your new build home, it is a good idea to have a mortgage in principle in place first.

This puts you in a much better position when looking to purchase a new home by:

  • knowing your budget;
  • boosting your confidence as a buyer;
  • putting you ahead of the competition.

What do I need to reserve a new build house?

If you are looking to reserve a new build home, then there are a few things you’ll need to do to make the reservation process a successful one.

Get in contact with a mortgage broker

To ensure a smooth and swift house-hunting journey, you should speak to an experienced mortgage broker who can help you navigate the complicated process.

At Bliss Financial, our goal is to make getting a mortgage easy. We will go through your personal and financial situation to help you understand what you might be able to afford and help you get your mortgage in principle, ready for when you want to make an offer.

With our range of mortgage services, we can help you with whatever your situation. Contact us today to discuss your mortgage needs.

Take a look around

Before jumping in and putting an offer on the first home you’ve fallen in love with, it is a good idea to look around and get a feel for the place you might be calling home one day. This means visiting a few properties, looking around the area and finding as much information as possible to help you make a smart decision.

Negotiate or make an offer on the purchase price

Once you have got your MIP and found the property you want to reserve, you’ll need to put in an offer or negotiate the price. You may be questioning whether you can actually negotiate the price of a new build. After all, it is brand new. But the answer is yes, and you absolutely should!

Many developers will be happy to accept below the asking price, as new builds are typically priced much higher than other properties on the market and tend to come with expensive premiums.

Pay the reservation fee

If you are happy and want to go ahead with securing your new home, then you’ll need to pay the reservation fee to reserve your plot. This fee is usually around £500 to £1,000. It holds the property for a fixed time while you finalise the details, like securing a mortgage, getting a mortgage valuation, and paying any required legal fees.

You can also back out at this point if you need to, but you will lose the reservation fee if you choose to do this.

Get your mortgage offer

Now that you’ve successfully paid the reservation fee for your new build property and put in an offer, you’ll need to complete the buying process. This involves finding a good mortgage deal. As mentioned earlier, this is what we specialise in at Bliss Financial. We can help you find the most suitable mortgage deal for your personal and financial situation.

Looking to reserve your new build home? Get in touch with Bliss Financial today

At Bliss Financial, we understand that while it is an exciting time, the journey of buying a house and arranging a mortgage in principle can be a tricky road to navigate. Rest assured, you can expect our full support right up to the move-in date, from securing your MIP agreement to making a full mortgage application.

We specialise in mortgages for new builds, and as experienced brokers, we have access to a wide range of lenders.

Whether you’re a first-time buyer or looking to change things up and move home, we can support you every step of the way. We aim to take the weight off your shoulders by dealing with mortgage lenders and property developers, leaving you with the exciting part of planning and packing for your new home.

Get in touch today to arrange a video chat consultation or a phone call or to pop in for a cuppa.

Frequently asked questions about reserving a new build property

If you are looking to reserve a new build home and want to learn more, then take a look at some of our most commonly asked questions below:

Will the mortgage lender value the property before giving a mortgage in principle?

You shouldn’t need to carry out a property valuation to get a mortgage in principle. An MIP is usually a pretty straightforward process and can even be completed online in some cases. However, when it comes to getting a full mortgage, your mortgage lender might expect a property valuation before providing an offer.

Do you have to pay to reserve a new build house?

You will usually need to pay a reservation fee to keep hold of your new build home before you pay the deposit and exchange contracts. This fee varies in price, but as long as you choose to go ahead with the purchase, the cost will be deducted from the total purchase price upon completion.

How long can I reserve a property for?

After paying the reservation fee, you can usually reserve a new build plot for around 28 days, although this can vary among sellers. You’ll have plenty of time to dot the ‘i’s and cross the ‘t’s. During this time, you should consider if you are happy with the property and the agreed completion date and look to get a mortgage offer secured and ready to purchase your new property.

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Amanda Marsden

Amanda is the founder and owner of Bliss Financial. She has been helping clients with their mortgage and insurance needs for over 15 years. Her passion is to fully explore the options open to them and ensures the process is easy with no stress. She also specialises in helping clients invest in buy to let property and landlords.

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