In this brief guide, we will cover the Bank of Scotland mortgage application process, what you can expect and how you may want to consider going about it.
The Bank of Scotland mortgage application process
Once you have gotten all your documents together and have gotten your Bank of Scotland mortgage in principle then you can look to get a mortgage offer by starting your Bank of Scotland mortgage application online or in the branch.
Before you fill in your Bank of Scotland mortgage application you will be shown a key facts illustration that provides all the details about the mortgage product you are about to apply for.
Apply for the Bank of Scotland mortgage
When filling in your Bank of Scotland mortgage application you will need to provide:
Income – Your gross income details should match the amounts shown on your proof of income documents e.g. payslips and details of any other income you have
Outgoings – Details of any loan repayments and other monthly expenses. You may also need to provide details on any credit card balances.
Address – Your current address and postcode and the date you moved to this address. You may also need to provide your previous address history.
Bank details – Your bank account and sort code number
Contact details – Your employer’s, solicitor’s, and estate agent’s address and postcode
You may not be able to start a Bank of Scotland mortgage application for Help to Buy, Right to Buy, Shared Equity, or Interest Only mortgages online.
Once you have completed the Bank of Scotland mortgage application it will be assessed and the mortgage underwriter may request further details or documents.
After this, the home will then be valued and a mortgage valuation report produced for the mortgage lender.
Some mortgage lenders do desktop valuations which are carried out online whilst others will instruct a surveyor to go inspect the house.
This can be a drive-by survey where the survey is simply from the outside of the house or a more in-depth survey where the surveyor will go into the home (with permission) and look everywhere.
If Bank of Scotland finds that the home is valued less than you are buying it for then they may reduce their loan to value rate on the mortgage which will mean you need to put down a bigger mortgage deposit.
If you are not already using a government first-time buyer or home mover scheme then you may want to consider if you are eligible for any to see if they can increase your mortgage deposit or reduce the total cost of purchasing the property.
You can also carry out a more in-depth survey at a cost to you if you dispute the valuation provided by Bank of Scotland or if you just want some peace of mind.
Receiving a mortgage offer
At this stage of the Bank of Scotland mortgage application, Bank of Scotland will then provide you with a Bank of Scotland mortgage offer as long as everything is fine with your mortgage application.
If anything has changed since you first made your Bank of Scotland mortgage application then you may want to declare this change of circumstances to Bank of Scotland or they may withdraw the mortgage offer if they find out.
At this stage of your Bank of Scotland mortgage application, you are now ready to complete the home purchase. This will be handled mostly by your conveyancer and the seller’s conveyancer.
You can read more about the Bank of Scotland mortgage application process here
Can I get a mortgage with Bank of Scotland?
Yes, you can get a mortgage with Bank of Scotland but before you make your Bank of Scotland mortgage application you may want to ensure you are very well prepared and are likely to get a mortgage offer.
Here are a few things you may want to do a few months before you make your Bank of Scotland mortgage application:
Get on the electoral roll:
When you get on the electoral roll this gives you more credibility to Bank of Scotland as it confirms your address and in some cases how long you have been living there.
Ensure you don’t have any recent payday loans:
Mortgage lenders don’t like lending to borrowers with a bad financial habit. Payday loans are seen as a bad financial habit and you should avoid taking any out at least a few months before starting your Bank of Scotland mortgage application.
Use a credit card to build credit:
You may want to get a credit card in order to build credit by repaying your credit card on time every month.
You may also be able to use a credit builder loan to build credit.
Check your credit report:
You should check your credit report with all four credit bureaus before you start your Bank of Scotland mortgage application to ensure there are no errors on your credit report which may then affect your ability to get a mortgage with Bank of Scotland.
Get your documents ready
You should then begin to get your documents ready for your Bank of Scotland mortgage application.
These will usually include:
3 months worth of bank statements
3 months worth of payslips
Your P60 tax return
Your SA302 calculation form if you are self-employed
Your contract if you are a contractor
How do I apply for a Bank of Scotland mortgage?
You can now apply for a Bank of Scotland mortgage by going into a Bank of Scotland branch or by applying online through the Bank of Scotland paperless online mortgage application.
How long does a Bank of Scotland mortgage in principle last?
A Bank of Scotland mortgage in principle will usually be valid for about 90 days.
Can I borrow more on my Bank of Scotland mortgage?
Yes, you may be able to borrow more on your Bank of Scotland mortgage if you still meet the Bank of Scotland mortgage affordability requirements.
When starting a Bank of Scotland mortgage application or considering one you should really take a step back and consider if you want to get a mortgage by going to Bank of Scotland directly or seeking to go to a mortgage broker who may likely have access to thousands of products from the mortgage market rather than just a few products which may be available from Bank of Scotland.
How to apply for a Bank of Scotland mortgage?
You may want to use an independent mortgage broker to help you get a mortgage on your new home.
Mortgage brokers are important as they can access mortgage products from across the whole of the market in some cases.
This could be over 11,000 mortgage products. This may have some advantages rather than going directly to a mortgage lender.
A mortgage broker will look to understand your financial circumstances and then provide recommendations on which mortgage products may be suitable for you based on your mortgage affordability.
After giving you these mortgage recommendations, most mortgage brokers will seek your consent to apply for a mortgage in principle.
This will allow you to shop for your home as more estate agents and sellers may take you seriously and it will also give you confidence that your mortgage is indeed a possibility before you make a full mortgage application.
Once you have found a home you want to buy and are satisfied with the mortgage offer for your mortgage then the mortgage broker will then look to get you a mortgage offer.
This will come with a key facts illustration document that details the features of your mortgage including how much you will pay per month.
It will also contain information on if there are any limits such as early repayment fees, or annual overpayment limits.
If you are happy with everything you can then go on to secure your mortgage with the help of a conveyancer.
Your conveyancer will manage the legal searches on the property to ensure there aren’t any issues with it.
They will oversee the sales agreement to ensure it is in your best interest, they will manage the transfer of mortgage funds, exchange contracts with the seller or their conveyancer, and set a completion date with the seller or their conveyancer.
In this brief article, we discussed the Bank of Scotland mortgage application and what you can expect in the application process.
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