In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “how long does it take to release mortgage funds”.

How long does it take to release mortgage funds?

Different mortgage lenders have varying criteria on how long it could take them to release mortgage funds. Some mortgage lenders will release the mortgage funds in as little as 3 days whilst others will take up to 7 days.

If you are concerned about how long it could take for the mortgage lender to release mortgage funds then you should ask your mortgage lender or mortgage broker.

You should note that you will start to pay interest on your mortgage funds as soon as they are drawn and paid to your solicitor. 

Your solicitor will usually get this to the seller or the seller’s conveyancer in 3 days or less.

The funds for your mortgage arr drawn on completion and not on exchange of contracts.

If you are worried or have any time constraints then you should ask your conveyancer to ake the request for funds to be released in advance to avoid any delays from the mortgage lender.

Most mortgage lenders will release the mortgage funds on the requested completion date which your conveyancer has informed the mortgage lender of.

FAQs: how long does it take to release mortgage funds

How long does nationwide take to release mortgage funds?

Nationwide says it will take up to 7 days to release the mortgage funds in the case of a remortgage. In the case of an initial mortgage application then this may take a few days and hence you should apply in advance. 

How long do Barclays take to release mortgage funds?

Barclays says it will take them at least 5 working days to release the funds but this may indeed be sooner, If the funds are returned to Barclays then you can only request them after 3 working days.

Interest will begin to be charged on the mortgage funds from 24 hours on but they will be charged from the day the mortgage funds were released.

How are mortgage funds released?

Mortgage funds are released on the completion date of the mortgage. This is the date when you legally become the owner. The mortgage lender releases the mortgage money to your conveyance who pays the seller’s conveyancer.

Your Conveyancer or solicitor will need to have informed the mortgage lender of this day in advance as the mortgage lender will need to do some admin work on their end which could take as long as 3 days.

Once this is done the seller’s conveyancer will hand over the title deeds to your conveyancer and the completion process is almost done.

How long do Santander take to release mortgage funds?

Santander will aim to release the mortgage funds within 3 days.

How long do Halifax take to release mortgage funds?

Halifax will aim to release the mortgage funds within 7 days.

How long does it take NatWest to release mortgage funds?

Natwest will aim to release the mortgage funds within  7 days of the request.

How long can a solicitor hold mortgage funds?

Each mortgage lender will have its own criteria on how long a solicitor can hold the mortgage funds before they have to be returned to the mortgage lender if they are not used.

How long does it take to release mortgage funds at HSBC

HSBC will aim to release the mortgage funds within 14 days of the request.

What happens if the mortgage funds are not released on the completion date?

If the mortgage funds have not been released by the completion date then this indeed be a very big issues. You should contact your conveyancer who will speak with the mortgage lender and determine the nature of the delay.

Can mortgage funds be released before exchange?

It is very rare that a mortgage lender will agree to release mortgage funds before the exchange of contracts. Typically the mortgage funds are released on the date when the exchange of contracts are scheduled.

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “how long does it take to release mortgage funds”.

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