The Costs Of Buying A Home in Lincoln | Lincolnmoneyman

Costs of Buying a Home in Lincoln

One of the more frequently encountered questions we hear from prospective first time buyers in Lincoln, is them wondering how much their mortgage process is going to cost them.

To answer this, we have compiled a short list of all the fees you can expect to pay when you are looking to purchase a new home, and when they will become payable.

Estate Agency Fees

This will only apply if you are selling your home. With a surge in popularity of online estate agencies, you can be looking at the mid-to-low hundreds for a standard website listing.

That being said, for a more localised service, you could be looking at a fee around 1-2% of the property price.

Valuation Fees

Your mortgage lender will need you to have a valuation carried out on the property you are purchasing to ensure that the property is worth the amount you are looking to borrow from them.

Prices for a property survey can vary anywhere from nowhere (for a basic valuation with some lenders) up to several hundred pounds for a much more in-depth Home Buyers’ Report, maybe even more than that for a Full Building Survey.

The key to working around the cost, is that you always have an element of choice in the level of detail your survey goes into, with your decision depending on the age and property type, as well as any concerns you may have.

Mortgage Arrangement Fees

Sometimes you may have a product with a cheaper rate, but the benefit can be outweighed by the payable arrangement fee to the mortgage lender.

This cost doesn’t exist with every mortgage lender, so you may not have to pay anything at all, though in some cases it could be upwards of 3 figures, depending on the mortgage lender in question.

You may find that these costs can be paid upfront, though you may also be able to add these onto the balance of your mortgage. It is worth noting though, that this would mean incurring further interest charges.

As a team of expert mortgage advisors in Lincoln, helping with first time buyers and people moving home in Lincoln alike, we are able to compare deals for you in order to find a suitable one for your needs.

Solicitor’s Fees

You will need to hire the services of a qualified solicitor. The cost of this service can be quoted very differently depending on the firm you are speaking to. An estimation for a straight forward purchase with a local company is likely within the mid-hundreds.

You will need to give the property address, whether it’s leasehold or freehold and how much you are purchasing it for, in order to receive accurate quotations.

The key points to cover when asking for a quote are:

  • Ensure the firm includes VAT.
  • Ensure the firm includes the cost of any “disbursements.” These are fees such as Land Registry Fees and Local Authority Search Fees.
  • Is your solicitor on your mortgage lenders panel?

Stamp Duty Fees

In addition to the costs and disbursements involved in paying your solicitor, depending on your circumstances, you may also be required to pay this tax which the solicitor collects on completion of the property purchase.

This doesn’t apply to everyone. The government have been known to change the criteria on Stamp Duty, with the latest change being in favour of first time buyers in Lincoln. The latest Stamp Duty updates can be found here.

Mortgage Broker Fees

A mortgage broker in Lincoln will typically charge for their service. The cost of this will vary from company to company.

In our case, your dedicated mortgage advisor in Lincoln will discuss this in more detail with you during your free initial mortgage appointment.

We would definitely recommend choosing a local company such as ourselves, rather than a big organisation. They are more likely only to charge on completion, as opposed to any application fees and additional costs that could be incurred.

Moving/Removal Fees

Of course if you are moving home in Lincoln, the cost of doing so in regard to the actual moving aspect, can be quite costly. This will depend on the level of service you are looking for.

Hiring your own van and doing the work yourself can be quite cheap. Opting for a local man with a van can be only slightly more than hiring your own van. A professional van service can be in the high hundreds, early thousands.

To further discuss the costs involved in buying a home, including anything we may have missed, book your free mortgage appointment today. A trusted mortgage advisor in Lincoln will be more than happy to discuss this with you.


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