My Mortgage Offer Has Been Issued – What Are The Next Steps?

It’s National Conveyancing Week this week, a week long campaign designed to help people better understand the conveyancing process. Today, with the help of Luke Senior of Just Mortgages, we explain what the next steps are once your mortgage offer has been issued.

A Mortgage Offer is the final step of the application process and is processed once the Lender has carried out their final checks and is happy to proceed. The offer is official confirmation that the bank will lend you the monies which have been applied for to purchase a property.

The mortgage offer, once finalised, will be issued to you and ourselves as your acting solicitor. As your Conveyancing Solicitor we will carry out a review of the offer which will include:

  • We’ll check the accuracy of the mortgage offer – We will check the correct full names are noted on the offer as per your ID documentation and that the property address is correct as per the Title Information Document from Land Registry.
  • We’ll check the advance we are to receive from the lender on completion – We will check this is the amount you were expecting to borrow and that we have source of funds for the remainder of the purchase price you are to contribute.
  • We’ll check any special conditions of the lender that we as solicitors are to adhere to – For example, if there is an occupier who is to reside at the property the lender will usually require them to sign a waiver to waive any rights over the property prior to completion. The offer may also have conditions referring to repayment of other mortgages/debts that we are to ensure have been repaid by you either before or at the time of completion.  We will make you aware of any special conditions upon review of the offer.
  • We’ll check the expiry date of the mortgage offer – the offer will have a date it is valid until, which is usually either three or six months dependant on the lender. We will note the expiry date as a guideline for the latest possible date when completion needs to take place by.  Hopefully completion can take place well before this, but in some circumstances for example if the matter is complicated and additional legal work needs to be done, there is a long chain or if the property is still being built the mortgage offer may expire.
Mortgage Offer Being Checked

What if my Mortgage Offer is Due to Expire?

If your mortgage offer is due to expire then it’s important that you meet with your mortgage advisor to discuss our options. Luke Senior from Just Mortgages in his best practise states:

I will communicate with your solicitor during the buying process, and if there are any concerns around being able to complete prior to the expiry of your mortgage offer, the acting solicitor will make me aware . Some mortgage lenders allow you to extend the offer by a month, others will require you to make a new application – which may lead to a change in interest rate and monthly payments”

Luke Senior of Just Mortgages

Can I Make Changes to the Mortgage Offer After it Has Been Issued?

Administrative changes can readily be made before we complete. However, some changes regarding the rate and product would need to be reviewed depending on whether you have time. Luke Senior from Just Mortgages says the rates of interest and products that lenders offer change frequently, especially at the moment and the interest rate each lender is charging can increase or decrease week by week. He keeps an eye on the interest rate your Lender is currently offering, and if the rate decreases from the rate in your current mortgage offer will make you aware, or other preferential alternatives on the market place.

If you intend to apply for more beneficial products or a lower interest rate you will need to check with the solicitor to ascertain the position of the conveyancing transaction and whether there is time to secure the new offer. We will require the mortgage offer you intend to proceed with to be in place prior to exchange of contracts.

Changing Mortgage Details

How is the Money From the Lender Received?

Once a completion date is agreed we will submit a request to the lender for the mortgage advance which will be released directly to our solicitor’s account.

Most lenders require five working days’ notice as a minimum to release the funds, but we will check this at the outset when the offer is received so we are aware of your lender’s requirements.

The mortgage advance is generally requested for the day before completion, as the lender cannot guarantee the time the funds will be released. If the monies are requested the day before we can ensure all funds are with us in readiness for completion the following day to avoid any issues or waiting time.

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