Moving home can always feel like a daunting prospect. If you’re doing it for the first time, it can be tough to know where the pitfalls are.

There are some important things to consider before you take out an all-important mortgage. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage

  Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

How Much Will It All Cost?

Whilst you can use the equity you have in your current home, you may also need to use some of your own money to put towards a deposit on your next one. There are many factors on affordability, but you typically need to stump up at least 10% of the purchase price, preferably more if you can.

As well as your deposit, there are other costs associated with buying a property and taking out a mortgage. Typical ones that apply to most buyers include:

  • Conveyancing fees, typically between £850 – £1500

  • Stamp Duty Land Tax/Land, which is upwards of 2% of a property valued above £125,000

  • Valuation fees, which are often between £200 – £600

  • Land Registry fees, which are between £20 – £900 depending on the value of your property.

  • If you hire removal men, the typical cost is £50 – 60/hr.

There are often unexpected costs that crop up in buying a property so it makes sense to have some money aside as a contingency.

These are example prices and may vary.

How Much Can I Borrow?

To get an indication, Louise can simply have a chat to discuss your circumstances, your income, basic salary and any regular overtime and bonuses, to gain a better understanding of your affordability.

Louise will chat to you about your regular outgoings, like credit cards or personal loan repayments and she will deduct these from your income. This allows her to see how much you can afford each month.

Lenders also use credit scoring to help them decide whether to lend you money

Things To Consider Before Getting A Mortgage

Mortgages can last for a long time, so it’s important you get one that’s right for you – and Louise can help you find it. Louise will help you find what type of loan you want, how long you want it for and what type of product you’d like.

Product Type

There are many different types of mortgage product nowadays, but the most common are fixed rate, tracker and Standard Variable Rate (SVR).

  • Fixed rate locks you in for a rate over 2-6 years (sometimes more) and doesn’t fluctuate, regardless of the Bank of England base rate.

  • Tracker rates literally track the BoE base rate, with the lender applying a set % on top. So if the base rate was 0.75%, the lender may add 1.25% so you pay 2% on your mortgage. Should the base rate go up to 1%, your rate would increase in line to 2.25%.

  • SVR changes on the lender’s discretion. It doesn’t track the base rate like a Tracker mortgage, but it is a factor, amongst other things, in determining the rate.

Mortgage Term

You will also have to consider the mortgage term too. There are mortgage terms of up to 40 years available:

  • A longer term reduces your monthly payments, but increases the cost of credit as interest is applied over time, so you pay more overall.

  • A shorter term increases your monthly payments, but as you’re paying over a shorter period, you pay less overall on your cost of credit.



Loan To Value

Loan to Value – (LTV) is expressed as a percentage of the purchase price being covered by a mortgage. Assuming you’re moving to a £200,000 house and have £50,000 to put down, that’s a 25% deposit and 75% LTV. LTV is important as the lower it is, the better the interest rate you will be offered.

Why Choose Us

Louise prides herself in delivering the best Mortgage and Protection advice in the clearest and most accurate way possible. So that her clients confidently understand the whole process, leaving no confusion.

At Louise Daniels Mortgage Services, Louise has a wealth of experience in providing mortgages and essential insurances to people in and around Leicestershire.

Think you could get a better deal on your mortgage? Louise will find out if you can. Just sit back and relax and Louise will do all the legwork for you.


Louise Daniels Mortgage Services is an Appointed Representative of PRIMIS Mortgage Network which is a trading name of Personal Touch Financial Services Limited.


Personal Touch Financial Services Limited is authorised & regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.


8 Kielder Close, 

Narborough, Leicester, 

LE19 3YW

Tel: 01162 869 131

Mobile: 07790 037617

Email: louise@ldmortgageservices.co.uk


Louise Daniels Mortgage Services act as a credit broker not a lender.

Mortgage fee: I typically charge a fee of up to £370 with 50% of the fee upfront with the balance paid on completion.

We are not authorised to provide advice on Private Medical Insurance but can introduce you to an authorised and regulated Financial Adviser who can provide you with specialist advice in this area. The Financial Conduct Authority does not regulate Will Writing and Inheritance Tax Planning Advice.


The Financial Conduct Authority does not regulate most Buy to Let Mortgages.

The Financial Conduct Authority do not regulate conveyancing activities.

Wills are not regulated by the FCA and clients information can be passed to an outside company called Charlie Bridges Wills & Estate Planning Ltd. Information will only be shared to a third party with their permission. The Financial Conduct Authority does not regulate Will Writing and Inheritance Tax Planning Advice. These products are not regulated by the FCA and we are not authorised via PRIMIS Mortgage Network to advise on them.

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