How to get an Mortgage Agreement in Principle (AIP)

Buying a home is an exciting milestone, while the mortgage world might seem intricate, clear and expert guidance can make it a smooth journey. The first step for someone hoping to get on the property ladder is securing an Agreement in Principle (AIP). It’s essentially your pre-qualification – a green light from a lender showing your borrowing potential.

Let’s break down the process into five steps:

  1. Gather Your Documents:

  • Proof of Identity: Driver’s license or passport
  • Proof of Address: Utility bill or council tax bill
  • Income Proof: P60s or latest payslips
  • Bank Statements: For the past 3 months
  1. Explore Your Options:

  • Consider seeking advice from an independent mortgage adviser. They can compare deals from a wider range of lenders, potentially securing a more favourable mortgage for your needs.
  • Make sure to do your research and find an adviser that suits you and your needs.

  1. Let the Experts Guide You:

  • Let your chosen adviser handle the paperwork, negotiations, and finding the best deals.
  • Remember, a good adviser will keep you informed and answer all your questions clearly.
  1. Await Your AIP:

  • Soon, you’ll receive your AIP, giving you an accurate estimate of how much you can borrow.
  • With this pre-approval in hand, you can confidently start house hunting as a serious buyer.
  1. Prepare for the Next Steps:

  • The first step of getting on the property ladder has now begun
  • Your adviser will continue to guide you through finalising your mortgage, legal formalities, and making your dream home a reality.

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Toby Jeffcock – 23rd January 2024