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How do I take out a first-time buyer mortgage?

A mortgage is simply a lumpsum you get from a lender to be able to pay for your home. You will need to pay back the lender with interest over a stipulated period.

To be able to get mortgage financing, the borrower is expected to put down a deposit. The amount required depends on the lending institution, your credit score and other aspects of your contract. Generally, the deposit can be as low as 5% or as high as 40% of the cost of the property.

The property you want to buy is the security for your mortgage loan. The interest of the lender is noted with the deed to the property at the land registry. This way, the lender can repossess the property if you default on your mortgage payment.

However, should your finance planning be in place and good order we expect defaulting on payments won’t be an issue. So now you can sit in the comfort of your own home, and allow us to take the time and effort to find the right mortgage product for you. Our panel of lenders is from the whole of the market, we provide a tailored best-fit recommendation that works for your personal circumstances and lifestyle.

What deposit do I need as a first-time buyer?

Typically, the minimum deposit lenders will accept is 5% of the property value. These are known as 95% mortgages. Whilst these are great if your deposit is on the smaller side, you do however tend to pay a little more on your monthly payments. Lots of our lenders ask for at least 10% of the property value as a deposit. However, a little known option currently being marketed as a 100% mortgage allows immediate family members savings or equity on their house to replace your deposit. Nevertheless, the more you can save up, the better the mortgage deals you’ll have to choose from – larger deposits and lower rates go hand in hand.


When can't I qualify as a first-time buyer?


Can I use a gifted deposit?

Yes, a gifted deposit is usually given by a family member and forms all or part of a deposit on a property for a first-time buyer. This comes in handy if you haven’t been able to save the minimum 5% deposit you need for most mortgages, or to help you increase your deposit to say 10% or 15% to secure a cheaper mortgage rate and lower monthly repayments.

How much can i borrow?

For single and joint applicants, lenders will usually lend in the region of four to five times your annual salary. Lenders also factor in your personal expenses, such as bills, debts, and childcare. It can also depend on the deposit you put down; a higher deposit might mean you are able to borrow more. With so many things to consider, using a mortgage broker is the best way to get a mortgage that works for you and your lifestyle.

I keep seeing SVR?

Standard Variable Rate is the lenders own variable rate. The SVR is not tied to the bank of England and varies completely lender to lender. Once they have come to an end, the vast majority of products will revert to this variable rate until a different product has been put in place.

What does freehold mean?

This is the tenure of which your property is owned. Freehold means that you own the property along with the land up to its boundaries in its entirety.

What are the outcomes of a DIP?

The lenders decision on the mortgage based on the initial information submitted and a credit check. Usually an ‘AIP’ submission is met with 3 answers; Accept – agreement to proceed subject to application, verification of the information provided & a satisfactory valuation. Referred – the lender requires more information on a specific parts of the application. Decline – based on the information provided and the lenders criteria, they are unwilling to proceed.

DNA Financial Solutions Privacy Notice

Why should you read this document?

During the course of dealing with us, we will ask you to provide us with detailed personal information relating to your existing circumstances, your financial situation and, in some cases, your health and family health history (Your Personal Data). This document is important as it allows us to explain to you what we will need to do with Your Personal Data, and the various rights you have in relation to Your Personal Data. The Data Protection Officer for DNA Financial Solutions is Drew Turner. We are registered with the Information Commissioners Office (ZA239120)

What do we mean by “Your Personal Data”?

Your Personal Data means any information that describes or relates to your personal circumstances. Your Personal Data may identify you directly, for example your name, address, date of birth, national insurance number. Your Personal Data may also identify you indirectly, for example, your employment situation, your physical and mental health history, or any other information that could be associated with your cultural or social identity. In the context of providing you with assistance in relation to your Mortgage and Protection requirements Your Personal Data may include:

The basis upon which our firm will deal with Your Personal Data

When we speak with you about your mortgage requirements, we do so on the basis that both parties are entering a contract for the supply of services. In order to perform that contract, and to arrange the products you require, we have the right to use Your Personal Data for the purposes detailed below. Alternatively, either in the course of initial discussions with you or when the contract between us has come to an end for whatever reason, we have the right to use Your Personal Data provided it is in our legitimate business interest to do so and your rights are not affected. For example, we may need to respond to requests from mortgage lenders, insurance providers and our Compliance Service Provider relating to the advice we have given to you, or to make contact with you to seek feedback on the service you received. On occasion, we will use Your Personal Data for contractual responsibilities we may owe our regulator, The Financial Conduct Authority, or for wider compliance with any legal or regulatory obligation to which we might be subject. In such circumstances, we would be processing Your Personal Data in order to meet a legal, compliance or other regulatory obligation to which we are subject.

How do we collect Your Personal Data?

We will collect and record Your Personal Data from a variety of sources, but mainly directly from you. You will usually provide information during the course of our initial meetings or conversations with you to establish your circumstances and needs and preferences in relation to mortgages You will provide information to us verbally and in writing, including email. We may also obtain some information from third parties, for example, credit checks, information from your employer, and searches of information in the public domain such as the voters roll. If we use technology solutions to assist in the collection of Your Personal Data for example software that is able to verify your credit status. We will only do this if we have consent from you for us or our nominated processor to access your information in this manner. With regards to electronic ID checks we would not require your consent but will inform you of how such software operates and the purpose for which it is used.

What happens to Your Personal Data when it is disclosed to us?

In the course of handling Your Personal Data, we will:

Sharing Your Personal Data

From time to time Your Personal Data will be shared with:

In each case, Your Personal Data will only be shared for the purposes set out in this Customer Privacy Notice, i.e. to progress your mortgage enquiry and to provide you with our professional services. Please note that this sharing of Your Personal Data does not entitle such third parties to send you marketing or promotional messages: it is shared to ensure we can adequately fulfil our responsibilities to you, and as otherwise set out in this Customer Privacy Notice. We do not envisage that the performance by us of our service will involve Your Personal Data being transferred outside of the European Economic Area.

Security and retention of Your Personal Data

Your privacy is important to us and we will keep Your Personal Data secure in accordance with our legal responsibilities. We will take reasonable steps to safeguard Your Personal Data against it being accessed unlawfully or maliciously by a third party. We also expect you to take reasonable steps to safeguard your own privacy when transferring information to us, such as not sending confidential information over unprotected email, ensuring email attachments are password protected or encrypted and only using secure methods of postage when original documentation is being sent to us. Your Personal Data will be retained by us either electronically or in paper format for a minimum of six years, or in instances whereby we have legal right to such information we will retain records indefinitely.

Your rights in relation to Your Personal Data

You have the right to request a copy of the personal information that we hold about you, its origin and any recipients of it as well as the purpose of any data processing carried out.

If you have any questions or would like to exercise your right under this Privacy Policy, please contact Drew Turner via the following methods; Email – Phone – 07943 873384 We will aim to respond to all requests within 30 days except in instances where the request may be complex. We shall let you know within the 30-day period if we will need more time but no longer than 90 days. If you have any concerns or complaints as to how we have handled Your Personal Data you may lodge a complaint with the UK's data protection regulator, the ICO, who can be contacted through their website at or by writing to Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.