STAMP DUTY, FEES & SURVEYS EXPLAINED
Some useful information to guide you through the potential costs of buying a house
Whether you are buying a home or simply remortgaging, we will ensure you are aware of all the related costs that are likely to arise – putting you in total control. Below is a list of likely charges you will need to consider. The actual costs will depend on the price of the property you’re buying and the amount of deposit you can put down.
When you buy property, you may need to pay stamp duty. Stamp duty land tax (SDLT) applies to any property purchase over £125,000.
Stamp Duty Rates
Purchase price of property:
- Up to £125,000 – 0%
- £125,001-£250,000 – 1%
- £250,001 – £500,000 – 3%
- £500,001 – £1,000,000 – 4%
- £1,000,001 – £2,000,000 – 5%
- Over £2,000,000 – 7%
You will be required to get a basic valuation carried out and you may decide to request additional surveys on the house you want to buy. A valuation will value the property and tell you how much it is worth, whilst a survey will tell you about the structure of the property and any faults that it may have.
Valuations and surveys not only give you peace of mind that what you are paying is correct, but it will also give the lender confidence as well. A lender will need to have the property being used as security valued to protect themselves from negative equity and to make sure their mortgage is secure. The borrower is usually expected to pay this upfront, when the application is submitted. Asking the surveyor to carry out your personal survey at the same time as the lender valuation can save money, and guarantee you peace of mind about the value of the property.
There are 3 levels of valuation / survey:
Homebuyers survey / report
Full structural survey
With any level of survey, if there are potential or actual defects found the surveyor may suggest you obtain additional specialist reports which will be at your expense and may be time consuming. Dealing with solicitors can be the cause of delays in the process, however our expert advisers will advise you on a reliable and competitively priced solicitor. Speak to an adviser today for details.
Mortgage arrangement / application fee
It is very likely you will be charged an arrangement fee when taking out a mortgage – however our advisers will be able to talk you through the conditions that apply. Some lenders also charge completion fees, although these are less common than arrangement fees. Completion fees are usually charged on the day that the borrower moves into their new home.
Higher lending charge
Not all lenders charge these, but if you borrow a high percentage e.g. if you borrow more than 75% of the price of the property, you may have to pay this type of fee. Our advisers will let you know if these apply to you.
Early repayment charge
The charge some lenders make if a mortgage is paid off early.
Estate agents’ fees
These will differ by agent, some will charge upfront fees and some may charge fees on the completion of sale. The cost is likely to be based on a percentage of the property value, so it is best to get a quote before proceeding.
Brokers charge fees for their advice and recommendation service offered to you. Typically fees are paid when the application is submitted. Your adviser will be able to explain any broker fees to you, although our fee policy is clearly detailed on every page of this website.
Solicitor / conveyancing fees (including Land Registry fees)
Conveyancing is the legal process to transfer the ownership of a property from the seller to the buyer.
If you are buying a property, your solicitor generally works on behalf of the mortgage lender, who usually insists on certain searches before they will release the money for your property.
If selling a property, the solicitor will draw up a contract for the sale. They will also apply for title deeds (or details of freeholder if leasehold) from your mortgage lender. They will also set a completion date and inform the relevant parties and make sure all mortgage conditions requiring attention are complied with.
Dealing with solicitors can be the cause of delays in the process, however our expert advisers can advise you on a reliable and competitively priced solicitor within minutes, contact them today for details.
This is a ‘front end’ charge levied by several home lenders. The idea is you’re asked to pay the fee (typically £100 and £300) to secure the funds you are intending to borrow. It is sometimes described as an administration fee or a booking fee. Reservation fees are often levied on fixed rate mortgage offers where the funds on offer may be limited. Some lenders believe the fee is a useful way of getting the borrower to show commitment at an early stage. Some, but not all reservation fees are refundable should the home loan not go ahead.
Removal fees are one of the easily forgotten costs of property buying or selling. Removal fees will have to be paid if a company is hired to help shift belongings and goods from one property to another. You should look around for a competitive quote and ask around for a reliable removal firm, your estate agency will help you with this.