Mortgage costs and fees

If you’re a first-time-buyer or climbing the property ladder, our advice will help you understand the new requirements for mortgage lending.

Our ethos is to provide people with clear and simple tailored solutions, that they may not find elsewhere.

Our advice is FREE. If you need assistance with First Time Purchase, Moving Home or Re-Mortgaging please call 01844 390910

How much can you borrow?

A safe calculation is 4 times income; however some lenders will let you borrow 5 times income. This is dependent on age, term, outgoings and how your income is made.


With a salary of £18,000 per annum + and a second household income of £22,000 so the total is £40,000

The maximum available to borrow is £40,000 x 4 = £160,000 (some lenders will increase this to £200,000 or 5 times total income)

The term of a mortgage can be between 5 and 35 years.

What affects your borrowing?

Debt: if you have loans, credit cards or hire purchase payments, benefits, child minding or child maintenance costs your maximum loan amount may be reduced.


A personal loan with monthly repayments of £180 and a credit card with a minimum monthly payment of £60, therefore current outgoings total £240 before paying a mortgage or any household bills.

Your personal outgoings will reduct your mortgageable income by £2,880 = £240 x 12 months.

This effectively brings the household income down to £37,120 and reduces the amount we can borrow by £11,520

How much deposit do you need?

A large deposit (relative to the value of the property) will increase your choice of mortgages and allow for a reduced interest rate; as the risk to the lender is low. Since the 2008 mortgage crisis, banks will lend a maximum of 95% but these loans will be at a much higher interest rate.


If you wish to buy a house valued at £240,000 you would require a minimum deposit of £12,000 (5%).

Mortgage Rates vs Deposit:

5% deposit = interest rate circa 4% – 6%
10% deposit = interest rate circa 3.5% – 4%
20% deposit = interest rate circa 2.5% – 3.5%
40% deposit = interest rate circa 1.3%

You can buy a brand new home with just 5% deposit, the Government will then assist with a further 20% (see Help to Buy) therefore giving you a deposit of 25% to get a better interest rate.

Other Costs to Consider

Mortgage application fee / arrangement fee

Stamp duty – New rules introduced 1st April 2016

Mortgage Valuation Fee

Solicitor Fees (conveyance)


£0 – £1000 Typical mortgage application fee / arrangement fee

Stamp duty – New rules Introduced 1st April 2016

£0 – £500 Typical valuation fee

Typical Solicitor Fees (conveyance)  TO BUY  = £500 – £700

Typical Solicitor Fees (conveyance)  TO SELL & BUY  = £850 – £1000

Agreement in Principle

Before you look into buying a home, our mortgage advisors will assess your individual circumstances and advise the best mortgage product based on your circumstances and maximum loan amount.

We can arrange for a mortgage in principle within hours for you to be able to demonstrate a serious offer to estate agents.

How to Proceed

Our advice is Free and non-obligation. If you speak to us early in your house buying process we will be in a better position to proceed once you find your new home.

Please prepare your figures for income and outgoing and how much you’re looking to spend. We suggest getting an Experian Credit Report to ensure you have a good credit history especially with a high loan to value mortgage.


We will then compare and source the best deals for you by searching the whole of market with the aim of saving you time and money.

Call our team

THAME: 01844 390 910
OXFORD: 01865 686 195
DIDCOT: 0330 221 1178