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Getting a mortgage for a new build home

Things to keep in mind when purchasing a new build home.

Written by John Cullen
Updated over a week ago

For the most part, applying for a mortgage is the same regardless of whether your home is newly built or a historical gem.

However, there are a few things to think about when buying a new build property. Gen H considers a property a new build if it was built or converted in the last 24 months.

Mortgage offer period

Buying a new build off-plan (before it’s built) is common. But it's worth considering how long your mortgage offer is valid and when the property will be completed.

At Gen H, our mortgage offers are valid for 180 days.

Because of this, we recommend starting your Gen H application no more than 6 months before your new home is ready and you can complete the purchase.

If the mortgage offer does expire, we would need to start a new application. Please note, that a new application will be subject to products available and criteria applicable at that time.

For a new application, up-to-date verification documents, valuation, and independent legal advice (if you have a booster) will be required. You can learn more about how to get a new mortgage offer here.

Developer freebies

Some property developers will offer to pay buyers' Stamp Duty or legal fees. This is because a developer would much rather offer an incentive than reduce their purchase price.

It's worth noting that lenders will take account of any developer incentives when considering your mortgage.

At Gen H, we will not lend against New Build developments where incentives paid to the purchaser are more than 5% of the purchase price.

For any property built or converted within the last 10 years one of the following certifications will be required:

  • National House-Building Council Buildmark Scheme (NHBC)

  • Zurich Municipal Newbuild Scheme

  • Zurich Municipal Rebuild Scheme

  • Premier Guarantee for Private and Completed Housing

  • Build Assure (FMB)

  • Building Life Plans Scheme

  • Buildzone

  • LABC Warranty

  • LABC Warranty Scheme

  • ICW Warranty Scheme

  • One Guarantee Warranty Scheme

  • Castle Ten / checkmate

  • Global Home Warranties

  • Protek

  • Q Assure

  • Advantage HCI

  • Architect’s Certificate1, The Professional Consultants used must have one or more of the qualifications listed in the CML Handbook 6.7.4 National

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