Last updated: 9th June 2020
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A Mortgage in Principle is a certificate that says, in principle, how much money a lender is happy to loan you to buy a house.
When you’re ready to make an offer on a property, a Mortgage in Principle will show you’re serious and in a position to buy.
To get a Mortgage in Principle (sometimes called an Agreement in Principle or a Decision in Principle), you’ll have to answer some basic questions about yourself and pass a credit check.
The questions and credit check are designed to see if:
Depending on the lender, you’ll either get a hard or soft credit check. A soft credit check is recorded on your credit history, but if you’re rejected for the loan your credit score won’t be harmed.
If your application is rejected after a hard credit check, your credit score may suffer – particularly if you get a series of these rejections in a short space of time.
Almost all lenders (and Mojo) use a soft credit check to assess whether they can provide you with an Mortgage in Principle, which doesn’t leave a record on your credit report. If a lender is going to use a hard credit check, they’ll tell you first.
A Mortgage in Principle is not a mortgage, or even a guarantee that you’ll get one. It’s just an indication of what you could be eligible for based on a basic assessment.
Nevertheless, they’re useful if you’re house-hunting and they are a good first step to knowing that you could get a mortgage.
You can get a Mortgage in Principle with help from Mojo Mortgages in just 15 minutes, all from your laptop or phone and all for free. Use the online mortgage broker Mojo Mortgages to get yours.
There's only one difference.
Both tell you how much you can roughly afford to borrow and both show that you have no major credit or financial issues that would prevent you getting a mortgage.
Equally both can be used to help you make an offer on a house.
The major difference is that when you get a Mortgage in Principle from a lender, you're embarking on their mortgage application process. You will need to submit documents to the lender and they will run their own credit check.
If you choose Mojo as your broker, we can help you through this process and check all your paper work is correct before we submit it.
A lender uses info from a credit check to decide whether they’re able to offer you an Agreement in Principle. Most use a soft search, but some still use a hard search
They'll also look at your current financial circumstance to decide just how much they are willing to lend you.
Not much. This will do for most providers and they get most of it from the credit search:
It may take a long phone call to provide this info, but once you do you can get an Agreement in Principle in a few minutes.
Again, if you want to use Mojo's free broker service we can submit these documents for you.
Normally they last 90 days.
There are a few reasons why a lender might decide they can’t offer you an AIP:
Being declined by one lender doesn’t mean you’ll be declined by all lenders, but it’s worth speaking to a broker to find out who’s most likely to be able to offer you an AIP (and a mortgage, once your offer has been accepted).
You can download one from Mojo in a few minutes.Download your MIP
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