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With an Agreement in Principle (AIP), you can take the first step to buying or remortgaging your home. An AIP will give you an idea of how much you could borrow before you apply for a mortgage.
When applying for an Agreement in Principle, you will typically need the following information:
A mortgage Agreement in Principle is usually valid for between 30 and 90 days. In some cases it is possible to renew the terms of the agreement after the 90-day period, otherwise you may have to arrange new terms.
As well as letting you know how much you could borrow, a mortgage Agreement in Principle will also give you an idea how much you can afford to spend on your new home. That means you can start looking at properties in your price range.
It could also help you agree a better price with the seller, because it shows you're a serious buyer.
The amount we could lend is not guaranteed and is subject to a full mortgage application.
Having a mortgage Agreement in Principle means you can view properties with a clearer understanding of what you can afford.
While it isn’t compulsory to have an Agreement in Principle to view properties, it can show estate agents and sellers that you are serious about buying. An Agreement in Principle also means you can make an offer as soon as you find your ideal home.
A mortgage offer is an official document from your lender to confirm they will provide you with a mortgage for a specific property.
This is only provided after you have completed a full mortgage application where more detail is provided, and a full credit check has been carried out.
An Agreement in Principle does not affect your credit score as it only involves a soft credit check.
When you apply for a mortgage, a full credit check is carried out. Though one or two checks typically won’t affect your score too much, additional checks can start to lower your overall rating.