House Buying Guide

The steps involved in buying your first home.

Stage 1 – Speak to the experts

Before you begin your house hunting it is important to speak to your Regal Finance expert to ensure you know what you can afford and understand your price range. You will be in a much stronger position when offering with an Estate Agent if you have already confirmed your finances. An agreement in principle can help and make an Estate Agent or vendor feel more comfortable when receiving your offer.

Stage 2 – Viewing a property

It is important to take many things in to consideration before making an offer. You should view the property at different times of day, and during the week as well as a weekend. If possible speak to locals or neighbours about the area.

Ensure you look out for signs of potential problems such as damp, rotten woodwork and cracks in the walls. Depending on the level of survey you have will depend how in depth these problems get looked in to. Always ask questions of the Estate Agent or the Vendor if there is anything that you are unsure of.

Stage 3 – Make An Offer

Once you have found the right property, make sure you put an offer in straight away. Be prepared to offer below the asking price if you see fit. In a particularly buoyant market properties can even be sold for above the asking price. Your offer will be made subject to survey and contract, and you are not legally obliged to purchase the property until you exchange contracts.

Once your offer is accepted it is important to understand what the vendors position is and the potential chain you are likely to be in. This ensures you can be realistic with a completion date. You will now need get the ball rolling with your mortgage which your Regal Finance expert can assist with. They will also be able to recommend a suitable conveyancer for you if required.

Stage 4 – Survey

If you are applying for a mortgage then the lender will instruct a surveyor on your behalf. Some lenders however do not offer the option of a full structural.

Lenders Valuation Report – to value the property so the lender knows they can recoup their costs. This does not necessarily flag up any defects to you. On occasions the surveyor may not even enter the property.

HomeBuyers Report – this is a mid-range survey that will highlight urgent and major repair items and you will receive a report. This will also perform the required valuation report. Quite often you can instruct this through the lender and pay an increased cost over the basic valuation option.

Building Survey – the higher end of surveys provides a comprehensive inspection and report detailing advice on the repair and maintenance of your property. Major and minor issues will all be raised within this survey. A number of lenders do not offer this as an upgraded survey now and you may have to instruct this separately to a basic valuation. Your Regal Finance adviser will be able to assist in recommending a surveyor.

Stage 5 – Conveyancing

It is recommended that you instruct a solicitor to act for you and handle all the legalities relating to your house move. You may already have one in mind, but it is important to ensure they are professional and reliable and will help speed the process along.

Our expert advisers can help you with finding a suitable conveyancer and continue to liaise with them through to completion.

Stage 6 – Mortgage Offer

Once the lender has approved all your documents, credit checks, references and valuation then they will issue the Mortgage Offer.

This will be sent to your solicitor, your Regal Finance adviser and to your home. This will need to be signed and returned as requested and then in terms of the mortgage, you are ready to exchange contracts.

You should always double check all terms and conditions of the mortgage offer to ensure they are as expected. Always ask if you have any questions at all.

Amy Bailey
Amy Bailey
Fantastic fast service! Matt & Kirsti were amazing throughout and always on hand to help with any questions. Would highly recommend!
Anna Elson
Anna Elson
Matthew and Kirsti at Regal Finance Group were amazing. We had a complicated financial situation and anything we threw at them they dealt with and supported us through the whole process. We took out a mortgage via them and they explained everything clearly. They were very prompt with replies and always had time for us. We couldn't recommend them enough! Thanks guys!
dababy drake
dababy drake
We first met Richard about 5 years ago, we were trying to sell a property and buy a new one. My father had recently passed away so it was quite an emotional discussion. Richard was very open and honest with us and managed our expectations on what was feasible. Thanks to his advice and guidance then, we are now in a position to buy a bigger house and once again Richard has pulled out all the stops and managed to secure us finance for our dream house. Richard is very professional and always responsive and attentive to our needs. I would definitely recommend the Regal Finance Group, they have enabled us to successfully keep moving up the ladder within our means! Thank you.
Kyla Feltwell
Kyla Feltwell
Both Matthew and Kirsti were amazing throughout our mortgage process. As first time buyers we had no clue of what to expect or what to do but they were on hand every step of the way to help us through the process and reassure us. We would highly recommend their services
Excellent service. Kirsti was very helpful and informative and helped us with our remortgage, life and income protection insurances. Our circumstances were a bit complicated but we got an excellent product we were happy with. We will be using regal finance group in the future and would recommend them to anyone. Matt was also very helpful and we were kept up to date throughout the process
Damian George
Damian George
Kirsti has been absolutely amazing threw out the hole process. She has responded to every email and even when the solicitors have been a little slow as soon as we have had a concern or questions she has been on them. Just what you need really. It has made the hole process less stressful and made the experience not so daunting. We wouldn't go anywhere now and will always recommend them to anyone. Great job.
Robyn Corroon
Robyn Corroon
My self and my partner just brought our first home and with out the support from Regal Finance Group it wouldn’t of been possible. We was supported by Richard Power and he was amazing. Richard really helped us understand the whole process as first time buyers there was things we didn’t understand. Richard also helped take the stress out of all the form filling. Richard staying in regular contact and always responded to calls and email in good time. I could not recommend this company and especially Richard Power enough.
Peter Nelson
Peter Nelson
Our experience as first time buyers using Regal Finance Group was fantastic. Every time we spoke to Matthew and Kirsti, we left the call feeling calm and confident in the process. They helped us through from start to finish with quick responses and a genuine care about us. Couldn't recommend them enough!
Joss Goodchild
Joss Goodchild
The Regal Finance Group team were incredibly helpful throughout the mortgage offer process. They were always quick to respond, innovative with their thinking and willing to work with us to find a solution. We are very happy with the work they did.
ashley billl
ashley billl
Richard was reassuring and professional throughout the particularly difficult purchase and mortgage application - The Covid pandemic really added complexity. We always felt responded to with fast, positive and proactive support which made getting the mortgage surprisingly painless. We would 100% go back to him again for a mortgage. As a note his colleague Kirsten was also a star, again responsive and supportive throughout - A big thanks to you both!


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    Stage 7 – Exchange of Contracts

    Now the Mortgage Offer is in hand, and the conveyancer has completed all searches and enquiries you are ready to exchange.

    The contract is signed by you and the seller, the deposit monies will now be due and the conveyancer will also confirm all monies due for completion such as Stamp Duty.

    You are now responsible for insuring the property and it may be prudent for some protection policies to also start at this stage. Your Regal Finance adviser can guide you through this process.

    Your completion date is now set.

    Stage 8 – Completion

    Depending on personal circumstances and the chain involved this could be a couple of days or weeks after exchange of contracts. When the day comes all final payments are due, the mortgage monies move hands, any remaining deposit is paid, all conveyancing fees are settled and HMRC receive the Stamp Duty they are owed. Once this has all been ticked off you will receive the keys to your new home.


    You’re in, congratulations and now you can enjoy your new home.

    Get A Mortgage With Regal in 3 Easy Steps


    Step 1

    Complete an enquiry form and an advisor will call you back.


    Step 2

    Send us the documents we need.


    Step 3

    Receive a Decision in Principle from one of our lending panel.

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