Buying a Property

Congratulations. You have made the decision to either buy your first home, move to another or invest into the buy to let market.

As buying a property is one of the most stressful transactions you will ever make, Downton & Ali Associates understand the importance of ensuring your mortgage proceeds without complications to make your purchase a smooth transaction.

We have affiliations with local and national firms of solicitors, who can provide guidance and assist you with your move.

This site is intended to help you get to grips with how you go about searching for the right property, how to finance it and the processes involved.

Viewing properties can be time-consuming and stressful. We recommend that before starting to look for a house, you ascertain how much money you can borrow and whether it is affordable. This will ensure you focus your time on viewing the right properties.

When choosing a mortgage there are many features that must be taken into consideration. In addition to the interest rate and setting up costs, you must also take into account the redemption penalties, exit costs, lenders criteria and property construction. To be confident that you have thoroughly researched the market and exhausted all the options available requires the experience and knowledge of a professional mortgage adviser. Downton & Ali Associates will review your income, expenditure and affordability. We will combine this information with our widespread knowledge of the mortgage market to find the most appropriate and competitive lender that will meet your financial objectives.

The type of property you choose to purchase is very important. Lenders have restrictions on the construction, size and style. Surveyors will determine if the property is suitable for mortgage purposes but by seeking the correct advice initially, you can reduce the risk of wasting money on survey fees from approaching the wrong lenders. If you intend to purchase a studio flat, a flat in a high rise building or a property of unusual construction, then we recommend you contact a Downton & Ali mortgage specialist, we can then advise you on the options and lenders available.

An agreement in principle is the initial stage of a mortgage application. It will establish if you meet the lenders criteria. Each agreement in principle may involve a credit score. Too many credit scores can damage your credit rating and impair your ability to obtain a mortgage.

However, having an agreement in principle before you go house hunting can be an advantage, if a seller is faced with two offers they may be more likely to accept the one from a buyer who has an agreement in principle. With your consent, Downton & Ali Associates will only apply for an agreement in principle once we have established the most suitable mortgage from a comprehensive range of mortgages from across the market. We will take the stress away from finding the right mortgage and avoiding unnecessary credit scores. Our recommendations will be based on the lenders criteria, products available, your personal circumstances and financial objectives.

To purchase a property or change a mortgage to another lender, a solicitor will need to be instructed to complete the legal procedures. Some mortgage products offer free legal service or a cash back incentive to reduce your legal fees. Downton & Ali Associates can advise you on the lenders offering assistance towards your legal obligations. However, if it is necessary to instruct an independent firm of solicitors, we have associations with local and national companies that we can introduce you to.

Conveyancing is not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority

Your property may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage

Buy to let mortgages are not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

If you have any questions, or if there’s anything you’d like explained, please speak to one of our team on 020 3021 0075 or email us at