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Most high street lenders in the UK offer mortgages of up to £1 million with a handful stretching to £2 million. As a general rule, these lenders will only offer mortgages where the LTV (loan-to-value) is between 60% and 75% of the property value.
Thankfully, there are plenty of specialist lenders and private banks offering large mortgage loans at a higher LTV. These lenders typically also have a far more open approach to assessing income and can usually take your broader income and asset base into account when considering your borrowing requirements. To get a high value or large mortgage loan, you’ll typically need to use a high-net-worth mortgage broker as we have access to specialist lenders and private banks. An expert mortgage broker will also be able to ensure your purchase is completed smoothly and discreetly.
The minimum deposit for a large mortgage is 10%, but this is only possible in certain circumstances. Every case is assessed assets individually, although a typical deposit is 15% or more.
John Charcol can also find lenders that will consider loans against current assets to boost cash deposits.
Average interest rates for larger mortgages are currently 1.5% - 2% (2020). There are options with interest rates as low as 1.2% - 1.5%, but these are bespoke and are only available in some situations.
There are 2 ways in which a large mortgage lender might offer you a mortgage; both have benefits and downsides which you’ll need to consider and discuss with your mortgage adviser:
Due to the bespoke nature of large mortgage loans, it’s often possible to structure the monthly mortgage payments in a way that better suits your personal circumstances. For example, this may involve an annual rather than monthly mortgage payment to coincide with annual bonus payments.
Your mortgage broker will discuss these options with you and work with the lender to find the solution that best meets your needs.
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You can use our comparison tool to look at large mortgages currently on the market in the UK, however it’s worth noting that not all large loan mortgage lenders publish their rates. Therefore, we recommend you speak to a mortgage adviser for a more accurate picture of the rates available.
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We work around your schedule to help you arrange a mortgage that suits your circumstances, no matter how complex.
When you phone us, you can either arrange a phone appointment with your adviser or a face-to-face meeting – whatever suits you. Your adviser will ask you some questions then go away and find you the best deal for your circumstances and future needs. They’ll organise a follow up during which they’ll present you with what they’ve found.
Once you’re happy with your adviser’s recommendation, they’ll go about securing your DIP (Decision in Principle) - which is basically a promise from the lender that they’ll loan you money on the condition that the information you’ve provided is correct and subject to a valuation of the property.
After you’ve secured a DIP (Decision in Principle), you’ll be in a great position to make an offer on a property. Sellers like DIPs. They show you can afford the purchase. What’s more, the fact that you’ve already started preparing for the transaction highlights to them that you’re serious in your intention to buy.
Following the acceptance of your offer, we’ll send you some information which explains all the documents we need to submit to the lender. You’ll be assigned a client relationship manager who’ll check and submit certified copies of your documents; they’ll liaise with both you and the lender. Your adviser will then submit the fully packaged mortgage application.
The lender will underwrite your application; this basically means they’ll verify that the information you’ve provided is correct and review all your documents for themselves. They’ll also instruct a valuation for their purposes on the property you want to buy to make sure there are no significant problems with it.
If the lender is happy with everything they’ve found, they’ll send you a mortgage offer. They’ll also send us a copy.
After you’ve accepted your mortgage offer, you’ll go through the legal part of the process, known as conveyancing. This is where the solicitors/conveyancers draw up contracts and organise the actual, legal purchase of the property. You’ll also need to arrange buildings insurance at this stage, making sure it’s in place from exchange.
Once everything is in place, your conveyancer/solicitor will exchange contracts with the seller’s conveyancer/solicitor. If your deposit is coming from savings or a gift, then it’s at this point that you put the deposit down and are legally bound to the property. You’ll lose your deposit if you pull out after exchange. If your deposit is coming from the sale of your current property, then it’s transferred at completion as part of the whole purchase. The purchase completes when the money is transferred on an agreed-upon date. This is when you get the keys to your new home.
We can help you with conveyancing by referring you to a legal team experienced in high-net-worth loans, via our JC Legal service.
There are high street lenders that provide mortgages up to £2 million. You’ll need a specialist broker with experience in large mortgage loans for anything above £2 million though, as these lenders require that you use a mortgage broker or intermediary.
It can be more difficult for high-net-worth individuals to get a mortgage, unless you use an expert broker with experience in this field.
This is because:
A specialist mortgage broker with experience servicing high-net-worth individuals will be able to make this process easy for you.
Large mortgages for residential purposes can take 3 – 6 weeks on average with a specialist mortgage broker, assuming there are no significant issues. In certain circumstances, it’s possible to complete in 2 weeks or less.
You’ll need a high-net-worth mortgage broker if you want to borrow over £2 million. The lenders and private banks that provide large mortgages like these won’t accept applications directly from borrowers. They require that you use a specialist broker or intermediary.
Nonetheless, it’s important you use a high-net-worth broker that will provide you with an entirely excellent service. John Charcol have years of experience in this area and will manage everything for you with efficiency. We know what will suit your needs, are experts in understanding very complex income structures and always provide a smooth and discreet service.
It is possible to take out a buy-to-let mortgage for more than £2 million, but you’ll definitely need to use a specialist mortgage broker like John Charcol.
See our page for more information on buy-to-let mortgages.