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Pete Mugleston

Author: Pete Mugleston

Mortgage Advisor, MD

Updated: March 15, 2024

Do all new build mortgage lenders want a valuation?

No, not all. However, in most cases, they will so it’s best to be prepared for one to be requested. Developers set a price for new properties, and usually, lenders will want to check this for themselves with an independent valuation.

This is because they will want to ensure the property is valued fairly. Otherwise, they risk lending too much money, meaning they wouldn’t recoup their full investment in case of repossession. That being said, there can be rare instances when certain new-build lenders do not carry out a valuation (perhaps if they have an ongoing relationship with the developer).

Lenders conduct their valuations ‘off-plan’, which is essentially how it sounds. The blueprints, plans, specification and marketing material is typically used.

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What to do if a new-build home loses value

It’s quite common for a brand new home to be valued at a lower price than what the developer sets because lenders will have their own valuation criteria. If this happens and your lender’s valuation is below the market price, it will alter the new build LTV and might mean you can’t get a big enough mortgage.

If this is the case, don’t fret. But, you may need to take action to keep your home purchase alive. Here are your main options if you get a down valuation on a new-build property:

  • Renegotiate: your chosen lender may not budge, but it’s always worth discussing your situation with the property developer to see if they are willing to negotiate on the sale price. This isn’t a foolproof strategy because if the properties are in high demand, the developer might find another buyer – but it’s still worth a try. On a standard property purchase, challenging the valuation usually requires evidence of three similar properties having been sold within the area, for a similar price.
  • Use a bigger deposit: this may not be practical for your finances, but if you can use a larger deposit, this will reduce the amount you need to borrow with your mortgage. If you can’t afford to put down more money, it may be worth exploring gifted deposits or alternative solutions like family offset mortgages and guarantor mortgages.
  • Speak to a new lender: if your current lender isn’t willing to let you borrow the amount you need, it may be worth approaching someone else. A new lender may have a different way of valuing new builds, or they may simply be willing to let you borrow more by using a higher income multiple when calculating your mortgage affordability capacity.
  • Enquire about any builder’s incentives: This is typically where the developer offers a small percentage as part of your deposit or increases the value via a higher specification and sometimes white goods.

How a specialist new build mortgage broker can help

If your new-build property valuation is lower than the asking price, it could put your home-buying plans on hold. The best way to overcome this obstacle is with the guidance of an expert mortgage broker. Speaking with a mortgage advisor who specialises in new-build properties means that they will have in-depth knowledge of this market.

They’ll know exactly how each lender values a property, allowing them to introduce you to the most suitable lender who will be the most accommodating to your plans. Along with introducing you to the right lender, a skilled mortgage advisor will also be able to help manage your application from start to finish.

Having an expert in your corner throughout the whole process means they can answer any questions you have and find you the best new-build mortgage solution with unbeatable rates. If you’d like to speak to an experienced new-build mortgage broker, just make an enquiry, and we’ll introduce you to one for free.

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Do new-build homes depreciate in value?

They can, but each situation will be unique. If you want to sell a new build property on an estate or in an area with other properties that are still brand new – those properties may attract more buyers and a higher price tag than your second-hand home.

Also, new-build properties tend to be valued at a premium, just like a new car would be. So naturally, once the house loses its ‘new’ status, this can lead to an immediate depreciation in terms of value.

Are new builds hard to sell?

In some situations, yes. This is because with a new build house, there are some additional factors to take on board when it comes to selling the home:

  • There’s a higher risk of the property depreciating faster than other types of houses.
  • Potential competition from other new homes nearby.
  • There are sometimes buying incentives for new builds that aren’t available to first-time buyers if the house has already been bought and lived in.
  • If the rest of the development isn’t fully complete, the idea of ongoing building work can put off prospective buyers.
  • New builds can be smaller than older but similar properties that come with a lower asking price.
  • Of course – there is the additional time factor, it may take months or even a year for the property to be completed. Be sure to discuss this with your mortgage advisor as the expiry date on the mortgage offer may be impacted by this.

Speak to a broker who specialises in new-build mortgages

When you’re looking to purchase a new-build home, advice from an expert mortgage broker is essential if you want to make sure the valuation process goes smoothly and you don’t pay more than you need to.

We offer a free broker-matching service. This means we’ll quickly assess your property ownership goals and then introduce you to a mortgage advisor specialising in new-build properties.

Just call 0808 189 2301 or make an enquiry. We’ll arrange a free, no obligation chat between you and your ideal mortgage broker today.

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About the author

Pete, an expert in all things mortgages, cut his teeth right in the middle of the credit crunch. With plenty of people needing help and few mortgage providers lending, Pete found great success in going the extra mile to find mortgages for people whom many others considered lost causes. The experience he gained, coupled with his love of helping people reach their goals, led him to establish Online Mortgage Advisor, with one clear vision – to help as many customers as possible get the right advice, regardless of need or background.

Pete’s presence in the industry as the ‘go-to’ for specialist finance continues to grow, and he is regularly cited in and writes for both local and national press, as well as trade publications, with a regular column in Mortgage Introducer and being the exclusive mortgage expert for LOVEMoney. Pete also writes for Online Mortgage Advisor of course!

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