Applying for a mortgage


Before applying for a mortgage, there's a lot to consider, from understanding the costs involved, to knowing how much you can afford to borrow.

Things to consider

  • how much you need to borrow
  • monthly income and outgoings
  • one off additional expenses such as valuation fees, local authority search fees, conveyancer's fees and Stamp Duty Land Tax.
  • the cost of furnishing and decorating your new home.
  • if you're looking to remortgage, you will need to check with your existing provider to see if there will be any charges for early redemption, or any other fees associated with your mortgage.

Your mortgage adviser will talk through your income and expenditure with you, but in the meantime, it makes sense to plan your monthly budget to see what your expenditure is likely to be against your monthly income.

Our mortgage calculators will give you an idea of how much your payments could be, and also how they could change by making overpayments.


Important Information:

If you would like to check how much we're likely to lend you before starting a Decision in Principle, call Skipton Direct on 0345 850 1755.

How the mortgage application process works

  1. once you know how much you need to borrow, you should complete a Decision in Principle. Start yours below:
  2. if your Decision in Principle is approved, a member of our mortgage team will arrange a mortgage advice appointment.
  3. during your mortgage advice appointment your dedicated mortgage adviser will advise you on suitable mortgage and submit your full application.
  4. we'll send you your Mortgage Illustration and application by post or email for you to check, sign and return.
  5. your mortgage application is underwritten by our team of mortgage underwriters.
  6. valuation is carried out on the property.
  7. if all criteria are met you will receive your mortgage offer.
  8. conveyancer is instructed to complete the legal work of investigating the legal title and preparing the mortgage documentation.
  9. once all legal work is complete we will release the funds. The mortgage will be in place.

The first step to applying for a mortgage is getting a Decision in Principle (DIP) below:

Getting a Decision in Principle (DIP)

You can apply for a Decision in Principle online, or talk to one of our mortgage team on the phone or by Skipton Link.

We'll ask you for specific information, which will help us to provide you with a decision about the amount of loan that could be available to you. The DIP is not a cost quotation for a particular mortgage product - that will be provided later in the process as a Mortgage Illustration (MIL).

The amount we lend is based on an overall assessment of affordability, which takes into account your income and expenditure and the impact of possible future interest rate rises.

To complete your DIP, you will need the following information:

  • salary and employment details/2 years' accounts, if employed/self employed
  • details of your existing mortgage(s) , if you already have one
  • details of your current financial commitments and loans.

Once you have a lending decision, our mortgage team will contact you to book a telephone or video appointment with qualified mortgage advisor. They will advise and assist you in making a full mortgage application.

Please note, an application for a DIP involves us carrying out a credit check on you.

†This option is not available for buy to let applications. To start an application for buy to let, please call us.


Important Information:

Please note, an application for a Decision in Principle involves us carrying out a credit check on you.

On the phone

0345 850 1755

Lines are open 8am - 8pm Mon to Thurs
8am - 5:30pm on Fri and 9am - 12pm on Sat


Complete your DIP online today

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