Got a question about Yorkshire Bank mortgages? Have a look at some of the questions we’re asked most often. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, give us a call on 0845 602 6198.
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How long does it take to arrange a mortgage?
As a general rule it takes between four and eight weeks, starting from the time you make an initial enquiry.
However, we can arrange some mortgages even faster – for example, if you’re an existing Yorkshire Bank mortgage customer looking to borrow more money for home improvements.
How much can I borrow?
It’s all about affordability – not simply your salary. So we look at your income and your expenses, then work out how much you can reasonably afford to pay each month for your mortgage.
We can usually give you a broad idea of the amount you can borrow reasonably quickly. Just call us on 0845 602 6198 to speak to one of our advisers.
I already have a mortgage with another lender. If I switch to you, can I borrow more money?
Yes. It’s often possible to increase the amount of your mortgage when you switch from another lender. We’re happy to lend more money provided it’s being used for a legitimate purpose, and the total loan doesn’t exceed any restrictions on loan to value (LTV).
We’ll also need to make sure the extra borrowing can be supported by your current income.
What is loan to value?
Loan to value (LTV) is simply the amount you need to borrow, expressed as a percentage of the value of the property you want to buy.
So, if you need to borrow £60,000 to buy a home valued at £100,000, your loan to value would be 60%.
Do you offer mortgages for any type of home?
Yes - we offer mortgages to buy virtually any type of permanent property. This could be your main home, a holiday home or a buy to let property.
However, we sometimes restrict how much we’re prepared to lend against some properties such as new homes or converted properties less than three years old.
If you’re uncertain whether or not we’ll be able to offer a mortgage on your property, give us a call on 0845 602 6198.
Do I need a deposit?
Yes - usually you will need to meet part of the purchase price from your own funds. The amount of deposit you need depends on the loan to value limit of the type of mortgage you choose.
Why do I need a survey or valuation?
We ask for a valuation because we need an up to date assessment of a property’s value to make sure our loan to value conditions are met. It also helps you decide if the asking price is reasonable.
If you’re thinking about buying an older property, you should consider getting a full survey carried out. This alerts you to any serious defects, which could be expensive to repair or seriously affect the value of your home.
My fixed or discounted rate deal is about to end. What happens next?
If you’re on a fixed or discounted rate mortgage, we’ll write to you about two months before the end of the fixed or discounted rate term. If you want, you can get in touch with us and arrange a new fixed rate deal. You’ll have to pay an arrangement fee but there are no legal or valuation fees.
If you decide not to go for a new fixed rate mortgage, you’ll pay interest at the Standard Variable Rate or at a tracker rate, depending on the deal you’re on. You can always get in touch with us at a later date and set up a fixed rate mortgage on one of the deals we’re offering at that time
Our current Standard Variable Rate is currently 4.95%. It may change from time to time.
I want to increase my mortgage. Are there any restrictions on what I can use the money for?
There are very few restrictions on how you spend any extra mortgage borrowing. For example, you can use it for home improvements, repairs and even debt consolidation.
We’re happy to lend, as long as:
If you’re in any doubt about whether or not we’ll lend for a particular purpose, give us a call on 0845 602 6198.
What other things do I have to pay for when I buy a home?
There are a number of other expenses when you buy a home:
You’ll also need home buildings insurance. If you’re a first time buyer or re-mortgaging, you may be able to save on some fees.
What is Yorkshire Bank’s current standard variable rate?
Our current Standard Variable Rate is 4.95%, and changes from time to time.
Do I need to take action if I have an interest-only mortgage?
Yes, whether you have a repayment plan in place or not, it is important to know the facts to make sure you can pay off your mortgage when the time comes. To help you with this, we have provided impartial advice from the Money Advice Service with their leaflet: Take action with your interest-only mortgage now.
I want to let out my home, what do I have to do?
If you wish to let out a property purchased using a residential mortgage you must obtain our consent. Just call us on the telephone number below and we will check your eligiblity and guide you through the application process. Terms and Conditions do apply.
Yorkshire Bank - 0800 829 365
If you are granted consent you will be charged a fee of £100 and an additional letting interest rate of 1% will be added to your current mortgage product interest rate. If we discover you are letting your property without our consent, your mortgage interest rate will be switched to the Bank's Standard Variable Rate.