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Getting a Decision in Principle

Decision in Principle, Mortgage in Principle and Agreement in Principle: there are lots of terms for the same thing, but what does it really mean? Our guide can help.

What is a Decision in Principle?

A Decision in Principle (DIP), is a statement from your lender of how much they will lend you based on basic information such as your salary, how much you’d like to borrow and your monthly outgoings.

However, it is not set in stone. If you make a formal application with the same lender at a later date, the lender can change the details of the loan or to decide not to go forward with the loan altogether. The reason for this change will be made clear in your application process.

Getting a Decision in Principle can make you a more attractive buyer, as it shows the seller and estate agent that you’re serious about buying.

Does a Decision in Principle guarantee a mortgage?

No, a Decision in Principle does not guarantee a mortgage. This is because the lender does not have a full view of your financial situation. For this reason, getting an agreement doesn’t guarantee a mortgage nor does it make any guarantees about the amount you’re able to borrow.

How long does it take to get a Decision in Principle?

You can usually get a Decision in Principle within 24 hours, but this can vary depending on your lender. At Newcastle Building Society our mortgage advisers will usually be able to give you a spoken decision within one hour if you have all the information at hand that is needed.

How long is a Decision in Principle valid?

A Decision in Principle is typically valid for up to 90 days. If it goes beyond this date before you need it, you can always re-apply. However, it may be best to avoid this to stop too many credit searches damaging your credit score.

Does a Decision in Principle affect my credit score?

A Decision in Principle can affect your credit score, but not always. This will depend on whether your lender does a hard or soft search of your records.

A soft search records the credit check as simply an enquiry on your file, but a hard search will mark that you’ve made an application for credit. Having a lot of applications for credit on your file can put lenders off, as it may seem you find it hard to pay back your loans.

You may want to check with your lender before applying for a decision in principle, to see what kind of search they’re going to conduct.

How to get a Decision in Principle at Newcastle Building Society

You can get a Decision in Principle by booking an appointment with one of our mortgage colleagues. Alternatively, why not try out our mortgage affordability calculator to get an idea of how much you may be able to borrow from us.

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