Valuation

What is a Valuation?

A Valuation is an estimate of the value of a house, usually undertaken by a chartered surveyor, to establish its suitability as Security for a lender. This is normally a requirement of mortgage providers before issuing a mortgage. Many lenders will not grant a mortgage unless there is sufficient value in the property and the Loan to Value ratio is not above 90%.


Q: How do I get a valuation?

A: The mortgage lender will arrange for a surveyor to come and value the property you are interested in buying.

Q: How much does one cost?

A: This varies depending on your mortgage provider. Sometimes they will won’t be charged to you, otherwise the cost will be added to your application fee.

Q: Can you challenge a valuation?

A: You can, but it may not change the lender’s mind. Some lenders offer a valuation appeal process to intermediaries, but may be hard-pressed finding a formal process for consumers.

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