- Only lender to offer first-time buyers a free home condition report worth over £500
- HomeFact condition report offered on selected 2-year and 5-year fixed rate first-time buyer products, with rates starting from 1.39 per cent
- Available exclusively in branch and across telephone channels
Santander Mortgages has introduced a free HomeFact condition report across a range of new first-time buyer mortgages, available from this month. The bank is the only lender to provide a home condition report, worth over £500, free-of-charge and its introduction forms part of Santander’s focus on supporting first-time buyers.
Countrywide Surveying Service’s HomeFact home condition report provides customers with essential information about their prospective new home, including its condition both inside and out, any areas that need urgent attention, security risks and how best to maintain the property. Of those homebuyers who don’t buy a condition report, one in five end up uncovering faults with their property, while a further 17% of people end up paying out more than £12,000 to make their new homes habitable1. The HomeFact report helps protect customers from incurring these unexpected costs after they move in.
Customers will also benefit from speaking with a RICS-qualified surveyor directly, including having a pre-inspection and follow-up service call, giving first-time buyers the opportunity to check their understanding of the content of the report, and ask any questions they may have. The service is also supported by a telephone helpdesk.
The new first-time buyer exclusives that include a free HomeFact condition report are:
- Two-year fixed rate; 75 per cent LTV; £999 fee; 1.39 per cent
- Two-year fixed rate; 75 per cent LTV; no fee; 1.84 per cent
- Two-year fixed rate; 90 per cent LTV; £999 fee; 1.89 per cent
- Two-year fixed rate; 90 per cent LTV; no fee; 2.34 per cent
- Two-year fixed rate; 95 per cent LTV; no fee; 2.89 per cent
- Five-year fixed rate; 75 per cent LTV; £999 fee; 1.69 per cent
- Five-year fixed rate; 75 per cent LTV; no fee; 1.94 per cent
- Five-year fixed rate; 90 per cent LTV; £999 fee; 2.44 per cent
- Five-year fixed rate; 90 per cent LTV; no fee; 2.49 per cent
- Five-year fixed rate; 95 per cent LTV; £0 fee; 3.24 per cent
Miguel Sard, Head of Mortgages at Santander said: “Going into the buying process with your eyes wide open and knowing what areas of the property need attention, can make a real difference to buyers – especially when it’s your first-time. The HomeFact condition report helps ensure that there are no nasty surprises, leaving new property owners to go and make the most of their new home.”
Paul Wareham, Managing Director Business to Business at Countrywide added: “HomeFact is a bespoke, digitally interactive report giving expert advice on the condition of a property enriched with property specific data insights. We have listened to what 15,000 customers told us about their requirements, adapted traditional methods, and are delivering a new service led product, to give the power of knowledge to our customers to help them make better informed decisions when it comes to one of the biggest purchases they will ever make.”
The latest enhancement to Santander Mortgages’ first-time buyer offering follows the bank’s launch of the ‘Santander First-Time Buyer Study: The Future of the Homeownership Dream’, which examines whether the ‘Homeownership Dream’ is at risk of becoming out of reach for middle-income Britain, individual buyers and those unable to draw on family wealth within the decade.
Products with the free HomeFact report are available by visiting any of Santander’s branches or through the mortgage phone team, who can be reached on 0800 068 6064.
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Notes to Editors
- ComsRes for RICS, 2018
- The Santander First-Time Buyer Study: The Future of the Homeownership Dream can be accessed here: https://www.santander.co.uk/assets/s3fs-public/documents/santander-first-time-buyer-study.pdf
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