Our online Decision in Principle form takes around 5 minutes to complete.
There’s no fee, no effect on your credit rating, and no obligation to take out a mortgage with us.
Before you start, you will need the following information:
A Decision in Principle is a certificate showing that a lender is willing to give you a mortgage based on the information you have provided.
You might have also heard it called a Mortgage in Principle, or an Agreement in Principle.
The lender will ask for some basic information to see if you can afford the mortgage you want to apply for.
If they think you can keep up the repayments, they will provide you with a Decision in Principle.
This depends on the lender, as different mortgage providers carry out different types of checks.
At Monmouthshire Building Society, we perform a ‘soft’ credit check at the Decision in Principle stage - this won’t affect your credit rating.
You will need to get a Decision in Principle before you make a full mortgage application.
It can be helpful to get a Decision in Principle while you are house-hunting, as estate agents and sellers will take any offers you make more seriously.
Bear in mind though, your lender will only honour the Decision in Principle for a limited amount of time - ours lasts around 30 days.
You’ll have to get another one if it runs out before you make a full mortgage application, so look for a Decision in Principle that won’t hurt your credit rating.
No - a Decision in Principle is based on limited information about you as a borrower, so it is not a guarantee.
If you proceed with a mortgage application the lender will carry out more in-depth checks. Based on these checks, the lender may decide that the mortgage you have requested isn't suitable for you at this time.
No. If you change your mind about which lender to go with, or decide not to buy at all, that’s not a problem.
As we don’t leave a ‘footprint’ on your credit file until you reach the full application stage, there are no consequences if you decide not to apply after receiving a Decision in Principle from us.
A Decision in Principle is free of charge from most lenders, including Monmouthshire Building Society.
Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.