Homebuyer’s Guide – Ogilvie Homes

Homebuyer’s Guide

Guidelines to buying your dream home

Buying an Ogilvie home is simple, our honest and transparent guidelines walk you through exactly what is required from finding your ideal home to moving in. All our advisors are on hand to answer any questions you may have and will steer you through the whole process ensuring that your experience is stressless and relaxed.

Once you have chosen your house style and which plot you want to buy, we can assist you, if required with the following:

  • Appointing a solicitor to carry out the conveyancing for your purchase is essential, however should you require the recommendation of a solicitor, we will be happy to put you in touch with one.
  • Financial advice from an Independent Financial Advisor, if you do not have anyone in mind, we can recommend a suitable independent advisor to provide free financial advice, prior to your reservation. Please ask sales manager for details.
Reservation Agreement

The next stage is formalising your reservation agreement which will hold your chosen plot and fix the price of the property for the period stipulated (usually 2–3 weeks) and making your reservation payment fee of £500. (Preferred payment method is online banking however if this is not available to you the site sales manager can advise a suitable alternative.

*70% of your reservation fee will be retained should you cancel your reservation prior to concluding the missive contract.

Concluding Legal Missive Contract

During the fixed period your reservation agreement states, our standard, legal missive contract will be sent to your appointed solicitor. The stipulated expiration date on your reservation agreement will be the same as the date we require your missive contract to be concluded by. These dates are extremely important as the reservation will automatically expire & any incentive offered will be withdrawn, should the next stage of concluding the missive contract, not have been achieved, (unless a written request submitted from your solicitor to ours has been approved by our office) and the plot will be re-marketed for sale. Once you and your solicitor are satisfied with everything, your solicitor will conclude missives on your behalf. At this point the balance of the deposit will be payable which is further £1000 adding to your total deposit of £1500.

Colour Selections

With the legalities complete, subject to build stage, you will be invited, to a specific appointment, at the marketing suite to make your colour choices from our excellent range of standard options plus our client extras range, to finish your new home.

The appointment date agreed will be the Final opportunity for processing all colours and any client extras for the property (we are unable to consider any amendments/additions to your colour selections or chosen extras after this appointment date), however would welcome as many visits by appointment, as necessary prior to the final appointment date & time agreed.

*Please be advised only our pre-approved list of extras will be considered, subject to the build stage of the property at the time.

Following this, we will keep you informed at intervals of the progress of your home, to monitor the build programme and anticipated entry date.

As your build progresses, we will be in a clearer position to advise on firmer, likely date for completion.

Subject to Build Stage at Point of Reservation

Please be advised all dates discussed are ‘anticipated’ until passed fit for habitation by the local authority.

Prior to completion of foundations and ground floor – at this stage we will advise buyers of an anticipated calendar quarter.

When the roof is completed and the building weatherproof – at this stage, our buyer will be advised of the anticipated month of completion.

When the home is decorated, main services connected and passed fit for habitation by the local authority and Warranty body provider – at this stage an anticipated move-in date will be agreed with you.

When your move-in date has been finalised, your funds from your solicitor will be transferred on the agreed date.

You will receive a personal home demonstration of your new home from our site team representatives along with the keys to your new home.

On your day of settlement, you will be provided with a one month after entry form to allow you to record any minor snagging issues which will be reviewed by our site team at the end of the first month.

Details of our emergency Customer Care number will be provided for any urgent items.

Customer Notice on completion dates

Between Brexit, the Pandemic lockdowns and significant demand for products, this has created many shortages in essential materials and labour in the UK’s housebuilding sector. The global supply chains are being stretched and order backlogs are now a regular occurrence. While we will continue to provide all our customers with anticipated completion dates, some delays may be encountered in the coming months because of such shortages. We apologise for any inconvenience and continue to work hard to ensure we can deliver as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience.

The Mortgage Process

When buying your new Ogilvie home, finding the best mortgage for your circumstances is a crucial part of the process. Ogilvie recommend Premier Choice Mortgages who are Independent Mortgage Advisors. They will guide you through the mortgage process and will search the whole of the mortgage market in order to provide you with the cheapest mortgage available. Their advisors are available 7 days per week with evening or weekend appointments to suit. As a client of Ogilvie Homes, the advice is completely free of charge, with no obligation whatsoever.

Kenneth Kelly
Premier Choice Mortgages
01698 276493

Tracy Telford
Kyle Financial Ltd
07706 229517

Timing – Arrange your mortgage well in advance as obtaining finance is often crucial to buying a new house.

AIP – the first stage in the mortgage process is to obtain an Approval In Principle. This means that a lender will ask you for information on your circumstances (address, income, outgoings etc.). The lender will then submit this information onto their system and the system will carry out a credit check. A credit check involves checking your credit history and payment record. When the credit check is returned (normally instantly), the lender will inform you if you have been approved or not. Lenders will differ in their lending criteria and some will lend more amounts than others. If you have been unsuccessful with one lender it does not necessarily mean that you will not be able to obtain a mortgage. You may want to obtain an approval in principle before reserving property.

Full Mortgage Application – a full application involves moving your application forward from the approval in principle stage. At this stage the lender may require documentary evidence to confirm the information you have supplied at the approval in principle stage e.g. payslips, identification etc. The lender will also require a valuation of the property to be carried out.

The Mortgage Offer – when the lender has received all the relevant documentation and they are satisfied with your application, they will issue the Mortgage Offer. A copy will be sent to yourself and a copy will be sent to your solicitor. The mortgage offer is an agreement in writing from the lender setting out the terms and conditions (monthly payments etc) of your mortgage. The mortgage offer needs to be issued before your solicitor can obtain the funds from the lender to complete your purchase. A mortgage offer will be valid for a certain period of time depending on lender. With some lenders this will be 6 months but with others it may be shorter. You need to ensure that the entry date for your property falls within this period. Some lenders will be able to extend their mortgage offers, given certain circumstances.

Moving House

Moving house can be both exciting and stressful at the same time, so to help ease that stress we have put together some helpful hints on the important things to remember.

Once you know your completion date for moving you need to start planning because planning your move in advance will save you hours of heartache in the long run.

One month to go –

  • Make sure you have notified your landlord (if applicable)
  • Book a removal company or van
  • Start collecting boxes for packing or ask your removal company if they have package crates and/or wardrobe boxes they can deliver to you prior to your removal date
  • Use up your frozen food
  • Inform the gas and electricity companies to let them know where you are moving to and when
  • Organise the reconnection or installation of your telephone line
  • Start clearing out all your unwanted items
  • Make sure you have booked time off work
  • Book a hotel if you think you will need to stop over before moving in to your new home

Two weeks to go –

  • Contact the post office to redirect your mail
  • Notify all the important organisations and important people (dentist, doctor, optician), including the local authority of your new address
  • Make sure there is someone who can take care of the children and pets for the day of the move
  • Start to pack and make sure that the items you’ll need to get your hands on first are the items you pack last
  • Make sure you have ample wrapping paper, sticky tape, bubble wrap and string
  • Consider which rooms in your new home will be used for what

One week to go –

  • Make sure you have cancelled such services as the window cleaner, milkman, newspaper delivery etc.
  • Arrange payment for final bills
  • Get all meters read and arrange to pay any outstanding amounts
  • Organise layout for new home to give to removal company so they know which boxes go in which rooms
  • Collect the keys for your new home as soon as possible
  • Contact utility companies
  • Make sure you have some dust sheets to put down so you can protect the carpets in your new home

The day before your move –

  • Make a list of what is in each box so you can find what you are looking for easily
  • Finalise packing and label/number your boxes
  • Defrost your fridge and freezer
  • Finish cleaning/tidying your current property

The day of your move –

  • Make a final check around the house, garden, garage and shed to see that you have left nothing behind
  • Disconnect all remaining appliances
  • Check that all doors and windows are locked
  • Count in all boxes to ensure that everything has been delivered
  • Remember not to work too late into the night trying to get everything unpacked, a good nights sleep will recharge your batteries and make it easier to get organised the next day.

Once you have moved into your new home, don’t forget to organise your terrestrial TV or satellite installation; contact
the local council to order your refuse/cleansing recepticles; buy and install any external drying facilities (if required).

Additional Information

Booking a Rate – with certain lenders it is possible to “book” a particular interest rate before submitting a full application thus securing your payments at a particular level.

Change of Circumstances – if your circumstances change during the mortgage process (change of employment, etc), you are required to inform your mortgage lender.

Multiple Credit Searches – each time you apply to a lender for an approval in principle they will carry out a credit search. Each time a credit search is registered on your credit file it lowers your credit score.

Lenders Timescales – different lenders will have different timescales for processing mortgage applications. You may need to consider this if, for example there is a quick entry date for your property.

Lending Criteria – different lenders will have different rules and regulations, i.e. some will lend more than others, some will lend up to 90%, some will lend up to 85%, etc.