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Mortgage Valuation Report – What is it?

This guide was last updated 19 February 2024

Property purchase 101 – What is a Mortgage Valuation Report

When purchasing a new home, a mortgage lender is likely to ask you to pay for a Mortgage Valuation Report. Below, we explain what it is, why lenders require it before lending you money, and how much it costs.

What is a Mortgage Valuation Report?

A Mortgage Valuation Report is a particular type of assessment that a lender will carry out to validate a mortgage agreement. It is designed to assess their risk exposure.

Why do I need a Mortgage Valuation Report?

When a mortgage lender; a Bank or Building Society, for example, lends money to a person to purchase property, it’s common practice to secure the financial loan against the asset which is being purchased. For example, the new home you want to buy.

When you agree to a mortgage loan, the lender has a charge over the property until you clear the debt and pay off the loan. This means that if you stopped making payments, and were unable to pay back the money that was lent to you, they will repossess the property to sell it and recoup their money.

In this scenario, the lender needs to be sure that they can sell the property for enough money to recover the original loan they lent to you. To ensure this, they will independently value the property themselves to ensure that it is worth more than what they intend to lend to you. They create what is known as a loan to value (LTV) ratio.

For example, you would like to purchase a property valued at £300,000. You have the required deposit and would like to

Do I get to see the Mortgage Valuation Report?

The report may not be very long – only a couple of pages at most. It is fairly high level but will list all the main details about the property, any comparable properties in the surrounding area, and the final valuation.

Ultimately the final report won’t be of benefit to you as you’ll need to view the property impartially. The lender will want to assess their risk on the property in the state it is when you purchase it.

They’re unlikely to be concerned about how much money you intend to spend on works and repairs, or what you will achieve on resale. For this, you will need to undertake a property survey. To understand which survey is right for your property, see our breakdown of each type of property survey to understand which survey is right for you.

How much does a Mortgage Valuation Report cost?

It is likely that a lender will get you to pay to have a valuation report undertaken before your mortgage is approved, even though it may be of no use to you. The cost will depend upon the type and size of your property, however, you can expect it to be anything upwards of £150.

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    Andrew Montlake

    Written by Andrew Montlake

    Andrew Montlake, better known as Monty, began his journey with an Hons degree in Economics & Politics before starting in the mortgage industry in February 1994. As a main founder of Coreco in 2009, he successfully grew the brand, marketing, and communications, and was made MD in 2019 focussing on the overall vision, strategy, and culture of the company. As Coreco’s media spokesperson, Andrew can often be seen or heard on TV and radio as well as regularly commenting in the national, local, and trade press. He is the author of this acclaimed Mortgage Blog and is well-known for his social media, podcasts, and public speaking. Andrew is now proud to serve as Chairman of the Association of Mortgage Intermediaries, (AMI) as a cheerleader for the Mortgage Industry as a whole and continues to work at the coal face, writing mortgage business and advising clients.

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