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What are Self Build mortgages?

Self Build mortgages work differently from house purchase mortgages or remortgages. Rather than giving all the cash upfront, we release it in stages as your build progresses. These stages may include buying the land, right up to decorating the interior – and all things in between. To find out more about our flexible self build mortgages, please contact us and we will be happy to answer any queries.

Building your home can be an incredible experience and at the same time, a challenging one. It is a memorable experience that requires hard work and commitment. So, finding the right Self Build mortgage with great service and less hassle is essential!

Self Build Mortgage Features

Rather than giving you all of your funds upfront, we release the money at different stages of your build so you don't pay interest on the whole amount all at once.

Early repayment charges
You can overpay by up to 50% with our mortgages and not incur any early repayment charges. See the full product details to check this and other charges which apply.

A good credit history
We don't use automated credit scoring to assess your suitability, but we do expect a good credit history.

Unusual construction
We know houses, just like people come in all shapes and sizes and materials. We can consider a range of construction types as well as the 'yet to be built'. Note for builds utilising modern methods of contruction (often termed MMC) we will need the scheme to be BOPAS registered.

Our Self Build Mortgage Rates

Self Build 4.10% 2 Year Discount Rate 80% LTV

Representative Example
  • VARIABLE RATE currently 5.74% with a discount of 1.64% until 2 years from completion date then changing to Ipswich Standard Variable Rate (currently 5.74%)
  • 5.6% APRC
  • For purchase or remortgage
  • Available for direct applicants in England and Wales
  • For our Intermediary partners, products are available to Prestige members, selected partners nationally and all intermediaries based in our heartland area. Selected partners include: Sesame (AR), PTFS (AR), Mortgage Intelligence (AR), Mortgage Next (AR), Life & Easy (AR), Intrinsic (AR), L&G Nouveau Members, L&G Nouveau2 Members, L&G (Selected Partners), SimplyBiz Mortgage.
  • To establish if you/your network is a selected partner, please contact our Intermediary Sales Team on 0330 123 1073.

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Completion Fee Application Fee (Payable with application and non-refundable) Valuation Fee (Payable with application) Higher Lending Charge CHAPS (Fee for transfer of funds to solicitor) Maximum Loan Amount
£1,000 £199 Based on property valuation - £35 £500k

  • No charge for overpayments of up to 50% of original loan amount
  • Early repayment charge period ends 2 years from date of completion
  • Fee-free overpayments up to 50% of the loan
  • Redemption - early repayment charge is 3% for 12 months followed by 0% for 12 months

To apply, please speak to one of our expert Mortgage Consultants, based in Ipswich, on 0330 123 0773 - we're happy to discuss your application over the telephone or, if you'd prefer, we can arrange to meet with you at one of our 9 branches across Suffolk.

In the meantime, you may find it useful to look at our mortgage calculator to get an idea of what your monthly payment may be.

Representative example (this information is based on a typical application and not to your individual circumstances. It does not contain all of the details you need to choose a mortgage):

A mortgage of £110,000.00 payable over 15 years on our Standard Variable Rate currently at 5.74% with a discount of 1.64% , giving a current rate payable of 4.10% until 2 years from completion then our Standard Variable Rate for remainder of the mortgage term would require 24 monthly payments of £826.89 followed by 156 monthly payments of £909.90. The total amount payable would be £162,208.76 made up of loan amount plus interest (£50,754.76), an application fee of £199, a completion fee of £1,000, a valuation fee of £125, a mortgage funds release fee of £35 and a mortgage exit fee of £95.

The overall cost for comparison is 5.6% APRC representative.

[This representative example is based on assumptions that the loan would start from 3 September 2018]


Self Build mortgage applications are accepted on a full status basis.

  • The property/build must be supervised by a qualified person
  • There must be Detailed Planning Permission and Building Regulations in place
  • The Property must be completed within 24 months of the initial advance
  • The total advance (at any time) will not exceed 80% of the current value of the land or property under construction
  • Maximum advances must also be in accordance with product chosen (ie; some products are maximum LTV 80%)
  • Stage Release fees – the Society will charge up to £100 for each stage payment made
  • This fee includes the cost of the Valuer calling to re-inspect the property and the CHAPS fee
  • Self build borrowers who have not seen a reduction in household income since applying for their self build mortgage, and who have supplied the property Completion Certificate to the Society, will be eligible to automatically switch to Capital & Interest on a new 2 year residential mortgage scheme.


Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.