As could probably be predicted from us, we firmly believe that there are some great reasons for customers to use a mortgage broker in Hull.
As a fair counter argument though, whether it’s via a branch or online, it is still completely viable to go direct to the lender yourself. Luckily we find that most people prefer to make use of a mortgage broker.
Here we will take a look at the pros & cons to both sides.
When talking about the option of going directly to a bank or building society, the first thing that immediately springs to mind is that you’ll be free from any broker fees. This of course will save you money.
Whilst that may be a point for, an immediate point against comes to mind too. In previous years, you may have thought “the bank manager will know my finances inside and out”, though when credit scoring was introduced, this no longer became a factor in the process.
One reason why going direct could be preferable, is that some lenders offer exclusive mortgage products that are only available by going direct. This is done so to attract a good spread of business from consumers and brokers alike, switching these exclusive products as they see fit.
On the contrary to this, some products may only be available by going with a mortgage broker. In this case, you’re not only able to see potential exclusive deals from your bank, but other lenders as well. A bank can only offer their own products!
In 2014, the market changed and lenders were no longer allowed to sell mortgages on a non-advised basis to anyone who walked through their door.
Previously, it had been believed that non-advisors were trying to push actual advice on customers. This means they weren’t able to benefit from some of the consumer protection that comes with speaking to a professional mortgage advisor.
The changes meant lenders had to adjust. Heading towards the end of 2014, it was commonplace to be kept waiting over a month just to speak with an advisor. Sometimes today this situation still occurs, which is of course less than ideal when you have had an offer accepted and are ready to go!
Because of the issues that were occuring with these services, applications being made via mortgage brokers went on the rise. This is because many brokers out there, like ourselves, are able to offer customers a more flexible service, at times that best suit them.
When you book your free mortgage appointment with us online, you’ll be able to choose a timeslot that best suits your personal and work life. Oftentimes, your appointment can be booked in for the same day. There is no waiting around for somebody to get back in touch!
Affordability is definitely something that factors into people’s decisions to use a mortgage broker. No matter how good a lender’s deal might seem, you won’t get very far if they won’t lend you enough money!
Buying a house is so important to people, that many customers will opt to go with a trusted and dedicated mortgage broker for professional and personalised mortgage advice in Hull.
Nowadays we find that a lot of mortgage applications aren’t as simple as they once were. For one reason or another, there are a lot of contributing factors that can make the mortgage process a lot more challenging now.
Some examples of these are, but are not limited to:
In the past, it was a lot easier for lenders to stand out from the competition by simply offering a deal that was similar to, but better than another mortgage lender on the market. In modern times this is very different, with lending criteria being the big difference between one option and another.
An example of this is the differences in leniency towards those who are looking to obtain a Self-Employed Mortgage in Hull. Some lenders are willing to be a bit more sympathetic towards previous discrepancies on your credit report. Others, not so much.
Your situation is unique to you, it is very unlikely that someone will have the exact same circumstances as you. You could be looking for First-Time Buyer Mortgage Advice in Hull, ready to take the first step towards being a homeowner.
You might be in a tight spot and need some Remortgage Advice in Hull, ahead of consolidating some debts (something that definitely requires an expert opinion). When you explain your position to an experienced mortgage broker, they may have dealt with something that is at least similar in the past.
This allows them to personalise your mortgage advice service and guide you along each step. With a little luck and a lot of hard work, your mortgage advisor in Hull will hopefully be able to recommend the most suitable mortgage, at the lowest rate available to you.
Beyond that though, it’s about more than just getting a mortgage. Even if the application itself is pretty simple to run through, our clients rely on our expertise and industry experience for so much more.
We are able to run through how much the applicant is willing to offer on their potential new home. Our trusted team of mortgage advisors in Hull are able recommend other professional services such as solicitors and property surveys.
Another reason why using a mortgage broker in Hull could be preferable, is that we tend to be far more responsive than the lenders might be.
Our hard working team quite regularly work late into the evening, outside of normal hours, giving maximum effort on customer cases to ensure the service is prompt but also effective.
Something that is often overlooked when looking at why customers may prefer a broker, is that people’s day-to-day lives are so much busier. A mortgage might be important, but you may have no free time! A mortgage advisor in Hull will take the weight off your shoulders.
Professional applicants especially see the benefits of using a mortgage broker, as they have clients of their own that they charge out their services to and they appreciate having an expert to do the work for them whilst they keep busy.
Mayhap in the future we will see lenders wanting to take business back from the brokers. In the event of this, we may see a more technological approach from them. The world seems to be more focused on that these days.
That’s great news for customers who are fine with speaking to bots or using automated systems. Even more so when the case is straightforward.
For most of us though, there’s an element of “realness” when speaking to a real person. We are getting that “human touch” that only speak to a mortgage advisor in Hull can provide for you.
Book your free mortgage appointment online now using the “Get Started” button. Time slots are available every day, from early until late, at a time that best suits you (subject to availability).
There are thousands of interest-only mortgages across the nation that are maturing every year and the homeowners who have one of these may be caught off guard when it comes to having to pay off the capital sum that is owed.
In this article, we take a look at what interest-only mortgages are and what can be done when situations like this occur.
Back in the ’80s and ’90s, it was actually really common for residential mortgages to be set up this way. The purpose of these mortgage types, was that you would only pay back (over the course of your term) interest on the amount that you borrowed, with the remaining capital lump sum being paid back once the term ended.
For anyone who had previously taken out an interest-only mortgage, it is likely that you will have been advised to set up a repayment vehicle, perhaps something like a low-cost endowment policy.
The policy would mature over time and was designed with the purpose of helping you to repay the capital balance in full, whilst also giving you sufficient life cover for the duration of your mortgage term. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who weren’t made aware of the risks attached to this type of product.
One of the risks that cropped up, was that there was no guarantee the policy would actually mature enough to cover the costs of your mortgage debt, which in turn led to many applicants being compensated for them being mis-sold a product.
Nowadays, interest-only mortgages tend to be a popular option for customers who are looking at their options for Buy to Let Mortgages in Hull. These types of people are landlords who buy properties to earn some extra income.
It is not very common to come across customers who have taken out an interest-only residential mortgage in recent memory, as they are considerably difficult to obtain unless you can prove that you have a very solid strategy for paying back the capital at the end of your term.
For customers who took out an interest-only mortgage at any point in the late ’80s or ’90s and have not switched it to a capital repayment, then you should absolutely look to take action sooner rather than later.
If you happen to be in this sort of position, the chances that your mortgage lender will send you a letter or give you a call, asking how you plan to pay the capital back will be slim.
It is important to always keep open a line of communication with the mortgage lender, remaining honest and open with them. Contrary to the belief of some, a lender truly does not want to take your property into possession and will only do so if they have no other choice.
Instead of letting things get to that point, here are some other things that you could look to do instead;
The retirement mortgage market is an area of the world of homeowners that is currently thriving, largely due to the amount of interest-only mortgages that are reaching the end of their terms, without any concrete plans in place to actually pay back the capital.
There are a lot of retirement products available to customers across the country nowadays, and some providers may even possibly let you service the interest element by way of regular monthly repayments.
Creating this sort of agreement means that when you die, the capital balance that is left to pay, is repaid from the house sale and the surplus can be given out to your family.
Interest-only mortgage are still in existence and can be obtain, though there are limitations as to who can obtain one. For example, you may possibly be a landlord with an extensive property portfolio or have some other investments in place, which you can use to help you repay the balance.
Lenders will now take an in-depth look at your strategy for repaying the loan, analysing a lot more deeply than they would’ve done in the past.
They do this in order to ensure that they are only lending for a property that they are confident won’t default. In addition to this, they will also want a much larger deposit to go down, potentially as much as 50%.
They will also want to future proof any of your plans before going ahead. An example of this would be checking that you have enough equity in your home to potentially downsize to a reasonable property down the line.
As always, our team of dedicated mortgage advisors in Hull, here at Hullmoneyman, are always happy to run through the options that are available to you as a home buyer or existing homeowner in Hull. Book your free mortgage appointment online today and we will see how we are able to help you.
Customers will always receive an Agreement in Principle from the lender before they can obtain a mortgage on a property. The reason for this is so that you know the lender will agree, in principle, to let you borrow from them.
This part of the process is carried out before the final checks and whilst even with this we cannot guarantee that you will get a mortgage, being given this is certainly a good sign that you’re on your way to mortgage success.
You’ll often see this online being called a Mortgage in Principle and a Decision in Principle. Sometimes it will be shortened to AIP and DIP. Though the collection of names can be confusing to home buyers, worry not as they’re all exactly the same thing.
Once you have gotten an Agreement in Principle, you will be ready for the next steps of the process, fully prepared to support any offers that you look to make as a First Time Buyer in Hull.
By having this document, you may also give yourself room to negotiate with the seller of the property on a lower price.
This is because it will showcase to the seller of the property in question, that you are a serious buyer and have the necessary funds to move on with the mortgage process.
We tend to find that a large amount of lenders these days are choosing to go with soft searches instead of doing hard searches. As a standard rule of thumb, a soft search will not affect your credit score, as they don’t usually leave a footprint.
Hard searches will leave a footprint behind, so having lots of them done can be quite damaging, especially if you fail it each time. That’s not to guarantee a soft search will have no effect, but it is very unlikely.
Soft searches offer less in-depth information than you would get from hard searches, though worry not as no matter which one the lender opts to use, they will be doing it for the right reasons.
If you are not getting hard searches taken out on you regularly, then having one done should be pretty harmless. The problem arises is if you start having multiple hard searches taken out on you in quick succession.
Always remember that if you fully know that you do have a good credit rating, there is no need to be put off by the idea of getting a hard search done, especially if it will be the best option for you to go with.
Though it would be nice for us to say yes and lift your spirits, unfortunately even with an Agreement in Principle to hand, a mortgage is not always a guarantee at the end of the process.
The mortgage lender still needs to take a look at all of your documents and only after their checks are complete will a mortgage underwriter be able to make their final decision.
Customers often get in touch with us after they have previously been declined at the point of application, as they have neglected to read the small print that is stated within their Agreement in Principle.
You are required to provide your mortgage lender with proof of identity, the last 3 months payslips and bank statements to demonstrate your financial capabilities, before a mortgage lender will offer your case.
The required documentation is a little bit different for Self-Employed Mortgage applicants in Hull.
Whilst yes, you would be able make an offer without an Agreement in Principle to hand, you would be much better off for getting one prior to making any property purchase offers.
Whether you take the document, a lender will always have to agree in principle before the mortgage itself can proceed.
Any estate agent with credibility will want to see an AIP before they do business with you, as they need concrete confirmation that you have the funds to proceed and won’t be wasting anyone’s time.
A trusted mortgage advisor in Hull will usually be able to obtain an Agreement in Principle within 24 hours of your free mortgage appointment.
An Agreement in Principle tends to expire somewhere between 30-90 days. Always be mindful though that you don’t just have to make an offer on the first house you encounter within your price range. Take as much time as you need.
If your Agreement in Principle expires, your mortgage advisor in Hull will easily be able to get you a new one, in order to help you make offers when you are ready to.
Finding the home of your dreams, only for a lender to decline you, can be both frustrating and crushing. To counteract this feeling, we would highly suggest that you get an Agreement in Principle as soon as you can, to make sure you’re wholly prepared for the mortgage process.
To gain a better understanding about what an Agreement in Principle is and how they can be useful, take a look at our helpful YouTube video guide.
You may not be married, nor do you have any intentions in the near future to settle down with kids, but that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t benefit from looking into life insurance in Hull. Even for those of you who are single homeowners, there are still plenty of completely valid reasons to take out life cover.
Having a life policy in place can be a huge support to your family in dealing with any debts that may arise, such as outstanding mortgage payments, if something untimely were to happen.
Generally speaking, the purpose of life cover is to cover any mortgage debts. The policy will usually be set up to pay out a lump sum, equivalent to the cost of the current home loan, should the policy holder (the person with the life cover) pass away whilst still making monthly mortgage payments.
If you are living with a partner or have had any children, the cover might even get extended as a means of providing your dependants with an income boost to cover any living costs for the time being.
The extra protection here likely won’t be necessary for single cover applicants, but taking out some insurance to cover your mortgage is still something we believe is worth doing.
If a single homeowner dies at any point prior to their mortgage getting paid off, their bank or building society can look to pay back the mortgage loan from their late customer’s estate, i.e., their collective belongings (accumulated assets is a term you might see used for this), such as a car or something else of worth.
In most cases we find that in order to pay off the remaining mortgage balance, the property will get sold at auction. If the home has fallen into negative equity, the lender has the right to demand that the estate must make up the difference.
Alternatively to this, the lender can demand that the property be sold and any surviving family members are not able to make up any shortfall. Making things worse here, if the probate process happens to be drawn out (the probate is the time of which the individual’s estate is sorted out), the lender can actually continue to add interest charges, increasing the total amount to be paid. Immoral? Potentially. Illegal? Unfortunately not.
Taking out life insurance will help to prevent these problems from occurring.
If you are looking at your options for potentially taking out life cover at some point, please get in touch and speak to one of our dedicated protection advisors in Hull. If you have any plans of becoming a first time buyer in Hull or you are already a homeowner with a change in circumstances, it makes sense financially and personally to get on top of it now rather than leaving it too late.
A life insurance policy means that an inheritance can be left to children or grandchildren, regardless of if there is any equity left in the home at the point of passing.
Divorce or separation is not something we ever prepare for. We live for the moment and embrace the feeling of love, so if something unexpected happens and this ends up becoming a reality, your perfect world can sometimes become a little complicated. It can affect ownership of belongings and pets, your children, your finances and more.
We find that in most situations where children are involved, the parent who spends more time raising them, say a stay-at-home parent, will stay in the property with those children whilst the other moves out. There may come a time that whoever is “in situ” wants to take over the mortgage in their own name. Alternatively, maybe both parents want to leave and start anew.
One of the biggest things that may become complicated is any mortgage commitments you made together. If sorting this out isn’t going quite so smoothy, it may be time to approach a mortgage broker in Hull to get that the specialist mortgage advice that you need.
As an experienced and dedicated mortgage broker in Hull, we deal with specialist cases every single day. Through our years within the mortgage industry, we have been there to support and guide many different customers who were going through a divorce or separation. When those people do get in touch, we often find ourselves being asked the same three questions:
Once you have already made your mortgage commitments, changing these can be a difficult process. Both of your names are on your mortgage and as nice as it would be, it isn’t just as straightforward as speaking to your lender and asking them to take your now ex-partner off the contract.
When you approach your lender or a trusted mortgage broker in Hull to enquire about removing a name from a mortgage, they will have to be sure that the remaining applicant on the deal is able to afford their mortgage completely, without the assistance of another party.
Each of you will have to receive a full affordability assessment regardless of whether you have kept up to date with your mortgage payments or not. You may even be able to prove that you have been paying your mortgage payments without any help from your ex, but this will not change the fact their name is tied into the deal and you’ll still need to pass the lenders checks.
At this point in the process, we often find that people have someone already ready and willing, who can step in and replace the ex-partner on your mortgage. This is usually a family member, a close and trusted friend or in some cases, a new partner altogether.
Every lender will assess your affordability for a mortgage in their own unique way, so don’t give up if your existing lender is unable to help you out. There may still be other options available to you as a homeowner, so it is always worth seeking the help of a mortgage broker in Hull to see how we can help you out.
This will work the same as if you were trying to removing another person’s name from your mortgage. Both of your names are still tied into your mortgage so even if you are the one who chooses to leave, you are ultimately still responsible for any mortgage payments if your ex-partner cannot keep them up.
Even if you have a verbal or written agreement between you both that your ex will be the one maintaining payments, this is not legally binding in the eyes of the lender and you will be deemed responsible.
If at any point in the future you wish to take out a mortgage on a newer property, solely in your name, the mortgage payments for your old property will be taken into consideration by the lender. As such it is very important to take this into consideration prior to doing so and is why we always recommend getting help from a professional mortgage advisor in Hull ahead of time.
In these kinds of circumstances, we find that people can often get confused and stressed out, which is exactly where a fast & friendly mortgage advice team here at Hullmoneyman can step in. One of our loyal and hardworking mortgage advisors in Hull will sort everything out for you and recommend the most appropriate options available to you as someone who is now moving home in Hull. We will always have your best interests at heart
Some lenders are more generous as regards how much they’ll lend you than others. Some are strict and some may be more lenient, with any existing mortgage commitments being a large factor in this during these circumstances. We will take this into account when recommending the most suitable lender to apply for a mortgage agreement in principle with.
For many homeowners, depending on varying factors, the option to have more than one and even more than two mortgages on different properties is a possibility. There will be a lot for your lender and their credit scoring systems to assess when you apply for a second mortgage.
The main factor, much like above, is determining whether or not you can afford this route. If you are applying for multiple mortgages and are failing, this could have a very negative effect on your credit score.
As a fast & friendly mortgage broker in Hull, we have the ability to perform a search for you without damaging your credit file. Once we have keyed in all of your information, we can provide you with an estimation of the maximum amount that you will be able to borrow.
This will help you create an outline of your budget and how much your monthly mortgage payments are roughly going to be on top of your existing financial commitments.
It can be difficult to move on from your current financial commitments, especially in situations like these. This is why having an expert advisor by your side will be incredibly beneficial to you in the process of setting yourself apart and removing a name from a mortgage.
Moving home is already a stressful enough experience and if you add that to a complex situation like a divorce or a separation, it can sometimes all get a bit too much. Get in touch with a mortgage advisor in Hull today and we will see how we can help you.
Many can see the concept of being self-employed as a barrier when it comes to credit, especially when it’s getting a mortgage. With the help of an experienced mortgage broker in Hull working by your side, that doesn’t have to be the case.
The first thing that you should be aware of is that there isn’t a specific uniformed style of lending criteria for sole traders and limited company directors. Each individual lender has their own policy that is unique to them and the amount they will allow you to borrow can largely differ to that of another lender.
Looking at sole traders (also known as partners), the amount that you will be able to borrow for a mortgage will be an amount based on your net profit.
You’ll find that the majority of lenders average your last 2 or 3 years’ net profit but there are lenders out there that can consider using your latest year. If your net profit has decreased the lender will usually go off the latest year and will require you to provide them of an explanation as to why this has happened.
If you are a limited company director who is in ownership of 20% or more in company shares, then in the eyes of mortgage lenders, you will be classified as self-employed and similar rules will apply as above in terms of averaging. The figure that they tend to average will be your salary (typically this can be equivalent to the tax-free allowance) plus declared dividends.
You’ll find that there are different circumstances where a limited company may be performing well in terms of net profit, but the directors are not drawing their dividend. These type of applications can often face hurdles when it comes to the maximum borrowing capacity, as there is not as much income that can be declared by the applicant.
It’s not the end of the road, however, because there are lenders out there that will consider using your share of the net profit, rather than salary plus dividends.
The minimum trading period for people who are self-employed in Hull or limited company directors is one year, though in some cases there are mortgage lenders who will want to see more than that. If you have recently formed a limited company after a period as a sole trader, under the advice of your accountant, then there are lenders who can look at this as long as it is within the same field of work.
As you can see from the information listed, obtaining mortgages for the self-employed can easily be seen as difficult business, though the hardest part is simply evidencing your income. If you would like to talk about your situation please feel free to Get in Touch and we’ll talk you through your options, as well as send you a form for your accountant to complete. This will help us tailor-make a recommendation designed to meet your exact circumstances.
Sometimes people prefer the comfort of knowing exactly how much their monthly mortgage payments will be. If this is the type of situation you would prefer to be in, then you would be much better suited for a fixed-rate mortgage in Hull. A fixed-rate mortgage is where your monthly mortgage payments are arranged to be a set amount every month. This won’t change for the duration of your term, which can vary anywhere from one year to ten. The longer you fix for, the higher the rate becomes.
If you are looking for a more cheaper fixed-rate mortgage, then you should probably shy away from taking out a rate longer than two years. The reason why we say this, is that it could come with much higher interest rates if you take one out for longer.
If you take out a mortgage for 10 years at a certain percentage, during your term interest rates could have risen, leaving the lender out of pocket whilst you’re sitting comfortably on a lower percentage. That presents itself as a higher risk to the lender, so longer terms tend to come with higher rates. In sticking to a shorter term fixed-rate mortgage, you will find yourself with a better rate, but only for that 2 years.
Believe us when we say it, the end of the two years will come around very quickly, meaning that you will have to search for even more deals towards the end of the mortgage. If the interest rates have risen at any point during the 2 years, then you may be faced with higher payments than you’re used to at the point of renewal.
If you would prefer to limit searching for new deals every two years, perhaps a 5-year rate would suit you better. This is a common occurrence in the mortgage world. By fixing it for 5 years, you would have a stable recurring payment for a much longer length of time. Remember, as touched upon earlier, being on a fixed-rate mortgage for 5 years will mean that you will be paying more for each mortgage payment per month than you necessarily would on a 2-year rate.
When we say “Long-term”, we don’t mean 5-6 years, we mean anywhere from 7-10 years. There are both positives and negatives for taking out a long term fixed-rate mortgage. Long term fixed-rate mortgages have never been a widely popular option in the UK. As a trusted Mortgage Broker in Hull, we don’t usually recommend fixed-rate mortgages of such a length.
Again if we hearken to aforementioned points, we know that a lot can change within a decade so committing to a fixed payment for as long as ten years creates problems with lenders. It also may not work in your favour either. Once you are in the deal, you cannot get out of it and if rates drop below your current rate, rather than rising, then you may be paying well over what you otherwise would’ve been.
If something happens and your financial situation changes you could end up having to repay your mortgage a lot earlier than you had initially expected to. In doing so, you may be presented with a charge by your lender. This is known as an Early Repayment Charge (ERC).
The ERC is calculated as a percentage of the amount that you owe. For example, if you manage to pay off your £100,000 mortgage early and your ERC is 2%, you would be charged £2,000 penalty as you have essentially broken the fixed contract.
We regularly witness people being given an ERC because they think that they can get away with paying off their fixed-rate early, not realising that they will in-fact be charged. For example, people who know that their fixed rate is due to end soon may start to look up deals for the next fixed-rate mortgage they wish to move onto.
If they find a great deal and they think that the rate may increase, they may look to pay off the rest of their fixed-rate payments in order to switch to this new deal, even though this of course comes with additional charges.
We also advise that you avoid chasing “headline” deals, those glamorous looking deals you see widely advertised. Chances are your circumstances may be different anyway and you’re not guaranteed to get it at the rate you were hoping for.
Remember that the lowest rates come with the highest setup fees which some customers are keen to avoid. Get in Touch today for more fixed-rate Mortgage Advice in Hull. If you are First-Time Buyers or Moving House in Hull and would like more information or some help with a fixed-rate mortgage, our dedicated mortgage advisors will be on hand to provide any assistance they can.
The reason a lender will need to see your bank statements is to learn more about you as a person and what your spending habits are like. How you have acted lately and the presentation of this on your bank statements can be the difference in how much a lender will let you borrow, if anything at all.
This is down to risk. A lender needs to know you’re responsible with your money and can be trusted to handle finances appropriately. After all, a mortgage is likely the biggest financial commitment you will ever make in your life and is not something to be taken lightly.
Your bank statements are easily obtained either in the post from your bank, over the counter from your local bank, or as often seen these days, as a printable version from your bank’s online platform.
So down to the main question now. What will they actually be looking for? What might flag up in their eyes?
Well as mentioned above, they need to know you’re being responsible with your finances. One of the things they’ll be looking at is if there are any overdrafts. Using this every so often is not necessarily a bad thing, but if you are exceeding your limit on a regular basis, this is going to put your level of trust into question.
More factors to be careful with are potential returned Direct Debits, which could show a lender you are not consistently reliable, and not disclosing loans at application stage, as it won’t look good if the lender finds outgoings on your bank statements that you failed to mention. Once again, this is a process of trust.
Other things to be aware of are missed payments for personal loans and things such as credit cards. If you can prove you handle your money well and are able to meet monthly payment deadlines, a lender will be more likely to lend you an amount closer to that which you would like to borrow.
This is a question we find ourselves being asked on a regular basis. All too often do customers find themselves stuck when they have a history of gambling behind them. The occasional bit of fun is harmless, but if you are frequently betting large amounts of money, whether you’re making it back or not, a lender will not look at your situation favourably at all.
To learn more, please see our article on “Do Gambling Transactions Look Bad on My Bank Statements?”
From our experience in working with many First-Time Buyers in Hull & Home Movers in Hull, we have found that most mortgage lenders will want at least three months bank statements from an applicant.
With that in mind, it’s time for you to forget the past and think about the future. You have at least three months to work on your finances. The first thing we’d suggest is if you are a frequenter of the local bookmakers or online gambling scene, you take a break for some time. This not only benefits your financial state but can also benefit your mental health too.
The next steps we would recommend taking are to trying to save money. For example, cooking in as opposed to eating out, treating yourself to unnecessary purchases and cancelling unneeded subscriptions are great ways of freeing up additional cash to ensure bills can be paid on time.
What this boils down to is simply being sensible and planning with plenty of time ahead of what you’re looking to do. The further away you find yourself from bouts of debt and financial uncertainty, the better your chances will be with a lender.
Whether you’re a First-Time Buyer, Moving Home or Self-Employed, it’s always important to keep on top of your finances. If you have a bad credit history and are unsure of what to do, you can always enquire for Specialist Mortgage Advice in Hull by Getting in Touch with us today. We’ll advise as best as we can, to further you through your mortgage journey.
When lenders ask for your bank statements you can expect them to look for a variety of things. However, their main objective is to assess whether you are the sort of person who manages money responsibly and is likely to keep up to date with their mortgage payments. In recent months, one question is being asked by applicants quite a lot: “do gambling transactions look bad on my bank statements”.
Whether you have an annual flutter on the grand national or regularly use internet betting sites, clearly there is nothing illegal about properly licensed gambling. Many of the bookmakers advertise on mainstream TV and radio. A lot of people see gambling simply as a mainstream hobby or pastime similar to many others. However, it shouldn’t be forgotten that even the gambling advertisers urge customers to “please gamble responsibly” and this is the key to bear in mind when applying for a mortgage. Thus, whilst it is not a lender’s job to tell you how to live your life, how to spend your money or indeed to moralise on the ethical rights and wrongs of gambling, they do have a duty (underscored by mortgage regulation) to lend responsibly.
If lenders need to prove to the regulators that they are making prudent lending decisions, it isn’t entirely unreasonable of them therefore to expect the people to whom they lend to adopt a similar approach when it comes to their personal finances. Think about it. If you were lending your own money would you lend it to the applicant who gambles or the one who doesn’t?
As mentioned above, it is not illegal to gamble so just because you have the odd gambling transaction on your bank statements it doesn’t automatically mean you will be declined for a mortgage. However, the lender will consider whether these transactions are reasonable and responsible. Thus they will particularly look at the frequency of these transactions, the size of the transactions in relation to the person’s income and the impact upon the account balance.
If these transactions are infrequent small amounts that make no significant impact on a regular credit bank balance, then they are not likely to be regarded as important. However, if you bet most weeks or you are constantly overdrawn, the lender is therefore likely to see that as being irresponsible and decline your application.
As we’ve seen, basically lenders are looking at your bank statements to show how you manage your money and to help them establish whether this gives them either the confidence that you are financially prudent or the evidence that you are not.
Remember, lenders are financial institutions that, either directly or as part of a wider group, often sell current accounts, overdraft facilities credit cards and personal loans, so understand that these things can all play a part in prudent financial planning. The key for a mortgage applicant is how these facilities are managed. For example, having an overdraft facility and occasionally using it, is not inherently a bad thing; regularly exceeding the overdraft limit – not so good. Thus, lenders will look for excess overdraft fees or returned direct debits because these would normally show that the account is not being well conducted.
Other things to look out for include credit transactions from pay-day loan companies; “undisclosed” loan repayments (i.e. if you said on the application that you have no other loans but there appear to be regular loan payments, this could be a problem); they would look out for any obvious missed payments; finally, they might also consider how much of a typical month is spent overdrawn – i.e. if you only just go into credit on payday and for the rest of the month are overdrawn, how sustainable is this mortgage?
The simple answer is – be sensible and, if possible, plan ahead. Typically, a bank would ask for up to three months of your most recent bank statements. These will show your salary credits and all your regular bill payments. Thus, if you know you’re likely to want to apply for a mortgage in the not-too-distant future, try to make sure that you avoid any of the above pitfalls. Take a break from gambling for a short while and work on presenting your bank account in the best possible light.
Your mortgage broker can help you as there are some lenders who may ask for fewer bank statements than others or indeed some may not even ask for them at all. However even these lenders would reserve the right to request bank statements in certain circumstances, so your best bet (no pun intended) is to be as prudent as possible in the run-up to any mortgage application. Remember, if you do gamble, please gamble responsibly!
If you are a First Time Buyer in Hull who doesn’t know a lot about mortgages, you should definitely get some specialist advice from a Mortgage Advisor in Hull. They will guide you through the whole mortgage process and help you with your application and get you on track so that lenders will be impressed.
Self-Employment is always on the rise, which in turn brings a rise in Self-Employed Mortgage Applicants in Hull. This is down to changes in work life in Hull and the world around us. There are now more opportunities than ever before to work from work, to start a business and more. As a dedicated and knowledgeable Mortgage Broker in Hull, we rarely see people planning to stay with their first employer from their first year, all the way through to retirement. They want to change their jobs to improve their personal development and financial situation.
There are lots of opportunities for the self-employed and freelancers within the Digital and Engineering sector. This is down to the world becoming more and more interconnected. We are constantly learning which opens more and more opportunities for the self-employed within these industries.
It used to be difficult for Self-Employed applicants to obtain a mortgage. However, with Self-Employment now becoming a lot more common and a lot more gaps opening up in the market, lenders have become more relaxed and lenient with self-employed applicants. The process of applying for and obtaining a mortgage as a Self-Employed applicant is now a lot easier than it ever was in the past.
To get you ahead of the curve when it comes to your mortgage, we have put together a small collection of some helpful mortgage guides, to support anyone from Self-Employed mortgage applicants to those thinking of Moving Home in Hull. Whether you have been in this game before or you are First-Time Buyer in Hull, we are sure that you will find the assistance of a trusted mortgage broker in Hull beneficial.
The minimum you will need in order to obtain a mortgage is one year’s accounts. If you go with a self-employed specialist lender, you will find that they often work off a single year. High street lenders tend to be a little stricter and will want two year’s accounts from you.
Unfortunately, statistics show that most new attempts at running a business end up being unsuccessful and this is why lenders always need you to evidence your track record, to prove you are reliable and have ‘staying power’.
Most lenders will look at the average of your last two years’ worth of income. Although, if your business has grown over the past year and the lenders can see that you will be able to afford a mortgage and run your company, they will go off the latest year and ignore anything that has happened previously.
If you are a director of your own limited company, then technically you are an employee of your own business. Lenders will not view it this way, however, and will only assess you as an employee if you own less than 25% of company shares.
Lenders often add the dividend you have drawn to your annual salary as a way to work out your earnings for the year. The amount that you can borrow for your mortgage will be based on a multiple of this particular figure.
You will find that from time to time, some lenders will work from your net profit rather than your salary/dividend. This works in the favour of company directors who like keeping their drawings low.
As a trusted and hardworking Mortgage Broker in Hull, this is a question that we find ourselves being asked all the time. During the meeting you have with your accountant each year, you will talk about how to minimise your tax liability. This works the other way when it comes to taking out a mortgage as a Self-Employed Mortgage applicant, wherein the more income you have declared, the bigger the mortgage you may find yourself able to obtain.
Whether it’s a Self-Employed Mortgage or not, a minimum of a 5% deposit is still required. It’s exactly the same as employees. If you only have one years’ accounts, you might find it more beneficial to put down a bit more deposit than what you initially would’ve, in order to increase your chances of succeeding. See our article to find out more on How Much You Need For a Deposit in Hull.
When it comes to looking at mortgage options for contractors, there are lots available. Nowadays, it’s a more common occurrence to find people working from short-term contracts. If you are able to evidence that your company has a good track record, your lender can consider taking your ‘daily rate’ rather than going by your net profit. This will benefit contractors greatly, as lenders will consider treating you as if it’s more likely to work in your favour doing so, they’ll treat your case as self-employed instead.
Lenders will need you to provide information on how long is left on your current contract, as this can influence their decision. They need to be absolutely certain that your income will continue as it is, in order to get a true indication as to whether or not you will be able to afford your mortgage. Even when you’re on your very first contract, it may still be possible to obtain a mortgage, though this all depends on your specific circumstances.
It is no longer possible to get a self-cert mortgage. These were heavily abused and caused major problems for both the mortgage market and the economy as a whole. There are zero plans for these to make a return in the future.
We know that trying to get a mortgage as a sole trader, partner or company director can be a tricky process, mostly down to trying to evidence your income. Whilst it can be much easier for an employed applicant, know that you have the same chance of getting a mortgage as anyone else with a similar income and credit score. Depending on the lender that you take out a mortgage with, some may have stricter criteria than the standard lender. This is why approaching a dependable Mortgage Broker in Hull, could be truly beneficial to you and your goals.
We are able to give you a realistic expectation from the start, guiding you through the self-employed mortgage process and providing support even beyond. Our reliable and determined mortgage advisors in Hull are able to search through thousands of mortgage deals on your behalf. Every customer has access to a free initial Mortgage Consultation, so make sure that you Get in Touch with one of our Mortgage Advisors in Hull today. We will talk you through the most appropriate route for you to take based on your self-employment history.