FAQs

What will happen if I get declined for a mortgage?

If you’re declined a mortgage directly with your bank. Don’t panic! There are lots of lenders out there that you may well be eligible for. The first port of call is to contact a broker, you should select an experienced broker who is familiar with your type of scenario. Different brokers specialise in different types of lending so don’t be afraid to ask. We have a range of specialist mortgages for many scenarios.

What criteria do I need to meet in order to get accepted for a mortgage?

There are three key ingredients to a mortgage. ‘Generally Speaking!’ Credit worthiness, Affordability and Equity. Essentially this means having a half decent credit score, an income which supports the level of borrowing and a deposit. If you have these three ingredients then chances are we’ll be able to get you a mortgage. 

 If you don’t or if you’re worried about any of these elements then don’t panic, chances are we can do something. The most common concern that our clients convey to us is surrounding their creditworthiness.

 Creditworthiness can be split into two main things;

 Credit Score

This is a number which is fed into by loads of different things. Things like; how often you move, whether you’re on the electoral role, how often you search for credit and how often you use revolving credit that you have. As well as the obvious things such as not paying bills on time and catching up when you’re late. Yes. It’s super complicated, but it’s a tried and tested way to lend money and it works. For this reason the vast majority of lenders will check your credit score.

 If your score looks a bit low to you, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a mortgage. The lenders actually have their own ‘scorecard’ which may result in a very different number to the one you’re looking at. Your Advantage FS broker will request a copy of your credit report as part of our service.

 Follow this link to get a copy of your report. It’s free but you need to cancel within the 28 day free trial period if you don’t intend to use their service.

https://www.checkmyfile.com/credit-report

Credit Check

This is a bit more straight forward. Credit Checking simply means a human being, makes the check and applies a policy, lending appetite and their mind to what their looking at. Within reason, this means that credit checking may be a more lenient way to lend money when compared to credit scoring. Specialist lenders do not ‘Score’, they will ‘Check’ instead. This means if you have really good reason for a credit hiccup then they can be sympathetic to the situation. If you’re reading this and you’re think omg, that’s me! Then you should definitely call us.  

Can I get a mortgage if I am self-employed?

If you’re employed then the pandemic hasn’t hampered your ability to obtain a mortgage. Sadly the same cannot necessarily be said if you’re self employed, if you took some form of government support then the lender is going to be interested in how your business was impacted by the pandemic and whether your trading has returned to normal ‘pre-pandemic’ levels. If this isn’t the case then there’s still a possibility that we can still help, albeit with a restricted number of lenders.

What credit score do I need in order to get approved for a mortgage?

We get this alot! Wouldn’t it be lovely if we could just say ‘Your score needs to be xxx in order to get a mortgage’ however it’s not quite that simple. A good broker would always request a copy of your credit report to get a good feel for your creditworthiness. It’s important to remember that not all lenders will look at your numerical score, some will just check that your credit history is acceptable to them. Therefore, if your score is low it’s still possible to get a good mortgage, you just need a good broker!

I have a bad credit history, can I still get a mortgage?

Ever heard the phrase ‘Time heals’. Well it’s certainly true in the world of mortgages. Adverse credit history is usually defined by defaults and County Court Judgements (CCJ) for debts. If you have either of these then the mortgage market will be opening up to you more and more over time. We will potentially be able to help after as soon as 6 months have passed since your Default or CCJ, the market will continue to open up every 6 to 12 months that pass, with rates improving each time.

It is possible to get a mortgage with poor credit history. It’s important to make sure that any accounts that are in arrears are up to date before you apply. The first thing a mortgage broker will ask for is a copy of your credit report, it’s really important that your broker knows everything in order to be able to make their recommendation.

Why has my mortgage application been declined?

Annoyingly, the lender doesn’t have to tell you why they have declined your mortgage but they usually will. There’s a lot to learn from a declined mortgage so we’ll try to find out as much possible about what has lead to the decision to prepare for the next application. 

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