Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage
There are now more self-employed people than ever before in the UK. In April 2014 new lending criteria, known as ‘Mortgage Market review’, was introduced. This has made some self-employed people feel it can be more difficult to get a mortgage than it used to be.
There are many things you can do to improve your chances of being approved for a mortgage. You’re, generally, able to apply for the same mortgages as everyone else. We look at how you could improve your chances and the pitfalls to avoid.
Your mortgage lender will probably apply different rules to your application depending on whether you’re self-employed, a partner or a director of a limited company.
If you’re self-employed the information that you need to provide your lender with evidence of your income should be reasonably straightforward. Each lender will have its own policy in relation to what information they require. At Clydesdale Bank we require your last three years financial statements.
If you’re in a partnership the lender will look at the business profits and your share of these profits. Your accounts will show the lender the figures they need to see.
You need to be able to prove your income to the mortgage lender. As a self-employed person this can be a bit more difficult as your income can fluctuate more than a salaried person’s income.
Put simply you’ll need:
The best place to start when you’re trying to provide evidence of your income is with a good accountant. They can help make sure your figures are suitable for use by the lenders. The sort of things that you can use to prove your income include:
It can seem like it’s more difficult for self-employed people to get a mortgage. If you follow the tips above they may improve your chances when you apply for a mortgage when self employed. Lenders are trying to make sure you can afford to make the repayments. Use your accounts, tax returns and other documentation to show them you can.