Mortgages

Help-to-Buy Mortgages for Freelancers and Contractors

Posted by John Yerou on in Mortgages

Can contractors and freelancers get Help-to-Buy mortgages? The simple answer is: YES!
Help-to-Buy mortgages are available to most homebuyers in the UK (clarification in guide).

As an independent professional, you may find more competitive mortgages on the market. But if your credit rating is sound and you have 5% deposit, read on. These new borrowing options for contractors could get you onto the property ladder in a trice.Continue reading »Help-to-Buy Mortgages for Freelancers and Contractors

A Self-Employed Contractor’s Solution to Mortgage Rejection

Posted by John Yerou on in Mortgages

If you’re a contractor and a homeowner, you already know the pain. You know just how difficult getting a mortgage as a contractor is.

If you’re about to hop up onto the property ladder, buckle up. It’s gonna be a bumpy ride if you don’t heed this warning:
Banks and building societies exhibit unwarranted reluctance when lending to contractors!

But don’t worry. We have the answers, but only if you ask the right questions to the right people. Here’s our roadmap to homeownership for contractors.

First, we’ll share with you a bit of background. You need to understand why High Street lenders are so resistant to the self-employed.

Then, we’ll offer you a nifty shortcut to help you arrive at a helpful destination:Continue reading »A Self-Employed Contractor’s Solution to Mortgage Rejection

Why do Contractors need a Specialist Mortgage?

Posted by John Yerou on in Mortgages

For the last few years all we have been hearing is just how difficult it is to get a mortgage in the current financial climate. The banks that had caused all trouble were tightening their belts and not listening to the government request to loan more and mortgages were something that required high salaries, perfect credit files and hefty deposits. Anyone looking for anything specialist, be that buy-to-let, self-employed or contractor mortgages had no chance.

Over the last year things have begun to change however and along with the optimism returning to the housing market there is once again an increase in the types (and availability) of specialist mortgages – and specifically contractor oriented mortgages – on the market.
Continue reading »Why do Contractors need a Specialist Mortgage?

4 Tips To Help Contractors Get A Mortgage

Posted by John Yerou on in Mortgages

So, you’re a skilled contractor, the very definition of an independent professional. Contracting has enabled you to earn top dollar. Your reputation now precedes you. You have a long term contract in hand with a great day rate.

You’ve supplied your service like this for a couple of years, now. And you have full confidence in maintaining this lifestyle indefinitely. Awesome!

Now that you’ve planted roots in your industry, you consider your personal situation. It’s time to put a roof over your head, one that you own.

Continue reading »4 Tips To Help Contractors Get A Mortgage

The insider’s guide to contractor mortgage lending criteria

Posted by John Yerou on in Mortgages

Have you tried using your contract rate to get a mortgage, recently? I know. Despite earning more than ever, the High Street won’t give you the time of day.

That’s because contract income is a specialist area. As such, no two mortgage lenders appraise contractors the same way. There is no official template for contractor mortgage lending criteria.

The truth is, most High Street mortgage providers do lend to independent contractors. But they do so through their head office via specialist brokers, not in branch.

This guide is gold, giving you information you can’t get at High Street level. It’s the lowdown on what all the UK’s contractor-friendly lenders look for in a contractor.

As a contractor looking to buy a home, you need to make informed decisions. This page is your go-to source, helping you buy a home safe in the knowledge you’ve got the right deal for you!Continue reading »The insider’s guide to contractor mortgage lending criteria

A Guide for Independent Professionals Considering a Mortgage

Posted by John Yerou on in Mortgages

Trying to get a mortgage can be an insurmountable downside of contracting. Contractors do have certain lifestyle advantages: higher pay rates, flexible hours, greater freedom.

But the pay-off is often settling for an uncompetitive mortgage on the High Street.

Lenders often reject or penalise applicants who don’t fit their salaried/employed borrower model. That’s because many banks and building societies still use inflexible formulae to approve loans.

To generic financial advisors, contractors are either ‘employed’ or ‘self-employed’. As a limited company contractor, you’re a bit of both.

As you’re independent of your client, yes: you’re self-employed. But as the director of your limited company, you also employ yourself.

That’s where the grey area of contractor mortgage affordability seeps in. Let’s try and add some clarity, eh? Continue reading »A Guide for Independent Professionals Considering a Mortgage

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