The Top 5 Mortgage Hurdles
Occasionally, we come across some slight hurdles in the mortgage industry. The process can end up delayed, but they’re not completely impossible to work around. Below is a list of the top 5 hurdles we’ve come across.
It ‘s a sad, unfortunate day when you and your partner decide to call it quits. You may have made joint financial commitments, and unwinding that side of things does not always run as smoothly as you’d like.
Here are the three main questions we get asked on a regular basis;
- How can I remove my ex’s name from my mortgage?
- How do I remove my name from my ex’s mortgage?
- Can I have 2 mortgages?
Often there is a solution of some sort with the help of a local mortgage expert, providing that you have enough income available and also are young enough for the mortgage payments to be affordable.
In our experience, families are not normally turned down for a mortgage for this reason, but it is extremely common for a lower mortgage amount to be offered.
It becomes most apparent when parents have gone back to work and are paying out for childcare costs, as these can run into hundreds of pounds per month.
These costs are considered by lenders as an outgoing, the same as they would treat a car loan or hire purchase agreement.
Even if there are no nursery fees to pay, parents on lower income still tend to be offered less than their peers without children.
There is, however, some good news, as the amount this type of family can often be in receipt of tax credits. Some lenders will take these into account, as well as child benefit.
There are lenders out there that take a different approach and don’t treat the nursery costs as a specific outgoing and rely more upon Office of National statistics data for typical outgoings and this often leads to a higher maximum mortgage amount.
Often with a new job comes a bigger salary and the extra income to put towards a new mortgage. Gaps in employment and a new job can prove to be problematic for some mortgage lenders.
There are lenders who will work from a newly signed employment contract though even in month one or if your new job is about to start. Probationary periods are usually ok.
All lenders take a different view on benefit income and how much of it can be assessed.
The good news is that all benefit income such as child tax credit, working tax credits, disability benefits, pension income can be taken in to account in one way or another.
This is where the help of a reputable mortgage broker can prove invaluable and can help solve any problems you may be up against.
Evidencing your Deposit
For any purchase, all mortgage lenders and mortgage brokers like us are required to evidence the source of all of the borrowers’ deposit funds.
This is to satisfy UK Anti-Money Laundering Legislation, which is, shall we say, rather stringent! Your solicitor and estate agent may ask for evidence of your deposit also.
We believe, that this is the most complicated part of applying for a mortgage.
Whether your deposit is from savings, premium bonds, the sale of another property, gifted from a family member or friend, from overseas family, or is from a personal loan, you are required to have the paper audit trail for the accumulation of funds.
Please note that the above information is for reference purposes only and is not to be viewed as personal financial or mortgage advice.
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