One of the most important points at the start of your property journey, before you even get ready to make your purchase, is to ensure you have enough saved to cover the deposit. We regularly hear first time buyers in Birmingham that this part can sometimes be a little tricky.
Quite a common way around this, however, is for someone close to you to help you cover either a portion of the deposit or the full amount. This is called, quite aptly, a gifted deposit. In order for a gifted deposit to work, there will need to be an agreement that this is purely a gift and not a loan to be paid back.
For many, they benefit a lot more from buying a property and obtaining their own mortgage, than they do when renting from a landlord or local authority. There are lots of reasons for this, with one being that your monthly payments could be a lot less than you might have been paying per month on rent.
If you have worked out that you’ll be able to afford these monthly mortgage payments but can’t afford the initial deposit, then this is where a gifted deposit can become useful. In some cases we even see a gifted deposit being added onto an already saved deposit, increasing the amount.
The more deposit that is put down initially, the better rates you are going to open yourself up to. This in turn offers quite the benefit to home buyers, as you are guaranteed to lower your monthly mortgage payments in doing this.
We usually find that it is people’s parents, whether that be their birth parents, adopted or sometimes even carers, who are the ones that will gift a deposit. Across the industry, online and in person, you may see this with the tagline “The Bank of Mum & Dad”.
There are a few lenders out there who will possibly allow deposits to be gifted by some other family members such as aunties & uncles, though this will require your dedicated mortgage advisor to take more care when searching for the right mortgage lender to use.
If anyone over the age of 55 is willing to give you a hand, they may have the option of taking out an equity release in Birmingham as a means of gifting you a deposit.
When we have our primary chats with customers who are in the situation where they are struggling to save for a deposit, we will usually ask if they are able to be gifted the deposit from someone they know.
In those instances we either hear that they didn’t even know their parents could help, or they do know but don’t feel like they can approach them about the topic.
The reality is that if they are able to do so, most parents are more than happy to help their children if they can. Inheritance can help them achieve this, with some parents opting to gift it early if they have enough saved. We have also had cases where equity release has been used to help them out.
Lenders are not particularly keen on working with customers who take out loans for a deposit. The reason for this is because it is an additional financial commitment that could possibly get in the way of your mortgage repayments.
It’s not like there aren’t lenders out there who will accept this, because some of them will, it just makes for a more difficult process.
The majority of lenders out there won’t give you a mortgage unless you have at least a 5% deposit. Some may want more than this though and is entirely dependant on the lender and the situation. Bad credit, for example, will usually mean you have to put down at least a 15% deposit.
When it comes to gifted deposits, there is usually no limit to the amount that can be gifted. As mentioned earlier, the more you have, the better the rates you open yourself up to and the more likely you are to save money on your monthly payments.
Gifted deposits will mostly be beneficial to a first-time buyer in Birmingham or a home mover in Birmingham. It can also be a helpful tool to use alongside the Help to Buy Scheme in Birmingham.
Depending on the lender that your mortgage advisor in Birmingham selects for you to go with, the required 5% deposit can be paid via gifted deposit.
As a general rule of thumb, all mortgage lenders will require a gifted deposit form. You may be asked to provide additional proof and ID (such as a donor ID or bank statements).
This all depends on the lender that your mortgage advisor in Birmingham feels is right for you and your personal circumstances.
Some people prefer to know how much their monthly mortgage payments will be. If this applies to you, then a fixed-rate mortgage would be better suited for your circumstances.
A fixed-rate mortgage is when your monthly mortgage payments will be a set amount every month. You need to be aware that the longer you fix for, the higher the rate becomes. But this will not change the duration of your term, which can vary anywhere from 1-10 years.
If you are looking for a cheaper fixed-rate mortgage, make sure to avoid taking out a longer rate. Otherwise, you could face much higher interest rates if you take one out any longer than 2 years.
If you take out a mortgage for ten years at a certain percentage, interest rates might have risen during your term, leaving the lender out of pocket whilst you’re sitting comfortably on a lower percentage.
That presents 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 two years.
Those two years will eventually come sooner rather than later, implying that you will have to start searching again for more deals at the end of the mortgage.
If the interest rates have risen during the duration of those two years, then you could be faced with higher payments than you were used to at the start of renewal.
If you prefer to limit searching for new deals every two years, then maybe you would better suit a 5-year rate. By fixing it for five years, you would have a stable recurring payment for a much longer time.
As previously discussed, being on a fixed-rate mortgage for 5 years will mean that you will be paying more per month than you necessarily would on a two-year rate.
When people consider taking out a long-term, they usually range anywhere from 7-10 years. Long term fixed-rate mortgages were never a popular choice to choose, and they aren’t something we would recommend. But, like most mortgages, there are both pros and cons to taking out a long term fixed-rate mortgage.
Anything could happen within a decade, so committing to a fixed payment for as long as 7-10 years may create problems with lenders. If the rate suddenly drops below your current rate, instead of rising. You may end up paying well over what you otherwise would’ve been, and once you are in the deal, you cannot get out of it.
A Repayment Charge (ERC) is where something happens that affects your financial situation. This leaves you having to repay your mortgage earlier than you had initially expected and, your lender may present you with a charge.
How they calculate the charge is they calculate a percentage of the remaining that you owe. An example would be if you manage to pay off your £100,000 mortgage early and your ERC is 4%. You would be charged a £4,000 penalty as you have broken the fixed-rate contract.
Nobody can get away with not fullying paying off their fixed rate and will still be charged with an ERC. For example, if someone is aware that their fixed rate is due to end soon. But start looking up deals for their next fixed-rate mortgage.
If they find a great deal and think that the rate may increase, they may look to pay off the rest of their fixed-rate payments to switch to this new deal, even though this, of course, comes with additional charges.
We advise that you avoid chasing “headline” deals advertised. Chances are, your circumstances may have changed, and you’re not guaranteed to get it at the rate you were hoping to achieve.
If you are a first time buyer in Birmingham or moving house and would like more information or some help with a fixed-rate mortgage, our experienced team of mortgage advisors will be on hand to provide any assistance they can.
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 Birmingham.
Once you have gotten the hard part out of the way, that being saving up for your deposit (or if you’ve utilised a gifted deposit) and have decided you are ready to buy your first property as a first-time buyer in Birmingham.
The next step is to get yourself prepared for the mortgage process that is about to follow.
In our experience as a mortgage advisor in Birmingham, we have found that customers benefit the most by getting in touch with a mortgage broker as early on in your process as you can.
Your dedicated advisor will help you to work out an outline of the amount you could be looking to borrow for a mortgage and how much your monthly mortgage costs could be.
Before anything else, your top priority should be to obtain an up-to-date credit report. You ideally don’t want any credit issues such as a missed phone contract payment, to hold you back from a mortgage. A credit report will be able to show you potentially harmful factors.
Following these steps will give you a realistic overview of the likelihood that you’ll succeed with a mortgage and what your budget could be. This will help you to organise your accounts, such as any existing credit cards or phone contracts.
Our hard working and dedicated mortgage advisors in Birmingham are able to obtain a fully credit-checked agreement in principle for you, within 24 hours of your primary mortgage appointment.
There’s a lot of important paperwork for you to gather for your process, so it’s a good idea to start organising what you will be required to have ahead of looking for your mortgage. In doing this, you possibly enable yourself to go through the process quicker.
We need to be able to prove your identity. With this, you’ll need to provide us with some photo ID such as a driving license or passport, so that we can prove who you are.
On top of this, you’ll need to prove where you are living. To achieve this, you need to send us a utility bill or original bank statement that has been dated within the last 3 months of your current home address.
One of the most important factors when seeing if you qualify for a mortgage, is analysing your income and spending habits. This can can be a big difference maker in whether or not you obtain a mortgage. Your bank statements should show your income and what you having regularly going out.
Lenders will not be too thrilled to see gambling transactions on your account. They also won’t be too happy if you go over an agreed overdraft limit or if your direct debits regularly bounce.
It’s best to plan ahead regarding your bank statements. The more organised they appear to be, the more likely you are to be accepted by a mortgage lender.
You will have to prove you have the financial capability to pay for the deposit and also evidence where this came from for the purpose of anti-money laundering.
Try not to move money around your accounts too often as it will make auditing where everything came from a little complex. Lenders like to see you build up your savings, so you’ll need to provide individual proof for any large financial deposits into your bank account.
We regularly see that money for deposits has been given as a gift by a member of your family. The gifted funds also need to be evidenced, with the “donor” needing to sign a letter to confirm it is a gift and not to be paid back as a loan.
Regarding being able to afford a mortgage, the most important thing is to be able to prove your that you are financially capable to keep up monthly mortgage repayments.
If you are a regular employee, the proof you will be required to provide is the last 3 months’ payslips and most recent P60. Lenders can take into account frequent overtime, commission, shift allowance and any potential bonuses.
If instead you are an applicant who is self-employed in Birmingham, then you’ll need to enlist the help of your accountant. They will help you request your last 2 or 3 years’ tax overviews and tax calculations documents from HMRC, which you can use for proof of income.
When taking out a mortgage in Birmingham, it really is a good idea to prepare yourself ahead of the process starting. Make note of what you expect your outgoings to be after you move and work out what you are able to afford.
Factor in costs like council tax and utility bills, food, drink and leisure activities. This will demonstrate how much money you actually have free to put towards monthly mortgage repayments.
It may seem like a difficult process, but without taking the steps we mentioned above, it is not possible to proceed with any lender or broker. Once you have taken the necessary steps, you’ll be just that little bit closer to your home owning dreams.
It’s better to prepare yourself in advance, making a collection of everything a mortgage lender might wish to see. This saves both your time and frustration further along the process, especially if it’s something that could’ve easily been arranged at the start.
A mortgage agreement in principle is basically an obtainable document or certificate of confirmation that proves to the estate agent or seller of the property that ‘in principle’, the bank is willing to lend you a certain amount for a mortgage. You may also see this called a decision in principle.
This is something that we will always look to obtain for of our customers if they don’t have one already, and something we can usually get within 24 hours of your initial appointment.
In order to obtain an agreement in principle, you will have to pass the lenders credit score. This works out well because in almost all cases, this is a very good sign to the lender that you are creditworthy and could be trusted with a mortgage.
If you are in the market for buying a new home as a first time buyer in Birmingham, then an estate agent will often want to check again and again in order to make 100% sure that you are ‘mortgage ready’ when it comes to making any offers on a property.
In having this certificate on hand, you will prove to the seller that you are able to obtain a mortgage for the amount you will need to purchase the property and are ready to proceed with the sale.
A mortgage agreement in principle will not be a definitive guarantee of being able to obtain a mortgage, as the rest of your full application will require further background checks (such as evidencing your income) and having a property valuation undertaken on the property you’re looking to buy.
As an experienced mortgage broker in Birmingham, we highly suggest that all customers try to obtain an agreement in principle at the earliest opportunity. This is because of the following reasons:
1. Negotiating Power.
2. Avoid Disappointment.
3. Knowing Your Limits.
Once you reach the point of being able to make an offer on a new home, the majority of estate agents will undertake the necessary steps to ensure that you can go forward with a mortgage on the property.
Generally speaking, they will require you to provide them with evidence that you are able to afford the purchase of the property, prior to listing the property as sold and taking it off the market.
If you have already managed to have a mortgage agreed prior to making an offer on the property, you’ll come off as more appealing to the seller.
This will also prove to the seller that you’ve put a lot of careful thought about your mortgage journey and not just decided to purchase out of the blue, with no preparation.
This might persuade a seller to accept any offers that you make that are lower than the initial asking price. Make sure not to make offers too low though, as you don’t want to insult the seller.
When it comes to making a purchase on a property, we often find that customers can go full steam into the process, making an offer on a property without making sure that they can afford to actually buy the property in the first place.
This could lead to customers facing potential disappointment if the mortgage application happens to fail, as by that point they may have already had their heart set on that property.
By getting in touch with a mortgage advisor in Birmingham early on, the potential disappointment that you otherwise would’ve faced could potentially be avoided.
Often, there are various factors that are causing a mortgage to decline that can be overcome with a little time and the guidance of a trusted mortgage broker.
If you know you have a good credit rating because you’ve never been turned down for credit, have paid everything on time and are registered on the voters roll etc, it is still worth getting in touch with us for mortgage advice in Birmingham.
You might find that you could approach various different lenders and each time get a different max mortgage amount back from them. These lenders all calculate affordability in their own unique way, with their own individual criteria.
If you are self employed in Birmingham, though the mortgage process is not completely impossible to navigate, it can be very complex for self employed applicants, without the assistance of a mortgage broker in Birmingham by your side.
Some lenders will take your net profit, others are known to use your salary and dividends. Some use your latest year, whereas some others will use an average over three years.
Being aware of your borrowing limits is very important when it comes to applying for a mortgage, as then you have a realistic idea of what your price range on a property is going to be.
Our team of mortgage advisors in Birmingham will be able to give you a guide of the potential maximum mortgage available to you and help you to work out an estimate of the amount you’ll possibly be paying back per month for your mortgage.
For some, buying a house and taking out a mortgage is a daunting experience and arguably one of the most significant financial commitments of your life.
In your case, it would be best to prepare and save for a large deposit before proceeding with a mortgage in Birmingham.
After all, deposit amounts, purchase prices and loan-to-value percentages for first time buyers vary based on the individual and their circumstances. We recently carried out a study on first time buyers in Birmingham compared to Coventry to see the averages for these variables. Here is a closer look at the data:
We find that higher house prices require a higher deposit to receive better rates for the borrowing amount.
When looking at house prices in the West Midlands, the average deposit is the same across the board. The study showed that the average first time buyer deposit amount in Birmingham is around the £32,000 mark, whereas in Coventry, the average was around £35,200.
Many first time buyers can save up a portion of their deposit for themselves; others received a gifted deposit from a family member or a friend.
Having this gifted deposit provides extra support if the first time buyer struggles to make up the remaining funds. A gifted deposit can lead to more competitive products and lower interest rates.
House prices in the West Midlands are relatively balanced out. Birmingham average purchase price is £181,000, only a 12% increase from the rest of the neighbouring areas like Coventry which stands at £205.750.
Your loan-to-value percentage is calculated by dividing the mortgage amount by the property price and multiplying by 100.
The lower the loan-to-value, the more favourable rates you are likely to be offered. Reflecting on the data gathered, the average LTV in Birmingham comes in at around 82%, which is 1% less than Coventry.
With a vibrant economy, some very affordable living and a friendly atmosphere, Birmingham and its surrounding areas are a prime destination for people to live.
With gifted deposit popularity on the increase and lower interest rates, Birmingham could be ideal for first time buyers to invest in their first home.
As a mortgage broker in Birmingham, we would advise that you speak to your mortgage advisor and get an agreement in principle turned around as quick as possible so you can start your first time buyer mortgage journey in Birmingham right away.
The government’s Lifetime ISA is a government scheme introduced back in 2017. However, the government scrapped this scheme back in 2020 as they decided to push the Help to Buy Equity loan over its predecessor.
A Lifetime ISA helped first time buyers in Birmingham save up enough savings for their first property.
For short, the ISA (Independent Savings Account) is a savings account where your money grows tax-free. Although there is no minimum of how much you can save each month, you can only put in £4,000 a year into this account.
As a bonus, the government top up your total annual savings by an extra 25%, so if you hit the £4,000 mark, you will receive an extra £1,000 tax-free, making your total yearly savings to £5,000.
Worry not if you don’t hit the maximum. Even if you save £720 per year (£60 a month), you will receive an additional £180 tax-free from the government.
You should know that you cannot withdraw it once the money is inside the savings account without paying a fee.
We recommend looking at the Lifetime ISA when you need that extra support to afford your deposit or planning to buy your first home within the next couple of years. Having that spare time, you can keep adding more money to strengthen your ISA until you are ready to withdraw the funds for your first property. You can find more information on GOV UK- Lifetime ISA.
If you were lucky enough to open a Lifetime ISA savings account and have saved enough for a housing deposit, feel free to get in touch with your mortgage broker in Birmingham, and let’s begin your mortgage journey.
If you have a Lifetime ISA opened or curious about other help to buy schemes in Birmingham that could match your situation. Now could be the perfect time to contact an expert mortgage advisor in Birmingham.
Our mortgage advisors don’t just specialise in Lifetime ISA’s. They have experience with other mortgage types, and we aim to help customers get onto the property ladder.
Consumer awareness of credit scoring appears to be higher than ever before, and a large majority of people who get in touch with our team appear to have already reviewed their credit reports online.
There are lots of different credit reference agencies to choose from, with the two most commonly heard of companies being either Experian or Equifax. We personally would recommend that new clients use Check My File for a 30-day free trial. If you do not cancel, this will change to £14.99 a month, though you can cancel this at any point in time. This report offers our clients a collaborative look at the information produced in an easy to understand the color-coded credit report.
Often our customers will ask if our Mortgage Advisors in Birmingham will be doing a credit search of their own, because they are aware that too many searches can cause problems for their credit score. The lender always runs credit checks, but our Mortgage Advisors in Birmingham will ask the client for their permission beforehand.
A hard credit search will provide a much more in-depth look at your credit report. Any financial institution that looks to carry one of these out should seek your permission before doing so. The advantage of a “hard” search would be that you have a much higher chance of succeeding with your mortgage if you pass the credit search, as they will have already gone quite deep into your details.
The only thing that can go wrong from then on is if, for some reason, you cannot provide satisfactory documentation to back up the information you have disclosed, or it turns out you have provided false details.
Another benefit to the hard search is that it leaves a ‘footprint’ on your credit file, meaning that anyone who looks at your report can see that it you’ve already been under the microscope so to speak. This isn’t inherently a bad thing but if for example, you have multiple searches included in your credit file in a short period, then it could be perceived as you are applying for lots of credit at once, which the lender may feel is suspicious activity.
The footprint does not state whether your application was successful or not but if you have several searches over a few weeks then lenders’ systems could wrongly assume you are being declined on the basis that “Why else would you go to Lender number two unless Lender number one had said no?”.
The odd hard footprint on your record is no big deal so this doesn’t give reason to worry a whole lot about it. The main lesson to take away here, is take precaution in having too many hard searches, as this could negatively affect your process.
On the other side of the coin, we have a soft credit search. This is a much ‘lighter’ search which looks at your financial situation and would be the type of search that would be carried out on price comparison websites to let you know what may be available to you. It may also be used from time to time, in order to verify your identity. Many mortgage lenders carry out soft searches, and we’re always seeing more lenders switching to this type of search.
While less information is offered to who is carrying out a soft search, as opposed to what they would receive if it were a hard search, you can still get a good idea as to whether or not you’ll find mortgage success by obtaining an Agreement in Principle. If you get this, you’re theoretically in with a good shot anyway.
One of the most beneficial things about soft searches is that while you will be able to see soft searches that have been carried out on you, if you check your credit file (people are usually surprised by how many have been carried out on them) these searches are not visible to other financial institutions like banks, building societies or other mortgage lenders. This means you can freely apply for an Agreement in Principle and it is unlikely to damage your credit score, whether it is successful or not.
If you are in the market for making an offer on a property as a First-Time Buyer in Birmingham or are maybe Moving Home in Birmingham, our trusted Mortgage Advisors in Birmingham would highly recommend that you have a Mortgage Agreement in Principle in place before getting in touch with the seller.
You want to be able to give yourself the best possible chance of securing the property you want at the lowest possible price, so if you can demonstrate that you have your finances in a good place, you are effectively giving yourself the upper hand. Having an Agreement in Principle could also mean that any estate agent may be put off trying to ‘cross-sell’ their other in-house mortgage services to you.
So, you’ve had your offer accepted on a property, however, is the house actually worth what you’ve said you’ll pay for it?
A property survey will be carried out to find out the true value and the overall condition of a property. They will also highlight any issues with the property, such as major/minor damages.
There are three main types of property surveys: Mortgage Valuations, Homebuyer’s Report and Full Structural Survey. Sometimes, a property survey can be carried out free of charge, it depends on the lender that you use.
Depending on the survey that you choose, the outcome of your survey report will vary. Some will provide more detail, whereas others will only touch upon certain aspects. You’ll find that the more in-depth a survey is, the more costly it will be.
If you discover something on your survey about your property that you weren’t told about, by law you are allowed to approach the seller and work out an alternative price if necessary.
Mortgage Valuations are the simplest type of property survey. These are carried out just to work out how much a property is actually worth. Your lender will need to ensure that the property price matches how much you are set to borrow from them. For example, if you put in an offer above the property’s actual value, the seller will likely accept your offer, however, your lender won’t. Unless you have the funds to make up the difference the lender will pull out of the deal. This is called a down valuation.
Unfortunately, this type of survey will not point out unobvious repairs and damages. However, it can inform you of clear structural defects that will require a further look at. For further property investigation, you will be required to pay more to upgrade your survey. In the long run, this may be worth it.
A Homebuyer’s Report focuses on safety. How safe is the property? Is it suitable for living in? These things need to be checked as there could be a mould problem, damp issues or something that does not pass the current building laws.
The report will be carried out by a property expert. They will examine the property from top to bottom, making sure that it’s safe for you to live in.
As a Mortgage Broker in Birmingham, if you’ve made an offer on an older building, we would strongly advise that you take up a Full Structural Survey.
This is the most expensive property survey because the whole property is surveyed. It will also provide the biggest insight to the property out of the three main surveys, highlighting what condition the property is in and what changes need to be made if the property purchase goes through.
A Full Structural Survey can take as long as a whole day depending on the size of the property.
New build properties work slightly differently. There is a property survey specialised for them called a Snagging Survey. This survey will point out both minor and major issues, it could be anywhere from a missing hinge on a door to cracks in the ceiling.
If the new build has already been built and it’s ready for you to move into, ideally, you want to get a snagging survey carried out on it prior to moving in. This way, you have the power to negotiate pricing if there is anything wrong with the property.
If you need help to choose the right property survey for you, feel free to get in touch with our mortgage team. We’ve helped thousands of First Time Buyers in Birmingham and Home Movers in Birmingham choose property surveys in the past – you could be next!
You can obtain the services of a surveyor to carry out a Homebuyers report or building survey through the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
During your mortgage application, you will have to be certain that all of your information is up-to-date and correct. One of the most important things that need to be right is your address and that it matches where you are currently living and not a previous address. You will need to check this across all of your account’s.
When applying for a mortgage, a lender will look at a variety of different things. They will look at your credit score, credit file and will require supporting evidence to back up your application. This will include documents such as payslips, bank statements, proof of ID and proof of address.
You may encounter some mortgage hurdles along the way; it could be something listed above, or it could be something completely different. One of the most common mortgage hurdles that we see is a low credit score. Your credit score can be impacted by a lot of things, in this case, if your addresses are keyed in wrong, your credit score could potentially be harmed.
For example, if you haven’t changed your address and you receive a fine that gets sent to your old address, you wouldn’t know about it and it could just build up. This could impact your credit score as the debt is in your name and not getting paid off.
As a Mortgage Broker in Birmingham, we have seen many home movers that had deliberately chosen not to change their address because they thought that it would impact their credit score negatively. Yes, if you have too many addresses on your account, your lender may ask you why, however, it’s unlikely that you’ll be declined just for having lots of addresses on your credit record.
First Time Buyers moving out often leave their address on their account linked to their parents/previous home. In this case, it’s not too detrimental as your parents can inform you of anything that is sent/billed there. In another situation where you are moving out of your first home into your second, and your details are linked to your previous address, things can start to get complicated.
Ideally, when you are Moving Home in Birmingham, you want to change all of your addresses to your new home. This will prevent anything from potentially affecting your credit score.
There is no harm in double-checking that your addresses are all up-to-date before applying for any sort of credit. Are all of your credit card accounts linked to your current address? Is your car and insurance address correct?
Another thing to check for before you apply is that the date that you moved in and out of your home is correct.
If you don’t get the dates right for when you moved in and out of your home, it can appear as if you were living at two places at once. Not only will this reflect badly on your credit file/score, but lenders will also question why your addresses are wrong.
This is why you should always double-check your addresses. You need to make sure that everything has been entered correctly so that it doesn’t look like you live in two different places at once.
If you need any help in changing out your addresses or checking whether they are correct or not, one of our Mortgage Advisors in Birmingham would love to help. During the mortgage application process, they will run through this with you to make sure that you’ve keyed in all of your information correctly.
Keeping on top of your information and ensuring that it is up to date will help with your mortgage application. This benefits the Lender as they don’t have to spend a lengthy amount of time assessing documents and questioning incorrect information that flags up. It also benefits you, as it speeds up your mortgage process.
For expert Mortgage Advice in Birmingham and help submitting your mortgage application with all of the correct information, make sure to get in touch with our great team. As a Mortgage Broker in Birmingham, in the past, we’ve helped thousands of applicants secure a mortgage.
We work 7 days a week, so if you need help with your mortgage application and checking your information, get in touch today for a free consultation. We can’t wait to try and help you!
A credit score is a series of numbers that lenders use to help decide whether you get accepted for a mortgage.
Using the information displayed, lenders will look at your credit report, application form, plus any additional information they hold on you (if you are an existing customer). All this data gets used to calculate your credit score representing your credit history mathematically.
It can help Lenders indicate what kind of borrower you are and how likely it is to manage your repayments. There’s no specific number when it comes to your score. Different Lenders will be looking for other things in potential customers, so you may be better off with another while you may be not ideal for one lender.
🏠 300-580 – If your credit score is at this standard, lenders will classify it as a poor score; having a score like this will lessen your chances of a lender accepting your mortgage application.
🏠 580-670 – Having a credit score like this is considered fair, and some lender may be more lenient with accepting your mortgage application.
🏠 670-740 – This is a much better score and helps increases your chances of having your mortgage application accepted. We tend to find that most customers tend to fit into this category.
🏠 740-800 – This is very good! A score as good as this will increase your chances of having your mortgage application accepted.
🏠 800+ – Having a score that’s 800+ is exceptional; you have increased your chances of having your mortgage application accepted above average; congrats!
Generally, the higher your score, the better your chances of being accepted for your circumstances ‘best’ deal.
Don’t think you are the first; often, countless customers come to us after being declined for having a ‘low’ credit score. As a Mortgage Broker in Birmingham, we have to deal with these sorts of cases daily. We come across that the applicants are the subject of a county court judgment (also known as a CCJ).
If you fail to repay a loan/borrowed money, you will likely get a CCJ. A CCJ can leave a severe dint on your credit file for 6+ years. The best course of action is to pay off your debt before applying for credit. The CCJ will undoubtedly pop up on your file, and the Lender will start asking questions. Sometimes the little things can cause damage too, for example:
🏠 Failing to stick to credit agreements.
🏠 Failing to keep up with your mobile phone contract payments.
🏠 Dipping into your overdraft every month.
🏠 Using multiple price comparison sites.
Here we’re just a few things that could negatively impact your credit rating; there are many other reasons you could have bad credit. In any situation, it’s our job to help you improve your score, so you get the chance to have your mortgage application pass the Lenders criteria! There are various ways to improve your score to try and get you up into that next bracket, and the good news is it may still be possible to secure a mortgage in some cases!
Trying to improve your credit score can be a time-consuming task, but with the help of this handy guide, you may be able to go up another bracket. We must warn you that each Lender has their individual lending criteria, so your score may impact what deals you can access. Just because you have an excellent score doesn’t mean that you will tick every Lenders boxes. It’s sometimes down to personal circumstances and up to your Lenders criteria.
Every time you go directly to a lender and their in-house mortgage advisor puts you through for a deal, they will perform a soft or hard credit search on you, and this search will leave an imprint on your credit file. If your application is declined for any reason, the credit search performed could harm your credit score.
Multiple searches may lower your chances of getting accepted for a mortgage in the future. With the help of a Responsive Mortgage Broker in Birmingham will come in handy we aim to get it right the first time. We will look at your credit score and only approach lenders that hold criteria we know you will pass.
Applying for credit can sometimes backfire on you, especially if you don’t have a reason for doing so. If you can pay back the credit that you’ve borrowed, it may look good on your application. However, flip the situation on its head, and your credit score could end up in trouble if you fail to meet the credit payment deadline.
During your mortgage application, we strongly advise that you hold off applying for credit. In some cases, you may be able to get away with it, but lenders may believe that you are struggling for money in other scenarios. They could think that you are putting it towards your deposit or using it to aid your mortgage payments.
Here’s a beneficial and easy way to improve your credit score; make sure that you are registered on the voter’s/electoral roll. Being registered on the roll shows that you are whom you say you are. All you need to do is go to the government’s electoral roll: it’s easy to register from there.
You must provide accurate information when registering on the voter’s/electoral roll, ensuring that everything gets filled out correctly. You will need to use your current living address, not your previous address.
We always recommend that you check that all of your accounts and details are linked with your current address during the mortgage application process. This won’t affect you as much if you are a First Time Buyer in Birmingham, and this is your first application.
However, if you are Moving Home in Birmingham from rented accommodation and you still have your parents address linked with any of your accounts, your Lender will pick up on it straight away. This is why it’s essential to change your addresses and make sure they’re up-to-date before applying. Being linked to the wrong address could impact your credit score.
If you go down the broker route, our Dedicated Mortgage Advisor in Birmingham will help you out with this step. Your designated advisor will make sure that everything is updated with you to ensure that you have the best chance possible of being accepted for a mortgage.
Maxing out your credit card(s) each month will heavily impact your credit score. Your Lender will like it if you can pay off your credit card balance each month as it shows that you can manage your money.
If a lender can see that you are exceeding credit card limits and constantly dipping into your overdraft, you may think you don’t take your finances seriously.
If you are still financially linked to an ex-partner or family member, your credit score could be getting harmed without you even knowing. If the account is still active and live, you won’t be able to remove your links. The only way to clear your connection is to get in touch with the credit reference agencies and make a request.
Depending on the Lender and how strict their lending criteria is, they may be lenient and allow some wiggle room. If there are some personal reasons involved, your Lender may be considerate and factor them into your application; it’s entirely up to them what they do.
A Mortgage Broker in Birmingham like us will always be transparent with you and factor in every bit of detail. Even if you have a score on the lower end of the spectrum, our incredible team of Mortgage Advisors in Birmingham is still determined to secure you a deal that will suit you. We have access to specialist mortgage deals through our vast panel of lenders; we are sure that we will find one that matches your mortgage needs.