Can you get a Mortgage if you are self-employed?
Most lenders are happy to offer a mortgage if you are self employed, providing you fit their criteria. Most lenders will insist on you having at least 3 years of trading and two years of accounts or self assessments. However, if you don’t, at MAIN, we may still be able to help.
Some lenders will offer special dispensation, depending on the deposit you may put down, combined with your credit rating.
When it comes to being self employed, each lender will treat you differently depending on your circumstances. That’s why we would encourage you to come in and discuss your needs. We can then establish your options and the best route to becoming a first time buyer.
How is a self-employed Mortgage calculated?
As mentioned previously, each lender will treat you differently based on your legal status. If you are a sole trader or partnership, your net profits will be classed as income. In the case of a limited company, the lender will look at both dividends and salary, as well as the net profit of the company.
The issue you may have found with a typical high street lender, they struggle to calculate your income and therefore struggle to agree the correct amount you can borrow.
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How to improve your acceptance chances if you are self-employed?
The first points are the same with every circumstance and may seem obvious. You need a healthy deposit to reduce the risk to the lender, a strong credit rating and enough income to cover your mortgage payments.
If you could complete a self-assessment SA302 form, this will help illustrate your income to lenders. Keeping your accounts and electronic records up to date will also improve your chances of being accepted.
If you could reduce the number of credit checks and applications you process before you attempt to get a Mortgage. Another point to be aware of is making more than the minimum payment on any credit card. This will also help illustrate to the lender, that you are not in any financial difficulty.
How can a Mortgage Broker help you get accepted?
This is a perfect scenario of when to use a Mortgage broker, rather than a typical high street lender. We can help find the best option for you and use our established relationships with lenders, to help you get accepted.
Because you apply under our umbrella, it will help improve your application as the lender will consider you as being a lower risk. This is because the lender will look at our overall lending as one.
Don’t waste any more time and arrange an appointment today, to see how we can help you get accepted.