Things have moved on somewhat. These days, being self employed does not mean that you can’t, or will find it difficult to get a great mortgage deal. Self employed mortgages are out there along with some great mortgage rates to boot.
Back in the day, you may have had to jump through hoops and then some if you wanted a mortgage broker to take you seriously.
There are plenty of deals out there, only self-employed business owners don’t realise it. In fact, according to a recent survey, around 35% of all self-employed people assume they’re not eligible or don’t earn enough, and 33% are finding the process and advice confusing and stressful. With those figures in mind, it’s safe to say that a lot of sole traders or business owners are ruling themselves out needlessly.
If you are one of those very people then here is a check-list that will help you to see if you are in fact eligible for a mortgage.
If you have checked the list and feel that there is nothing holding you back, then sure, you can get a mortgage. Lenders just want to know that you are good for the monthly payments and that your credit score is good. That’s not to say that all lenders are the same, they aren’t. Most however, have a similar check-list.
Lending money, where there is a good chance that you cannot pay off the loan, is not in their best interest. Even if you have the funds right now and your bank account is flush, it won’t help if you have a poor credit score. If you want to borrow a substantial amount of money for a property, then everything needs to be in order, but that really is the case for everyone, not just the self-employed.
You will need to make sure that you have a minimum of one year’s finalised accounts or an SA302 from HMRC that is less than 18 months old.
You will need your current contract and, in some cases, the past 12 months paper-work. If this is not possible we can revert to using your personal tax returns or company accounts.
You will need to provide your latest year’s company accounts or personal tax return as a minimum. Some lenders may expect two or three years worth of accounts.
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