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What is a self-employed mortgage?

A self-employed mortgage is the same as any other mortgage except that you will have to provide more evidence of a reliable income and the lender must be happy that you can afford the monthly repayments.

You will be viewed as self-employed if you own more than 20% to 25% of a business from which you earn your main income. The better your credit score the more likely you are to be lent the money. The lender will take an average of your net profit over the past two to three years if you are a sole trader or look at your share of your net profit or salary and dividends you pay yourself if you have a limited company.

Frequently asked questions

  • How many years do you have to be self-employed to get a mortgage?

    Most lenders require two or three years of accounts but if you have just become self-employed or have less than 2 years’ accounts, we can still help you to apply for a mortgage. If you have a qualified accountant looking after your finances, they will have all the figures you need.

  • How many times my salary can I borrow for a self-employed mortgage?

    The lender will take an average of your net profit over the past two to three years if you are a sole trader or look at your share of your net profit or salary and dividends you pay yourself if you have a limited company. They may take your lowest earning year as a baseline as to what you can afford to borrow if your earning vary dramatically, or some may take an annualised figure from your day rate.

  • Do self-employed people have to pay higher mortgage rates?

    You should not have to pay a higher interest rate than someone who is employed by a company but as with all mortgages, the higher the value of you deposit the better rates you will be able to access.

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