Many homeowners coming to remortgage and budding first-time buyers believe that a bad credit rating will put an end to their chances of securing a new mortgage. However, while this may be true for many mainstream lenders using a credit score led underwriting process, the availability of specialist adverse or “bad credit” mortgages is on the rise and could be the answer you’re looking for.
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There’s growing recognition that an adverse credit rating doesn’t always give a complete picture of an applicant’s financial behaviour and credit worthiness. Most of our lenders will overlook a single missed payment if it has been settled within a certain time period, and will look at all cases on an individual basis.
Some lenders have changed the way they assess risk to cater for those who don’t fit a strict credit-score led approach. These products, known as impaired or adverse credit mortgages, with specialist criteria are typically only available through brokers such as Vincent Burch Mortgage Services with access to competitive rates not available on the high street.
There are many reasons, both business and personal, that may contribute to an adverse credit rating. From county court judgements (CCJs), bankruptcy or missed payments on bills, credit cards and loans to incorrect personal details and financial links with someone you’re no longer associated with. Looking beyond the credit score before deciding on an individual applicant’s financial wellbeing, is where impaired credit mortgages differ from other mortgage products.
As well as your typical outgoings, you must ensure all previous adverse, missed payments, defaults, CCJs no matter what it is, or how small, is reported to your broker at the start of the enquiry process. Having the full picture from the beginning will enable your mortgage broker to set reasonable expectations. This will mean that time isn’t wasted with lenders whose criteria you cannot meet, or worse, failed applications due to a lender uncovering information that wasn’t reported to them at the start.
Credit history will always be part of the financial equation, so it pays to know your credit score and check that it accurately reflects your current circumstances.
Credit reference agencies such as Experian, Equifax and TransUnion will calculate your score for free, giving an indication of how the financial world will view you. It’s an opportunity to correct any errors and consider other simple ways to ensure your credit score is as robust as possible, such as:
Taking these steps can help to improve your score, but how do you secure a buy to let mortgage if the numbers still don’t add up?
The best way to find the right mortgage for your specific set of circumstances is to speak to a mortgage broker. Be open and honest about your financial history and any financial concerns you have from the outset and take advantage of the knowledge and advice they can offer. A broker won’t judge, they will only try to help you.
At Vincent Burch Mortgage Services we take a flexible, tailored approach and have access to those lenders who offer specialist mortgages at competitive rates only through an intermediary. You won’t normally find impaired credit mortgages on the high street.
Whether you are buying your first home, or remortgaging to raise funds for home improvements we’ll work with you closely to find the best solution for you. Don’t let your plans stall, talk to our expert team today and we’ll get the facts of your financial situation. Whether you are in London, Liverpool or anywhere else in the UK our team operate are on hand to service your needs.