Mortgages For Contractors
The number of people in Britain working on fixed term contracts has risen significantly over the past decade. Many of these people are effectively self-employed and work for one or a few large clients on specialised project run on fixed term contracts. Others are part of the growing gig economy, with drives for firms such as Uber and Deliveroo working on zero-hours contracts. Tech firms, accountancy firms and even professional services firms are also increasingly moving from full-time PAYE employment contracts to fixed term contract employment.
For those working in this way, there are multiple benefits – flexibility of working hours and location being the obvious ones. One downside however, is that it’s still harder to get a mortgage if you don’t have a full time job than it is if you do.
This is primarily down to rules that govern mortgage lenders brought in after the financial crisis. Long gone are the days when you could self-certify your income and the lender would hand over a mortgage. Now, lenders must see evidence of your income and expenditure before they decide if you can afford the mortgage repayments.
This is what presents a challenge to some contract workers, particularly if your income varies month to month. Lenders want to see a ‘guaranteed’ level of income each month to cover the mortgage payments and your other fixed expenses.
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How Much can Contractors Borrow on a Mortgage?
Different lenders have different rules about how they assess how much you can borrow against your contract earnings. They will look at the length of your contract, the number of contracts you have and your monthly income.
Don’t forget that as you will have to complete a self-assessment tax return, you will only have your net monthly income to cover expenses, so you’ll need to factor in your tax liability when working out what you can afford too.
They will want to see a track record for what you’ve earned and if it shows consistent levels of income, so much the better. Some lenders will ask for a little as six months bank statements, but most will want to see a minimum of one-year’s worth of signed off accounts, with some lenders requiring two or three years.
If you have a number of years working as a contractor, lenders are likely to take your average annual income into consideration when assessing your mortgage application. If your income has been volatile however, they may just look at the most recent year or they make restrict the amount you can borrow against to a percentage of your annual income.
Some lenders will look at your income if you charge clients a day-rate – though these mortgages are harder to come by.
There are different rules again if you are set up as a limited company and your contract income comes into this rather than to you directly. Rather than assessing your income based on your full earning as they would outside of a limited company, lenders typically look at your salary and dividend income and calculate what you can afford on the mortgage based on this.
This can be challenging as tax accountants seek to minimise tax payable on income, sometimes by reducing the salary you take and maximising dividend income which, while taxed less, is more variable and not seen as so reliable by all lenders.
There are still options however, it’s just important to work closely with your adviser to ensure you get the mortgage. Some lenders are more able than others to look at your business in the round and assess your ability to repay the mortgage on this rather than just straightforward salary income.
A mortgage adviser with experience working with lenders that specialise in helping contractors to buy their own home should be able to help you work out how much you can borrow and which lender will be right for you. Speak to an adviser now.
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In assessing your requirements, we do not use credit scoring and we can provide an accurate estimate of the amount of borrowing and the viability of your requirements, without effecting your credit score.
We avoid credit searches at the initial stages given that numerous credit searches will impact your ability to access cheap credit. It is clear that too many credit applications in a short period of time will impact your score and whilst it is important to shop around, formal applications for a mortgage can trigger rejections, as it gives the impression you may be desperate for credit. It is essential when making enquiries for any financial product, that the Company does not credit score you, until such time as you have agreed to make a formal application.
We can indicate your chances of approval prior to any application being made and where necessary, can obtain decisions in principle from lenders who do not use credit scoring.
Typically we assist customers who have a number of financial commitments and they are looking to understand how much they can borrow. A number of mortgage calculators are used on the Internet, which provide an indication of the amount of borrowing based on an income multiple. In reality, the calculation is much more complex and varies borrower to borrower and lender to lender. For example, a mortgage calculator may indicate a 4 times income multiple, but given the particular individual circumstances of the client and the lender’s chosen criteria and underwriting, the borrower may actually achieve 6 times income. In contrast, a mortgage calculator may indicate 4 times income, but due to an applicant having financial dependents, certain types of income, such as bonus or commissions, or other financial commitments, the specific lender may only allow 2.5 times income.
Clients we assist tell us from the outset, they would like a guarantee of the amount they can borrow and our knowledge of specific underwriting policies within lenders, allows us to accurately estimate, exactly what is available.
Importantly an initial discussion and agreement through us, does not impact your credit score
Capital Fortune are award winning London based mortgage brokers. We are based in the heart of London’s financial district near the Bank of England. We offer advice to first-time buyers, those moving house and to those looking to re-mortgage their existing deal to get a better mortgage rate.
We’re not tied to one lender so you can be sure we’ll get the best deal for you, from the bank or building society right for you.
We provide finance on both residential and Buy to Let property and can assist whether your looking to buy your first home, looking to re-mortgage or refinancing and restructuring your portfolio of buy-to-let properties. Our advisers are here to help.
We advise customers nationally from the Scottish Islands to the Isle of Wight and cover all the regions within the United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland.
Typically, we best assist clients with non-standard requirements and those we successfully help, generally face some sort of difficulty in the mortgage market. They seek not to be penalised for this difficulty and we look to secure them highly competitive, mainstream rates by asking our lenders to take an holistic view of their circumstances.
As expected, we offer all the usual mainstream products all standard mortgage advisers offer, but more importantly, we look to place cases of a more complex and specialist nature. This includes the self-employed, those with difficult income streams, contractors, unusual properties, foreign nationals, British ex pats abroad, overseas diplomats and those recently divorced.
We have long term relationships with nearly all the major UK lenders and have built strong trusted connections with lender underwriters at both a local and national level. Many of these key partners, prove the key to the success sometimes extending the parameters of their advertised lending criteria to assist our clients.
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Your Capital Fortune broker will be regularly on hand, not just through the process, but afterwards, sometimes, when you may need us most. We don’t just want you undertake the one transaction with us but seek to build a long term relationship and many of our clients have been with us for many years.
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We totally appreciate we are not right for everyone. There are a range of other mortgage brokers in the UK but we hope that on searching through our website, viewing our published rates and transparency, that you will obtain a clear sense of how we operate and how we will look to assist you obtain the most affordable and suitable deal.
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