Mortgages For Older Persons
As modern medicine improves, the age that people in the UK are living to is going up. At the same time, those of us with gold plated final salary pension schemes are getting fewer and fewer.
Those who have a defined contribution pension are now able to use the pension freedoms to access their life savings however they wish, within certain tax allowances and after the age of 55.
But while most people used to use their pension to purchase an annuity when they retired, providing them with a guaranteed income for the rest of their lives, with interest rates having been so low for so long, fewer people are choosing this route.
In the mortgage market meanwhile, the way that lenders assess whether you are eligible for a mortgage has changed. They now need to be able to see that you can prove you will have enough money in income to repay your mortgage each month. For those who have chosen to access their pension through drawdown, this can prove trickier than getting a mortgage when you were earning a full time salary.
That said, there are plenty of options for borrowers who want to get a mortgage that they will still be repaying after they retire.
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In the late 1980s and early 1990s, endowment mortgages were very popular. These mortgages allowed people to take an interest-only mortgage and an endowment policy that invested their money with the aim of it growing to the equivalent size of the loan by the end of the 25-year term so they could use the endowment to repay the mortgage.
The reality hasn’t matched up for thousands of borrowers who took these mortgages who are now faced with finding a lump sum of cash to repay their mortgage or downsize. This however means that borrowing into retirement is much more common than it used to be.
If you need to repay an interest-only mortgage and want help deciding the best course of action, you can speak to one of our specialist advisers now.
Borrowing Past Retirement Age
With house prices rising on average in most areas of the UK, homeowners have had to take much bigger mortgages than was necessary 30 years ago. The bigger the mortgage, the longer it takes to repay and when you consider the average age of a first-time buyer is now in their 30s, taking a 35-year mortgage aged 35 takes you to the age of 70.
Mortgage lenders went through a phase recently of capping their maximum borrower age at 65 years old. This presented real problems for lots of homeowners, even those still in their 40s who weren’t planning to retire for two decades.
The regulator has since relaxed their rules a bit and as a result there are now a lot of lenders, particularly building societies, that will consider offering mortgages to borrowers aged up to 85 or 90. You’ll still need to show that you can afford to repay the mortgage, but lenders are being a bit more flexible about what counts as income.
Over the past couple of years, some lenders have innovated and it’s now possible to get a retirement mortgage. This is an interest-only mortgage that allows you to repay the interest on your loan while you have an income and can afford it.
Once you retire, or if you decide you don’t want to keep paying this interest, it’s possible with some lenders to switch this mortgage into a lifetime mortgage. This means you don’t pay interest monthly but instead it is added to your mortgage balance and rolls up over time until the property is sold and the mortgage repaid.
This type of loan is known as equity release and it requires specialist advice. One of our advisers can help you decide whether you could get a normal mortgage or if you think equity release might be more appropriate, to find someone who will be able to help.
Buy-to-Let for Retired Borrowers
Many people in the UK view property as a better bet than pensions and as such we see a lot of older customers who want to invest in buy-to-let.
The usual rules apply when looking to get into buy-to-let and it can be a good option if you’re retired and want to invest in property as the mortgage is assessed on the rental income rather than your personal income.
Some lenders want to see that you have experience as a landlord or that you have other income as well before they’ll lend to you though, so it’s a good idea to talk to one of our advisers who will be able to help you find out what your options are.
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*APR = Annual Percentage Rate *ERC = Early Repayment Charge
*These figures are only illustrative. An assessment of your needs will be confirmed before a recommendation can be made. A Key Facts Illustration, which is personal to your circumstances, will be provided if a recommendation for a mortgage product is made.
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.
The promise of a rate is not the same as actually delivering a formal mortgage offer in the exact same terms. Our promise is our guarantee and many of our published independent client testimonials, confirm our ability to both deliver and help.
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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.
We seek to ensure the best possible results for those who choose to use us.
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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