Save, save, save
The more money you are able to put down as a deposit, the more choices you’ll have when it comes to getting a mortgage. Lenders prefer buyers who have saved a hefty deposit because they pose less of a risk for the bank. Typically, first-time buyers put down a 20% deposit, but the more you can offer, the cheaper the mortgage deals you’ll be able to get.
Pay your debts
Before deciding whether to give you a mortgage, lenders will take into account both the amount of credit you have available to you and the amount of debt that you owe. If you have numerous outstanding credit card debts or loans you may be perceived as a high risk, which can jeopardise your prospects. Try to pay off as many debts as possible before applying for a mortgage to demonstrate your ability to manage money responsibly and maximise the amount you will be able to borrow. You should also check your credit score to avoid any unpleasant surprises and correct any inaccuracies before applying for a mortgage.
Don’t quit your job
Lenders prefer customers who have been with their current employer for a reasonable length of time (around three to six months), so if you’re thinking of changing jobs it’s best to hold off until after your mortgage has been approved. If you’re self-employed, you’ll need to jump through a few additional hoops – make sure your accounts are up to date and check that you have your SA302 forms available for the previous two or three years.
Get on the electoral roll
Lending companies will often use the electoral roll to verify your identity, so make sure that you are registered on the electoral roll at your current address. You can visit the website for your local authority to request a form or sign up online.
Do your sums
Before you apply for a mortgage, sit down with a calculator and work out your budget. You can use an online affordability calculator to help you estimate how much you can afford to borrow. Knowing the upper limit of your budget before you start house hunting will help to avoid disappointment –there’s nothing worse than finding your dream home and realising you won’t be able to afford it.
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