There’s been a lot of hype around the rise of ‘Cryptocurrency’. Specifically, relating to Bitcoin and other similar electronic currencies. Currently they are not regulated and their price can fluctuate immensely day by day. However, there have been a number of success stories and thus providing funds which could possibly be used as a deposit for a property. Normally, lenders will want to see a build up of savings, or proof of where the funds have come from, inheritance etc. With no formal category for this type of return, and no formal guidance from the regulators, some lenders may class it as gambling and not allow it as a form of deposit. Some of the major high street names have already confirmed they will not accept deposits derived from cryptocurrency. With technology thriving as it is and some cryptocurrencies now worth billions worldwide, this could be deemed quite an ignorant view. I suspect, as they become more widely known and used, only time will move this forward.
In the meantime, and especially in the current climates, you should do your homework and speak to a ‘whole of market’ mortgage adviser. They might have an avenue for such a transaction.
However, if the person you are speaking to is not offering ‘whole of market’ advice, i.e. they just review a panel of selected lenders, you may not be getting the best product for your needs and/or requirements. For some of the larger brokers, lenders may even put one of their own underwriters in-house, so that your application can be processed within their offices. This helps with speed, instructing valuations and dealing with queries quickly. And remember, you can place your mortgage with whoever you like. You are under no obligation to anyone, despite what some may say! If you don’t like their stance, or they’re ‘forcing’ you to use a specific adviser, walk away….
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