There’s been a lot of talk recently about new technology, especially regarding the new ‘open banking’ opportunities and how your private transactions will come under scrutiny by lenders decision making computers, after you’ve given permission of course!
The idea is that the lender can review your incomes, outgoings and all other financial items just from delving in to your account, via open banking. ‘Big Brother’ indeed. The aim is to speed up the financial transaction and allow institutions to access your data at the touch of a button, as well as providing more competition and innovation to financial services.
The downside is that whatever is in your bank statements, lenders must take it into account when deciding whether to lend to you, or not. There’s no hiding and now no apparent limit on time to be reviewed. Currently lenders tend to look at just the last 3 months bank statements, but with open banking data at their fingertips, this could be unlimited moving forward.
Not all lenders have signed up to this as yet, but it’s only a matter of time. Therefore, be mortgage ready. If you accounts are all over the place, tidy them up!
With this in mind and so many recent rate and criteria changes, lenders will look closely at an individual’s recent payment profile, how many recent credit searches have been incurred by financial institutions and more. Don’t give them any excuses not to lend to you! The more credit searches you have on your profile, over a recent amount of time, the more likely your credit score will be lower as a result. Try and ensure there’s no missed or late payments as these will also decrease your credit score. In short, your credit search/score are the basis on which most lenders will initially decide whether to lend to you or not. The best rates will almost definitely go to those with the best credit scores.
Finally, many customers forget to disclose an old student loan, or a 0% interest car HP agreement, or even the monthly payment out to a pension. The lender sees all debts and any monthly payments must be taken into account when it comes to affordability.
So, plan ahead. Work out your budgets, what your monthly payments are and everything that you need to disclose, before you go and see your local and independent mortgage adviser. It’s time well spent and will stop any unnecessary delays, or possible declines, later on.