When applying for finance, if you don’t appear on the electoral roll or don’t have any credit, some lenders may consider that you don’t exist, financially! This has been a hurdle in the finance world for some time, more so now with the evolution of technology. It seems that lenders only need to find the smallest of excuses to not agree a mortgage request. Historically, lenders were often more amenable if an applicant could not be located on a credit search. Today, if you have no regular credit commitments or do not appear on the electoral roll at your current address, be prepared for a possible knock-back or at least the request for further proof of residency, etc.
The market has been pretty quiet this week, with only a few lenders making headlines and reducing rates. I suspect the market is still coming to terms with an unexpectedly buoyant August and preparing their offerings for a good run to the end of the year. Rates generally are decreasing, and this makes it a good opportunity to review what’s available to you.
We are experiencing a large number of ‘complex prime’ enquiries lately. One example is for a property which is currently converted in to two properties, but where there is only one registered title. Another example was of a full conversion of a barn into a dwelling. One further – for tax purposes – where the customers were seeking to purchase a number of investment properties in a Limited Company name with their company structure designed purely to hold properties. These are live examples which certainly have a lender home. They just need a bit of extra thought and the location of lenders who don’t fit the normal credit scoring mentality.
Finally, getting a mortgage through lenders in the current climates can still be challenging. One day it’s easy to get a case through, the next, it’s a nightmare! So whatever you do, try to not give lenders any excuses to decline your application or refuse to lend to you. Try to pay bills on time, don’t miss payments where possible and, especially, not mortgage payments! Any missed (or sometimes late) payments will be registered on your credit file and this is normally used as the basis of a decision whether to lend to you, or not!