Tips for getting a mortgage

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yestose22
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Tips for getting a mortgage

Postby yestose22 » Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:18 pm

Hi 

Both in our mid to late 30s with two children - childcare and rent are our biggest expenses at the moment. 

Hoping to purchase a house in the next 2 years - just wondering if anyone has any tips on saving for a mortgage, and getting mortgage-ready for the banks. 

Only living in UK for two years, so don't really have a good idea of how to go about getting a mortgage, or even what is needed, and how much we can potentially borrow. Also looking for tips on trying to maximise saving for the deposit 

Thanks for any advice   :roll:
 
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Re: Tips for getting a mortgage

Postby boonkoh » Sun Oct 07, 2018 2:57 pm

One thing you should check right now, even before you consider purchasing, is to see if your credit file is OK. Sometimes, it might be missing information (e.g. electoral roll registration) or misinformation (e.g. fraud credit) that will harm your chances of getting a mortgage. You want to get it sorted ASAP.

Request your statutory credit file from Experian as a first step (should be free or £2, don't get persuaded to sign up for their monthly/annual plan).

Also sign up for Noddle, a free credit file service. They will send you notifications every time there is a change to your credit file, so you can monitor and make sure nothing mistaken happens to it.

It looks like you don't have British citizenship. If you are here on a visa, that would make it more tricky to get a mortgage. Most lenders will insist on at least 2 years left on your mortgage, at the time of application, and many lenders don't lend to visa holders at all. If you are EU citizen, I'm not sure what the banks are thinking post-Brexit. My advice would be just go talk to your mortgage advisor in your current bank, in person, just to see what their policies are, they will probably also be able to advise what general industry practices are with regards to mortgages to foreign residents.
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Re: Tips for getting a mortgage

Postby tbdit » Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:14 pm

Hi, I would recommend speaking to an independent Mortgage Broker. If you go into a bank, they're obviously set to advise on whatever serves the bank best. 

An independent adviser can give you impartial advice, and help you find a mortgage from across the whole market. 

I do have someone I can recommend if you'd be interested, I'm sure he'd be happy to have a chat. PM me for the details if you're interested! 

 
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Re: Tips for getting a mortgage

Postby boonkoh » Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:55 pm

Yup, good advice from tbdit. Just don't use Habito (an online mortgage broker) - they almost cost me my house purchase after sinking in lots of costs and took almost 4 months to exchange.
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Re: Tips for getting a mortgage

Postby LifestyleMum » Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:37 am

Yes I agree with tbdit, David Thompson of Thompson Allen Financial, would be able to advise you for free on mortgages, and on all your other financial needs. Call him on 07889 191093. Good luck!