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It is possible to get a mortgage if you have a poor credit history. But, as you may expect, it’s more difficult than if you have a good or perfect history. Each mortgage lender will have different criteria for what they consider to be a ‘good’ and ‘bad’ credit score – some may be quite strict and consider a missed bill to be a red flag, whereas others may be more lenient.
Minor credit problems are unlikely to impact your ability to secure a mortgage, but there are more serious issues, such as CCJs and bankruptcies, that may make it difficult. That’s where Mortgage Experience can help.
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When a potential lender looks into your credit history, there are certain financial behaviours that will be flagged and may count against you. These include, but are not limited to:
– Late or missed payments on credit agreements, such as credit cards
– Past repossessions
– Arrears on previous mortgages
– Bankruptcy filings
– If there is a CCJ (county court judgement) against your name in the last six years
– You have a debt management plan or IVA (individual voluntary arrangement)
The process for applying for a mortgage when you have bad credit is not dissimilar to the standard application process. For this, you will need to provide the following information:
– Details of your income, employed or self-employed
– Details of your partner’s income, if you are applying for a mortgage together
– Details of your monthly outgoings
– How much of a deposit you are able to contribute
However, you may be asked for more information or evidence, and access to your financial history.
Although the application process will be very similar to that of a standard application, you may want to take some action before starting the process. Looking at your credit score and undergoing steps to improve it could increase your chances of being accepted. Here’s some things you can do:
There are free services available that allow you to look at your credit history, and see what factors could be impacting it. It’s important to remember that each lender will score you differently, but checking using one of these services will give you a good idea of your starting position.
It can be hard to stay on top of your outgoings, and it may be easier to bury your head in the sand and avoid looking at your bank statements every month. Get into the habit of checking your balance regularly, automating payments and bills where you can to ensure they don’t get missed. To build up your deposit pot, try setting aside a chunk of your salary to a savings account as soon as you get paid so it’s already taken care of.
Once you have checked your credit score and taken care of any possible future issues, it’s time to start rebuilding your credit score. Things like not missing payments and ensuring you’re on the electoral register can help to push your score in the right direction.
When you have a bad credit score, lenders will often have stricter criteria on who they will lend to. One of those requirements may be a larger deposit as a downpayment; they may request 20-30% instead of 5-10%.
Traditional high street lenders are less likely to lend if you have a bad credit score. By working with a specialist mortgage adviser – such as Mortgage Experience – our experienced brokers can find the right lender and product to suit your individual needs.
With a Mortgage Experience bad credit broker on your team, you can sit back and relax, safe in the knowledge that we will be doing all the heavy lifting to find you a suitable mortgage.This gives you more time to pack, and well, do the actual physical heavy lifting (should you wish) as you move into and enjoy your new home.Get in touch