Share to Buy Expert Sessions: Your questions about mortgages

Answering your questions about mortgages!

Shared Ownership Mortgages

Is there a minimum length of employment required for Shared Ownership mortgage?
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Response from Censeo Financial – Different lenders have different rules. A very few will accept based on a signed contract, some will accept after you have started with your new employer (even if it is your first), some will want to wait until you have received your first pay slip and some will want to know you are out of probation.

For more FAQs about income and employment status, visit our affordability page.

What percentage of overtime is taken into consideration when applying for a mortgage?
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Response from Censeo Financial – This will depend on how long you have been earning overtime income and what proportion of your income is made up of overtime. Different lenders have different rules on overtime and many may ask for up to a year’s proof.

For more FAQs about income and employment status, visit our affordability page.

Are there any examples of why a lender would reject a mortgage application?
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Response from Censeo Financial – There’s lots of various criteria that could mean you would be rejected. It is your adviser’s job to look into your situation in enough detail to ensure that they place you with a lender that will accept your application.

Any unusual factors in your situation will most likely reduce the number of lenders that would accept your application, which may mean you don’t have access to the very best rate, but your adviser will let you know if this is the case. However, no matter how well the adviser has done their job, the most common stage that a lender will decline is when the credit score is completed.

Check out the paperwork and documentation you would require when applying for a mortgage.

What is a thought of as good credit score when trying to buy a home?
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Response from Censeo Financial – That is almost impossible to answer as different credit score companies will give you a different score. Lenders do not take just the figure itself; they will look at many factors to score you, one of which will be the credit score value

How important is stability of addresses when applying for a mortgage?
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Response from Censeo Financial – It is not important in regards to whether you can get a mortgage, but could make a difference to the credit score. For that reason it is very important to make sure all your accounts and credit are in your current address, as well as your driving licence. You should also be on the electoral role at your current address and having your name on the council tax is also helpful.

I want to buy with my partner as a joint application - but can it just be my name on the mortgage?
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Most mortgage lenders will accept a single mortgage applicant for a joint purchase. Lenders will require that the person not on the mortgage application signs an agreement that they will not oppose an application for repossession, should the mortgage fall in arrears.

In assessing affordability they will take no account of the joint purchaser’s income or any financial contribution that they may make. It is possible that the mortgage lender will reduce the amount of loan on the basis that the applicant for the mortgage is financially supporting the joint purchaser.

Would having a County Court Judgement (CCJ) affect a mortgage application?
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Response from Censeo Financial – It would not mean you were necessarily declined by all lenders, but it is likely that you’ll be required to pay a higher rate of interest.

I was told I should get a Mortgage in Principle before viewing houses - is this true for Shared Ownership?
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Response from Censeo Financial – It is not essential to get a Mortgage in Principle before viewing a house, but it does make sense to do so. A Decision in Principle checks affordability but the really important part of the DIP is the credit score.

If there is anything in your recent financial past that would stop you being able to buy, then you would not find yourself having fallen in love with a property, and had an offer accepted, only to find that you cannot buy it. This is true regardless of whether is a Shared Ownership property or not.

Find out more about Agreements in Principle here.

How long does a Memorandum of Sale usually take to get?
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This can vary considerably between housing associations and whether you are buying a new build property or a resale home. With a new property you would normally expect to receive the memorandum within 10 working days. Some mortgage lenders will not accept a mortgage application unless it the memorandum is submitted with the application, while other lenders will want a copy before issuing a mortgage offer.

What kind of fee would a mortgage broker charge to commit to a mortgage?
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There can be a considerable variation in fees charged by mortgage brokers. Some do not charge a fee at all, others will charge for a percentage of the mortgage loan or a fixed amount. Mortgage brokers are required to let you know their fees in advance, so it is worth phoning a few for quotes.

Is it easier to obtain a mortgage with Shared Ownership or Help to Buy?
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Response from Censeo Financial – If you are eligible and you have the affordability, then there is no difference in difficulty between obtaining a mortgage on a Shared Ownership home or a Help to Buy property

Find out about the difference between Shared Ownership and Help to Buy here.

What is the minimum anyone thinking of buying a Shared Ownership should have in regards to deposit, salary, credit score etc?
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Response from Censeo Financial – The minimum deposit is 5% of the share that you are purchasing, but reaching a 10% deposit significantly reduces the interest rate that you will be offered. On top of that you will need money for a solicitor (usually between £1,500-£2,000). There will most likely be fees for your mortgage adviser too (up to £500) and possibly for a valuation to be completed.

Find out more about the costs associated with buying a Shared Ownership home.