Nationwide, it is becoming more and more difficult be granted an appropriate-sized mortgage. The number of people going self-employed within the UK is increasing every year, with self-employed workers now accounting for 15% of the working population (Jones, 2018).
There are a number of problems currently associated with being self-employed, i.e. the pension crisis and getting a mortgage. This article focuses on how to get a mortgage as a self-employed individual. Research has shown that 30% of self-employed homeowners feel that the mortgage process is biased (McDowell, 2018).
There is no such mass-market thing as a mortgage especially designed for the self-employed (currently), self-employed individuals are able to get the same- if not a higher- income than employed professionals and so are in the same pool as everyone else for mortgage brokers. However, the problem associated with self-employed individuals getting a mortgage is often the issue of proving their income.
Proving you income to mortgage brokers
Generally speaking, the longer that you have been self-employed the better; this way you can show a steady ability to pay towards a mortgage. The majority of lenders insist that chartered accountants do the accounts. Feel free to contact us to see about getting your accounts done with the goal of getting a mortgage in the future.
You will also be expects to present the income you’ve reported to the HMRC and the tax paid, a SA302 is used to show this.
Planning towards getting a mortgage
One thing that is overlooked by so many self-employed professional, when they go to enquire about getting a mortgage is the amount they are claiming in expenses. Yes, on the most part it is great to save money against tax. However, when it comes to getting a mortgage- not so great. In the spirit of being granted mortgage, you should consider not claiming the maximum and paying a little extra tax for a few years. If you are seeking to get a mortgage as soon as possible, but have previously claimed the maximum, feel free to contact us about backdating your tax returns.
Just gone self-employed
If you have just gone self-employed and want to get a mortgage, don’t lose hope. There are specialist lenders such as Precise Mortgages and Kensington that may consider applicants with only one year worth of accounts. It should be noted that this is likely to come at a higher rate.
Your self-employed status
The status of your self-employment, whether it is sole trader, company director etc., is an important factor to your eligibility for a mortgage. Sole traders are assessed differently depending on whether their income has increased or decreased over recent years. While contracts who earn a day rate can have their rate multiplied by the number of working days in the year, as well as looking at their past income.