How to improve your chances of passing a mortgage affordability assessment

Getting on the housing ladder can feel like one of the hardest and longest processes in the world and the cost of living crisis is probably not helping.

You need to come across as attractive buyers for lenders to consider you, but there are many factors that can reduce how much lenders are willing to let you borrow for your home.

How do lenders decide whether to offer you a mortgage?

If you’re applying for a new mortgage, remortgaging or increasing your current mortgage, lenders are required to carry out an affordability assessment. This involves a variety of checks designed to make sure you can afford to repay what you borrow.

According to the Independent, some two thirds of first-time buyers are rejected for a mortgage at their initial attempt. So, what can you do to boost your chances of passing an affordability assessment?

Evidence stable employment

Many lenders ask for three years’ proof on income, although some will accept less. Even simply switching from one employed position to another can affect your chances of success. Some lenders like to see that you’ve been with an employer for at least three to six months before they’ll consider you.

Reduce your debts

Lenders will look at your total income and then work out how much you need to maintain a basic standard of living. This will give them an idea of how much you can afford to spend on a mortgage. Reducing the amount you owe on things like credit cards and loans will increase the amount you have available and boost your chances of passing an affordability assessment.

Check your credit report

Before offering you a mortgage, lenders check your credit report. A poor credit history could affect the amount they’re prepared to offer or cause them to turn you away altogether. However, there are simple ways to improve your credit rating. Before applying for a mortgage, check your credit report for errors, avoid applying for new credit in the six months leading up to the application and make sure you’re well within any existing credit limits.

Get professional advice

Finding the right mortgage is important so we can assess your circumstances and get the right deal for you. We can save you the headaches and ensure you’re less likely to be turned down for a mortgage.


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