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What is a bad credit mortgage?
A bad credit mortgage is a mortgage for people with a poor credit score, a low credit rating, or adverse credit in their history. There are specialist lenders who will provide loans to bad credit applicants, although the interest rates and monthly payments will likely be higher than for customers with better credit scores. If you have a good income or a substantial deposit, it might be possible to find a competitive mortgage.
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Buying a financial product such as a mortgage can be the biggest decision made in our lives. It is for this reason that impartial advice is critical from qualified advisors.
Why use us?
From the information you provide to us, our experts will search the market and find the most suitable products for you – even if you have bad credit! If you are happy with the product on offer, we will handle all the necessary paperwork for you, including any relevant applications, to ensure that everything runs smoothly for you.
From just a few minutes completing some basic information, we will quickly search for suitable financial products for you.
We’ve helped thousands of customers secure financial products and service so you know that you are in capable hands.
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Whatever type of financial product or service you are looking for, our service is reliable and always matched to your own personal circumstances.
Credit scores - why are they important?
A credit score gives lenders, such as banks and mortgage providers, an idea of how someone manages their money by showing what money they owe, how quickly they pay back debts, and how consistent their payments are. All these factors go into creating a credit score – the lower the score, the more likely lenders will see them as a risk and refuse loans and mortgages.
A person’s credit scores may look low if:
- They use more than 50% of their available credit consistently
- They make late payments or miss them altogether
- They pay less than the minimum amount required for a repayment
- They have made a large number of credit applications – especially if any of them have been refused
Credit scores are important as they give lenders an idea of how confident they can be in getting their money back in a timely manner. A person with a history of unpaid debt looks more likely to continue along that route than a person with a history of prompt and full repayments.
It is important to know, however, that nothing stays on a credit report forever, that’s why we believe bad credit shouldn’t stop people from applying for a mortgage. Often circumstances outside of someone’s control can cause their credit score to drop. Instead of waiting for it to improve they can use services like Finance Advice Centre to still find a good mortgage deal from bad credit mortgage lenders. Some lenders also don’t even look at credit scores when considering mortgage applications, we can offer advice on the best lenders for specific circumstances and needs.
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Choosing a financial product or service, such as a mortgage, remortgage, loan or insurance can be daunting and your choice is a decision you need to get right. For this reason, it is vital that you get impartial advice from competent and qualified advisors. Whether you are a first-time buyer, looking to remortgage, hoping to remortgage or even buy a property to let, needing a loan or insurance this is where our advisers excel.
Be reassured that our aim is to guarantee reliable financial advice appropriate to any individual that makes contact with us. Through our network of contacts, we have access to thousands of financial products, from mortgages to loans to insurance, so we are confident that we’ll find one to suit you.
*As a mortgage is secured against your home, it may be repossessed if you do not keep up the mortgage repayments
How to potentially get a mortgage with bad credit
If you have a bad credit history, there are multiple steps you can take to increase your chances of being approved for a mortgage.
Organise your finances
It will be more beneficial to postpone buying a property until you are in a better financial position. During this time, you can rebuild your credit score by making repayments for bills and credit cards on time and allow you to save up more money for a deposit.
Even though this could take some time to do, it will give you access to better mortgage rates and save you money in the long term.
Check your credit record
There are a lot of services out there like Experian that allow you to view your credit report and see when you have had missed payments or CCJ’s. You can also see your credit score through these services, although this will just give you an overall idea of your creditworthiness. Each mortgage provider will score you differently against their own eligibility criteria.
Boost your credit score
Once you have identified your credit problems, you can work on repairing them. Any incident from a single missed payment to bankruptcy can impact your ability to get a mortgage. You should start improving your credit score long before making a mortgage application by repaying all bills and credit on time.
Save up for a bigger deposit
Mortgages with low deposits often have stricter acceptance criteria. The higher the deposit you can provide, the better chance you will have of finding a mortgage that you are eligible for. Lenders will likely request a higher deposit if you have bad credit, for example a 20-30% deposit rather than 5-10%.
Speak to an adviser
Expert mortgage advisers, like our team at Finance Advice Centre, can help you find the right products to suit your circumstances and help you with your application. This will give you a better chance of finding a mortgage that you are more likely to be accepted for with past bad credit issues.
Credit issues that could be overlooked
The most severe types of adverse credit you can have on your file are repossessions and bankruptcies which a lot of lenders will take note of. However, smaller issues like missed phone bill payments are problems some lenders could be willing to overlook when considering your application. Specialist lenders often take a more flexible approach than high street banks and building societies and can offer a lifeline to applicants with:
- Low credit score
- No credit history
- Late payments
- Missed mortgage payments
- Debt management plan mortgage
- Payday loans
- Multiple credit problems
These lenders typically base their decision to lend on the cause and severity of the adverse credit, the age of the issue, and how closely you meet their other eligibility and affordability criteria. For instance, if you are looking to get a mortgage with a CCJ, it is more likely to be approved than a mortgage for an applicant with multiple credit issues.
Can you get a mortgage with bad credit?
For someone who has a low, bad, or poor credit score a poor credit mortgage is still available. Mortgages are not split into a good mortgage and bad mortgage, so the term “bad credit mortgage” is only descriptive of the loans someone with bad credit is more likely to be approved for. Poor credit history should not stop you from getting a mortgage. Often, these mortgages come with higher interest rates or more restrictions on the person borrowing the money. There could be age requirements or the lender might require a co-signatory on the loan. They might also require a larger deposit on loans taken if applications are for poor credit home loans.
We specialise in the following types of suitable mortgages:
County Court Judgments (CCJs)
Many people have a CCJ on their credit file. This is more common than most people think, we work with lenders that can consider all types of scenarios. Even recent CCJ’s are considered and in some cases, the lender will overlook them if they believe the person will be able to make their payments on a new loan even with a poor credit history, this should not stand in the way of you getting a mortgage.
Most high street banks don’t offer mortgages to people with CCJs, but specialist banks and lenders often have specific deals for working with CCJs. As Finance Advice Centre has access to “whole of the market”, we are able to work with these lenders to get the best deals for people with CCJs.
A few things to keep in mind if you are applying for a loan with a CCJ:
- Your CCJ is unlikely to have an effect on your mortgage application if you managed to repay your debt within 30 days or if you successfully appealed your CCJ – even though it may still appear on your credit history.
- The biggest factor for the lender is whether your CCJ has been paid, settled, or is still outstanding.
- You are unlikely to be approved for a mortgage if you have an outstanding CCJ so it is always best to try and pay these off as soon as possible
- If your CCJ has been taken to court then you are less likely to receive a mortgage
- A CCJ is removed from your file 6 years after payment, but that does not mean you can’t be considered for a loan in those 6 years. Many lenders require the CCJ to have been settled for at least a year, but some will consider applications with more recently cleared CCJs
- The amount on your CCJ has bearing on your application. If your CCJ was for less than £2,500 then you have a better chance of getting a better mortgage
- Your CCJ is likely to influence the deposit amount your lender requires. Depending on your CCJ, this could mean a deposit of anything between 15% and 35% of the property value
- The higher your deposit, the better your chance of securing a mortgage. Keep this in mind when looking at houses and saving the deposit for your new house.
Defaults on your credit file is the most common adverse credit we see. We have helped many clients and work with lenders who will consider all types of circumstances including recent Defaults. In some cases, they will ignore them if under a set amount.
Not all defaults are the same and lenders will look differently on mail-order accounts to the way they view defaulting on a previous mortgage. With that in mind, different lenders will have different options for different types of applications and defaults. That’s why it is important to use a service like ours to find the best lender. We will be able to locate the best rates as well as advise you on how to save money throughout the process of applying for a mortgage.
A default will stay on your credit history for 6 years, but the further you are away from it, the higher your chances of getting a good mortgage rate and deal.
If you have still not settled your debt, speak to one of our advisors. Although it is usually best to pay back your debts quickly and in full, there are times when mortgage applications have different requirements. Bad credit mortgages often don’t look at credit scores alone and look at when debts were registered rather than when they were paid off. This can be a tricky path to navigate, which is why our advisors are perfectly placed to help you sort out previous debts while applying for your mortgage. Be as honest with our advisors as possible and we will be able to get you the best deal possible.
We work with lenders that have a flexible approach to missed payments; the dates and amount of missed payments would be key to the options available to you. Some lenders manually underwrite your application so may not fit on the high street. However, it may pass with some specialist lenders. We have access to these lenders and can help you get a specialised mortgage.
The biggest factors lenders look at when considering applications for home loans from people with missed payments are what the loan was for, how much the payment was, and how long it took to repay the debt. Lenders want to know if the payments were missed on secured loans (like mortgages or car payments) or unsecured loans (like mobile phone contracts). If you have missed a payment on an unsecured loan, then you can probably still get a reasonable mortgage deal. If you have missed payment on a secured loan, those chances decrease.
If you have missed payments on your credit history, you can still be considered for a mortgage. Missed payments disappear from your credit history after 6 months, but they also matter less as time passes. If you have recently missed payments then you are likely to need a larger deposit to satisfy your lender’s requirements.
Individual Voluntary Agreement (IVA)
If you are currently in an IVA your options may be limited and would need to be settled as part of the application. You’ll also need to provide a good-sized deposit. When you have satisfied the IVA and the discharge date becomes older, there are more lenders that would consider your application. If your IVA is older than 6 years it will drop off your credit history, however, some lenders might still ask if you have had one and an old IVA may still factor into their decision.
The advantage of a completed IVA is that you can prove you did pay off your debt, if you have managed to rebuild your credit score slightly since paying it off that also looks good to potential lenders. This puts you in a much better position than you are at the start of an IVA. Either way, our advisors can help you find lenders who are most likely to accept your offer and consider you for a mortgage.
If your IVA was settled within the last 4 years then you will probably need a deposit over 15%, but if the IVA was settled more than 4 years ago you might be able to get a mortgage with a deposit as low as 5%.
Debt Management Plans
We deal with lenders that would consider lending to clients that are currently in a debt management arrangement as well as clients that currently have payment plans set up with creditors. In some cases, the arrangement or debt management can stay in place and does not have to be cleared as part of the application.
Most lenders will want to look at your income, loan-to-value, affordability, and credit score before making a decision. You are also far more likely to get a favourable decision from a speciality lender than a high street bank. Your advantage will come from having an advisor who knows which speciality lenders to look at and who has access to the whole of the market. Being declined by a lender can look bad on your credit score, so leaving it to your advisor to find the right deal for you is hugely important.
As with most marks on credit history, the longer ago the debt management plan, the better your chances of a good mortgage and low deposit. If you are currently in a debt management plan there may still be mortgage options available to you, but you will probably need a larger deposit and be charged higher interest rates.
Bankruptcy is an area we have helped many people in due to the lender products we have available. We work with lenders that would consider a bad credit mortgage application from the first day you are discharged. As the bankruptcy discharge date gets older, there are more options available. After a few years of rebuilding your credit score, you may be able to move your mortgage to a different bank with lower rates. Lenders do offer specialist bad credit mortgage (adverse credit mortgages for people with bad credit).
Speciality lenders will still consider you if you have declared bankruptcy in the past, but be prepared to offer a deposit anywhere between 20-40% of the value of the property. Keep in mind that in the long run, this may still work to your advantage – if you are able to move to another lender after a few years, you will have a lot less to pay off, meaning interest repayments will also be lower.
A mortgage after a previous repossession is possible. The date of the repossession and also if there is any debt outstanding will be key to your options available. If your repossession was less than a year ago you are unlikely to be eligible for any mortgage, but thereafter it is a possibility providing you have a specialised lender and are able to put up around a 35% deposit.
Our advisors will look at the reasons for repossession, the value of the property, and how long ago it happened. These will all be major factors for potential lenders. With access to the whole of the market, we can find lenders who specialise in bad credit mortgages for people with a history of repossession.
Deposit requirements for a bad credit mortgage
The minimum deposit required for a residential property in the UK is 5% or 15% for a buy-to-let, but if you have bad credit, some lenders will only offer you a mortgage loan if you put down more deposit, depending on the age of the issue and how serious it was. For example, if you have a repossession on your file, you might be able to get a mortgage from a specialist lender within 1-3 years if you put down a 25% deposit.
For people with an IVA (individual voluntary arrangement) a deposit of between 10-25% may be needed, depending on how long is left to run on the debt, and those with a bankruptcy may require between 15% and 25% in the first three years.
A 100% mortgage does not require a deposit as the lender pays the total value of your home. These types of mortgages are not overly common, but there are some niche providers on the market that are offering them.
As you don’t need to put down a deposit for a 100% mortgage, most lenders will require a guarantor. This means that a friend or family member will need to provide the lender with some form of security to act as your guarantor, such as savings or their own property.
When it comes to a 100% mortgage with bad credit, it is quite rare you will be approved for this mortgage but not completely impossible. If you have a guarantor you are more likely to be approved for a 100% mortgage with bad credit, but there is a lot of risk involved for the guarantor, so it should be considered carefully by both the borrower and the family member or friend acting as the guarantor.
Applying for a bad credit mortgage
At Finance Advice Centre, we have access to “the whole of the market”, meaning we can access all lenders including high street banks, “challenger banks”, and building societies. We can find the best deal from a country-wide selection of lenders. Not only do we have access to all these lenders, we also have the knowledge to advise you on which mortgage is best suited to your situation. Different lenders have different credit score thresholds, requirements, and policies. With our experience and expertise we can find the lender right for you.
Our expert team loves working with complex mortgage cases and have specialised in helping our customers get excellent mortgages for bad credit or in difficult situations.
You can get advice and assistance from us in three easy steps:
- Call us on 01332 821 340, chat to us on our Zendesk Chat, or fill in a contact form and let us get back to you
- One of our trained advisors will talk to you about your needs, your circumstances, and what you are wanting to do. We will discuss your options and answer any questions you might have.
- Your advisor will look for the best lender for you and will either contact you to discuss options going forward or help complete the application for you! All you need to do is relax and let us find you the best possible deal
Mortgages for people with bad credit histories
When it comes to a mortgage, High Street Banks and Building Societies usually take a cautious approach to who they are willing to lend to. Many of those Banks and Building Societies only want to lend to people who have perfect Credit History. Luckily, there are specialist Advisors and Lenders who are more flexible when it comes to Bad Credit Mortgages.
Here at the Finance Advice Centre, we understand that financial difficulties can affect anyone at any time and usually without warning which can result in an adverse credit score. Also, we often hear stories where people have gone into debt through no fault of their own. These are just two of the reasons why we take pride in specialising in low credit mortgages. We want to make sure you get a second chance!
Having previous Defaults, County Court Judgements (CCJ’s) or even Missed Payments can often make it difficult to get a mortgage. So too can previously being declared Bankrupt, having an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) or even having a home Repossessed.
We believe it’s only right that they have the opportunity to get back on the property ladder. They should also be able to get themselves a better mortgage deal if they have bad credit.
As a mortgage is secured against your home, it could be repossessed if you do not keep up the mortgage repayments
Bad Credit Mortgage FAQs
Although your credit score and history is a key consideration for lenders there are other factors they will look at when reviewing your application.
Your income and employment status
The more you earn, the more you could possibly borrow, but it is also important to the lender how you make your money when they are calculating the size of your mortgage. A specialist lender could be the best option if you are self-employed or are wanting to get a mortgage based on bonuses, overtime, or commission.
Some providers won’t offer mortgages to those over 75, others 85, and a small number won’t have an upper age limit when lending, as long as they are confident that the borrower will be able to repay their loan in retirement.
There are other important outgoings (like outstanding loans or dependent children) which might impact the amount you can borrow.
The type of property
Properties with a non-standard construction (for example a thatched roof or timber frame etc) might need a specialist lender.
When bad credit is a factor in the application, there are two main things involved in eligibility assessments.
- The type and severity of the issue: missed payments on loans or bills are given more leniency than more serious problems like a recent bankruptcy
- The date that the bad credit incident was registered: the older your bad credit history is the better
If an individual has experienced bankruptcy, they will be unable to apply for a mortgage until they have been discharged (which typically takes about twelve months). The majority of lenders will insist on a three or four year period after the bankruptcy discharge, as well as a good credit history during that time, before they will consider the loan.
Also, if you have had a property repossessed within the last three years, your interest rates will likely be quite high, but they should gradually decrease with each passing year. The longer you can manage to maintain financial activity without an incident, the lower the risk you will be considered to lenders.
Even though it could be possible to get a mortgage with bad credit, you have the option to hold off and try and improve your credit score first. By doing this you could better your chances of being accepted for a ‘normal’ mortgage. Some of the advantages and disadvantages of getting a bad credit mortgage are:
- Quicker home ownership – applying for a mortgage now means you will get on the property ladder faster and won’t have to wait years to move into your own home.
- A lot of choice – research has shown that there are more than 1,600 mortgage deals available to borrowers with bad credit.
- Higher interest rates – you will likely pay higher interest rates if your credit history is poor.
- Larger deposit – providers might ask for a larger deposit to secure a mortgage with bad credit.
Most lenders will typically look at the last six years, as six years is the maximum length of time the majority of credit issues can stay on your file. Even if you have had bad credit within this time frame, it might still be possible to get a loan, depending on how serious the issue was and when it was registered.
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One of our advisors will then find out what you’re looking to do, discuss your options and answer any questions you may have.
Your advisor will find the best option for you and help arrange things. You then sit back and relax while we do the rest.
Bad credit specialists
Although the majority of High Street lenders want you to have a perfect credit history, it’s refreshing to know that there are more and more lenders coming back into the market who will provide suitable mortgages again. Interest rates are unlikely to be as good as standard mortgages; specialist lenders in the mortgage market will usually charge higher interest rates. This is sometimes described as a ‘subprime mortgage’, ‘adverse credit mortgage’ or ‘non-conforming mortgage’. The good news is, in many cases, it can be done.
Our advisors specialise in and enjoy challenging or interesting cases. With access to the whole of the market, we can find the best deals for you that are not available on the high street.
What Interest Rates Will Be Offered?
While the lenders clearly want to keep some degree of separation between their standard and bad credit divisions, the deals they are offering are less restrictive than they have been in the past. Most lenders will often cut mortgage rates if borrowers keep up a good payment record and after two or three years, it may be possible to switch to a standard rate mortgage.
The lender will usually set the interest rate based on how much risk they think you pose to them. Before any interest rates are discussed, a Decision In Principle is normally needed. A mortgage may not be available in all cases straight away, however, if it’s not available at the time of your application, we will always let you know exactly where you stand. We will always do our best to let you know when you will be able to get a mortgage and at what sort of interest rate. Our commitment to you is that no matter what your credit history looks like, we will never leave you wondering. We will always let you know whether or not you can get a bad credit mortgage and when.
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