Moving home? A look at mortgage assessment

By Pippa Thompson

Following new rules introduced in 2014, getting a mortgage is now harder and tougher than ever before. You will need to go through a thorough mortgage assessment process with your chosen mortgage lender- so if you are thinking of taking out a mortgage this year here are a few pointers to help you understand the process.

Mortgage lenders must assess what level of monthly payments you can afford, so they carry out an affordability assessment which takes into account personal and living expenses as well as income.

1. Your income
This will include your basic income and then could include additional incomes such as:

A second job or bonuses
Income from pensions
Child maintenance payments

You will need to provide pay slips and bank statements as evidence of your income and if you’re self-employed you’ll need to provide business accounts and bank statements, as well as a SA302 certificate from the tax office. Many lenders will ask you to provide 3 years of accounts – although this can vary.

2. Your outgoings
You will need to provide information on your outgoings including:

Credit card balances and repayments
Any credit agreements/loans you may have
Bills such as council tax, water, gas, electricity, phone, broadband
Insurances – building, contents, travel, pet, life, etc
Essential cost of living – food, petrol, childcare, etc

Your lender may also ask for estimates of your living costs such as spending on clothes, leisure activities and holidays. They will probably ask to view recent bank statements to back up the figures you supply. If you have children, the average cost of raising a child will be taken into account.

3. Change in circumstances
Your lender will also ask you to consider whether you’d be able to pay your mortgage if things changed in the future. For example:

Interest rates increased
Changes to your income (e.g. pay increases/decreases)
Changes to your expenditure (e.g. childcare costs ending/ increase pension contributions etc)
You or your partner were made redundant or became ill
There were any other changes to your family circumstances

4. Check your credit rating
It’s a good idea to check your credit report before applying for a mortgage as it will highlight any missed credit payments that could mean a mortgage lender may turn you down.

 


 

About the author

Teachers Building Society was founded in 1966 and specialises in mortgages for teachers in England and Wales as well as residents of Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire. Teachers Building Society also provides savings accounts, fixed rate bonds and ISAs for anyone in the UK. Visit www.teachersbs.co.uk for more information.

Teachers’ Building Society is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Registration Number 156580. Allenview House, Hanham Road, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1AG.

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