If you’ve been to your bank and been declined for a mortgage, you need to be careful about applying again and then getting declined again. There could be many different reasons why you’ve been declined, some may be easier to fix than others too, it depends on your situation.
Here we look at some of the most common reasons why people get declined for a mortgage.
One of the most crucial steps to obtaining a mortgage is passing the lenders credit score. Depending on factors, such as your personal and financial circumstances, some may be easier to pass than others.
Each lender will have their own unique lending criteria. Usually, if you are applying for a mortgage through a high street lender, you may be expected to have a higher credit score and be able to match competitive criteria, whereas, if you have a low credit score or have had past credit problems, you may be required to use a specialist lender with limited products.
Failing a credit score may also negatively impact your overall credit rating; this is why we advise that you don’t keep applying to different lenders if you’re getting declined. Rejected applications may show up your credit file, and may affect your score and ability to get accepted for credit.
If you’re struggling to get accepted, you may benefit from using a mortgage broker in Leeds, like us. We are a specialist broker who try and help people in this or similar situations. Rather than getting declined and potentially damaging your credit score, you should get in touch and we will see how we can help!
Folowing on from ‘failing a credit score’, getting declined due to your credit score not matching a mortgage product can be dissapointing, and that’s why you should know that you can sometimes improve it!
If you have a low credit score, it is usually down to previous/current credit issues. This could be something from a CCJ to numerous unpaid phone bills. A low credit score is usually considered as less than 500, so if you fall within this range, you may need to look for specialist products.
You can increase your credit score in some cases. For example, if you have a credit card that you use regularly, you should make sure that you pay the balance off in full each month. Surpisingly, being on the voter’s roll can also help as it shows where you live and adds another proof of address on your credit file. Even closing old credit/store accounts and removing your financial links to others can help improve your score.
Improving your credit score can be tricking, if you watch some more top tips, check out our YouTube Video on “How to Improve your Credit Score“.
Every lender will have their own way of calculating how much you can borrow. It’s possible that you could approach ten different lenders and the outcome is ten completely different answers. Depending on the lender that you’ve used, you may recieve a more lenient offer than others.
Some mortgage lenders will assess 100% of an employee’s overtime and bonuses, whereas others will not. Additionally, some lenders will accept “unearned” income, such as tax credits, child benefits, and maintenance. It’s all down to the lender that you use.
If you use a mortgage broker in Leeds like us , we can approach several different lenders without the need for a credit check in order to perform an affordability assessment. We always advise that you carry out a affordability addsessment prior to applying for a mortgage and viewing properties in Leeds. You want to avoid potential dissapoitment further down the line.
Proving that you have maintained mortgage or rent payments in the past does not necessarily guarantee that you will pass a lender’s affordability test.
All Lenders have their own unique lending criteria. This will be individual to their own products hence, depending on your situations, that’s why some lenders are better than others.
Some lenders have even have their own niches to attract borrowers that they want. Some will tick different boxes, e.g. you may get a specialist lender who aims to help applicants with bad credit, whereas, another lender may stay away from these applicants.
Here are some examples of why your application has been declined for being outside of policy:
As a mortgage broker in Leeds, it’s our job to only compare mortgage products that we know you’ll match. We will never recommend you a product that will not benefit your situation.
Whether you’re a first time buyer in Leeds, or moving home in Leeds, we’re here to help! We know the difficulties that come with the mortgage journey and we know how to get by the majority them.
Get in touch today for a free mortgage consultation. We can’t wait to hear from you!