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Your Hidden Mortgage Approval Checklist

Applying for a mortgage can be a daunting and scary experience, especially if it’s your first time. We are here for you throughout your application process, ensuring that you are fully prepared. We’ve created a simple checklist to ensure you have the best chance at securing a good mortgage offer.

Register to vote

Any lender is likely to turn you away immediately if you haven’t registered to vote. Now this may seem confusing at first, as what does voting have to do with buying a home? If you have registered to vote, it provides the lender with background information and allows for a trusted confirmation of your current address and grants the lender access to your credit history.

Prepare proof of your income and deposit

Providing proof of income is important to lenders as it allows them to see your reliability with past repayments. The lender may want you to supply evidence of your payslips for the past three months to prove your income and that you can afford the mortgage you are applying for. They will also want to receive evidence of your deposit and that it is easily disposable to the bank after the mortgage approval. By having these documents prepared, you can show that you are organised and reliable, placing confidence in the lender.

Double-check your credit history

When applying for a mortgage, it is imperative to check your credit history. A bad credit score is one of the largest factors that will influence a lender to reject you onto a mortgage programme. It is essential to double-check your credit history to ensure that it is all correct, as if not, you allow yourself sufficient time to dispute this prior to the lender checking your credit history.

Furthermore, it is important to improve your credit score as much as possible in the six months leading up to your application. This will aid in you showing the lender that you are reliable with repayments since lenders will be evaluating your repayment reliability and overall credit responsibility.

Pay your bills on time

When possible, you should strive to pay bills in a timely manner. Overdue payments can tarnish your credit score, however like all credit issues lose impact the older they get. In most cases, lenders will primarily focus on the six months leading up to your application. Due to this, it is important to be cautious of your repayments, especially in the build-up of a mortgage application.

Reduce your debt-to-income ratio

Your debt-to-income ratio is the proportion of debt you have, in your name, compared to the amount of income you are earning. The higher this number, the more debt you have in proportion to your income. Lenders favour applicants with a lower ratio, as this provides lender confidence in your ability to reliably pay timely mortgage repayments.

Joint mortgage?

If you are applying for a joint mortgage, then it’s vital that you also check this list with all applying, as if one of you doesn’t match the lenders criterion, you will be turned away. Don’t let this be you and get ahead of the mortgage game by getting prepared; you’ve got this!

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Published On: 5 July 2024

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