Self Employed Mortgage

Self Employed Mortgage

We formed FT Rich Mummy to help people just like you – mortgage advice for self employed.

If you are reading this then it is likely that you have experienced some difficulty in securing a mortgage. At this stage, you may have been turned down by lenders who have previously approved friends and family members. Unfortunately, this is something self-employed individuals face when looking for a mortgage.

We formed FT Rich Mummy  to help people just like you. People who have the bravery, initiative, and gumption to start up their own businesses. We believe applying for a self employed mortgage should not be a difficult or stressful process.

At FT Rich Mummy we provide our self-employed clients with expert advice and guidance to make the process simple. We also handle liaising with mortgage lenders to make the process as straightforward as possible for you. We have high success rates, for mortgages and year’s worth of experience that allow us to deliver you the best results. Book a consultation with FT Rich Mummy about how we can help you purchase your first or next property.

How to get a mortgage when self employed

An applicant for a standard mortgage on a residential property is required to provide proof of income from their employer. This is required by lenders to prove that they are reliable with their spending and will pay instalments on time. In addition, lenders will use this income level to assess the total amount of finance that they are willing to lend. This is usually 4-5 times the annual salary.

However, for someone who is self-employed, this process is different as they often do not have a regular income. With the amount of work and income fluctuating constantly, it can be difficult to prove the same level of financial reliability. As a result, many high street lenders will not approve those that are self employed.

This can therefore make it difficult for individuals to achieve a successful application. wash their hands of them rather than adapt their procedures and protocols to work with self-employed individuals.

This is where the experienced team at FT Rich Mummy can help! We work with an array of mortgage companies to help you make your property purchase. We closely liaise with lenders to help our clients secure the best deal on their self employed mortgages.

We have strong relationships with a broad range of lenders, to ensure we can find the right lender for you. Thanks to these established relationships we have prior knowledge of what is available to you before you even contact us. This knowledge helps us to make this process as smooth and hassle-free as possible, getting you approved even faster.

Self employed mortgage requirements What is needed for a self-employed individual to secure a mortgage?

Since the financial crisis of 2008/2009, mortgage lenders no longer accept self-certification to approve a mortgage. As a self employed applicant, you legally need to prove your earnings to ensure you are able to pay back the loan. Not only will you need proof of finances but you may other documentation to prove your business is profitable. This will then provide the lender with what they need to make an informed decision when reviewing your application.

An SA302 form from HMRC is often needed to show your income for each year, as well as the tax that is owed. The SA302 form is available to download from the HMRC website. 

In most cases, lenders request at least three years of accounts in order to make their decision. For many businesses that is likely to be easy enough to achieve. However, if you have only have one or two years of accounts, a mortgage may be a tad trickier to secure.

Let us guide you through the process Our preparation tips for successfully applying for a self employed mortgage include:

Step 1

Prepare your certified earning reports for as far back as possible, at least two years but some lenders may ask for 5 years. So it’s best to have as many as you can. You need to show that your business is profitable.

Step 2

HMRC tax reports – for at least the last two years

Step 3

Contracts – you need to prove that your earnings will continue. Remember you are proving to a lender that your business is secure, and they can be confident in your ability to pay back the mortgage. This could potentially be more important if your business has had a slower year recently.

Step 4

Use a chartered accountant to sign off your accounts; a mortgage lender will look more favourably if you do.

Step 5

Check on your credit score and look at improving it before the application. This can be done in a number of ways: ensuring you are paying off as much credit card debt as possible; you are on the electoral roll; and paying your bills on time.

Further Information

As a self-employed business owner applying for a mortgage, you will need to prove your earnings. However, if you have only just started trading and only have one year of accounts, you are going to need to prove that your business is viable, and your income is going to be stable enough to afford to pay the mortgage back. Providing contracts for future work, a detailed business plan and a projection report from a chartered accountant are types of typically requested evidence.

Many high street banks will not provide a self employed mortgages for applicants with only one year of accounts, however, there are specialist lenders available who are willing to work with you and your circumstances. Finding those lenders and securing a decent mortgage deal is no easy mission; you should seek the assistance of one of FT Rich Mummy’s mortgage specialists who have helped copious numbers of clients in similar situations over the years.

Absolutely! There are actually some high street banks who will provide self employed mortgages to applicants with only two years of accounts, however, there are also specialist lenders available who have fewer restrictions than high street lenders who specialise in self-employed applicants. These are the lenders we work with closely and who often offer better deals to self-employed clients. We have excellent relationships with mortgage lenders that are happy to supply a loan to you based on your most recent income rather than taking an average of your earnings.

Contractors, by the very nature of their job, are employed for a certain period, this might be for the length of a project or a pre-specified amount of time. Freelancers are similar and will be employed by various different employers to produce work for them. Typical freelancing jobs might be journalists, content creators, graphic designers etc who will be paid for a specific job. Acting as well is a common career where income is sporadic and fluctuating. This makes proving your income to a mortgage company more complicated and these professions again will find it hard to secure self employed mortgages with their erratic income structure.

At FT Rich Mummy we understand the needs of contractors and freelancers and we specialise in helping this community secure the best mortgage and property refinancing deals on the market. Each applicant has an individual set of circumstances and there is no blanket rule or deal for every freelancer and contractor when it comes to mortgages. Each applicant, like each contract or project that you work on, is unique, so our advice is bespoke to your individual requirements. This expertise in finding mortgage deals for contractors and freelancers is just one part of what makes our advice different

It is commonplace for directors of limited companies to pay themselves a salary that is below the next tax threshold, retain more profit in their businesses and pay themselves a large dividend. Tax on dividends is lower than on income, so it makes sense for directors to do so, to maximise their income levels.

However, many high street banks will only consider the applicant’s personal salary income, which can be significantly lower than their real take-home amount. This, therefore, limits the amount the bank is willing to lend you for a mortgage, despite being the director of a (hopefully) profitable business.

There are options though so do not worry. It is just advisable for you to find a lender who specialises in self employed mortgages for company directors looking to make their property purchase. These specialist lenders will consider your circumstances and your dividend payments as well as all other criteria that self-employed directors need to meet. That is where FT Rich Mummy come in, because we work with these types of lenders every day. We have a dedicated specialised team that liaise with the types of lenders who see the bigger picture and take into account your dividend and bonus payments rather than just your monthly salaried income. You are in safe hands with FT Rich Mummy, we can do the hard work for you so you can focus on running that business.

Absolutely! We offer advice for anyone looking for a mortgage, however complicated and just like company directors, contractors etc sole traders and partners have a similarly complex time arranging mortgages to purchase properties. This is absurd when you think about the fact that 76% of private sector businesses do not employ anyone aside from the owner(s). 56% of these businesses are sole traders, and 20% in partnerships. This is a huge number of people and business owners that are keeping this country running and our economy growing. With everything that we have all been through with the Covid-19 pandemic, it is often the small business owners who struggled the most and we see the benefit from supporting those that have survived and are in a position to purchase property.

FT Rich Mummy can help you with expert advice and liaising with mortgage lenders who see the value in sole traders and partners and provide mortgage deals that are competitive. We will find the right deal for you to save you time, energy, and money. The last thing business owners who are sole traders and partners want to be doing is stressing over self employed mortgage applications and refusals and paperwork, when you have a business to run and families to support.

Ultimately, it is not too dissimilar to what is required from an individual looking to apply for a standard mortgage, it just requires more of it. The best way to prepare for a self employed mortgage application, as an adviser will go through with you, is to prepare as much as you can before the phone call with our mortgage adviser. Make sure you have records from your current accounts, saving accounts, credit cards etc as normal but then you need to have any other financial records of income that you might be receiving, e.g. pension schemes, dividends, trusts etc. You should also have a record of your assets as well. You are proving your wealth to the adviser who in turn will do so to a bank so the more prepared you are, the more likely that you are going to be approved for a mortgage.

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