You’ve just had an application for a mortgage declined or rejected - what now?
Being refused a mortgage isn’t the end but what you do next is very important.
Do not apply to another lender until you know why you were declined!
Finding a home and applying for a mortgage can be a very stressful time, and nothing adds to that stress like having your application declined or rejected. But being refused isn’t the end of the road for potential buyers.
Since 1986, I’ve helped people in your position to find a lender prepared to take another look at your application, putting you a step closer towards owning your own home or property.
Only a handful of sub-prime lenders currently operate in the UK property market, so you have to get your second-chance application right first time to avoid more rejection and refusals. And that’s just what I’ll do.
The first step to doing this is finding out just why your application was rejected to begin with.
Why was my application declined?
Before I can help you find a mortgage, we need to discuss your current financial situation. You’ll need to share your credit history and details of your income, and tell me how much you’re looking to borrow to finance your property purchase. Then we’ll look at why you were refused and find a way around it.
In my experience, the most common reasons for applications to be declined are as follows:
• Poor Credit Scores
• Existing Debt
• County Court Judgements (CCJs)
• Debt Management Plans
• Debt Relief Orders
• Director Guarantees
• Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVAs)
• Mortgage Arrears
• Pay Day Loans
• Low Credit Scores
• Low Income/Small Deposits
All of these rejections have one root reason. Lenders don’t like to take risks.
If you have a poor credit history, they won’t want to approve your mortgage. I’ll examine your credit history with you – if there is incorrect information that’s holding you back, I’ll show you how to correct it.
If you’re already in debt, lenders may not want to add the burden of mortgage payments onto your stretched finances. I’ll help you to find lenders who may be more flexible in their underwriting criteria or help you to understand how to manage your debts so that lenders can see you can take on the responsibility of a mortgage. All this should give you a better chance of a mortgage in the future.
Many lenders are put off by issues such as CCJ's, IVA's and Bankruptcy – even if your CCJ was the result of an illness or redundancy leading to a missed installment of your credit card bills. However, depending on the time since your issues, and the amount of money involved, I may be able to find a lender willing to approve your application.
The best advice I can give you is to be realistic about the mortgage you can afford. If you have a lower income or smaller deposit than your lender is looking for, your mortgage is likely to be refused. If your income is a barrier to the home you want, I’ll advise you on alternative lenders, and look at different kinds of mortgages.
No matter why your initial lender declined your mortgage, I’ll help you to find an alternative.
The information held on your credit file with Experian, Equifax or Call Credit is very important as lenders use these agencies to look at your credit history for the past 6 years. If you have been declined a mortgage and the lenders say 'have a look at your credit file' you can bet you have something on there from the list above.
When you call me, have a copy of your file to hand or better still, email it over before calling to give me time to read it.
How can Steven Neale help you with a refused application?
As a mortgage adviser I’m not tied to any single lender. Because of this, I’m on your side and it’s my job to find you a lender willing to approve your mortgage application.
As I explained above, I’ll have a no-obligation discussion with you to determine the reason for your rejected mortgage application and your current financial situation. I’ll then give my honest opinion on your prospects and help you to prepare an application to a sub-prime lender.
It’s vitally important that your application is correct, as you’ll only have one chance to avoid having another application declined. Fortunately, I can draw upon my years of experience to make sure you have the best possible chance of having your application approved.
Take your first step towards owning your dream home. Call me, Steven Neale, now on 01494 526 400 to discuss your mortgage requirements.
I’ll do everything I can to make sure the next thing you hear from a lender is "Yes!"