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Struggling to get a mortgage? Seven tips to help you improve your chances!

August 23, 2021 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

If you’re looking to take the first step onto the property ladder but finding it difficult to get accepted for a mortgage, you’re not alone.

New research found only 1 in 5 first time buyers were able to secure a home loan on the first attempt. Comparatively, nearly half (48%) were able to do so pre-COVID. The most common reason first time buyers were turned down was a poor credit history, while the second was not having a large enough deposit.

The key is to make proactive efforts to turn home ownership into a reality.

1) Improve credit score

Having a good credit rating has a big impact on making a successful application. Simple tips to boost your credit score include making sure everything is accurate and current and paying off bills in a timely manner.

2) Organize paperwork

Before starting your application, set aside time to gather all your documentation. This will afford you time to gather missing documents.

3) Spend carefully

As lenders will go through your bank statements, be mindful of your spending and staying within overdraft limits in the run-up to making a mortgage application.

4) Clear up debt

Lenders will take into account any outstanding debts, so aim to clear as much debt as you can. Better still, become debt-free. Also consider how much of your income is going towards repaying debt. If it’s significant, this could sound alarm bells for lenders.

5) Save hard

Ahead of making a mortgage application, focus your efforts on saving up the biggest deposit you possibly can as this will afford a greater choice of mortgage deals. Also ensure you have funds to cover the fees associated with taking out a mortgage.

6) Use a broker

When applying for a home loan, especially as a first-time buyer, it’s worth speaking to a professional broker. They will be able to look at your situation and help find deals that suit your circumstances.

7) Be honest

Speak honestly and openly to brokers. They will help present your application to a lender in the best possible way. A broker will know how to package your application to give you the best chance of being accepted.

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