A simple Guide to getting a Contractor Mortgage

Sorting out a mortgage is never easy – and even less so if you’ve recently switched from full time employment to contracting, freelancing or self-employment. So, working with our recommended Mortgage Broker, CMME, we have developed this simple guide which will help to make it as painless as possible.

For more information, please contact CMME directly on 01489 555080 or email sjd@cmme.co.uk. They will find the best mortgage deal available to you, based on your needs and circumstances.

1. Make sure you have a copy of your signed contract to hand which is totally up to date. This needs to clearly state the length of your contract, and your current contract rate. You’ll also need some ID, such as your passport and your driving licence, plus bank statements – both business and personal - and any other information, like utility bills for example, that could be relevant to your mortgage application.

2. Assuming you choose CMME, they will help you to select a lender suited to your individual circumstances, as they have negotiated specialist mortgage underwriting terms for contractors with a number of large High Street lenders. This enables them to arrange a mortgage based on the contract you have, rather than on the number of years you have been working as a contractor. This will help to process your application quickly and without hassle.

3. The fact that CMME is managing your application means that the lender will treat you seriously and will understand that independent professionals are not a higher risk. As opposed to trying to convince inexperienced bank employees, who only really understand the world of employment, that your income is valid for mortgage funding.

4. Once you have chosen a lender, CMME will help you to secure an ‘agreement in principle’ from them, which will state exactly how much the lender is happy to lend you. It’s really useful to know this before you start house hunting so that you know what you can afford to look at, or how much discount you need to negotiate!

5. As soon as you have found a house, made an offer and it has been accepted, CMME will immediately set everything in action and at that point will also need to instruct a solicitor to act on your behalf. The solicitor will do all of the necessary ‘chasing’ of the lender and will make sure that the required surveys and searches are carried out on time, and then processed by your mortgage company. The solicitor will also draw up contracts and then liaise with the seller’s solicitor on your behalf, to agree dates for exchange of contracts and completion.

6. Once an exchange date has been agreed, your solicitor will call CMME, who will then chase your lender to ensure that the money is transferred in time for your completion date.

And after completion, all you have to do is move in. Good luck!

You may also find our other contractor mortgage guides and calculators helpful:

If you are looking to take that first step on the ladder, or to remortgage an existing property, then CMME will help you find a solution to suit your needs. Whether you want to find out the best rates available or need help calculating how much you could borrow, call 01489 555080, email CMME on sjd@cmme.co.uk or fill out the below form:

SJD are not authorised to offer regulated mortgage advice. SJD are introducers to CMME. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.
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