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If you’re self-employed, you’ll enjoy flexibility, making your own decisions about how and where you work, and – importantly – enjoying being your own boss. But even as more and more people opt to become self-employed, it’s still challenging to get a mortgage, which can be both worrying and frustrating if you want to purchase a property. Challenges often arise as it’s not easy to prove you have a steady income stream that is significant enough to get the mortgage you want. If you are self-employed, Enness will be able to help you secure a mortgage, even if you haven’t been trading for a long time or if you don’t pay yourself a large salary.Request a Callback
Unfortunately, it’s relatively common for self-employed individuals to get turned down by a lender. You may also find that you have limited access to lenders because of your employment status.
In the first instance, it can be helpful to understand how lenders view you if you are self-employed and why getting a mortgage is so challenging. Self-employment can – sometimes – come with cash flow challenges, sporadic income and difficulties getting paying clients. While this isn’t necessarily the case (you may have significant income, no cash flow issues and a solid book of business), lenders will still move with extreme caution because they simply see self-employment as riskier than employment.
Most lenders will be looking for comfort and want to see regular income and solid earning power. If you have a strong financial background and generate a good income, presenting this information to lenders upfront and shining a light on the strength of your financial position will be very helpful for your case.
How your broker approaches negotiating a mortgage will depend on what form your business takes, how you derive your income and how long you have been operating. These factors can influence how a lender will view you and what you will be able to borrow. Some common scenarios include:
Often, if you are a company director of a limited company, you won’t draw out all your profits from the business. This is logical given you are unlikely to need all your company’s revenue to
cover your month-to-month living expenses, but also because drawing out all your revenue would increase your tax liability quite significantly.
However, lenders will base your application on your monthly salary, not the revenue generated by your business. Overall, this can impact what you will be able to borrow if a lender is looking at affordability based exclusively on your salary.
Your broker will start by assessing how you’ve structured your company. If you generate significantly more profit than salary, Enness will present these figures to lenders, generally opening up the way for higher-value borrowing.
If you are self-employed, lenders will usually look at what income you’ve generated over the past three years as the basis for discussions. However, as your business evolves, you may change how you operate, positively impacting your profits. If this has happened to you at some point in the past three years, Enness will be able to negotiate a mortgage based on the figures of the period after the revenue increase (e.g., this year’s figures or the revenue you’ve generated over the past two years or 18 months).
While this is a possibility, it’s important that you can sustain the revenue increase in the long term, and you aren’t simply experiencing a one-off upturn in profit. Financial projections and management information (including profit & loss statements for the period in question) will be essential.
Many of Enness’ self-employed clients put significant capital into starting their own business. In some cases, you may continue to do so over time as you grow your company. While anything you loan to the business will be paid back tax-free, it’s this tax-free status that can be challenging to navigate if you are self-employed. While you may have significant capital invested, lenders won’t consider loan repayments as income. This is challenging if you will be reimbursed a very substantial amount, which isn’t uncommon.
Some lenders will consider directors loans as part of your mortgage application, however. Working with these lenders is often highly advantageous if you are looking to borrow a significant amount and have invested a lot of your own capital in your business which will be repaid in the short to medium term. Not every lender can consider directors loans, but Enness’ team knows exactly the lenders that can and will be able to present your application to them directly.
In the bank’s eyes, self-employed individuals are less likely to have a regular and stable monthly income compared to those who are employed, although every lender works differently. Affordability now dominates mortgage applications, requiring both self-employed and employed individuals to provide in-depth details of both their outgoings and expenses, as well as overall income.
The good news is, the assessment of mortgages for self-employed individuals has improved dramatically – especially when the case is presented correctly by a broker. Although being self-employed is no longer as prohibitive as it once was when it comes to getting a mortgage, finding a lender willing to take a holistic view of self-employment all comes down to access.
Many of Enness’ clients are self-employed, business owners or entrepreneurs. Working with a broker who has experience securing high-value self-employed mortgages is essential to getting the best deal and rates. Enness has specialist knowledge of this relatively niche area of the market and unrivalled experience in handling applications for self-employed individuals. Many of Enness’ brokers have accountancy backgrounds, making them highly proficient in securing your property finance.
At Enness, no challenge is too big – or small – when it comes to self-employed mortgages. The team is fully committed to finding the best deal for you, whatever your circumstances and however much you want to borrow. Enness will take the time to understand your unique requirements and pair you with the best lender for your situation.Schedule A Callback
The UK is home to one of the most liquid, competitive, and complicated mortgage markets in the world.
There are hundreds of mortgage providers who lend in the UK, from major international banks to niche building societies and alternative lenders. Each lender has their own specialisation and position in the market where they excel. They also have lending criteria, interest rates, processes and oddities which are specific to them.
The UK has a considerable number of lending channels. There are regulated mortgages, unregulated mortgages, buy-to-let finance, bridging finance, commercial mortgages and more. It’s easy to see why the lending market is so complicated. The UK’s finance options are plentiful.
There are huge pools of liquidity (some of it incredibly cheap) and you can enjoy flexible lending terms. If you are a foreign national, expat, a high-net-worth individual, are self-employed, have significant assets but relatively low taxable income or anything in between, the UK mortgage market will have an option for you.