Getting a mortgage with defaults
Defaults on your credit file are one of the most common reasons why many lenders decline mortgage applications. But there are plenty of bad credit lenders that will still consider your application. These lenders have helped people get mortgages even if they have CCJs or been made bankrupt.
If you are in this position, using a broker with a good knowledge of the bad credit mortgage market will help you get the best mortgage deal.
What is a default notice?
A default notice is a formal letter sent by your creditor after a number of missed repayments and will typically include:
- The terms you have broken in your agreement
- How much you need to pay
- The date you will need to make this payment by
- The consequences that will occur if you fail to comply
- The length of time you have to respond to the notice (typically within 14 days)
A default can remain on your credit file for up to 6 years and will be visible to anyone you make a credit application with during this time.
When can you apply for a mortgage?
Satisfying a default (paying it off) can help to increase your chances of mortgage approval. Although you’ve missed repayments, lenders will be able to see that you’ve done all you can to rectify the situation. Paying this debt, however, won’t remove the default from your credit file and it will remain for 6 years from the date of the default.
Bad credit lenders are most interested in your recent credit activity, so applying for a mortgage soon after satisfying a default is not a good idea. The older the default, the smaller the impact will be on your mortgage application.
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The main downside to a fixed rate mortgage is that if mortgage rates go down you can be paying a higher amount than you would on a variable rate mortgage. However, this can also go in your favour and if interest rates increase you can be paying less than you would on a variable rate.
Every lender will have their own standard variable rate (SVR), which is considered their basic mortgage. This interest rate goes up and down, usually in line with the Bank of England’s interest rates but the lender is free to raise this at any time.
This means that your monthly payments can go up or down depending on what the interest rate is at a given time. Some months you could be paying more whilst other months you could be paying much less.
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