Second home mortgages

If you’re already paying off a mortgage on your home but are looking to purchase another property, whether its a new holiday home or to generate rental income, it’s likely that you’ll need a second home mortgage. A second home is typically defined as a home that you will use exclusively for yourself and family members.

Second home mortgage considerations

With any second mortgage application, there will undoubtedly be more challenges to face than with your first mortgage. It’s likely you’ll find it more difficult to get any mortgage on a second property if you haven’t already paid off the mortgage on your first home.

Mortgage affordability

The main thing to consider before applying for an additional mortgage is whether you can afford the monthly repayments. Your mortgage lender will take into consideration your salary – as well as your partners if necessary – and any other regular income that you have. They will also look at your monthly outgoings, spending habits and other financial commitments such as loans and credit cards. Our budgeting tool can help you work out whether you can realistically afford to pay a second mortgage.

Stricter loan criteria

Paying two mortgages makes you a higher risk to the lender. This is because there’s a greater chance you won’t be able to afford it if things don’t go to plan. As a result, any lender is likely to be cautious about lending to anyone taking out multiple mortgages. They will almost certainly enforce stricter criteria with a second mortgage. This might include a larger deposit than the one for your first mortgage (as much as 25%), as well as higher interest rates.

Even if the new house will be your primary residence, lenders will still apply the same strict rules.

You might find it easier to get a mortgage for a second home if you intend to use the house as a holiday let or buy to let, as you will be able to use the rental income to help pay off the mortgage.

Your credit rating

Your credit score is one of the most important factors that lenders will consider when you apply for any mortgage. You are less likely to get approval if you have loan defaults, CCJs or have previously been made bankrupt. If you have bad credit then it’s unlikely you will be able to get a mortgage for a second home.

We have put together some useful advice and help if you need approval for a bad credit mortgage.

Please note that if you have a history of bad credit, taking out a mortgage might not be the best option for you.

Types of second home mortgages

For any mortgage you will need to decide what type is right for you, whether this is a fixed or variable rate. With a second home, you should assess whether variable mortgage payments are too unpredictable on top of your current mortgage. In which case, a fixed mortgage might be more appropriate for you. It’s likely you’ll find that you have fewer options to choose from with your second mortgage compared to your first.

Other options

Taking out a mortgage on a second property is often more complicated than just having the funds each month to pay it. There will almost certainly be more obstacles than when applying for the mortgage on your first home.

If you are unable to get a mortgage deal that suits you then there are still options for buying a second home:


You could look at remortgaging your current home to see if you can get a better deal. This might help with your monthly affordability for your second mortgage.

Paying off your current mortgage

Waiting longer to pay more of your current mortgage can also help with a second mortgage application. With less debt on your current mortgage, you might find it easier to secure an additional mortgage.

How much could you borrow

Enter your total earnings before tax to find out how much you could borrow for a mortgage. If this is a joint application include your total yearly household income.

Household income

You could borrow:

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Why Clever Mortgages?

At Clever Mortgages we can offer you the support and advice required to ensure you get the right mortgage for your first home.  We provide access to a comprehensive range of mortgages from across the market. We are also authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and adhere to the Treating Customers Fairly (TCF) guidelines, so you can be confident that we will treat you with integrity and only recommend products that meet your needs.

Mortgage types

A fixed rate mortgage is where your interest rate stays the same for a set time period (usually between 2-10 years). As a result your repayments are exactly the same each month, regardless of what happens to other mortgage rates. These types of mortgages are popular with first time buyers and people looking to budget each month, especially those who have suffered from a poor credit history.

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.

A discount mortgage is when a reduction is applied to the lenders Standard Variable Rate (SVR) for a certain length of time (typically 2-3 years). Discount mortgages are attractive as they can allow you to pay slightly less than the bank's standard rate. However as the SVR can still fluctuate they are not ideal for people who are looking to stick to a strict long term budget.

A tracker mortgage is basically a type of variable rate mortgage.  What makes them different from other variable rate mortgages is that they follow – track – movements of another rate, the most common rate that is tracked is the Bank of England Base Rate.

A capped mortgage is the same as a variable rate mortgage; however the interest rate can never rise above a set “cap”. These mortgages can work well for people who can budget for different mortgage repayments each month but want the reassurance that their payments will never go above a certain amount.

Offset mortgages are linked to a savings account as well as your current account. Your savings will be 'offset' against the value of your mortgage, and you'll only pay interest on your mortgage balance minus your savings balance. These types of mortgages work well for higher earners or people who have a good amount in savings that they want to use towards paying their mortgage.