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We’ve made it our mission to help as many people as possible find their perfect mortgage, specialising in helping people with a bad credit history or previous credit issues – we think everyone deserves a chance to remortgage or own their dream home!

Difference between going direct to a lender and seeking the advice of a mortgage broker:

Going direct to a lender: This means you go directly to a lender to seek a mortgage, such as a bank or building society. They’ll probably have a range of products and eligibility checks will decide what products and deals you could access; however, you’re limited to what that lender has to offer.

Using a mortgage broker:

A mortgage broker is fully trained and versed in finding the best deal on the market, our brokers, for example, are all experts in bad credit mortgages and work with over 100 lenders. This means they have access to a huge variety of products that you could be eligible for, as each lender will have different approval criteria- and sometimes brokers can even find deals not advertised openly on the market. Your broker will make it clear which lenders are likely to accept your application and can help you prepare so you have the best chances of approval.

Our expert brokers come with a wealth of experience and work with over 100 lenders who consider all applications, even with a bad credit history.

We could help you secure a…

First-time buyer mortgage:
As a first-time buyer, buying your first home is a really exciting time – but it’s a daunting one too. At Clever Mortgages we’re here to help. Your dedicated adviser will talk you through every step, to make sure that you get the right mortgage to match your specific needs.

Remortgage:
There are many reasons to consider remortgaging, whether to save money on monthly repayments, get on a fixed rate to help you budget, consolidate debt or raise cash tied up in equity for improvements(link to home improvements blog)– whatever your need, we have access to a wide range of products and could help to secure you finance no matter what your circumstances.

Debt Consolidation mortgage:
A debt consolidation remortgage can help you combine all or some of your debt into one consolidated loan, allowing you to close multiple accounts you may have and only deal with one monthly repayment. You can use a debt consolidation mortgage to consolidate both secured and unsecured debt, and could help you save money on several costly interest rates. Our specialist advisors could help you find the right debt consolidation mortgage for your financial situation, even with bad credit.

Secured loan, or a homeowners loan:
A secured loan allows you to take out a second mortgage on your property while keeping your primary mortgage intact. If you’re struggling to find a remortgage, or if you just want to keep your current mortgage while accessing cash tied up in your home, a secured loan could be the solution for you.

Help-to-Buy mortgages:
The Help-to-Buy scheme means you only need to put down 5% of a home’s value for a deposit. The Government will then boost this amount with an equity loan of up to 20% (40% in London). At Clever Mortgages we work with many lenders who could offer you a Help-to-Buy mortgage whether you’re a first-time buyer or purchasing a new home.

Shared-ownership mortgages:
Whether you’re a first-time buyer or home mover, we could help you buy a share of between 25-75% of a property and then pay rent on the remaining share. Sometimes it’s hard to save up a full deposit, a shared ownership mortgage could help you move into your dream home!

Right-to-Buy mortgages:
Right-to-Buy allows tenants of council properties, and some housing associations, the legal right to buy, at a large discount, the council house they are living in. If you’re a council tenant, we could help you to buy the property at a significant discount through the Right-to-Buy scheme.

Buy-to-Let mortgages
Having a buy to let property could be an investment for yourself or your family.  You may benefit from additional monthly income and capital gains in the value. Our expert brokers can help you purchase or refinance a buy-to-let, even with bad credit.

Self-build mortgage
If you’re planning on building a property you might want to consider a self-build mortgage. Whether you have built several properties before or if you’re planning your first self-build, we could help secure a mortgage that’s right for you.

Second-home mortgage
If you already own a home but are looking to purchase a second property, we could help find the right mortgage for you. With a second mortgage application, there could be more challenges to overcome than with your first mortgage, but Clever Mortgages can support you through the process so you can successfully buy your second home.

Professional mortgage:
Some careers can make it harder to find a mortgage. Perhaps you’re self-employed, or work in contract-based roles, maybe you’re a company director – we can help guide you and our expert brokers can help you find the best mortgage to suit you.

Our advisors and brokers are all fully trained in bad credit situations and work with over 100 lenders, covering almost all financial situations and giving us the ability to help people who might be struggling to find a mortgage elsewhere. We understand that bad credit can happen to anyone, for a variety of reasons but believe everyone deserves a chance to own their dream home and find a mortgage to get back on track.

We could help you get your perfect mortgage, even if you’ve experienced:

Here’s how we helped one couple save £485 a month

Debt consolidation remortgage, even with bad credit Secured a 5 year fixed rate of 2.10%
Consolidated to one monthly payment Credit score repairing

At Clever Mortgages we don’t believe that people should suffer due to a bad credit history. Mr H had been in an IVA and Mrs H was in a Debt Management Plan. They wanted to consolidate their secured loan, plus three other debts, into a new mortgage product – hoping that this would bring down their monthly repayments.

Mr and Mrs H were paying £1,582 and are now paying £1,097 per month.  Clever Mortgages we were pleased to be able to help them make a real difference to their lives, which is also helping them to improve their credit score.

 BalancePaymentRateProductTerm
Previous Mortgage£61,000£4901.25%Tracker12 Years
Previous Secured Loan £43,000£43610%Standard Variable Rate12 Years
Previous Unsecured debts£44,320£657VariousVariousVarious
New Mortgage£150,00£10972.10%5 Year Fixed13 Years

Previous Mortgage

Balance£61,000
Payment£490
Rate1.25%
Term12 Years

Previous Secured Loan

Balance£43,000
Payment£436
Rate10%
Term12 Years

Previous Unsecured Debts

Balance£44,320
Payment£657
RateVarious
Term13 Years

New Mortgage

Balance£150,000
Payment£1097.67
Rate2.10%
Term13 Years

Applying for a mortgage with a CCJ

Finding a mortgage can be especially difficult if you have an adverse credit score. A CCJ, IVA or defaults (any missing payments) on your credit file can put some lenders off.

Although high street lenders are unlikely to consider you for a mortgage with any CCJ’s (County Court Judgements) there are still bad credit mortgage brokers such as Clever Mortgages who will consider your mortgage application.

Your deposit

As with most bad credit circumstances, you typically need a large deposit to get your application approved. With a large deposit, it means the amount you need to borrow is less, resulting in a lower LTV ratio. Therefore a lower LTV makes you a better prospect for a lender and more likely to get a better interest rate.

Interest rates

Due to the CCJ on your credit file, however, it’s likely you’ll only have access to higher interest rates than you would with a good credit history. This is because your interest rate is determined in line with the level of risk a lender perceives with your application. Therefore the greater the risk, the higher the interest rate.

Getting a mortgage with a CCJ

Specialist lenders will probably take a less definitive view of a CCJ and consider:

Is the CCJ satisfied?

Getting a mortgage with a satisfied CCJ is far easier than an unsatisfied CCJ, but neither is impossible. Getting approval will depend on the individual lender’s criteria.

How long ago the CCJ was

Specialist lenders will prioritise how recent the CCJ was when considering you for a mortgage. Many require that any CCJ was settled within the last 12 months. However, the more time since the CCJ was registered, the higher your chances are of getting a mortgage.

The amount of the CCJ

The size of the CCJ is typically less important to the lender than the date of registration; however, it is still taken into consideration. If the CCJ is over 3 years old then any value is usually considered. However, if the CCJ is within 2 years old then it is typically limited to around £2,500 and if it’s within the last year a maximum of £1,000.

A CCJ stays on your credit file for 6 years, even if it is satisfied. You should check your credit file to make sure the information is accurate. It shows whether your CCJ is satisfied or not, which could help your application.

For more information on CCJ mortgages, contact a member of the team at Clever Mortgages.