- Throughout a very difficult and stressful process, Susan and the rest of the staff at contractor mortgages were an absolute rock of stability and support.Scott, December 2013
- As usual the service you guys give is second to none. Thanks for everything.Colin, July 2013
Frequently asked questions
The rate you can obtain on your mortgage is no different to the rates that are available to any other employed or self-employed individuals. Prior to these products being launched many contractors were reliant on self- certified mortgages, where they paid a higher rate and higher fees.
Not every lender is contractor-friendly, however a growing number are. These include well known High Street names such as the Lloyds Banking Group, Clydesdale Bank, Barclays, Nationwide, Virgin Money (previously known as Northern Rock), Natwest and numerous smaller building societies.
These products are no different to any other mortgage in terms of pricing. The difference is how the lender will assess the application. Lenders will not look at traditional forms of income assessment but rather channel the application towards bespoke underwriting criteria specifically available for the contractor and freelancer community.
Each application is assessed on an individual basis, but the broad criteria is as follows:
1) There must be a current contract in place 2) Continuity should be provable in the type of work being done 3) Borrowers new to contracting are acceptable. 4) Income can be defined via annualised contract rate