Britain has enjoyed a number of property booms over the past 20 years. And despite the fact that property prices have also tumbled on a number of occasions, the average house price has risen significantly.
According to the Nationwide House Price Index, the average UK house price went up from £54,008 at the end of Q3 1996 to £206,346 at the end of Q3 2016 – a whopping 282 per cent increase.
Unfortunately, rising house prices has meant that it has become harder for first-time buyers to get a foot onto the property ladder. Using the average house price as a guide, even if a mortgage has a 95 per cent loan-to-value, buyers would still need to find a deposit of over £10,000. Add in solicitor and estate agent fees and the initial layout can seem daunting.
Many homeowners may find that once that their deal comes to an end, their interest rate and mortgage payments may well go up. This could be a good time to check out whether you can re-mortgage and get a lower rate elsewhere.
In this case you are generally going to be taking out a mortgage which is the same size as the one you already had. Your monthly payments may be higher or lower than you currently pay, depending on the mortgage you go for. Alternatively, you may just want the stability of a fixed rate, if you’ve been on a variable rate that you think may fluctuate.
It can take a few months to process a mortgage application, so it’s best not to wait until your current deal ends before you start looking around. Watch our new #AskExperian video to find out what some of the options are.
Applying for a mortgage is rarely a straightforward process. Your mortgage is likely to be the biggest financial commitment you’re ever going to make – with lots of decisions to make, forms to fill in and waits for lenders to respond.
In April 2014, the process was made even tougher with the introduction of new rules on mortgage affordability. The Mortgage Market Review (MMR) was introduced to make mortgage lending more responsible and stable.
Lenders are keen to know whether you’ll you be able to afford your monthly repayments should interest rates go up or if your circumstances change.
So they’re likely to pay close attention to your income, monthly outgoings and savings as well as the information in your credit report and application form.
This coming weekend Experian’s experts are on the road at two home shows in different parts of the country, and we’re looking forward to meeting you.
First Time Buyer Home Show, Croydon, Sat 16 April #FTBHomeShow
On Saturday 16th April we’ll be at the First Time Buyer Home Show (free entry!) at Fairfield Halls in Croydon, from 10am to 4pm, helping to show how improving and maintaining your credit report can put you in the best position to get a first mortgage.
At 3.30pm Jill O’Connor from Experian will be giving a seminar on how your credit report is made up, what you need to look out for and how you can go about improving your financial situation.
Could your credit history prevent you from getting a mortgage? Experian research has found that more than a quarter of people in the UK looking to buy their first home before 2016 – around 1.81 million people – have missed credit repayments, defaulted accounts and CCJs currently listed on their credit report*. And all of these could prevent them from securing a mortgage.
Managing credit accounts such as credit cards, mobile phone contracts and even some utility services can be important in order to build and maintain a good credit rating.
Visit the London Home Show – 26 September, Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster, 10am-5pm
There are many challenges faced by first time buyers trying to get on the housing ladder, particularly for those without the help of the Bank of Mum and Dad.
First time buyers should not lose hope, however, as there are now a wide range of affordable housing schemes to help people get onto the housing ladder and progress to a larger property. These include:
Buying a home with your partner or friends can be a much needed boost to get on the property ladder – helping to raise a bigger deposit and making your dream that extra bit more affordable.
Checking yourExperian Credit Reportcan also help you see if and how you are financially linked. It can also help you understand if you need a little work to tidy up your credit history before a joint mortgage application is made. Here are some key tips we’ve put together to help you, if that’s what you’re about to do.
Generally speaking, the higher your credit score, the better your chances are of getting your mortgage, lower interest rates, and better deals. When you make your application, the lender will use the data & information held on your credit report, as well as other information within your application, to give you a credit score. This will tell them whether to accept you as a customer or not.
The Financial Ombudsman Service ruled in the couple’s favour and ordered the bank to pay them £500 in compensation, saying that the bank had relied on “untested assumptions, stereotypes or generalisations in respect of age”.
So should we be given the chance to keep up mortgage payments past the age of 65? Continue reading →