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9 tips for buying a home with a partner

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 your Experian Credit Report can 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.

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Mortgages: do we feel less confident since the MMR?

Applying for a mortgage is rarely a straightforward process. In April 2014, the process was made even tougher with the introduction of the Mortgage Market Review (MMR), new rules on mortgage affordability. 

In fact, almost half (45%) of those who planned to buy a property since the introduction of the MMR last year have failed to do so, accorRising House Priceding to new research commissioned by Experian.

A quarter claim that the MMR has impacted their ability to buy a property, while a further third (37%) report that the changes have made them feel less in control of securing a mortgage. Continue reading

Are over-40s ‘too old’ to get a mortgage?

This week has seen news that a bank has been penalised for age discrimination after withdrawing a mortgage approval for a married couple in their 40s, on the grounds that the husband would be over 65 when the deal ended.

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”.

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First-time buyers: check your credit history

Could your credit history prevent you from getting a mortgage?

Experian research suggests 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.

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Video: How recent mortgage rules could affect you

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.  In this video, financial journalist Melanie Wright helps us find out what the new mortgage affordability rules might mean to you.

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How prepared are you for an interest rate rise?

Are you one of the many homeowners that might be affected by a rise in your mortgage rate? 

It’s been a long time coming, but after almost six years many experts believe an interest rate rise is coming some time soon. Since March 2009 the Bank of England rate has stood at a record low of 0.5%, having been as high as 4.5% just five months earlier in October 2008.

The Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) says that it could mean as much as £119 added to the average monthly mortgage payment across the country, with figures in the south-east much higher.

Do you know how an interest rate rise might affect you?  Watch this video to see what some people said when we went on to the streets to ask for some thoughts.

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What to do when buying a home with a partner

Buying your first home with a partner, and getting a mortgage together, can mean there’s a lot you’ll need to agree on – from furnishings to finances and more.

Compromise will inevitably have to be reached regarding the area you choose, the layout, the size, how long you intend to be there and several other factors. Do you need to be near a good school? Is it important to be close to a train station? Buying together is likely to mean an element of give and take in many departments like this.

Making sure that you’re financially able is important too – would buying a property stretch your budget to breaking point? Not only is there a mortgage to think about, but also one-off costs like solicitor’s fees, as well as regular bills & maintenance costs.

Your credit rating can be an important factor here.  In general, the higher your credit score, the better your chances are of getting your mortgage, lower interest rates, and better deals.

If you’re applying to have a joint mortgage, bear in mind that credit reports only become linked if two people have actually applied for credit together (eg: a joint bank account, a mortgage with two names on it) or they tell Experian or a lender that they are financially connected.

By checking your Experian Credit Report you can 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.

For more helpful information on mortgages, visit www.experian.co.uk/mortgages, with useful hints, tips and features.

How you could get your mortgage approved

Men bringing boxes into house-300One of the key things to do when preparing for a mortgage application is tidying up your financial situation.

Your mortgage is likely to be the biggest financial commitment you’re ever going to make – so it’s going to be important to make sure that you find the best deal for your circumstances.

 

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Five ways to go about remortgaging

Remortgaging your home can be for a variety of reasons

Remortgaging your home can be for a variety of reasons

Remortgaging your home can be for a variety of reasons.  When you remortgage you either take out a new loan with your existing lender or with another provider – paying off your old mortgage with the money you receive.

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Many homeowners on an introductory low fixed or discounted variable rate may find that once that 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 remortgage and get a lower rate elsewhere.

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How your credit report can really affect your mortgage

Men bringing boxes into house-300Your mortgage is likely to be the biggest financial commitment you’re ever going to make – so one of your biggest concerns is probably going to be the amount that you pay each month.

This will depend on a number of things – the type of mortgage you go for (fixed-rate or variable rate, repayment or interest-only), the amount that you borrow, but most importantly, the interest rate on the mortgage. So it’s going to be important to make sure that you find the best deal for you.

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