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Mortgages for Discharged Bankrupts
If you've been discharged from Bankruptcy we may be able to help you with a mortgage.
Can we help you get a mortgage even if you are a discharged bankrupt?
YES We Can
We specialise in finding mortgages for people with bad credit and people that have been discharged from bankruptcy. Arranging mortgages after bankruptcy faces significantly more challenges than standard mortgages but the key is to know who to approach in these types of situations and with many years’ of experience in this market, it has meant that we have formed relationships with just the sort of lenders who are happy to work in this area.
The terms of a bankruptcy will generally state that the person that has been declared bankrupt cannot apply for any form of credit until they have been discharged from bankruptcy. It will ordinarily take 12 months from being declared bankrupt to being discharged depending on the court’s decision.
In todays fast changing mortgage market we are very pleased to advise you that subject to credit score we can now consider a mortgage application from you the day after discharge from bankruptcy at 70% LTV. This will be the case for the first year following discharge, when after two years we can then consider offering you a mortgage at 80% LTV.
It does get better going forward when three years after discharge we can consider a mortgage application of up to 90% LTV, on high street lending terms. After four years the loan to value would increase to 95% LTV again on high street lending terms. What lenders want to see is that you have recovered from the issues that led you into bankruptcy, and you can now be seen to managing your financial affairs in a satisfactory manner and the recovery from your previous position can be seen and provable.
Lenders who will think about lending to you as soon as you have been discharged, will not normally consider an application in excess of 70% LTV, with fees and terms that reflect the perceived additional risk.
The longer a person leaves it before applying for a mortgage after being discharged from bankruptcy, the better position they will be in to apply for a mortgage. Lenders are obviously very cautious when it comes to people with bad credit, but bad credit mortgage lenders are there and ready to help. Clients will have to meet with their pretty tight criteria, and the applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are now in control of their finances since discharge.
The percentage of a deposit required by the lender reduces the more the years go by from the day of discharge.
Once six years have gone by since the day of discharge, a bankruptcy should not prove to be the same challenge to affect a person’s application for credit. However clients must always disclose previous credit history when asked. Lenders have access to the bankruptcy and insolvency register, and they can also carry out a much more in depth credit search than the individual if they have doubts about the client. This will search all linked addresses, and any register that may hold financial information, known in the industry as the Hunter Search. Clients may not be aware that a Solicitor, when acting for the lender (could be the clients own solicitor if on the lenders panel) has a duty to check the register for bankruptcy prior to completion, and if they find the client has a history of bankruptcy they are duty bound to advise the lender. If the client did not disclose this on the application, the offer of mortgage, would in most cases, be withdrawn
Discharged Bankrupts Questions and Answers
Answer: We can arrange a mortgage for you as early as the day after you have been discharged.
Answer: We are specialists in the field of adverse credit. We use our knowledge and experience of this complex market to find the right mortgage for you and have access to lenders that are specialists in this field.
Answer: No, we have access to the whole of the market and after 56 years experience in financial services we know which lenders to approach who will accept your credit profile.
Answer: Yes, you will always have to disclose that you are a discharged bankrupt, even after six years when it should have disappeared from you credit file. Lenders and solicitors have access to the bankruptcy register which your details currently remain on for life.
Answer: We do not charge any up-front fees, our broker fee is payable on production of an offer of mortgage. This fee is detailed on the mortgage illustration we send you, having placed your enquiry, after intensive research, to obtain the most competitive product for your personal circumstances.
Answer: Following the day of discharge from bankruptcy, and before the first anniversary, we can achieve a 70% loan to value (LTV) mortgage. After each anniversary the following LTV may be possible, subject to the lenders own internal credit score.
Discharged 1 year 70% LTV
Discharged 2 years 75% LTV
Discharged 3 years 75% to 90% LTV ( 95% LTV in Wales only ) on High Street Lending Terms
Discharged 4 years 95% LTV on High Street Lending Terms
Yes there are lenders who will still offer you a mortgage, but the question that all lenders will ask is, was there a shortfall following the sale of the property. If there was a shortfall they would want to know if this has been satisfied, if so the answer would be yes, if not lenders would refuse to lend.
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Now we are in 2020 we are seeing a very different mortgage market place with the property market taking off following the decision to leave the EU, and the competition brought to the mortgage market by the new Specialist lenders eager to help clients who may have been refused in the past.
Answer: Yes it will if your current credit profile is poor and it would appear that you are struggling financially. What lenders are looking for is good conduct of your financial affairs since discharge.
Answer: Yes, all lenders want to know why you were declared bankrupt. They are much more understanding if this was an event beyond your control such as the loss of your job or business, breakdown of marriage or relationship, long term illness leading to an unplanned change in your financial circumstances.
Our Experience & Expertise with Discharged Bankrupts
We have a vast amount of experience in the market for people with bad credit and people who have been discharged from bankruptcy. As an independent mortgage broker, specialising in the more challenging area of the mortgage market, we are fully conversant in the bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings including IVA and Fast Track Voluntary Arrangements. We are equipped with the best knowledge and experience, to advise on discharged bankrupt mortgages and bad credit mortgages.
We know the specialist lenders who will not base their decision to lend on credit scoring, which applies to nearly all of the high street lenders They look at the individual person and the reasons behind the bankruptcy and will make a fair decision based on what they see, why the client went into BO, and the conduct of their finances since discharge. Our lenders want to lend, and are there to help get clients back on the property ladder, a decision to lend is made on a commonsense basis, not on how many points you score.
Talk to one of our friendly team now and we can advise you further and get you in the best shape possible to begin applying for the most suitable mortgage for you.
Despite being discharged there are still many high street lenders who may still decline your application for a mortgage or other financial product. In our eyes, we understand that as time goes on your financial situation may have changed which is why we see no reason to stop you acquiring a new mortgage after becoming a discharged bankrupt. With our access to the market we can help source you a mortgage product from forward thinking lenders that operate a policy that could provide you with that second chance.
As an Independent Mortgage Broker, specialising in the more demanding area of the Mortgage Market, we have access to the whole market including lenders that have a ‘can do’ approach to lending. We also understand the bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings including IVA and Fast Track Voluntary Arrangements (FTVA). We can advise with some knowledge on Discharged bankrupt mortgages or mortgages for discharged bankrupts. Many of the high street lenders use computers that assess your application against statistical data- with no discretion. You either ‘ fit the box’ or you don’t! The discharged bankrupt, does not fit a box, and the application would normally fail at the first hurdle.
Specialist lenders have a very different approach. They employ real people to assess an application for lending, real people who look for reasons to lend, rather than reasons not to lend, real people with discretion to consider each application of individual basis. The lenders we use would also understand that sometimes financial hardship, a slow down of business movement or other circumstances could have affected your business, and without the additional funding, you had declared bankruptcy whereas small additional funding could have stopped you resorting to bankruptcy. You should always seek the advice of an IFA with access to the whole of the market who will source the most competitive plan to suit your personal needs and demands.
A fantastic service run by fantastic people. Always kept us updated a long the way from getting our mortgage offer all the way to completion, topped off by a lovely gift! Thank you Michael and Karen for everything you have done for us.
Dan and Chantelle
– Dan Webb – Reviews.co.uk
Discharged Bankrupt Mortgage Products
On a very positive note we now have far more lenders who will accept a degree of historical bad or adverse credit in this very competitive market.
MORTGAGES FOR DISCHARGED BANKRUPTS
Competitive Rates from Lenders
What we now have on the table for most but not all clients is access to a mortgage at 70% LTV one year after discharge at a penal interest rate, and after two years 75% LTV.. It starts to become more interesting three years after discharge when at 75% LTV and in some cases 80% LTV,the product range available to the client is the same as any other client, and after four years another lender offers the complete range of mortgage products.
More Information on Discharged Bankrupts
There is now a massive return of confidence in the property market We have seen nothing but doom and gloom since 2007 with the change in the market starting in October 2013. Since then confidence has returned to the property market with first time buyers taking advantage of the Government Help To Buy Plans, and property owners who felt trapped, now looking to move..
We are seeing a number of lenders competing for business by cutting their fixed rate mortgage products, and others bringing new mortgage products to the market, for prime and bad credit mortgages. Where we are seeing a real change is the real warming of the underwriters attitude towards discharged bankrupts from some of the more regional lenders. Not what we would like of course, but with the mainstream lenders not even prepared to consider most cases until six years after discharge, anything less than that is a real bonus.
For very obvious reasons none of the lenders want to make it generally known what they are prepared to consider for fear of being swamped with enquiries and upsetting the balance of their mortgage book. But is nice to see the mortgage door being opened a couple of inches, and to be able to talk about the property market in positive tones. We have a very long way to go to return to the heady days of 2006, apart from Planet London,, but this is a very firm footstep in the right direction. Michael J Alexander
A MORTGAGE 4 YOU
How Soon Can I Get a Mortgage Following Discharge From Bankruptcy
This is a question that we are constantly being asked by clients who are about to be discharged or who have been discharged from Bankruptcy and would like to know going forward when they can either move house or get on the housing ladder. As most clients are aware the majority high street lenders would not help clients normally until they have been discharged for six years, or in some cases never. We are however pleased to advise you that we can offer you a mortgage the day after discharge at 70% LTV providing that you have a minimum credit score with Experian of 476.
The news gets better following each anniversary following discharge with 75% LTV on the first anniversary and 80% LTV following the second anniversary. The really good news comes following the third anniversary when subject to credit score we can achieve 90/95 % LTV with a high street lender on normal lending terms. This is why following discharge clients should take advice and do all they can to rebuild their credibility, and be very careful with any borrowing that maybe classed as Pay Day Style lending, which will have a very negative impact on your credit score. We are here to help and guide you to the most competitive lender to fit your current credit profile.
We may not have fully returned to the very heady days of mortgage lending in 2006 but we are now in a very positive market place and the future looks excellent.
Things That May Affect Your Credit Rating
- Can you be found on the electoral roll( IVA )
- How long have you been in your current employment
- Is your employment permanent
- Are you on the electoral roll
- Are you servicing your current commitments in a satisfactory manner?
- Your age
- Type of employment
- Will your travelling expenses increase by moving
- Is the property construction going to raise any problems
THINGS THAT WILL IMPACT YOUR CREDIT
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We’ve been helping discharged bankrupts get back on to their feet and back on to the property ladder despite their circumstances. Arranging a bad credit mortgage or mortgage product for discharged bankrupts is a scenario we regularly deal with. Even if you have a history of bankruptcy and resposession we have access to whole of market lenders who will consider your application on various factors.
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