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5 things that won’t actually ruin your mortgage application

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08 Mar 2017

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Despite what you may have heard, mortgage advisors don’t spend their spare time sitting in a lair somewhere, stroking their beard while devising reasons why you can’t have a mortgage.

In fact there’s a lot of myths out there about what lenders are looking for. Here’s five things that won’t actually ruin your mortgage application.

1. Occasionally gambling or spending your money on stuff you don’t need

There’s a lot of information out there that suggests that any gambling is an absolute no-go, but spending the odd tenner on the races or on what will happen in the Christmas episode of Eastenders isn’t a big deal.

Gambling is an issue only if it’s frequent, if you place bets you can’t afford, or if your mortgage advisor thinks it might impact your mortgage repayments.

The same goes for spending money on ‘silly’ things. We all do it, so go out and have a good time! Just make sure to follow your budget and to do it all in moderation.

2. Applying for a mortgage on your own

Let’s get it out of the way: yes, it is possible to get a mortgage on your todd. However, there are certain considerations, the big one being that your mortgage amount is relative to your income. If you’re in a partnership or are married and want a mortgage, your income is combined.

The deposit is also a lot easier to save up if you’ve got a lovely other half to help out. That said, your mortgage application won’t be rejected because you’re applying on your own.

3. You don’t know what your credit rating is

If you’re a fan of spending but you’re not too good at keeping track of your repayments (sure the money comes out of your account at the end of the month – no bother!), a bad credit rating can impact your application.

Hop over to the Irish Credit Bureau and you can apply for a credit report online for only €6. If your credit rating is on the negative side, make sure to tell your mortgage advisor as soon as possible so you’ll have no financial skeletons waiting to jump out of your closet.

While not knowing won’t cause issues, a bad credit rating will have to be taken into account – but we reckon that’s fair enough!

4. Having a messy paper trail

When you go into your mortgage meeting, the ideal scenario is that you’ll have your documents organised and in tip-top shape. You’ll be able to show your mortgage advisor how much you’ve saved each month, how you spend your money, and how good you’ll be at meeting your mortgage repayments.

While that certainly helps things along, a messy paper trail isn’t the end of the world. Incase your paperwork has disappeared to the same place as all your matching socks, these are the documents you’ll need to bring to your mortgage meeting:

PAYE employees
• Photo ID
• Proof of address
• P60 (or 3 months consecutive payslips)
• Certificate of income
• Bank statements for the last 6 months

Self-employed
• Photo ID
• Proof of address
• 3 years audited/trading accounts
• Confirmation of your tax position
• 3 years Revenue Notice of Assessment
• 6 months business current account statements

5. Being in negative equity

Negative equity happens when the value of your house is less than the amount you owe on your mortgage; if you sold your house, you wouldn’t be able to fully clear your mortgage.

A lot of Next Time Buyers think that being in negative equity means they won’t be able to get another mortgage, but that’s not true.

With Negative Equity Home Movers, you can transfer the outstanding balance to a new loan on your next house. As with most second houses, you can decide whether to trade up or down (finances pending).

Thinking of applying for a mortgage?

Whether you’re a first time or next time buyer, EBS has options to suit you. If you want to buy a house or you’re considering trading up or down, try our mortgage calculators or book a 30 minute mortgage meeting now!

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