Posted by John Yerou on November 21st, 2016
Buying a home as a contractor can be an exhilarating trip. Even more so when that home is a new-build property.
There’s excitement, expectation and, of course, dread. You’ll be the first person to ever live under that roof, more often than not*.
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Posted by John Yerou on June 24th, 2016
We know that homeowners remortgage for many reasons. They may want to:
- save money switching to a new introductory offer;
- release equity for home improvements, travel or major life event;
- reduce the term of their mortgage with a new deal.
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Posted by John Yerou on November 23rd, 2015
Reading the news last week was heartening for contractors in one respect. There are more new mortgage lenders prepared to work off day rates than ever before.
The bad news? National headlines in the Guardian and Mail Online made dire reading. They reported that Chancellor Osborne is gunning for contractors yet again.
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Posted by John Yerou on October 7th, 2015
To understand contractor mortgages, you first have to understand contracting. That may, and should, sound obvious.
But it would surprise you how few mainstream lenders ‘get’ contractor payment structures. Or it definitely seems to you that they’re ignorant at branch and call centre level.
The good news is that, if you’re a contractor looking for a mortgage, we can help.
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Posted by John Yerou on September 18th, 2015
For a limited time, first-time homebuyers with at least a 10% deposit can fix 2.94% for two years. This is nothing short of an absolute bargain.
The new 2-yr fixed interest rate represents a cut of 0.45% off its previous 3.39% deal. In mortgage terms, that’s a substantial reduction or should I say ‘saving’, for borrowers.
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Posted by John Yerou on April 1st, 2015
Why is it that so many contractors think first buyer mortgages are off limits to them? They’re not, of course. But do please forgive me for committing this old bugbear of mine to digital ink.
So, what ignited the conundrum this time? I saw the February 2015 Housing Report figures from NAEA and it was like, Ping! – a light bulb moment.
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Posted by John Yerou on January 13th, 2015
We’ve had mixed reviews of our video highlighting the problems self-employed people face looking for mortgages on the High Street. And, to be honest, we fully expected a reaction. Yeah, we weren’t disappointed. But we stand by what we say in the video – it needs shouting from the rooftops.
What we didn’t want was another boring ‘put your employee on the spot answering a mundane question’ type video. There are enough of those around to bore us until the next millennium.
Continue reading about The High Street Lending Model – why it sucks for contractors
Posted by John Yerou on December 10th, 2014
Many contractors believe that owning a home with only 5% deposit is impossible. Far from it. Others think that self-employed people need larger deposits than permies. Again, that’s so not true.
Using the government’s Help-to-Buy scheme, anyone can buy home in the 95% loan-to-value bracket. In English, that’s a mortgage based on you having just 5% deposit set aside.
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Posted by John Yerou on November 14th, 2014
One of the biggest myths in our industry is that deposits for contractor mortgages are greater than normal. Yes, you are at an advantage if you can ‘put more down’. But you’re no more obliged to than permanent workers are.
In this article, I’ll clarify:
- Why 100% mortgages have all but disappeared;
- The minimum contractor mortgage deposit required;
- Why the more you put down, the better off you’ll be in the long run.
Ready? Here we go.
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Posted by John Yerou on October 29th, 2014
Leeds is the latest lender to add contract-based mortgage underwriting to its product range. The Building Society is rolling out this outstanding addition to their portfolio in phases.
That means there will be a pilot period. During the trial the mortgages are only available through a select number of specialists. I’m over the moon that Leeds BS has chosen Freelancer Financials for the wider roll out to market.
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