You can get a mortgage after your IVA. However your options will depend on when the Arrangement started.
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- Is it possible to get a mortgage after an IVA?
- How much will the mortgage cost?
- How much will you be able to borrow?
- Can you get a mortgage during an IVA?
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Is it possible to get a Mortgage after your IVA?
The main issue with getting a mortgage after your IVA is your credit rating. This will still be relatively poor unless you started the Arrangement more than 6 years ago.
The record of your IVA comes off your credit file 6 years after the START DATE. Once this has happened there are now a few high street lenders who may offer you a mortgage. You should use a specialist broker to identify these as most lenders will still be unwilling to help.
If the record is still on your file your options for getting a mortgage are limited. A sub prime lender might consider you but only if there was a specific reason for you starting your IVA. For example if you were made redundant or suffered a period of illness.
You may now be able to get a mortgage after settling early even if the record is still on your file. However the settlement must have taken place at least 3 years ago.
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What will a Mortgage after your IVA cost?
The cost of a mortgage is determined by the interest rate you have to pay on the money you borrow. The rate you are offered is largely dependent on the status of your credit file.
If the record of your IVA is no longer on your file then with specialist help you should be able to get a mortgage with a High Street lender. This means the rate you will be charged is no different to anyone else. It will be a standard high street rate.
Where you are considering using a sub prime lender because the record is still on your file you must expect to be charged a much higher rate of interest. At the time of writing these types of lenders are offering rates of around 7-9% over the base rate.
To access the lowest possible mortgage interest rates you should wait until the record of your IVA has come off your credit file before applying for a mortgage.
How much will you be able to borrow?
The main factor dictating the size of mortgage you will be able to borrow is your income. Generally speaking lenders will be reluctant to offer more that 4 times your gross annual income. If you want to buy in joint names it will be 4 x the total of your joint gross incomes.
You will also need a deposit. The amount required depends on the type of mortgage lender. If the record of your IVA is no longer on your credit file a high street lender may be prepared accept a deposit of as little as 5-10% of the property value.
It is not possible to borrow as much from a sub prime lender. They are only likely to offer up to 75% of the value of the property. In other words you will need a 25% deposit.
6 or more years after the start date of your IVA you might be able to get a mortgage with a deposit of as little as 5% value of a property.
Can you get a Mortgage if you are still in your IVA?
Generally speaking it is not possible to get a mortgage for the purposes of buying a new property during an IVA. However if you are already a home owner you might be able to remortgage to settle the Arrangement early.
By remortgaging you could release equity from your current property and use this as a lump sum to pay off the IVA. However the amount you can borrow is restricted.
If you have been the Arrangement for less than 2 years you could borrow up to 75% of the value of your property. If it has been over 2 years this could increase to 85%.
The amount you will need to raise to settle an IVA early will normally have to be the equivalent of the total remaining payments less a small discount.
Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your Mortgage or other loans secured upon it.
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