How much mortgage can I get?

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One of the first questions you will ask yourself when wanting to move home or buy a house is what size mortgage you can get. Without knowing this amount, it is impossible to start or plan to look for a new home purchase.

Mortgage lenders use affordability calculators to work out how much of a mortgage you can get. The amount will be based on your income and outgoings.

With there being over 14,000 mortgage deals being offered by over 90 different mortgage lenders, getting a mortgage can feel a little confusing! In this guide, we will take you through a couple of logical steps to find out your maximum mortgage as well as how you can get the lowest interest rates.

How many times my salary can I borrow for a mortgage?

Calculating how much you could borrow with the “times salary method” stopped in 2014. Since then banks and building societies use a mortgage calculator. It is now essential that the monthly payments are very affordable to you.

All Banks and building societies these days use mortgage affordability calculators to calculate how much you can borrow. They are called affordability calculators as they feel that you should very easily and without any financial strain, be able to afford your new mortgage. Because each lender has its own mortgage calculator its important to use quite a few of them. This is because you will find that each bank and building society has its own mortgage calculator for working out the size of a mortgage deal you can have.

There are over 90 different providers with over 14,000 mortgage products including ‘specialist lenders’. It would be advisable to get the help of a free mortgage broker who will have access to the ‘whole of market’ lenders’ calculators. They will be able to do all the researching on your behalf whilst supporting you throughout the process. To check your credit history and credit rating go to a company website that offers a credit score review such as Experian and ClearScore.

Find out how much you could borrow

Most things in life work out far better if a little time is spent planning before you start! The same goes for anyone planning a move or needing a remortgage. Each of the 90 plus different Banks and Building Societies in the UK has its own underwriting and lending criteria. Therefore although you may be asking “how do I get the maximum mortgage possible?”; getting your maximum mortgage will very much depend on your own financial situation. Some lenders have a preference for lending more to the employed and some lenders will lend more to you if you have no loans or credit cards. The size of your deposit will also come into play giving you better rates and lower mortgage payments.

Do lenders still use 4 x my salary to decide how much I can borrow?

Up to 4 years ago most leaders used an income multiplier and would lend you 4 times your salary or even 5 times your salary if they really liked you. The government stopped this and instructed lenders to use a mortgage affordability calculator. This now means that when you take out a mortgage it will be based on your present and future ability to be able to afford the monthly payments. The problem is now you have no rule of thumb to calculate how much you could borrow.

Mortgage comparison websites

This is not a bad place to start however you need to be aware that most of the comparative websites are not whole of market and in fact, most will only compare a handful of lenders so tread carefully.

How can I compare the whole mortgage market?

This is the start of some good news for you. It is possible to search the whole mortgage market by using a broker. A mortgage broker has access to every bank and building society and will be able to find you the lender that will lend you the most!

It gets even better! Not only will they find the lender who will let you borrow the maximum but they will also find the lender who is offering the lowest interest rates and deals.

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How do I find a mortgage broker?

Have any of your friends or family recently moved home? If they have, find out which mortgage broker they used and how they found the overall experience.

Alternatively, try our friend Google. A good search term is ‘independent mortgage broker near me’.

However, what if I told you there was a way of getting a broker for free! So not only are they going to search the whole mortgage market to get you the maximum mortgage with the lowest rates but they will do this at no cost to you!

All brokers get paid by the different lenders however most charge an additional fee. However, some of the largest mortgage brokers in the UK do not charge for their services. The easiest way to find one of these is to Google ‘free independent mortgage broker near me’ or ‘free online mortgage broker’.

This will bring up a list of brokers near you that could be very useful. Take a few minutes to check a few out and review their business and service. Have a look at their website and make sure they look professional and modern. More importantly, take a look at their Facebook and Google reviews. There should be plenty of reviews with the majority of their clients singing their praises!

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Mortgage Calculator

Calculate your monthly mortgage payment using the below simplistic mortgage calculator. This is purely just a rough guide to how much you will pay each month for your chosen mortgage rate. The exact amount will fully depend on both the type of mortgage and the chosen lender.

You can never be too proactive so plan ahead and estimate your monthly mortgage repayments now. Following this you will then need help putting a full plan of action together so make sure you get in touch for FREE mortgage advice.

What size mortgage can I get if I earn £30,000 a year?

When looking at your income lenders will want to know if your income comes from being employed or self-employed. Self-employed earnings are often taken as an average of the last 3 years. If you’re employed then lenders will want to know if all your annual income is basic or is any overtime, bonus or commission. They will also want to know if you have any debts this will reduce the amount you will be able to borrow.

If you are wondering “how much can I borrow?” here is a rough idea of someone on £30k a year getting a mortgage: An employed person age 26 on £30,000 basic salary with no debts and no dependents would be able to borrow approximately £140,000. This will vary once put through a mortgage calculator to work out how much you could actually borrow, however, this is a good example.

How much do I need to earn to get a mortgage of £150,000?

Every case is looked on an individual basis with the below questions asked:

  • Your annual income
  • If you are employed or self-employed
  • If you have any dependents
  • If you have debt such as credit cards or loans.

To give you a very rough idea of someone looking for a £150,000 mortgage. Let’s paint the picture: A young couple looking to buy their first home together in the UK. They would need to earn at least £35,000 a year between them to suit affordability. They would need to have no loans or debts otherwise this would reduce the amount they can borrow. Every lender uses a different mortgage calculator to work out how much you can borrow and this will vary. Speak to a mortgage adviser who will be able to advise you and answer the question ” how much can I borrow on a mortgage?”.

How much do I need to earn to get a mortgage of £300,000?

As mentioned before, every case is looked on an individual basis. Mortgage lenders will look at your annual income and whether you are employed or self-employed. They will want to know if you have any dependents and will also review your debt such as credit card or loans.

To give you a very rough idea of someone looking for a £300,000 mortgage with a 25-year term: A couple looking to buy a home with a £300,000 mortgage would need to earn at least £70,000 a year between both of them. They would need to have no loans or debts otherwise this would reduce the amount they can borrow. Every lender uses a different mortgage calculator to work out how much you can borrow and this will vary. Speak to a mortgage adviser who will be able to advise you and answer the question ” how much can I borrow on a mortgage for my new home?”.

How much of a home loan can I get?

A home loan is another term for a mortgage. Every lender will make a decision on how much you can borrow based on your income. Unfortunately, “How much can I borrow?” doesn’t have a straight forward answer. If your income is solely a basic income then this will mean you will be able to lend more. The size of your deposit will also massively make a difference. The bigger the deposit you have will increase the amount you could borrow and as well as getting you lower interest rates and lower repayments on your mortgage. So get saving as much deposit as is possible for you and your situation. Start by writing down your income and outgoings and see what you can easily cut to start saving.

Who are the FCA?

All brokers are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

This is for your protection and to make sure that the service and deal you get is the right one for you.

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Steve Roberts
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Stephen Roberts MAQ is the founder of YesCanDo Money, Hampshire's largest no-fee mortgage brokers. With over 30 years of mortgage experience, he has advised and helped thousands of First-time buyers buy their first home and home movers buy their dream home. Speak to a mortgage expert today by completing our contact form:

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