Mortgages for the self-employed

Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

Whether you are a first-time buyer or subsequent home mover or just want a remortgage, if a lender considers you to be self employed the process can become more complicated. However at Mortgage Hunters we have considerable expertise in successfully arranging mortgages for the self-employed.

Who is classed as self-employed?

  • A sole trader
  • People a business partnership or LLP
  • A shareholder in a limited company where you own more than 15% of the share capital (different lenders have different shareholding criteria)

You will be classed as self employed by most if not all lenders.

Numerous self employed clients have come to us, concerned at already having been declined or turned away by their existing lender or bank.

What issues can arise?

The issues than can arise for the self-employed when dealing with lenders are:

  • averaging your last 2 or 3 years income or net profit
  • having a lower shareholding percentage criteria
  • only accepting salary and dividend income forcing you into drawing a higher income to qualify for the mortgage and thereby increasing income tax needlessly
  • declining anyone who does not have two years trading history
  • declining you when the mortgage is for capital raising, or business investment.

Having successfully placed self-employed mortgages since we started, we have developed the expertise to know which lenders will:

  • Just use your last years’ income if higher
  • Use retained profit and salary, avoiding the need to draw large dividends
  • Use a higher shareholding percentage before classing limited company directors as self employed
  • Have more relaxed criteria and allow capital raising for most legal purposes

By using Mortgage Hunters Financial Services you could save yourself time, frustration and disappointment. We can quickly evaluate your circumstances , identify the appropriate lender and establish whether you can obtain the mortgage you want.

Even if you do not have immediate needs we are happy to speak with you and establish the best way to arrange your finances for future plans.

Looking for a mortgage? Call 01438 359300 for a FREE, no-obligation initial consultation today!



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Regulatory Statements

Mortgagehunters Limited T/A Mortgage Hunters Financial Services is an Appointed Representative of Connect IFA Limited 441505 which is Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is entered on the Financial Services Register ( under reference 776832.

There will be a fee for mortgage advice, the precise amount will depend upon your circumstances. Your Consultant will confirm the amount before you choose to proceed but we estimate it to be £899 or up to 2% of the mortgage amount.

Not all services we offer are regulated by the FCA.

Commission disclosure: We are a credit broker and not a lender. We have access to an extensive range of lenders. Once we have assessed your needs, we will recommend a lender(s) that provides suitable products to meet your personal circumstances and requirements, though you are not obliged to take our advice or recommendation.

Whichever lender we introduce you to, we will typically receive commission from them after completion of the transaction. The amount of commission we receive will normally be a fixed percentage of the amount you borrow from the lender.

Commission paid to us may vary in amount depending on the lender and product. The lenders we work with pay commission at different rates. However, the amount of commission that we receive from a lender does not have an effect on the amount that you pay to that lender under your credit agreement.

For sales of non-investment insurance products such as life and critical illness insurance, we are remunerated by commission from the insurance provider. Commission will normally be based on a percentage of your premium for a set period of time.

Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

The Financial Conduct Authority do not regulate some buy-to-let mortgages.

The information contained within this website is subject to the UK regulatory regime and is therefore targeted at consumers based in the UK.

Mortgagehunters Limited is registered in England and Wales. Registration number: 05982175. Registered Address: 34 High Street, Old Stevenage, England, SG1 3EF.

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