Tips for first time buyers: building up your credit score

Mortgage lenders are tripping over themselves in offering fantastic deals for first time buyers. Considering mortgage rates have never been so low, this is the perfect time to buy!

How do you prepare for your first mortgage?  The most important thing is to build up as high a credit score as possible. To do this the following key points are very important:

  • A stable and established work profile, employed or self employed.
  • Try not to move too often in the most recent three years.
  • Ensure you are on the electoral roll where ever you have lived for at least the last three years.
  • A well conducted bank account, with no unplanned overdraft or unpaid commitments, you may be asked for three or six months bank statements.
  • Keep your last three months or last 12 weekly payslips and your most recent P60. For the self employed at least your last two years accounts.
  • A clear payment history for any credit commitments, even a late payment on a mobile phone can be harmful.
  • No Pay Day Loans
  • Sometimes a small credit card, paid off in full each month will help to build a credit score. (do not max out or be late in paying)
  • Do not build a large amount of debt as this will impact massively on affordability and credit score.
  • Save your deposit if possible, although family gifted deposits are mainly acceptable.
  • Deposits as low as 5% are acceptable, although 10% will allow a much better choice of lenders and mortgage deals.

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Posted on August 22, 2017 by Peter Marriott, in: Industry posts

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