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Are There Mortgage Options After a Debt Management Plan?

Are There Mortgage Options After a Debt Management Plan?

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Debt management plans (DMPs) are usually used to pay back personal borrowing through loans, credit cards or payday loans. While having a DMP on your credit file can make it harder to get a mortgage, there are specialist lenders who can help.

In this guide, the Revolution team runs through how mortgages alongside or after debt management plans work and what factors will impact the assessment process.

For more information about securing a mortgage following credit issues, or to get a new application started, give us a call on 0330 304 3040, or email the team at info@revolutionbrokers.co.uk.

The following topics are covered below:

Is it Possible to Get a Mortgage If I am In a Debt Management Plan?

What are the Eligibility Criteria for a Mortgage After a DMP?

Can I Get any Help Buying a Property Following a Debt Management Plan?

Is it Possible to Get a Mortgage If I am In a Debt Management Plan?

It is possible, yes. Even if you are in a current DMP, if you can demonstrate that you can afford to keep up with the repayments and additional mortgage repayments, you can find lenders who will approve your application.

The primary criteria are to show that you have since been keeping up to date with your debts. Most lenders will need to see at least six months or a year of steady repayments.

Lenders will also consider:

  • How long your DMP has been active - if it has just been established, it will be harder to find a suitable lender.
  • The amount you owe.
  • The period the DMP is expected to run for.
  • Why you ended up with a debt management plan.

Every mortgage provider will have different policies, so whereas some will reject any applicant with a DMP, others will be more flexible.

Should your DMP relate to payday loans, you might find it harder to secure a mortgage as this type of lending is considered extremely high risk.

What are the Eligibility Criteria for a Mortgage After a DMP?

In general, lenders will need to see that you meet their criteria as closely as possible if you have any credit issues on your account.

  • Deposit - usually needs to be at least 15%.
  • Credit history - lenders may be reluctant to lend if you have any additional debts or credit issues in addition to your DMP.
  • Income - you will usually be able to borrow up to 4.5 times your annual income as a mortgage maximum. Some lenders will offer a higher multiple, although this is less likely in a bad credit scenario.
  • Affordability - lenders will deduct your debt repayments from your income to arrive at a net expendable income figure and use this to cap the value they will lend.

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Can I Get any Help Buying a Property Following a Debt Management Plan?

There are a few different schemes you might be eligible for, although you'll usually need to submit a minimum deposit to qualify. None of these schemes excludes applicants who have an existing or discharged DMP.

  • Help to Buy provides a 20% equity loan against your property's value, provided you have a 5% deposit. That means contributing a 25% deposit and that a lender will be more likely to accept your mortgage application.
  • Shared Ownership allows you to purchase a stake in your property from 25% up to 75%. You pay the housing authority rent for the balance they retain and can buy more shares over time.

FAQs - Getting a Mortgage After a Debt Management Plan

Here we'll answer some of the most commonly asked questions about applying for a mortgage alongside a DMP.

Can Debt Management Plan Applicants Get a Remortgage?

Yes, even if you're in a debt management plan, you can still apply to remortgage your existing property. This is often a way to consolidate debts and release equity in your home to raise capital.

If you remortgage to pay back the debt included in your DMP, it will show on your credit file as settled.

Does a DMP Impact My Ability to Get a Joint Mortgage?

It can do, yes. If you have a joint mortgage or loan with your partner and end up in a DMP, the lender report may show this on your partner's credit file - if they are a second cardholder, it usually won't have an impact.

You can enter into a shared debt management plan, incorporating joint or individual debts together.

Can I Get a Home Loan Before my Debt Management Plan has Been Settled?

Some lenders will offer a secured loan during a DMP, although you will need to check the plan's terms to see whether you're permitted to apply for further credit.

Most providers will charge higher interest rates for loan applicants with any adverse credit, including an active debt management plan.

Expert Advice on Mortgages Following a DMP

If you have had any bad credit issues, it is vital to consult an independent, whole-of-market broker to ensure you apply to a mortgage lender who can consider your circumstances.

For help with a mortgage application either during or after a DMP, give the Revolution Finance Brokers team a ring on 0330 304 3040, or email us at info@revolutionbrokers.co.uk.

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