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Mortgage After Repossession

Recovering your finances after repossession is one hurdle, but will you ever be eligible for a mortgage again if you’ve had a previous property repossessed?

Almas Uddin
Almas Uddin

Founder and Mortgage Advisor

Almas Uddin2024-07-17
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What does repossession mean?

If you have repossession in your credit file, you may have found that many high street lenders will automatically reject you for a mortgage application.

However, there are options available, and an independent, whole-of-market broker such as Revolution can advise on:

  • Which specialist lenders are most likely to be able to help.
  • How to structure your application and deposit to increase your approval chances.

Let's explore the criteria and how lenders decide whether to offer a mortgage after repossession. If you'd like tailored advice or to start your mortgage application process, give us a ring on 0330 304 3040, or email mortgage advisors at [email protected].

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What are the Mortgage Criteria After Repossession?

Each lender has different policies and lending rules, but all will look at the following criteria to decide whether they can offer to lend:

  • When the repossession occurred.

If that were within three years, you would usually need a significant deposit to offset the increased risk. You can find mortgages with a 15% deposit between three and six years, and if it were over six years ago, you would typically need a deposit of around 5%.

The below table indicates how likely you are to find a mortgage after a set period and what sort of deposit requirement to expect:

Time passed since repossession

Likely deposit requirement

Difficulty factor in finding a new mortgage

Within a year

Extremely unlikely

Zero

One to two years

30 - 35%

Challenging

Two to three years

30 - 35%

Challenging

Three to four years

15%

Possible

Four to five years

10%

Possible

Five to six years

10%

Possible

Over six years

5%

Most likely

  • Whether you have other credit issues to consider. If your repossession is one of several credit issues, you will find it far more challenging to secure a mortgage.
  • How much money was involved? If you have experienced repossession for a significant value or over multiple properties, the application will be a significantly higher risk than for one repossession of a modest value.
  • Why your home was repossessed. Should there be a life event that impacted your ability to keep up with your mortgage, it is vital to explain this in the application process. A lender may be more sympathetic if they can see that the situation is unlikely to recur.
  • What the Loan to value is on the new application.
  • Your affordability - most lenders will offer up to three times your income if the repossession was within three years. You can often borrow up to four times your income from three years and up to five times your annual earnings after six years, provided you meet all the other criteria.

How Can I Recover After Property Repossession?

Once your property is repossessed, it is sold, and the proceeds used to repay the outstanding mortgage and any other secured debts. One difficulty can be that if the sale doesn’t recover enough cash to pay back the debt, you will still need to repay the mortgage - these are known as legacy repayments.

You will also need to cover the cost of legal fees and estate agent fees deducted from the sale proceeds.

Repossessions stay on your credit report for seven years of the first missed payment - so the longer ago it occurred, the better your chances of mortgage approval.

Dome applicants also find that if they still have debts to repay, they end up with court judgements or other issues, which can have a long-term impact on your credit report. It is essential to avoid falling into further debt by using payday loans, as these will inevitably make it harder to get a mortgage again in the future.

The best thing to do is to repay any remaining debts as quickly as you can.

Why Does it Matter Which Bank Repossessed my Property?

Interestingly, the lender who repossessed your property may influence your ability to get a mortgage in the years to come.

Many high street banks are part of larger groups, and therefore any financial institution within that group will almost certainly refuse your application.

It is, therefore, crucial to work with an independent broker who can signpost your application to niche lenders who have no association with the repossessing bank.

Can I Remortgage With Repossession on My Credit File?

Potentially yes. However, as with any other mortgage, you will have a limited number of lenders who are likely to consider the application.

Why Do I Need a Broker to Get a Mortgage After Repossession?

It is crucial to use an experienced broker to:

  • Have the best chances of mortgage approval.
  • Indicate which lenders will consider a repossession applicant.
  • Negotiate terms and rates on your behalf.
  • Advice on borrowing products relevant to your circumstances.
  • Compare rates available throughout the market.

Applying directly to a lender without a broker's negotiating skill to back up your application is far more likely to fail. This can rack up multiple mortgage checks and damage your credit file further.

If you are interested in getting a fresh mortgage after repossession or have been turned down by another bank, get in touch with Revolution for independent advice. The team is available on 0330 304 3040 or via email at [email protected].

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