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Mortgage with an Overdraft

Overdraft lending isn't typically a dealbreaker for a mortgage application - but should you repay all your short-term debt before you apply? Find out with guidance from the accomplished brokerage teams at Revolution Finance Brokers.

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Almas Uddin

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What Is An Mortgage With An Overdraft?

Overdrafts are a normal part of everyday banking - but relying on an overdraft can cause an issue when applying for a mortgage.

Many of our clients seek professional help having been rejected for a mortgage due to their overdraft usage issues.

In this guide, the Revolution Brokers team summarises the relationship between overdrafts and mortgages - and how to ensure you get the most competitive home loan available.

For more assistance, or for bespoke advice to help you secure the mortgage borrowing you need, give us a call on 0330 304 3040, or email the team at [email protected].

Can I Get a UK Mortgage if I Also Have an Overdraft?

You can, yes. Many people have an overdraft facility, which is not usually any problem when applying for a mortgage.

Lenders will assess your application based on affordability - which means that an extensive overdraft facility is only a problem if your lender is concerned that you are overstretching yourself and cannot comfortably afford the mortgage repayments.

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Does Having an Agreed Overdraft Impact my Mortgage Application?

Not specifically, no. If you have an agreed overdraft on your account, particularly if you don't use it, it won't significantly impact your mortgage application.

What Can I Do If I have been Rejected for a Mortgage Due to my Overdraft Account?

If you have a substantial overdraft facility and are in debt, you might find that some high street lenders with strict policies cannot accept your application.

In this scenario, it is essential to identify the reasons behind the rejection:

  • How significant is your overdraft?
  • How often are you in debt to your bank?
  • How many overdraft facilities do you have?
  • Have you used unapproved overdraft facilities?

A lot depends on the reason for the rejection. The most likely scenario is that your use of an overdraft is relatively extensive and has given the lender reason to reject your application on the grounds of affordability.

Can Using an Overdraft Make a Difference to a Mortgage Application?

It can do, and many people have overdraft facilities on one or more bank accounts, even if they don't use them regularly.

The relevance depends on the lender and how they view overdrafts. If you do use an overdraft extensively, and to the limit, it might be that you don't meet affordability criteria, or have a high debt to income ratio.

There are, however, plenty of lenders who are not overly concerned about overdraft usage and will take a more flexible approach to assess your application.

If I Have an Overdraft Facility I Never Use will It Impact my Mortgage?

Where you have an unused facility, it is worth closing it before applying for a mortgage, if you have any uncertainty about whether your mortgage lender approves applicants with other debts.

This applies to credit cards too, since the lender will include every debt or potential debt in their calculations.

For example, if you have a credit card and an overdraft, and have a total of £10,000 debt, your monthly payments might be something like 3% of that total - so £300 per month.

A mortgage lender will deduct this debt repayment expense from your monthly income to calculate whether you can afford the repayments. If you can clear debts before applying, it can strengthen your application.

Can I Get a Mortgage if I Have a Student Overdraft Account?

You can, and many lenders are happy to make a mortgage offer to applicants with a student overdraft.

Lenders will probably include this type of account in the affordability assessment, so might limit the amount you can borrow, but is unlikely to prevent you from finding a mortgage.

How Does an Unauthorised Overdraft Report Impact my Mortgage Eligibility?

Using an unauthorised overdraft can cause an issue - whether you have used extra funds from your account that exceed your approved overdraft limit, or have gone overdrawn on an account which does not have a facility in place.

If this is a one-off, some lenders will disregard it as an isolated incident, and will usually ask for three months or more of bank statements to check that it isn't something that happens often.

Should you be concerned about overdraft usage or penalties for unauthorised overdrafts appearing on a mortgage application, give us a call, and we'll run through the best options.

Can I Use Funds from a Bank Overdraft Towards a Deposit on a Mortgage?

Not usually, no - mortgage lenders have specific rules about where borrowers can source a deposit from, and very few will permit you to use unsecured borrowing to pay any part of a mortgage deposit.

Professional Support with Mortgage Applications and Overdrafts

Suppose you're concerned about any form of borrowing and the impact on your mortgage eligibility. In that case, the first step is to consult an independent broker who can assess your application and ensure you apply to the right lenders who will be able to offer you funding.

Give the business loan broker team a call on 0330 304 3040, or email us at [email protected] and we'll steer your mortgage application down the best route.

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