What was the situation?
I was approached by a first time buyer – a teacher – who was looking for a large income multiple loan on an ex local authority flat with unusually high ground rent charges because it included utility bills.
Before I was bought on board to help my client, they had already begun their search for a mortgage but were recommended to LDN Finance by a friend for a second opinion.
What was the issue?
This case was complex because the client wanted to borrow almost 5 times their salary. Most mortgage lenders were offering significantly less than this. Additionally, the property was a 1 bed ex local authority flat in central London, but had unusually high ground rent payments to consider.
Ground rent is a payment made under the terms of a lease by the owner of a building to the owner of the land on which it is built. The amount of ground rent payable on a flat is important to lenders because this is taken into account as a monthly financial commitment, and so the higher the ground rent the less most mortgage lenders will offer.
As well as the complexities that came with the property type, the client had not been able to secure the funds they required as they had applied to a lender that wasn’t suitable for their situation. Subsequently, the mortgage had been declined after the valuation was carried out which had caused distress to my client.
What was the process?
During the initial delays in applying for the mortgage, the client nearly lost the property as their previous application had taken so long to process. However, once we were bought on board to help, I spoke to the estate agent and managed to convince them to give the client another opportunity at getting the mortgage agreed via myself.
With an enquiry like this, most lenders would decline this application due to the income stretch and ground rent issue. However, using my experience and product knowledge, I knew which lenders to approach who would consider will lending more money if certain longer term fixed rates were in place.
What was the solution?
With the estate agent and vendor agreeing to let me try, I spoke to the lenders and a mortgage application was submitted within 24hrs. They had the mortgage agreed and offered within 13 days!
The client is very thankful and is now about to take their first step onto the property ladder!
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