Mortgage Market Report – Future 2018

HOT MORTGAGE TOPICS 2018 By Chris Morgan

2018 is likely to see a continued tightening of lending criteria, with lenders keen to keep any capitalisation they have acquired since the last recession. With uncertainty surrounding Brexit they are unlikely to relax high street mortgage lending through banks and building societies any time soon.

This regular column aims to highlight the areas that high street institutions may not be interested in lending money to consumers. There has definitely been a divide created between what is called “High Street” and “Off High Street” lending, with the secondary mortgage market growing rapidly to meet demand from mortgage borrowers who may not be eligible for a high street mortgage.

In each Hot Mortgage Topics column we will mention some of the topical “Non High Street” mortgage situations that have crossed my desk recently. In the last column we talked about Adverse Credit, Buy to Let and Returning Expats. Here’s the latest …


It would seem a good idea to look at consolidating debts and loans ahead of Brexit, those with any unsecured debt or credit cards may be able to save hundreds of pounds each month. Even those with some form of adverse credit like County Court Judgements, Arrears Defaults or Late Payments could still probably consolidate their debts, through the right “Off High Street” lender.


Although High Street lenders do offer mortgages on Right To Buy, they may not always lend on the type of property that you have been offered a discount. Sometimes ex-local authority properties could be of “non-standard” construction, so it can be extremely difficult to find mortgage finance. Sometimes this is due to the materials used or a defect highlighted in the building process. Although these properties can be almost impossible to mortgage, there are a limited amount of lenders that will consider offering a mortgage.


One of the first casualties when “High Street” lenders tighten their mortgage criteria are the Self Employed, this is especially the case in an economic downturn. If your accounts or tax returns show what is described as a downward trend of income, then you may be declined for mortgage finance by building societies and banks. They are highly likely to treat you as a higher risk within their mortgage lending criteria.

These are just some of the “Off High Street” Mortgage types where “Unusual Mortgages” can be of use to borrowers looking for finance, in our next blog article we will look at types of income and contractsFixed Contract Income, Moving Employment, Self-Employment

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If you have been turned down for a mortgage or are worried about approaching lenders due to the way you have been treated in the past, why not give us a call. Within 15 minutes you will know if your hopes and aspirations are a reality, with a sound opinion from the most experienced mortgage broker in the United Kingdom at placing “Unusual Mortgages”.

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