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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    Unusual Mortgages are specialist Independent Mortgage Advisers who are highly experienced in arranging Complex Mortgages and Buy To Let Mortgages.

    Our lead financial adviser Chris Morgan has 30 years of experience in Banking, Finance and Mortgage Advice.

    We have strong relationships with many off high street lenders, such as private banks, specialist banks, niche lenders and complex mortgage providers. Many offer exclusive products, that are tailored bespoke for clients and are only offered through financial advisers like ourselves.

    These are many of the areas in which we are able to offer advice. If you have a Mortgage Issue we can assist you with and it’s not on our A-Z of Mortgage Issues then please give us a call for us to for advice.

    A-Z of Mortgage Issues 

    • Adverse Credit (Arrears, CCJ’s, Defaults)
    • Braford & Bingley (Buy to Let End of Mortgage Term)
    • British Expat Mortgages
    • Buy to Let (Above Commercial Premises)
    • Buy To Let (Capital Raise)
    • Buy To Let (End of Mortgage Term, also see End of Mortgage Term, Bradford & Bingley, Mortgage Express, Rosalite Mortgages, Rosinca Mortgages, Siberite Mortgages)
    • Buy To Let (Expat Products)
    • Buy To Let (Incomplete Proof of Income)
    • Buy To Let (Interest Only)
    • Buy to Let Mortgage (Impact of Tax Status)
    • Buy to Let (Minimum Proof of Income)
    • Buy To Let (Multiple Mortgages)
    • Buy To Let (No Minimum Income)
    • Buy To Let (Portfolio Landlords)
    • Buy  To Let (Rental Stress Test)
    • Buy To Let (Scottish Property – Certain Postcodes)
    • Complex Income Situations
    • Complex Mortgages
    • Contractor Mortgages
    • County Court Judgements
    • Country Properties (Large Acreage)
    • Debt Consolidation
    • Declined High Street Lender
    • Development Finance
    • Director Income
    • Dividend Income
    • Downward Trend Income
    • End of Mortgage Term (Bradford & Bingley, Cerburus, Citi Mortgage, GMAC Residential Funding, Heliodor, Jasper Mortgages, Landmark Mortgages, Mortgage Express, Northern Rock, Roselite Mortgages, Rosinca, Seberite Mortgages, Topaz, UCB Home Loans, UK Asset Resolution. Whilstree, TSB)
    • Equity Based Lending
    • Exit Route (Development and Bridging Finance – Note we only advise on Exit Route situations, Not Bridging Finance itself)
    • Expat Mortgages
    • Foreign Currency Income
    • High Income Mortgages
    • Higher Rate Tax Payer Rental Calculation (Buy To Let)
    • High Value Mortgages
    • Incomplete Proof of Income (SA302 & Self Employed)
    • Interest Only Mortgage (Buy To Let)
    • Interest Only Mortgage (Down Sizing Strategy)
    • Interest Only Mortgage (Term Ending, See End of Mortgage Term)
    • Investment Income
    • Impact of Tax Status
    • Jasper Mortgages (Buy To Let End of Mortgage Term)
    • Kitchens (Multiple In One Property)
    • Landlord Mortgages
    • Late Payments On Credit Record
    • Let to Buy Mortgages
    • Listed Properties
    • Million Pound Mortgages
    • Minimum Proof of Income
    • Missing Proof of Income
    • Mixed Use Property
    • Mortgage Deeds (Two Properties, One Title)
    • Mortgage Term Ending (See End of Mortgage Term above)
    • Multiple Income Sources
    • Multiple Kitchens (One Property)
    • Multiple Mortgages
    • Multi Unit Properties (Multi Properties, One Title)
    • Mortgage Express (Buy To Let End of Mortgage Term)
    • Mortgage Rejected
    • No Minimum Income (Buy To Let)
    • Nurses Income (Agency and Bank Hours – Declined by High Street Lender)
    • One Year Self Employed (1 Year accounts)
    • Other Income Types (Non Conventional Income Types such as Airbnb, Property Income, Director Remuneration)
    • Portfolio Landlords
    • Professional Mortgages
    • Proof of Income (Problems meeting lender criteria)
    • Property Income
    • Re Mortgages (Capital Raising)
    • Restricted Lending
    • Right To Buy
    • Rosalite Mortgages (Buy To Let End of Term)
    • Rosinca Mortgages (Buy to Let End of Mortgage Term)
    • Rural Properties (Mixed Use Properties)
    • SA302 Income Proof (Problems Producing Proof of Income)
    • Scottish Rural Property (Buy To Let – Certain Postcodes)
    • Self Employed Income
    • Self Employed Mortgages.
    • Siberite Mortgages (Buy To Let End of Mortgage Term)
    • Stress Testing Portfolio’s
    • Split Title Deeds (Annex and House)
    • Sports Person Mortgages
    • Thatched Roof Properties
    • Title Deed Issues (Multi Units One Title)
    • Topaz Mortgages (Buy To Let End of Mortgage Term)
    • Trust Fund Income
    • Two Kitchens (One Property)
    • Utilising Other Income
    • Utilising Property Income

    We have only a few types of mortgages where we do not offer advice

    • Auction Property
    • Bridging Loans (Unless the borrower is looking for an Exit Route)
    • Contract Races
    • Guarantor Mortgages
    • New Build Property (Unless the property is already built and ready to move into)

    Lead Financial Adviser Chris Morgan, FPC, CeMap, CeRER. 

    Chris Morgan is the Lead Financial Adviser at Unusual Mortgages with over 30 years experience in Banking, Financial, Insurance and Mortgage Industries. He has worked for three major banks in his career – Lloyds, HSBC and Barclays.

    He is the former resident financial adviser for Barclays Regent Street, Liberty’s and Mayfair group of branches and been an Independent Financial Adviser since March 1999, when he created his own advisory practice Compass in Soho London. He has also been the Lead Financial Adviser at Unusual Risks and Unusual Mortgages, since 2009.

    He is a former Financial Adviser of the Year, Barclays Young Business Person of the Year and finalist in the FT Adviser Mortgage Adviser of the Year contest.

    He has also won a host of other community and industry awards for his consumer facing work within the finance industry.

    Chris has recently been shortlisted at The European Diversity Awards for Barclays Campaigner of Year. This is for his work as a Diversity Leader within the UK Financial Services Industry.


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