Mortgage Market Report – Spring 2018

HOT MORTGAGE TOPICS 2018 By Chris Morgan

Mortgage lenders so far in 2018 have been cautious in their approach, even with some of the more straight forward mortgage applications seeming to take an eternity to process and agree. Many of the less mainstream applicants continue to suffer, with lenders continuing to create a divide between, what is called “High Street” lending and “Non High Street” lending.

This regular Mortgage Market report aims to highlight the most frequent issues we seeing effecting consumers, pointing out where we may be able to assist applicants, where High Street Institutions may not. The most important point to remember is just because a High Street Bank turns down your application, it does not always mean that you wont be able to get the finance elsewhere.

There are a host of specialist lenders that may be able to help and Unusual Mortgages are experts at finding Mortgages for consumers who have been turned down by High Street lenders. In the previous market reports we talked about Adverse Credit, Buy to Let, Returning Expats, Debt Consolidation, Right To Buy and Downward Trend In Income.

Here’s the latest Hot Mortgage Topics …

Fixed Contract Income

We have recently met several clients who have been declined for a mortgage due to their employment being on a fixed term contract. Lenders have varying criteria in this respect, especially around the amount of time expended and left on a particular contract. There can be particular difficulties for people on fixed term contracts and income derived from any second jobs or employment.

Moving Employment

Lenders can be particularly harsh on people who have recently changed employment, or are still within a probationary period with a new employer. In reality it is better to change employment after completing a mortgage or property transaction. Those who are within a probationary period, or are changing jobs within the same industry there may be ways Unusual Mortgages could assist you.


Self-Employed people have suffered the most since the last recession with changes to the way their income is assessed by mortgage lenders, especially if there is any evidence of “downward trend in income” (see previous report). Not all Mortgage lenders treat Self -Employed people the same, as criteria varies, especially in regards to length of time Self-Employed and type of evidence required.

In the next column we will look at Proof of Income, Employment Contracts, Financial Referencing …

15 Minute Mortgage Assessment

Unusual Mortgages offer a 15 minute free mortgage assessment over the phone for anyone that has been turned down for a mortgage elsewhere. We will confirm if the decision you were given is correct and assess your options across 70 lenders on our manual research list, from which we tailor bespoke solutions for our clients.

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”.

If you require more information on Complex Mortgages, Multiples Mortgages, Buy to let, Self Employed or Adverse Credit Mortgages  you can contact Unusual Mortgages onUK 0845 474 3075 or International +44 1404 45397, email at

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  • About Us

    Unusual Mortgages are Independent Mortgage Advisers who specialise in arranging Complex Mortgages. Our lead financial adviser Chris Morgan has 30 years of experience in Banking, Finance and Mortgage Advice.

    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.

  • Complex Mortgage Service

    Unusual Mortgages offers highly experienced and expert advice, from an industry leading financial adviser in return for reasonable fixed arrangement fees. On a number of occasions we have met clients who were quoted elsewhere, broker arrangement fees of between 1% and 1.5% of the mortgage, which can equate to literally thousands of pounds of extra fees.

    We have developed a business model and professional advice process that allows us to offer Independent Mortgage Advice at highly competitive fixed broker fees. which are extremely low in comparison to other fee based brokers.

    Unusual Mortgages have recently saved one particular client literally thousands of pounds in arrangement fees and total interest payable over the term of his loan.

    These are the main “Complex Mortgage” areas which we can offer our advice in return for Set Fees.

    Adverse Credit Mortgages, Buy to Let Mortgages, Complex Mortgages, Contractor Mortgages, Debt Consolidation, Development Finance, Downward Trend Income, Expatriate Mortgages, Landlord Mortgages, Let to Buy Mortgages, Mortgage Term Ending, Multiple Mortgages, Mortgage Rejected, Professional Mortgages, Re Mortgages, Returning to the UK, Right To Buy, Second Home Finance, Self Employed Mortgages.

    We are especially experienced at assisting people to find mortgages with Arrears, Adverse Credit, Bankruptcy Defaults, County Court Judgement's (CCJ's) and Late Payments on their Credit Record.


    Authorised and regulated by The Financial Conduct Authority. Please note most Buy to Let mortgages are not regulated by The Financial Conduct Authority. Fees will apply for mortgage advice. We charge a set fee of between £795 and £995 payable on application, dependent on the amount of work involved, the type of mortgage you are applying for and any commission we receive from the lender on completion of your mortgage. Please contact us for a specific quotation.

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