Last Updated on 2nd October 2020
It’s common to think that a mortgage after repossession isn’t possible. High street lenders will often decline anything to do with adverse credit. As a result, many assume that every lender is the same.
This post will explain how lenders make their assessments on mortgage applications involving repossession. We’ve also explained the steps you can take to strengthen your chances of being approved a mortgage if you’ve been repossessed.
Can I get a mortgage after repossession?
Repossession is one of the most severe forms of adverse credit. As a result, it’s important to understand that mortgage approval won’t be an easy task.
There are lenders that specialise in mortgages with bad credit and have specific products made for such applicants. Specialist lenders will still carry out an assessment before lending. Depending on your circumstances, getting a mortgage after repossession could well be a possibility. Our specialists have helped many borrowers to secure mortgages even after being repossessed.
To summarise, lenders will usually assess applications on:
- The details of the repossession
- Your credit/financial profile since the repossession
- Your current financial position
How to get a mortgage after repossession
Do your research and prepare yourself before applying for a mortgage, especially after repossession. Lenders will ultimately decide on whether or not they’re going to lend to you. For this reason, it’s important to understand how a lender will assess you after you’ve been repossessed.
When were you repossessed?
The number one factor that lenders will take into consideration is the date of your repossession. This is because the more time that’s passed since your repossession, the more likely lenders are to consider giving you a mortgage. If you were repossessed last week for example, then you’ll need to wait at least a year before applying for a mortgage. You’re also likely to be charged higher fees if the repossession wasn’t too long ago.
The below table displays a brief summary of repossession timelines and the effect it has on your mortgage application.
|Repossession date||Deposit required||Likelihood of mortgage|
|Less than 1 year ago||n/a||Almost Impossible|
|1-2 years ago||approx 35% – 40%||Very Difficult|
|2-3 years ago||approx 30% – 35%||Difficult|
|3-4 years ago||approx 15% – 20%||Possible|
|4-5 years ago||approx 10%||Very Possible|
|5-6 years ago||approx 10% or less||Very Possible|
|Over 6 years ago||5%||Extremely Possible|
The amount of your repossession debt
The amount of debt you were repossessed on is also a factor that lenders will take into consideration. For example, if you were repossessed owing millions of pounds on multiple mortgages, then lenders would consider this high risk. If you only owed a few thousand pounds on one property, then lenders become more lenient.
Even if you’ve had a huge repossession and lost multiple properties, our advisors may still be able to help. Every lender has different criteria for when they assess a mortgage after repossession. It’s our experience and knowledge that helps us place your ‘situation’ and application to the right lender.
Are you still in debt after repossession
Once you’ve been repossessed, the lender will normally use an asset management company to sell the property. This is to recover the mortgage debt. The property is usually sold either by private treaty or by auction. Once the property is sold, there may be a shortfall which the lender will require you to pay back.
Take a look at the example below:
- The price you paid for your property= £150,000
- Deposit = £15,000
- Mortgage amount = £135,000
- The lender sold the property for = £120,000
- Outstanding debt = £15,000
If you’ve still got an outstanding debt once the property has been sold and you’re still paying this off, it makes getting a mortgage even more difficult. That being said, don’t give up hope until you’ve spoken to a specialist mortgage advisor.
Reasons for repossession
The reason you were repossessed is also another factor that lenders may consider. For instance, you may have been a victim of fraud or faced very difficult circumstances. Nonetheless, some lenders will flat out decline you despite the reasons on why you were repossessed.
Lenders may require evidence to support your application to help your assessment. A specialist advisor can present your application in a particular manner, greatly improving your chances of being approved. That’s why expert mortgage advice is so important, as we know exactly who to place your mortgage with and how to present your application.
Some lenders may be part of the same banking group, therefore if you’ve been repossessed by one lender, then all other lenders in the same group are likely to decline your application. This is why an expert mortgage advisor can be so vital in getting your mortgage approved.
The current status of your credit file
If you’ve been repossessed, the chances are you’ll have further issues reflecting on your credit file. If you’ve run into further bad credit problems such as CCJS, IVAs, bankruptcy, defaults, late payments, etc..then each one can impact your mortgage assessment.
Lenders may still see you as high risk if you’ve had further issues since you’ve been repossessed. This is because, from a financial viewpoint, you’re still in financial trouble and may not be deemed suitable for a mortgage.
If you’re applying for a mortgage after repossession, lenders may require evidence that you’re now financially stable. This may be as simple as making your credit card payments on time every month. Evidence of recovery and stability is vital for lenders. Some clients we’ve spoken to have incorrectly taken out payday loans in order to improve their credit rating. However, this is not something that we’d advise, as lenders don’t seem to like this. Learn more about mortgages and payday loans here.
How much can I borrow if I’ve been repossessed?
As previously explained, the date of your repossession is the number one factor that lenders will consider when assessing your mortgage. The date of repossession also heavily affects mortgage rates that will be available to you.
In cases where repossession is recent, you’ll more than likely be offered high rates and require a larger deposit. If you faced repossession five to six years ago and you’ve kept a spotless credit file since, you should be eligible for some great rates and possibly even 95% loan to value products.
If you’ve had past or present issues on your credit file in addition to your repossession, then securing great rates can become difficult. The more credit issues you have, the higher rates you’ll have to take on, if approved a mortgage that is. If you’ve had great credit since your repossession, then you should be able to choose from better rates. You can speak to an advisor to see what mortgage rates you qualify for.