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Director mortgages

UK company directors applying for mortgages encounter many of the same issues that self-employed individuals face with their applications. It’s important that there is a good understanding of the individual’s historical personal earnings and those earnings still endowed in the retained earnings. 

Shareholding structures need to be clearly understood, particularly where more than one member of the household is a director. It can be difficult to get the case agreed if changes are made to corporate structures shortly before a mortgage application. We advise directors making changes to their corporate structures (when a mortgage is on the horizon) to speak to us sooner rather than later. 

We use the following approach to source the best mortgage for company directors:

  1. Understand the factors relevant to the borrower

  2. Agree on the criteria of the transaction

  3. Research the best deals in the market that meet these criteria

We will allocate a mortgage adviser to you to conduct the research. They will establish the relevant factors, agree upon a set of search criteria with you and then conduct a search of the market to find you the best mortgage.

The advice that you receive

We will advise you in the form of a written report, which will set out the various options available to you. This report will highlight:

  • All the repayment options

  • The pros and cons of each option

  • A final recommendation

View an example of one of our client reports.

Our research models

We have two models for our research into self-employed mortgages:

  1. Standard

  2. Non-standard

Although our research is chargeable, we try to ensure that we don’t do chargeable work if the outcome is unlikely to yield any results. If we believe your mortgage cannot be done at this time, we will inform you at no charge and suggest that the research be performed at a later stage. In some cases, we cannot confirm if the mortgage can be done without doing the research. In these cases, we will give you the option to proceed or not before we begin researching. 

1. Standard cases

A classification of “standard” applies to those cases where:

  • You (as the borrower) have Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK or possess a British or EEA passport

  • You are employed or, if self-employed, have two years’ tax returns that fit the borrowing requirement

  • The loan-to-value (the mortgage as a percent of the property value) is 80% or less

Your circumstances are likely to fall within the lending policy of most lenders; this allows us to conduct our research without needing to make special arrangements with any lender. 

We will provide you with a range of deals that best meet your criteria, advising you on your best options going forward. 

2. Non-standard cases

"Non-standard" cases are those cases where:

  • You (as the borrower) are not a British passport holder and do not hold ILR

  • Your earnings cannot be backed up by two years' P60 employment income in the UK

  • The proposed mortgage amount exceeds your annual employment income

  • You are a contractor using a limited company and/or umbrella company structure

  • The loan-to-value (the mortgage as a percent of the property value) is more than 80%

  • You are purchasing a shared ownership property

  • The proposed mortgage is greater than £1,000,000

  • You are not a resident in the UK

The "non-standard" route is followed where a case falls outside of standard lending policy. In these cases, we are required to spend additional time on research and arguing your case with underwriters.

Our fees

We will charge a research fee upfront when we do the mortgage research. This fee will either be £195 or £375. If the success fee from the lender is above £750, we will not charge you (the borrower) any further fee. However, if the lender success fee is below £750, we will charge you a top-up fee on completion of the mortgage. Here, we set out an example to explain this scenario: 

  • Miss Jones engages us to do her mortgage for her.
  • She is a UK national and needs a 70% mortgage to buy a £250,000 house (i.e. a £175,000 mortgage).
  • We charge her £195 at the outset and conduct the research for her. She gets the invoice from us when the research report is produced.
  • We then apply for - and successfully achieve - the mortgage.
  • On completion, the bank pays us 0.35% of the loan amount (£612.50).
  • Our minimum success fee is £750; we therefore invoice Miss Jones a top-up fee of £137.50 on completion.

Contact our mortgages team

Phone us: +44 (0) 20 7759 7519

South Africa

Regent Square
Doncaster Road
Kenilworth 7708
Cape Town
t: +27 (0) 21 657 2120

United Kingdom

Castlewood House
77/91 New Oxford Street
t: +44 (0) 20 7759 7514


Suite 8.06
9 Yarra Street
South Yarra
Melbourne VIC 3141
t: +613 (0) 86 514 500

Hong Kong

Level 1102
The Lee Gardens
33 Hysan Avenue
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
t: +852 3959 8681

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