Understanding our classifications
If you are a that borrower lives outside the UK, mortgage lenders will tend to attach a higher risk factor to your transaction. We divide all non-resident applications up into standard and non-standard cases. The terms of your mortgage will be determined by this classification.
1. Standard cases
"Standard" cases are classified as 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 instances, we are required to spend additional time researching your case as well as time to argue it with underwriters.
Although our research is chargeable, we try to ensure that we don’t do chargeable work if the result is unlikely to yield anything. If we believe your mortgage will not be approved 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 whether the mortgage will be approved without doing the research. In these cases, we will give you the option to proceed or not before we begin researching.
The advice that you receive
We will prepare an analysis of your mortgage options, these may include multiple scenarios. In all cases, you will get to see the best in market options in the variable and fixed mortgage duration ranges.
What our report contains:
The report provides a reference so that we can further advise you on your options. Once a decision is made on the best option for your circumstances, we will then send you a detailed key facts document for that particular mortgage product, as well as a suitability report setting out the rationale for our advice.View an example of one of our client reports
Mortgages for South African residents
There are a few things we need to know before we can recommend the best mortgage to you. Briefly these are:
- Your income and tax position in your country of residence
- A detailed understanding of your personal assets and liabilities in your home country and globally
What happens next
We will allocate a mortgage adviser to you to conduct research. They will establish the relevant factors and determine a set of search criteria with you. Following this, they will search the market to find you the best mortgage for your circumstances.
It’s important to note that non-resident lenders are required to lend in the absence of a credit score or credit search. As such, they lend on the basis of the documentation available.
In most cases, lenders require tax returns from the country of residence to prove income and also require that any business accounts or personal asset statements are verified by a local accountant. The accountant will need to be from one of the big four accounting firms or from a local accounting firm that is part of a global alliance. These lenders do not accept any accounts or income proofs from accountants who fall outside of these criteria.
Other mortgage services
We also offer other mortgage-related services, including solicitors and conveyancing, insurance and financial advice. We can source mortgages for UK properties for those with unique and unusual requirements - whether you live in the UK or abroad.
Have a question about the UK property market? Find the answer to your question in our frequently questions and answers section.
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For non-resident mortgages, we charge a non-standard research fee of £375. This includes completing a fact-find for you and researching your case with all the lenders. If we find that it is not possible to proceed with your case at the outset, we won’t progress to research and will not charge you any fees.
Please note: In some cases we can only identify if you qualify by doing the research; in these cases, a fee will be charged regardless of outcome.
Upon your application for the mortgage (i.e. after a property has been found), we will charge an application handling fee of £200. This is payable regardless of the outcome of the application.