Mortgages for Contractors

Compare mortgages for contractors

Mortgage lenders can sometimes be a little more reluctant to offer mortgages to contractors and freelancers, as they don’t have the security of a guaranteed salary provided by an employer. However, there are lenders who will offer mortgages to contractors that have rates similar to those offered to traditional employees.

Provider

Type

Initial Interest Rate

Initial Term

Max LTV*Product Fee 
Fixed

1.41%

Reverts to 3.75%

2

Years

60%

YesMore Info >
Early redemption charges may apply. Overall Cost for Comparison 3.50% APRC. This is the cost of the mortgage over the full term.
Fixed

1.42%

Reverts to 3.75%

2

Years

75%

YesMore Info >
Early redemption charges may apply. Overall Cost for Comparison 3.50% APRC. This is the cost of the mortgage over the full term.
Fixed

1.38%

Reverts to 4.54%

2

Years

65%

YesMore Info >
Early redemption charges may apply. Overall Cost for Comparison 4.10% APRC. This is the cost of the mortgage over the full term.
Tracker

1.30%

Reverts to 4.54%

2

Years

70%

YesMore Info >
Early redemption charges may apply. Overall Cost for Comparison 4.10% APRC. This is the cost of the mortgage over the full term.
Tracker

1.32%

Reverts to 4.54%

2

Years

75%

YesMore Info >
Early redemption charges may apply. Overall Cost for Comparison 4.10% APRC. This is the cost of the mortgage over the full term.
Fixed

1.42%

Reverts to 4.54%

2

Years

75%

YesMore Info >
Early redemption charges may apply. Overall Cost for Comparison 4.10% APRC. This is the cost of the mortgage over the full term.
Tracker

1.59%

Reverts to 3.75%

2

Years

60%

YesMore Info >
Early redemption charges may apply. Overall Cost for Comparison 3.80% APRC. This is the cost of the mortgage over the full term.
Fixed

1.59%

Reverts to 4.70%

2

Years

75%

YesMore Info >
Early redemption charges may apply. Overall Cost for Comparison 4.30% APRC. This is the cost of the mortgage over the full term.
Tracker

1.82%

Reverts to 3.75%

2

Years

75%

YesMore Info >
Early redemption charges may apply. Overall Cost for Comparison 3.80% APRC. This is the cost of the mortgage over the full term.
Fixed

1.84%

Reverts to 4.54%

5

Years

65%

YesMore Info >
Early redemption charges may apply. Overall Cost for Comparison 3.70% APRC. This is the cost of the mortgage over the full term.
Fixed

2.12%

Reverts to 3.75%

5

Years

60%

YesMore Info >
Early redemption charges may apply. Overall Cost for Comparison 3.30% APRC. This is the cost of the mortgage over the full term.
Fixed

2.12%

Reverts to 3.75%

5

Years

60%

YesMore Info >
Early redemption charges may apply. Overall Cost for Comparison 3.30% APRC. This is the cost of the mortgage over the full term.
Fixed

1.99%

Reverts to 4.54%

5

Years

75%

YesMore Info >
Early redemption charges may apply. Overall Cost for Comparison 3.80% APRC. This is the cost of the mortgage over the full term.
Fixed

2.49%

Reverts to 4.70%

2

Years

80%

NoMore Info >
Early redemption charges may apply. Overall Cost for Comparison 4.30% APRC. This is the cost of the mortgage over the full term.
Fixed

2.88%

Reverts to 3.75%

2

Years

85%

NoMore Info >
Early redemption charges may apply. Overall Cost for Comparison 3.90% APRC. This is the cost of the mortgage over the full term.
Fixed

2.64%

Reverts to 3.69%

10

Years

60%

NoMore Info >
Early redemption charges may apply. Overall Cost for Comparison 3.00% APRC. This is the cost of the mortgage over the full term.
Fixed

2.94%

Reverts to 3.69%

10

Years

80%

NoMore Info >
Early redemption charges may apply. Overall Cost for Comparison 3.20% APRC. This is the cost of the mortgage over the full term.
Fixed

4.09%

Reverts to 3.75%

2

Years

95%

NoMore Info >
Early redemption charges may apply. Overall Cost for Comparison 3.90% APRC. This is the cost of the mortgage over the full term.
Fixed

1.58%

Reverts to 4.24%

3

Years

60%

YesMore Info >
Early redemption charges may apply. Overall Cost for Comparison 3.70% APRC. This is the cost of the mortgage over the full term.
Fixed

1.93%

Reverts to 4.24%

5

Years

60%

YesMore Info >
Early redemption charges may apply. Overall Cost for Comparison 3.40% APRC. This is the cost of the mortgage over the full term.

Representative Example:


A repayment mortgage of £120,000 payable over 28 years and 1 month initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.99% and then on the lender current variable rate of 3.69% (variable) for the remaining 26 years and 1 month would require 24 monthly payments of £465.20 and 312 monthly payments of £565.39 and one final payment of £565.19.


The total amount payable would be £189,357.67 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£68,161.67), booking fee (£999), completion fee (£30) and valuation fee (£197).


In this example the overall cost for comparison is 3.7% APRC representative.


YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE.


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How are mortgages for contractors assessed?



Mortgage applications for contractors are assessed in differently from traditional mortgage applications. Instead of looking at traditional forms of income assessment, lenders will use underwriting criteria specifically for the contractor and freelancer community. A normal mortgage application will be assessed on the basis of your salary - which meant that, in the past, many contractors faced difficulty securing the mortgage they wanted. A contractor mortgage application however, is examined on the basis of your gross contract rate. A mortgage lender will assess a contractor mortgage application on a case by case basis, using a combination of factors which might include:

 

  • Your contract rate
  • The duration of your current contract
  • How long you have been working as a contractor


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Tips for finding mortgages for contractors

 

  • Find a specialist contractor mortgage broker  - a mortgage broker that is used to working with contractors could help you to get the best deal available. 
  • Aim for a high deposit if possible – the higher the deposit you can put into a property, the less risk the lender is taking on. This can mean lower rates for buyers.
  • Check your credit score  – this is important for all mortgage borrowers, but it’s especially important for people seeking a contractor mortgage as it reassures the lender that you have a good history of making repayments.
  • Gather all your documentation  – most importantly, you will need an up-to-date copy of your contract, indicating your payment rate for the work as well as its duration. This gives lenders a clearer picture of your income. You may also need to show your accounts for the past few years, although this is not always required, so check with your chosen mortgage provider.

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Provider

Type

Initial Interest Rate

Initial Term

Max LTV*Product Fee 
Fixed

1.14%

Reverts to 3.69%

2

Years

60%

YesMore Info >
Early redemption charges may apply. Overall Cost for Comparison 3.40% APRC. This is the cost of the mortgage over the full term.
Fixed

1.41%

Reverts to 3.75%

2

Years

60%

YesMore Info >
Early redemption charges may apply. Overall Cost for Comparison 3.50% APRC. This is the cost of the mortgage over the full term.
Fixed

1.44%

Reverts to 3.69%

3

Years

60%

YesMore Info >
Early redemption charges may apply. Overall Cost for Comparison 3.20% APRC. This is the cost of the mortgage over the full term.
Tracker

1.59%

Reverts to 3.75%

2

Years

60%

YesMore Info >
Early redemption charges may apply. Overall Cost for Comparison 3.80% APRC. This is the cost of the mortgage over the full term.
Lifetime Tracker

2.09%

Life of the mortgage

60%

YesMore Info >
Early redemption charges may apply. Overall Cost for Comparison 2.20% APRC. This is the cost of the mortgage over the full term.

Representative Example:


A repayment mortgage of £120,000 payable over 28 years and 1 month initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.99% and then on the lender current variable rate of 3.69% (variable) for the remaining 26 years and 1 month would require 24 monthly payments of £465.20 and 312 monthly payments of £565.39 and one final payment of £565.19.


The total amount payable would be £189,357.67 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£68,161.67), booking fee (£999), completion fee (£30) and valuation fee (£197).


In this example the overall cost for comparison is 3.7% APRC representative.


YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE.

YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE.

The above mortgage products highlighted on this website are available directly through lenders who will be able to provide further information about the product you are interested in. If you are unsure about what mortgage product is suitable for you, we suggest you speak to an independent mortgage broker