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Portfolio Landlord – 2 Buy to Let Purchases – Case Study

We first started working with this client back in November 2020 with at the time, their new Buy to Let purchase and also servicing some of their existing property portfolio. The client has an existing portfolio of Buy to Let and HMO properties.

Their key requirement when choosing a Mortgage Broker was the necessity in getting a timely service, timely updates and regular contact with a dedicated person throughout the process.  This is exactly the service which Commercial Finance Network specialise in and happens to be one of our unique selling points.

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Last month we helped this client again with two new property purchases. The client called us on a Monday morning and advised us of the 2 properties they were looking to purchase. We then searched the whole-of-market for the best deal available for them.

Following our presentation of their options, we were then able to get a Decision in Principle for the client by Monday afternoon and their purchase offer was accepted by the Vendor, due to the efficiency and speed of our service by Tuesday morning. Due to the speed in which we’re able to act both initially but also commitments to swift conclusions, our client was also able to negotiate discounts off the purchase prices, saving them several thousands of pounds in the process.

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On Tuesday afternoon the applications were then submitted to the Lender. Within 24 hours from the initial point of contact with the client, we were able to submit full applications to the Lender with successful outcomes on both properties.

As well as recommending us to other members of their local property networking groups, this particular Portfolio Landlord now exclusively gives us ALL of their mortgage broker business, based on our efficiency, dedication and service delivery – key factors upon which we mostly certainly pride ourselves. The UK property market can be quick, so we need to be quicker! At ALL times, it is essential that we maintain the highest levels of Customer Service and delivery – this is the main pillar upon which Commercial Finance Network was founded and sets us apart from our competitors.

To know more and speak to one of our Buy to Let Mortgage Expertscall us now on 0333 0166 600. You can also fill in this short online form to get started. Our team of Buy to Let Mortgage Experts will get back to you straight away.

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Residential Mortgage – Same Day Mortgage Offer Case Study

The Client

The client was an existing Homeowner who was looking to move into a larger home to start a family with their Husband. The client approached us as her husband could not go on the application since he had an adverse credit history.

History

The client had previously approached her existing mortgage provider, who had told her that she could not borrow the desired amount due to how they were stressing her income and expenditure.

The client had some credit card debt and also had a personal loan. The personal loan was due to finish in less than 6 months from the date of application.

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The Resolution

We managed to secure the client a mortgage with a High Street lender who would disregard the loan payments due to the remaining term. The application was submitted at 10.15 in the morning, the lender completed an automated valuation on the same day and confirmed that the property was a suitable security and had issued the binding mortgage offer before 16.00 the same day.

The lender requested no documents other than the signed mortgage declaration. This was possible as the clients salary from her employment was paid into a current account with the same bank. Some High Street lenders can check incomes in this way and it allows for a smooth and efficient client journey.

To know more and speak to one of our Residential Mortgage Expertscall us now on 0333 0166 600. You can also fill in this short online form to get started. Our team of Residential Mortgage Experts will get back to you straight away.

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Limited Company Buy to Let Purchase – Case Study

We recently had a client make an enquiry about purchasing a property through his Limited Company in order to expand his Buy to Let portfolio. The company is an SPV (Special Purchase Vehicle) that has been set up for a while, and has two existing properties within it. The applicant that called also has one other Buy to Let in their own personal name.

There are three applicants in total, applicant two earns £12,000 PA and applicant three earns £11,000 PA, the main applicant earns £45,000, rising up to £72,000 PA, with shift and danger allowance. The second and third applicants do not currently own any other Buy to Lets. The second applicant doesn’t own any property at all.

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We went through the fact find with each client and asked the relevant credit questions. We were informed that everything was ok, and there shouldn’t be any adverse credit. However, the DIP (Decision in Principle) was declined based on adverse credit with applicant two’s credit file. We requested a copy of the credit report, and unfortunately there was a number of historical Adverse Credit issues on there.

We then re-sourced the deal, and found a lender that would accept the relevant adverse, as long as there was no adverse within a certain time frame. We managed to place the deal, and it was accepted. Now the client is in a better position to not only purchase and increase his portfolio, they are also in a better position to remortgage when the time comes, and achieve a better rate.  Things to consider:

  • 3 applicants are acceptable, especially within limited company
  • Not all clients need to own an existing property
  • An income over a certain threshold is not necessary, as long as they have an income that they can prove
  • Adverse credit doesn’t necessarily mean they are unable to get a mortgage

To know more and speak to one of our Buy to Let Mortgage Expertscall us now on 0333 0166 600. You can also fill in this short online form to get started. Our team of Buy to Let Mortgage Experts will get back to you straight away.

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Residential Remortgage with Adverse Credit – Case Study

A client recently called in with an enquiry with regards to mortgaging his existing property and the basic fact find details were taken.

The information provided resulted in discovering that there were two kitchens in the property and the client had some bad credit which he has now consolidated. He currently owns the property with his mother.

The client wanted his mother taken off the Mortgage and Deeds via transfer of equity. The client’s partner was to take on the mortgage jointly with the client. This would usually be a straightforward process, however the client’s mother was to remain in the property. This makes almost every lender on the market very nervous as it falls outside of their criteria.

The property has two kitchens, which whilst not being favourable with many lenders, it can be possible. Although on further fact finding, I discovered that not only were there two kitchens but also two front doors which essentially means there are two houses on one title.

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The client also has a little recent adverse credit, some historical adverse credit and he was looking to consolidate current debts. They were looking to redeem the original mortgage, which was only taken out 9 months ago, along with the second charge, and some credit card debts and loans. They were paying around £3500 per month on the property finance alone.

We persevered with this one and managed to find one lender on the entire market that was comfortable with the multi-unit aspect, the two front doors and the mother remaining in the property. We managed to save the client almost £1000 per month by consolidating debts and moving the secured loans into one at a better rate.

Things to consider:

  • Almost every lender on the market will not allow someone being transferred away from ownership to still remain in the property post loan. This is because they retain some legal rights to the property.
  • Properties with two kitchens are generally ok with some lenders, but if the kitchen is fully functioning and allows someone to live independently in a different area of the house as a self-contained unit, it becomes essentially a residential multi-unit on one title and it is very difficult to place.
  • Historical adverse is ok dependent on what it is and when it was registered/satisfied.
  • A certain amount of recent adverse is also ok, as long as it is no more than a certain amount within a certain time frame. Adverse that is against secured loans is the most damaging, unsecured is less problematic, and communication and utility adverse is the least likely to affect your ability to get a mortgage.

To know more and speak to one of our Residential Mortgage Expertscall us now on 0333 0166 600. You can also fill in this short online form to get started. Our team of Residential Mortgage Experts will get back to you straight away.

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Expat Case Study

The case study below shows a case for an expatriate client and how we were able to assist them with their finance needs.

In this particular case the client was a resident of Vietnam and had an existing portfolio of 3 properties and was looking to capital raise on an unencumbered property to fund the purchase of further investment properties, to raise the funds required the client needed to take a 5 year fixed interest rate to use the lower stress rate applied to draw the funds from the property. The application was accepted by the lender and the process ran smoothly, through underwriting and valuation.

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Buy to Live OR Buy to Let?

These are the two types of expat mortgages that are available to clients, with Buy to Live being for clients that are working abroad but whose family live in the UK, some believe that they can buy the property for them to live in when they are in the UK and leave it empty when they are abroad but this is not the case, any mortgage company will require buildings insurance to run alongside he mortgage and this would be invalidated if the property is left unoccupied for a period of 30 days or more, they can also not let the property whilst they are abroad without the consent of the lender.

Expat Buy to Let applications work in the same way as those for UK residents in terms of the rental income and loan to values. With Expat mortgages the important factors that need to be considered for the client are;

Buy to Live (at date of writing)

  • Maximum loan to value is 80%
  • Minimum loan as standard is £100,000.
  • Lenders have restrictions on which countries they will accept applicants from, typically any country with international sanctions is prohibited.
  • When assessing affordability lenders will take a shaving off the client’s income to allow for any fluctuations in the currency exchange rate
  • Clients must hold a UK bank account for the mortgage payments
  • If documents need to be certified this can be done at a notary public in their country of residence

Buy to Let

  • Maximum loan to value is 80%
  • Minimum loan as standard is £100,000
  • Clients must hold a UK bank account
  • Some lenders require the client to have a UK credit footprint to allow for a credit scoring on their system
  • First time landlords can have their loan to value restricted, typically to 65% If you have any questioned regarding some of the more detailed criteria applied, we will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Please note our fee structure for Expat mortgages is higher than our standard pricing, so a great opportunity to earn higher broker fees for Licensees, but always please check with an Advisor before quoting any fees to the client.

To know more and speak to one of our Expat Mortgage Expertscall us now on +44 1494 622 555. You can also fill in this short online form to get started. Our team of Expat Mortgage Experts will get back to you straight away.

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Bridging Finance for Residential Purchase Case Study

For this study we are looking at the benefits of bridging finance for a client looking to Purchase a new residential property by using a “Let to Buy” mortgage to raise funds for the deposit.

In this instance, the client was in the process of a standard Let to Buy re-mortgage (a let to buy re-mortgage is when a client wants to retain their existing residential property and let it out, max 75% loan to value) but due to their complex income the underwriters wanted to see more payments from their current contract which had just started.

The client was purchasing their new residential with a mortgage which had already offered and was now in a position where they would not be able to secure the finance, they needed using traditional means in time to meet the stamp duty deadline. This is where we were able to suggest regulated bridging finance to raise the deposit funds and be able to facilitate the purchase.

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With bridging finance there are a few important factors that need to be considered;

  • You must always have an exit for your client before taking out the bridge – the lender will need to know what this and will require proof if the exit is a refinance by way of a decision in principle.
  • Bridging finance is more expensive than a standard mortgage and should only ever be recommend as a short-term solution.
  • The financing options are either for Serviced or Retained. “Serviced” is where a client makes a monthly payment like a standard mortgage and the client’s income will then need to be evidence to show it is affordable. “Retained” is where the interest is deducted from the loan at the outset, usually with a minimum of 12 months deducted.
  • The client will have to pay valuation fees at the outset.
  • Arrangement fees and cost of the lender’s solicitors will also be deducted from the loan at the outset.
  • This will then give you a gross loan amount and a net release to the customer on completion.

With this customer, they already have the exit planned and just need to ‘Bridge’ the gap between the purchase and the let to buy refinance. Though 12 months interest will be deducted from the beginning, the client will only ever pay for the period they use, so if they refinance after 2 months, they will only pay for those 2 months of interest when they exit the bridge.

There is typically a minimum period of 1 month before the client can exit the bridge but normally no exit fees, standard arrangement fees are 2% of the gross loan.

The other uses for bridging finance are if a property is non-mortgageable and needs refurbishment, change of use, an auction purchase or if a client needs to raise funds quickly.

To know more and speak to one of our Bridging Finance Expertscall us now on 03303 112 646. You can also fill in this short online form to get started. Our team of Bridging Loan Experts will get back to you straight away.

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Expat Remortgage – 2 Flat Multi-unit block Case Study

An Expat client submitted an enquiry to refinance one of their portfolios, in this case a 2 flat multi-unit block on one freehold. The client had bought the property for cash and was looking to release the equity in the property to fund further purchases.

The challenges around Expatriate mortgages usually tend to be around credit score (or lack of) and whether the clients have any open lines of credit in the UK – all lenders will require the clients to have a valid UK bank account as this will be needed for the direct debit for the monthly mortgage payment once complete.

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Another thing to consider is that most lenders will have a minimum income requirement that will need to be satisfied and as ex-pat clients will invariably be paid in a currency other than Sterling. Most often you will find that ex-pat investor has good income but the thing to bear in mind is that lenders will shave a portion of their income off to allow for fluctuations in the exchange rate, whilst others will look back at the performance over the last 5 years and take the exchange rate at its worst to underwrite on a worst-case scenario.

Things to consider when discussing Expatriate finance with a client:

• Rates are higher than standard

• Lender’s arrangement fees are usually a percentage of the loan rather than a flat fee

• Check to see what credit they still have in the UK – will need an active bank account

• Certain countries will not be accepted by lenders, below are 2 links to the financial action task force for countries with increased monitoring or calls for action. Other lenders will use the Basel scale, the second link:

Financial Action Task Force
Basel Scale

• Certain Currencies will not be accepted by Lenders, usually if the currencies is volatile

• Loan to Values can be restricted

To know more and speak to one of our Expat Mortgage Expertscall us now on +44 1494 622 555. You can also fill in this short online form to get started. Our team of Expat Mortgage Experts will get back to you straight away.

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Bridging Finance Case Study

A client had an initial enquiry for bridging finance. The client is resident in Bermuda and bought a property in 2018 in Suffolk. The client was prepared to spend about £850,000 for the developments on the property which has been valued at £1,000,000.

The property is unencumbered. He wanted to raise £300,000.00 net via bridging finance as he needs the funds quickly to complete the final stage of works.

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After further discussion with the client, we discovered that the client had other commercial properties which could alleviate any concerns for the lenders of it being a regulated bridging finance.

This suited the client’s needs as the exit strategy is an Expat BTL mortgage, which would be sourced through us as well as. This will give him a peace of mind that all his property needs will be dealt under the same roof.

Note: Current Max LTVs for Bridging Finance for 1st charge bridges are 75% but lower for 2nd charge bridges, typically 60%.

To know more and speak to one of our Bridging Finance Expertscall us now on 03303 112 646. You can also fill in this short online form to get started. Our team of Bridging Loan Experts will get back to you straight away.

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Bridging Finance Case Study 2

A client had an initial enquiry for bridging finance. The client had a residential property in London valued at £760,000.00 with a mortgage of £300,000.00

He wanted to raise £200,000.00 as a second charge via bridging finance as he needs the funds quickly to do work on another residential.

As this loan is a second charge regulated transaction the loan to value is limited to 60% at a rate of 0.8% it did not allow the client to raise the amount he needed.

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After further discussion with the client, we discovered that the second property had a value of £3,000,000 and a mortgage of £470,000.00. We were able to secure one loan against both properties, giving an aggregate 27% loan to value for the full amount the client needed and reducing the rate to 0.75%.

This suited the clients’ needs as the exit strategy was to sell the London property and only needed the funds for a short term and allowed the client to complete in a 2 week period.

Note: Current Max LTVs for Bridging Finance for 1st charge bridges are 75% but lower for 2nd charge bridges, typically 60%.

To know more and speak to one of our Bridging Finance Expertscall us now on 03303 112 646. You can also fill in this short online form to get started. Our team of Bridging Loan Experts will get back to you straight away.

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