How much can I borrow as a first time buyer?


How much can I borrow as a first time buyer?

How much you can borrow as a first time buyer is dependent upon many different factors. In fact it’s impossible to give you an accurate answer without understanding your specific situation. As a very generic guide, usually you will be able to borrow four to five times your annual income. However, there are many elements that can impact the exact number. That’s why we don’t have a calculator on our website – to put it bluntly, they’re a load of rubbish! So what impacts how much you can borrow as a first time buyer?

Your deposit

The greater your deposit in percentage terms, the lower the risk to the lender. As a result lenders may be more generous with the amount they are willing to lend.

Your income – Employed Individuals

Lenders will consider your income figure as your basic salary plus a percentage of any variable income such as commission or bonuses. The amount of variable income that can be included will be dependent upon the frequency and size of payments received.

Your income – Self Employed Individuals

Whilst a small number of lenders will allow your latest years income figure to be used when calculating your income, most will lend on the following basis:

– If the latest year’s income figures are higher than the previous year, the average of the two income figures will be used.

– If the latest year’s income figures are lower than the previous year, the latest year’s income figures will be used.

To understand how lenders assess your income, check out our dedicated page here.

Other income

In addition to the income types mentioned above, some lenders will also allow income from other sources such as benefits to be included.

Your outgoings

The greater your outgoings, whether that be living expenses, loans, hire purchase agreements or otherwise, the lower your disposable income. The lower your disposable income, the greater the risk to the lender, which results in the amount they will be willing to lend also reducing.

Your age

Assuming you are looking to have your mortgage cleared by the time you retire, the older you are, the shorter the term available. The shorter the term, the more expensive the monthly repayments. As a result, and based upon your disposable income, potentially means lenders offering lower income multiples.

Your credit history

If you’ve had any difficulties repaying credit in the past, whether that be late payments, County Court Judgements (CCJs), or otherwise, it might impact how much lenders are willing to offer you.

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