A credit file is the fairest way of assessing the level of risk that customers represent when applying for mortgages and insurance. It will indicate their reliability when it comes to paying bills and using financial products and is one of the best indicators available.

Along with mortgage lenders, even insurers are now starting to give better rates to customers who have a good credit rating.

Read on for five easy ways to boost your credit score –

  1. Make sure you appear on the voters roll – it is now compulsory to not register to vote and carries a large fine.
  2. Know your credit every time you apply, and importantly space out your applications.
  3. Play your cards right by not holding too many. Cancel any cards that you no longer use.
  4. Build up your reputation. Make sure that you have a history of managing credit responsibly by staying within overdraft limits and making certain you never miss a payment on your credit cards, loans and utility bills.
  5. Stick to a fixed telephone line. When you apply for any credit, make sure you use your landline number as a contact because where credit applications are concerned this gives a sense of stability and reliability to the lender.

And a final piece of advice – Avoiding credit altogether will not give you a positive credit rating, however, don’t try to remedy this by applying for lots of different products at once. If you would like to find out more information regarding your credit score or learn more about our products and services, please contact our Top House team today.

Mortgage lenders must make sure you take out a mortgage that you can afford. Find out what they are likely to check along with the information you will have to provide. If you are applying for a new mortgage to buy a home, increasing your current mortgage or remortgaging, your lender must check that you can afford your repayments now and in the future. To do this they will need information about your income and outgoings.


You will need to provide evidence of your income to show how much you can afford to borrow. If you are employed this might mean showing your payslips. If you are self-employed or a contractor you might have to show your tax returns, accounts, business plan or projected earnings. If the income you will use to cover your mortgage payments comes from more than one job, you will usually need to show evidence for each job. For other types of income like shares, bonuses or a pension you may have to provide documents proving how much you receive.

You will have to let your lender know if you expect your income to go down or your outgoings to go up. The evidence you will need for each type of income will vary between lenders. What ever they need from you, they must be sure that your income will cover your mortgage as well as you regular basic spending and other commitments.


Your adviser or lender will also need to know what you need to spend to keep up a basic standard of living. They can then work out how much of your income you can afford to spend on your mortgage. They will look at your spending in three categories.


This is what you regularly spend on the things that you cannot do without, such as: Food, household cleaning and laundry, gas, electricity and other heating costs, water bills, telephone, essential travel, council tax, buildings insurance, ground rent and service charges (for leasehold properties).


This is what you need to spend on occasional essentials, with some allowance for leisure costs including: clothes, household goods (furniture and appliances) and repair, personal goods such as toiletries, basic leisure costs, including non-essential transport, Tv license and childcare.


This covers other payments you know you will have to make including debts you are paying off such as credit card bills, loans or hire purchase payments. The exact details you will be asked for will vary between lenders but you should expect to discuss regular spending in all of these areas.


If you want to apply for an interest only mortgage then the lender will also ask you to explain and show proof of your plan for repaying the full loan when the interest only period ends. The lender will check that your plan is still in place at least once during the interest only period.


Your mortgage lender will look at how interest rates are predicted to change over a minimum of the next five years, to see how they might affect your mortgage payments. If your payments are likely to go up they will check that you could still afford them if your outgoings and income stayed the same. It is possible that rates could go up by more than predicted. If this happens then your payments could be higher than predicted too.


If your mortgage is due to last until after you retire then your lender will check that you can afford your payments with the income you expect to have during retirement. The information they need will depend on the lender and the length of time it is taken out before you look to retire.


If you already have a mortgage and want to remortgage, a lender may be able to arrange this without doing all of the affordability checks. The lender will still have to do the checks if you are: increasing the amount that you are borrowing and/or making a change that might affect what you can afford (for example extending a mortgage into your retirement, or removing someone from a mortgage contract). For further information about mortgages, please contact the Top House team.

You may like to read: 10 Questions to ask your estate agenthttps://www.tophousemortgages.uk/10-questions-to-ask-your-estate-agent/

Martin Lewis has a guide to Boost your Mortgage Chances you may like to read.

John Cobbold

I’ve worked in Financial Services for 40 years and have considerable experience in Later Life Lending, Equity Release and Lifetime Mortgages.

I am a Qualified Member of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), The London Institute of Banking & Finance (LIBF) and The Equity Release Council (ERC).

Amongst my qualifications, I hold Cert CII (MP) a CII Mortgage Professional; LIBF Adv CeMAP the Advanced Certificate Mortgage Advice & Practice and LIBF CeRER the Certificate in Regulated Equity Release.

During my career, I have 10 years mortgage broking experience and a further fifteen years as a Regulatory Supervisor for the Mortgage Code Compliance Board (MCCB), the Financial Services Authority (FSA) & Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) before joining The Equity Release Company colleagues of whom I have known for over 15 years and feel privileged to work with.

Equity Release schemes are only one of the ways to help self-finance long-term care.

Make sure you’ve considered all the alternatives, such as selling your property to downsize to a cheaper one or using savings to buy an annuity that will cover your care costs.

Consider grants or subsidised loans if you’re raising capital for home improvements or modifications.

Discussing your plans with your family can help to manage their expectations about inheritance and avoid any disputes later. They may also be able to come up with alternatives.

Enquiries & Next Steps

Done that and would like to know more or to proceed to call The Equity Release Company on 01702 908450 or email John Cobbold on john@theequityreleasecompany.co.uk one of our Equity Release specialists who can provide you with the latest information personalised to your circumstances – with no-obligation.

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