If you are a contractor or are self-employed, securing a mortgage can be a challenge. Before the credit crunch things were more straightforward with self-certifying mortgages allowing those with a fairly new self-employed status to get on the property ladder. As the recession took over, the market changed dramatically and the self-certified era came to an end.

Interest-only mortgages also swiftly came to an end which meant contractors or the self-employed had no choice but to submit evidence of historical income. As the numbers of self-employed and contractor workers has increased the banks have had to think again. Now thankfully things have improved and the number of affordable contractor mortgages has increased. There are a number of contractor friendly lenders on the market where affordability is based on your contract rate alone, not on your accounts. As a result of basing your suitability for a mortgage on your annual contractor income, you will find there is a higher opportunity of securing the loan you need, as either a first-time buyer or as a seasoned home owner who wants to move up the property ladder.

It can be difficult shopping for a contractor mortgage on the high street as advisors may not fully understand the complexities of self-employment or contractor status. That’s why you need to come to the experts to ensure all options are made available to you. The Cambridge based team from Limetree have over 75 years’ industry experience and are specialists in contractor mortgages. We are here to ensure you get the best deals that are open to you and that you secure the mortgage perfect for your needs.

Our experienced advisors have access to a variety of lenders that are considered to be contractor friendly. The advantage of being an independent financial services company with no ties to specific lenders results in a market of possibilities being open to our clients.

We are also happy to work out of normal office hours which can be extremely helpful to contractors and the self-employed, there is no need for you to lose income as a result of a meeting with your mortgage advisor. Our bespoke service ensures that what we offer you is unique to your own requirements and our open and honest service guarantees you understand everything we do from beginning to end. Being regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority is another indicator that you are dealing with an organisation that has your best interests at heart.

So if you would like to discuss how we can secure you a contractor mortgage, give our friendly Cambridge team a ring today on 01223 266140.

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December 25th represents a significant deadline for some people. Spending the festive season in a new home is a driving factor for many people who are moving at this time of year, and we typically see the numbers of properties being sold rising at this time of year.

So, if you’re dreaming of putting up your tree in your next home, is there anything you do to get moving now? If you’re prepared to fully focus on paperwork, be sensible about your pricing and get super organised your dream could become a reality, though it will depend on the market demand in your area.

Here’s some tips on speeding up your buying process, so you can toast the festive season in your brand new home.

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