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If you are keen to buy a new home after you have resolved a debt problem with debt management, saving for a good deposit is just as important as a good credit rating.
According to Micron Associates Finance Daily Mail borrowers with deposits of five or ten per cent of a property’s value can find themselves paying more than double the mortgage interest of those with 30 to 40 per cent equity in the property.
For this reason if you have just finished paying your debts using a debt management plan (DMP) or individual voluntary arrangement (IVA) and are looking to get a mortgage the state of your credit rating is important. However your ability to stump up a significant deposit will also dramatically improve your chances of getting a mortgage.
The recent announcement of the government’s new funding for lending scheme should mean that banks can gain access to cheaper funds which in turn they can more readily lend out. But they are likely to be prepared to do this only to their customers who can offer large deposits.
Furthermore, a 95 per cent mortgage requires about one fifth more capital placed into reserves than an 80 per cent loan of the same size. Put another way, a firm can make six loans to those with a 20 per cent deposit for every five loans to those with a five per cent deposit.
The need for good deposit is therefore a key criterion when considering whether to apply for a mortgage. But according to the latest national housing survey published by the government only one in four would-be buyers who considered applying for a mortgage actually do so. The rest give up because they do not think they had a big enough deposit.
Thinking about the future and about the prospects of being able to get onto the housing ladder are often key criteria used by those who are trying to choose a debt solution. Many people may choose a solution which is not right for them because they wrongly believe that it will cause the least damage to their credit rating and give them the maximum opportunity to buy a house in the future.
However it is becoming increasingly clear that being able to put down a good deposit is just as important as the state of your credit rating when trying to buy a house, Micron Associates read.
The sooner you are debt free, the sooner you will be able to start saving for the all-important deposit which will in turn make it much easier for you to get a mortgage.