First time poster, am in a real conundrum. If anyone could advise it would be brilliant.
Myself and my Fiancee were due to apply for a mortgage in 6-9 weeks. Today, my Fiancee lost her job. This is naturally a tough time emotionally, but we have to figure out now what we can do for a mortgage.
With this in mind, I have a few questions. Any advice is welcome.
If my Fiancee got 1-year contract work - I assume banks still don’t look on this too kindly and require a person to be in a permanent full time role to consider their income for the application?
If my Fiancee got a steady part time job, once her probation period was up would the banks take 3.5 times her salary into account, or because it’s part time would they offer less?
If we were to apply together now, would we meet any criteria? My salary is 35k, permanent full time. Take home pay per month = 2343. Usual lending criteria is that 2k must be left over per month for expenses for two adults. This leaves 343 per month for a small mortgage. However, online calculators (e.g. KBC) say that this doesn’t meet requirements for approval in principle. So, is it a non runner to apply jointly on my income?
As we are not yet married, I believe I can still apply as a single applicant? In this scenario, what are the legalities if I purchase alone and my Fiancee moved in after a time? I understand that after a certain period of time the person who moved in acquires rights to the property. That is fine and outside of the scope of my question here - my question is that if I apply alone on the basis that I would be the only person living in the property, purchase the property and ask my Fiancee to move in after a couple months, do the banks consider it a fraud application as two people would now be living there, and seek legal recourse to recover the loaned funds? In short, am I allowed under law to buy and then invite someone to live with me rent free?
Thank you very much for the advice, much appreciated.
@Terra Incognita I’m sorry to hear of your own difficulties, you’re all correct in that curve balls are thrown in life. It would actually be easier to deal with this one if we had a mortgage (my salary would cover it and bills etc for the few months til a new job was found).
Can anyone help with query 2) on the part time job.
It’s a very long time ago but I was this soldier. Luckily at the time the economy was coming out of recession. The OH got a PT job which they wouldn’t count for borrowing purposes (we were fine anyway on that score). They insisted an a parental gaurantee for 10% IIRC. Mortgages were maybe 20-25% of todays size I am guessing. I got this to be conditional on a proper job being found. Within the year the job was found and the gaurantee shredded. The only downside was that certain people put it about in family circles that we had received “help” from the parents, which we had of course but the implication was that it was dosh - but that is probably something others wouldn’t have to concern themselves with.
Thanks much! The idea was to buy something in between - somewhere we could comfortably love for 10 years plus that could be manageable as a forever home if needs be.
Buying something modest (2 bed in d15 etc) would make sense, but it would be a good half year before I could do that under my name as a sole applicant. Then it can take months to finalize the sale upon which I’d be married and unable to draw down as married couples can only apply on a joint basis. So I’m left with potentially having to lose a bunch of deposits paid for the wedding so far and trying to get the money together for a wedding a year or two after.
Hi Mantissa, thanks very much. I guess so but would rather be upfront. If I can get a home alone before getting married it seems like the best option, unless my Fiancee gets a job far enough before that time to purchase a house with me. I guess it’s either try find something adequate in a few months when I have more savings, or push the wedding back.
I recently approached a broker as I was looking for an ‘unconventional’ mortgage, in the end I just went straight to the bank. I found the MB was pushing me towards a vendor with less favorable rates. Seemed pointless. Found UB good to deal with, KBC, not so much, both were offering same rates for my LTV level.
If you are applying direct to banks, don’t necessarily just apply to your current one. Especially if your current one is PTSB, who don’t have very good rates in most cases. It’s worth looking at askaboutmoney.com/threads/mo … ys.197714/ (though I think it’s slightly out of date on KBC’s latest changes). I found applying to banks fairly painless and never bothered with a broker, though in my case it was a very simple application (PAYE employee, no debt, property in Dublin, not looking for any exemptions).