How much do I need to earn to get a 250k mortgage and what are the repayments likely to be? We’ll be answering both of these questions in this article, but there are a few things to keep in mind before you read on.
Firstly, every provider has different lending criteria, so there is no standalone answer to these questions. What’s more, every lender will assess your other circumstances as well as income before deeming what an acceptable salary is needed for a 250k mortgage and what the costs will be.
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The good news is that the mortgage brokers we work with are experts in this area and can offer professional advice. This article will give you a rough idea as to the minimum income required for a home loan of this size and how much you can expect to pay back each month.
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How does income affect your mortgage application?
Income is one of the main considerations for mortgage providers because it’s a good indication as to whether your salary will allow you to keep up with your mortgage payments.
Lenders calculate affordability by looking at your monthly income against your outgoings to find your debt-to-income ratio. The lower the ratio the higher your creditworthiness is likely to be rated, because it means you have more disposable income available to pay off a mortgage.
Why do income requirements vary by lender?
The fact of the matter is, some lenders are more generous than others. While many providers impose a cap on a mortgage at 4-4.5x your salary, there are some lenders that will stretch to 5x your income, and a handful will go to 6x.
If you’re looking to use a secured loan as collateral for a mortgage, a few lenders may even stretch to 10x your income or more, meaning you can borrow a much higher amount than you could on a mortgage or remortgage.
How much do I need to earn to get a mortgage of £250,000?
So, how do you roughly calculate how much income is needed get a £250k mortgage, taking into consideration the standard lender caps?
Supposing you (and your partner, if applicable) earn an annual salary of £85,000; just over 3x your combined earnings equals £255,000, which should theoretically open you up to a wide choice of mortgage lenders because your income falls within the bracket the majority of lenders will consider.
If on the other hand, you earn £45,000 per year, you would need to find a provider that is willing to loan you nearly 6x your income, which is more difficult to come by.
This table will give you an idea as to how much you may be eligible to borrow based on typical income lender caps:
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The above table is for demonstrative purposes only and we recommend you contact your lender or broker for the most up-to-date information.
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How much are the repayments on a £250K mortgage?
It is important to consider the different mortgage rates and term lengths of a £250,000 mortgage, as these are factors that most mortgage calculators take into account.
Knowing how much the monthly payments on a £250,000 mortgage will be, could affect your decision as to which mortgage you decide to go for.
That’s why we have come up with some tables that show repayments on 250k mortgage amounts, with the monthly costs for different rates and terms. Just click on the tabs below to see these different £250,000 mortgage payments. Values for £255,000, £260,000, £265,000 etc. are also displayed.
If you are looking for a home and require any advice on a £250,000 mortgage then make an enquiry for free, expert advice with no obligation.
You can also use the rates table below to compare mortgage repayment rates and figures across the UK market at a 250,000 mortgage amount.
Other factors besides income impact the likelihood of being approved for a £250k mortgage?
Property Loan to Value (LTV)
A lower LTV (larger deposit) can be very beneficial as it may give you a wider variety of lender options and access to more competitive mortgage deals.
Most residential mortgage providers offer up to 85% loan to value (LTV) – which means you can borrow this percentage of the property’s value.
Some are happy at 90%, and a handful will accept 95%. This means that a few providers may be happy to loan you the money for a £250,000 mortgage with as little as £12,500 (5%) deposit saved – provided you pass the other eligibility criteria.
Generally though, you will be offered better rates the more deposit you have as it gives lenders added reassurance of your commitment.
What you do for a living can have a big impact on mortgage finance applications as some jobs or contract types are deemed riskier than others.
For example, if you’re self-employed or are on a temporary contract at work, mortgage companies may treat you with more caution than someone who has been in a stable, full-time role for a number of years.
However, there are many other variables at play, so don’t lose faith if you have an unconventional job. See here for more information.
Adverse credit issues
As discussed, every mortgage provider has different requirements and eligibility criteria – the same applies when it comes to bad credit.
On one hand, some lenders will not accept anyone who has experienced any forms of adverse at all; some are happy to accept even the most serious of issues, such as repossessions and bankruptcies. Generally though, it depends on the recently and / or severity of the issue.
Visit our bad credit mortgage section for more information on this. Or, make an enquiry and we’ll refer you to one of the specialist bad credit advisors we work with.
An older customer might find it more difficult to get a mortgage as they are seen as higher risk. As such, some lenders have a cap on the maximum age they lend to, whereas others have a maximum term limit. Some providers will not consider you if you’ve entered retirement.
Speaking to a whole of market broker will open you up to a wider variety of mortgage providers who are happy to consider you no matter your age. Visit our later life lending section here.
Buy to Let (BTL) properties
Is your £250k mortgage application for a BTL investment? If so, the rules are quite different than for standard residential mortgage products.
Usually, lenders will require a larger deposit (usually at least 25%), and affordability is calculated not by income multiples alone, but rather your estimated earnings from letting out the property.
Click here to visit our buy to let section.
Different rules also apply if you’re looking for a mortgage on a second home. This is because if you fall into financial difficulty for whatever reason, it’s more than likely you’ll prioritise repayments for your main place of residence over a second home.
As such, most banks and building societies will usually require a far larger deposit on a second home and you may be subject to and more extensive affordability checks than with a standard mortgage.
Unique property types
Many mortgage providers are cautious about lending for properties that are “non-standard”, listed, or unique in other ways, because of the higher risk and “less-sellable” they are.
Nevertheless, some lenders are happy to consider a wider range of property types. Read more at our non-standard property section here.
Why you should speak to an expert affordability broker
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- Whole of market and adept at dealing with £250K mortgage loans
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