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Secured loans for Self Employed borrowers

Secured loans for self employed borrowers are often used when a larger loan amount is required. Also where a remortgage is not practical or unsecured loans are not readily available.

For those who are self employed secured loans provide some great options to raise cash for personal or business use. The lenders also tend to be more flexible that traditional mortgage lenders so secured loans for self employed are often available when other forms of borrowing are not.

If you have a poor credit history, unusual income or want to borrow a large amount then a secured loan for self employed could be what you need.

With self employed secured loans available from £10,000 to well over £1million, at Promise we will automatically compare a secured loan with the option of remortgaging. Then we can advise which is most suitable so you know the mortgage option is not been overlooked.

Have you been self employed for less than 1 year?

Self employed secured loans are available for borrowers who have been trading for a minimum of six months. Lenders will ask to see management accounts – plus projections – from the accountant. But, the rates and types of secured loan available are more restricted than those offered to self-employed applicants who have a profitable, established business. If you can wait until your first years trading is complete you are likely to find more choice and lower rates.

Have you been self employed for more than 1 year?

Whilst accounts will strengthen any application, a number of lenders will accept SA302’s as proof of income – sometimes backed up by bank statements. Often the latest accounts have not been prepared. Explain this to an adviser, and they can also look at lenders which will accept projected profits from your accountant.

Salary, dividends and retained profit

Those borrowers who have set up a limited company structure will be used to lenders judging their income based on their salary and dividends. If profits were retained in the business, lenders would ignore them as they are not being drawn as income. However, common sense is prevailing with some lenders, which now add back retained profit in to the affordability calculation. Just because business owners have not stripped out profits in the past, why should they be penalised if they wish to do so in the future to service their proposed debts? This is a sensible bespoke underwriting approach to offering secured loans for self-employed customers rather than a blinkered rules based attitude.

Secured Loans to limited companies (including start ups or where bank debt has been called in)

Those who are trading through a limited company can take out business loans secured on their homes or on business premises they own. These have proved useful for those declined by the high street due to insufficient trading accounts or a poor credit history.

We have seen scenarios where lenders have taken a third charge which allows self-employed borrowers to retain their competitive first and second charges and borrow less at the higher business interest rates. A third charge is also helpful where the bank (sometimes holding a second charge for an overdraft) want its debt reduced. Rather than recalling the whole debt, which could scuttle the business, we have arranged loans to simply keep the bank at bay whilst the business either restructured or improved trading.

Where borrowers are starting a new business in a limited company, our lenders will lend in scenarios the high street lenders would never consider.

Contract workers

Many contract workers are penalised because they move from one job to another, despite enjoying virtually continuous employment – or should we say self employment?

Whilst most lenders are nervous of this scenario, we have lenders which recognise the transient nature of the contractor’s role and effectively treat them in a similar manner to employed borrowers. Of course they will be looking for stable and regular income but are sympathetic to people who move contracts or even move industry. Explain your situation to a Promise Money adviser and they will approach the lenders most likely to accept your application at the best rates we have available.

Landlords, Buy to Lets and HMO’s

In the BTL sector raising capital for deposits or to refurbish properties has become tougher due to changes in tax laws and regulations which more rigorously test affordability.

The second charge sector has reacted in a number of ways with some prime lenders reducing their rates, offering 5 year fixed rates and allowing additional earned income to be used to support shortfalls in the rental coverage. More cases are now being accepted as a result of these changes.

Some lenders are also less affected by regulations so can offer more generous affordability rules which are not available in the mainstream mortgage market.

Self employed with credit problems

Many self employed people suffered during the credit crunch and damaged their credit history whilst trying to stay in business. Some even went out of business. A bad credit history is not a barrier to the self employed provided they can afford the proposed loan now and have property to offer as security.

Mild adverse credit can be catered for at prime rates although heavy adverse is also acceptable up to 75% LTV.

Some self employed people have been forced to resort to debt management during the downturn resulting from the credit crunch. Lenders will now consider borrowers who are keen to repair their credit history by paying off debt management plans, allowing them to access the mainstream remortgage market sooner. This may not always be good advice so options also exist to keep the debt management plan in place provided it is being adhered to. Even IVA’s and bankruptcies can be cleared from the proceeds of a loan where it is suitable and affordable.

Summary for self employed, limited company owners and contract workers

If you have been turned down for a mortgage, an unsecured loan or a further advance, talk to a Promise Money adviser. Even if you have been accepted it is always worth comparing what is available as greater choice may be available to you from the second charge loan market.

Overall, the second charge secured loans sector is generous to self employed borrowers because of the appetite for manual underwriting combined with the tenacity and expertise of a specialist broker who knows the finest detail of their lenders criteria and is not afraid to present a case where common sense should prevail.

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    Secured Loan examples above are based on total borrowing of between 50-75% of the value of your property. Any lender / broker fees can be added to your loan which will increase the repayments and total amount repayable. Discuss this with your Promise adviser.
    REPRESENTATIVE EXAMPLE FOR PERFECT CREDIT HISTORY (with all set up fees added to the loan) – £63,000 over 228 months at an APRC of 4.2% and an annual interest rate of 3.47% (variable) would be £398.62 per month, total charge for credit £24,400.36, total payable £90,885.36. This figure includes a Promise fee of £2,690. Actual repayments depend on your circumstances.

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    2 out of 3 borrowers get a lower rate than our representative example of a regulated secured loan below:

    Mortgages and Remortgages

    Representative example

    £80,000 over 240 months at an APRC OF 4.3% and a discounted variable annual interest rate for two years of 2.12% at £408.99 per month followed by 36 payments of £475.59 and 180 payments of £509.44. The total charge for credit is £39,873 which includes a £995 broker / processing fee and £125 application fee. Total repayable £119,873.

    Secured / Second Charge Loans

    Representative example

    £63,000 over 228 months at an APRC OF 6.1% and an annual interest rate of 5.39% (Fixed for five years – variable thereafter) would be £463.09 per month, total charge for credit is £42,584.52 which includes a £2,690 broker / processing fee. Total repayable £105,584.52.

    Unsecured Loans

    Representative example

    Annual Interest Rate (fixed) is 49.7% p.a. with a Representative 49.7% APR, based on borrowing £5,000 and repaying this over 36 monthly repayments. Monthly repayment is £243.57 with a total amount repayable of £8,768.52 which includes the total interest repayable of £3,768.52.

    The %APR rate you will be offered is dependent on your personal circumstances.



    Promise Solutions is a broker offering products which represent the whole of the specialist second mortgage market and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority – Number 681423. If you have been introduced to Promise Money by a third party / affiliate, Promise may pay them a share of any fees or commission it earns. Written terms available on request. Loans are subject to affordability status and available to UK residents aged 18 or over. Promise Money is a trading style of Promise Solutions Ltd.

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