Can I Get A Mortgage For 5 Or 6 Times My Salary?

10-June-2024 11:11
in Mortgage
by Jennifer Stevenson
Can I get a mortgage for 5 or 6 times my salary

Is it possible to borrow more than 5 times your salary? Amidst high interest rates, mortgage affordability is on the mind more than ever.

It’s not just hard-pressed first-time buyers who need to maximise their salaries' borrowing potential to get a toe-hold on the property ladder. 

Even mid-career professionals can find they need to access mortgage power at 5, 5.5 or even 6 times their annual income to afford property prices in the most popular residential areas of UK cities

This may be especially relevant if you're looking to buy property in Central London, where property prices can be especially steep. 

In This Guide:

What is a 5-Times-Salary Mortgage?

How to Access a 5 Times Salary Mortgage or Higher

Professional Mortgages

How Many Times My Salary Can I Borrow?

Are You Struggling to Get a Mortgage as a First-time Buyer?

How Can I Maximise the Mortgage I Can Borrow?

Market Update

What Else Can I Do?

What is a Five-Times-Salary Mortgage?

A five-times-salary mortgage allows you to borrow more than five times your salary. Mortgage lenders have an absolute limit set by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on the number of mortgages they’re allowed to issue at more than 4.5 times an individual or joint income on a mortgage application.

However, particularly in cities like London, Brighton, Bristol, and regions such as the Southeast, it has become challenging to buy a property without a large deposit. But how can you boost your borrowing power?

The number of homeowner mortgages they can offer at a higher loan-to-income ratio (LTI) is capped at an average 15% per quarter.

This is the loophole that some lenders have been using to lend up to 6 times salary for some specific categories of mortgage borrowers – including first-time buyers.

How to Access a 5-Times-Salary-Mortgage or Higher

So, how can you be one of that 15%?

  • We can find you a mortgage offer from several lenders at five times your salary if you earn at least £75,000. With a deposit of 25% (feasible for homeowners trading up in expensive housing areas).

  • And a new lender on the market is now offering 6 times income mortgages for those earning £60k per year (or £50k per year for sole applications), with just a 5% deposit requirement.
  • Other banks and building societies lend just below six times salary and require only a 10% deposit, giving you more options to choose from.
  • Some first-time buyer products at 5.5 times income are catered for specific qualified professionals such as accountants, lawyers, chartered surveyors, architects, dentists, doctors, vets and pilots, who are earning at least £40,000 a year.

The best lender for you depends on your annual income, occupation, deposit size, credit history and other factors. And the key is talking to a mortgage broker with access to all these products for a comparison on what's best for you

For a fast-track to getting your best options, book a free telephone conversation with a mortgage adviser to help us understand your situation. ]

And while you're here, read our latest news piece on interest rates in the UK - NEWS: Are Mortgage Rates Going Down?

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Professional Mortgages

Banks want to do this business and help borrowers who can afford enhanced borrowing for the homes they’re aiming for.

However, they don’t want reputational damage (or financial losses) if interest rates rise significantly and many homeowners default on their mortgages. 

Within their 15% quota of higher-LTI mortgages, they’re looking for the most profitable business (which will be larger loans) and the most secure business.

In their view, "professional qualifications" are shorthand for a level of education that offers reasonably assured career progression opportunities and employment alternatives if a borrower loses their job.

This is why professional mortgages are a hot topic at the moment:

  • Significant borrowing for non-professionals: via a broker

Some lenders advertise their “professional mortgages” deals, but some don't. And if you don’t have professional qualifications, a well-connected broker such as Clifton Private Finance may be able to get you access to similar rates.

We could currently get you:

  • 6x your salary if you earn £60K+, and you’ve got 5% deposit to borrow up to £750K (10% deposit for up to £1m mortgages)
  • 5.5x your salary if you earn £75K (or £100K on a joint application) if you've got a 15% deposit, to borrow up to £2M

Are you a first-time buyer? If so, read our market update: NEWS: First Time Buyer Mortgage at 5.5 Times Salary Now Available. 

Can I get a mortgage for 5 or 6 times my salary

How Many Times My Salary Can I Borrow?

The idea that mortgage lenders use a secret salary-multiplier formula is one that UK borrowers are reluctant to let go of.

Even though income hasn’t been the key lending criteria for banks and building societies for more than five years.

Mortgage lenders used to calculate how much they would lend by a simple rule-of-thumb multiplication of an applicant’s income: 4 or 4.5 times salary was the limit.

So a first-time borrower earning £30,000 a year who could put down a 5% deposit could look for properties up to a maximum price ceiling of £142,000.

Can I get a mortgage for 5 or 6 times my salary

How Much Can I Pay Vs How Much Can I Afford?

After a wholesale review of the mortgage industry by the FCA in 2014, banks and building societies were no longer allowed to look at the maximum a borrower could pay (by verifying salary and other sources of income).

Instead, they were obliged to conduct an in-depth assessment of how much each borrower could afford.

That’s why your lender (or your mortgage broker) now asks about all your regular financial commitments:

  • Childcare costs
  • School fees
  • Utility bills
  • Insurances
  • Car costs
  • Membership fees
  • Credit commitments

Lenders now need to be confident you can afford this additional mortgage commitment now and in the future when the mortgage interest rate might have substantially increased.

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Are You Struggling to Get a Mortgage as a First-time Buyer?

You can boost your mortgage budget with the help of your family – without needing a cash gift. Even with the 5% deposit scheme, most first-time buyers struggle to afford an average property in the UK with their deposit savings and income, simply due to the disproportionate rise of house prices compared to wages since the 1990s.

And while some first-time buyers turn to their parents for help with a deposit, many families don’t have the cash on hand to gift to them: their wealth is tied up in their own property or their pension.

There are other ways that your parents could help with your mortgage

  • Deposit Booster

We can use the equity your family member has accumulated in their property to get you a bigger deposit for your first house, without downsizing their home, drawing from their pension, or selling other assets to raise funds.

  • Income Booster

Or, we can use their annual income on your mortgage application in a joint borrower, sole proprietor mortgage (JBSP). This means they can add their income to yours without needing to be named on the property deed or secure the mortgage against their own home.

How Can I Maximise the Mortgage I Can Borrow?

You can’t suddenly acquire an engineering degree (or at least not a legitimate one!).

But you can make yourself eligible for borrowing from the broadest range of lenders possible – giving yourself access to the best mortgage deals you could get – by prepping your mortgage application and grooming your credit rating.

At least a year before you want to start applying for a mortgage, you should start taking action which will improve your "qualification" for a mortgage:

Can I get a mortgage for 5 or 6 times my salary

Push for an Improvement in Your Employment Status

  • A transfer from a fixed-term or temporary contract to a permanent contract
  • A pay rise

Both will significantly improve your mortgage eligibility.

Most private-sector employers respond to employee pay increase requests rather than proactively reviewing salaries.

If you’ve been with your employer for at least a year and can provide evidence of your effectiveness, this is a reasonable request that you can’t be penalised for.

High earner? Read our blog 'How to get a multi-million pound mortgage'.

Get more big borrowing tips in our video below: 

Can I get a mortgage for 5 or 6 times my salary

Prep Your Mortgage Application

Start to assemble all the documentation you will need. This will highlight any changes you need to make to improve your mortgageability:

  • Look at the recurring payments on your bank accounts
  • Multiple store credit card accounts and regular payments to bookmakers can be a red flag

Documents you need for your mortgage application:

  • Passport or driving licence (as proof of identity)
  • Current utility bills (as proof of address)
  • P60 form from your employer
  • If you’re self-employed: statement of your accounts from an accountant for the past two to three years
  • If you’re self-employed or have earnings from more than one source: tax form SA302 from HMRC
  • Current account bank statements for the three months immediately previous

Can I get a mortgage for 5 or 6 times my salary

Improve Your Credit Rating

Taking action in advance to improve your credit score gives you access to the broadest number of possible lenders for your circumstances and a chance to pick and choose the best rate.

  • Having unforeseen problems with your credit rating wastes time on mortgage applications that are refused further down the line.
  • Subsequent mortgage lenders will be able to see previous credit checks made and will be deterred by several loan applications that haven’t proceeded.

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Check your credit score:

Not all lenders report credit details to all three of the UK credit agencies, so you need to check all three:

Checking your credit score yourself doesn’t affect your rating.

Can I get a mortgage for 5 or 6 times my salary

Fix any credit rating problems:

  • Update any incorrect old addresses related to bank accounts, etc.
  • Challenge any accounts which you believed you had closed but which are still presenting monthly direct debit requests which are being refused (mobile phone companies/broadband suppliers are particular culprits)
  • Get notice of disassociation from anyone you used to be associated with financially (an ex-partner or flatmate) who may have a poor credit rating

Be proactive:

  • Avoid making any new applications for additional credit (any hire purchase, store credit cards, or online credit)
  • If you’re cancelling any regular service that you pay for by direct debit, keep a record of your service cancellation but leave the direct debit until the service provider cancels it and refunds any payments.
  • Take out a joint credit card with someone who trusts you and has a strong credit rating (such as a parent). Their credit rating will be "shared" with you.

You can also read our blog on 'How to get a large mortgage loan'

June 2024 Market Update

Rising interest rates have made it more expensive to borrow money, reducing mortgage affordability. Due to more expensive borrowing, combined with lack of affordability and rising rents making it challenging to save up for a deposit, property value dipped in 2023 as many held out in hopes that mortgages rates would drop.

Earlier this year, did we see the property market pick up, with an 11% increase in buyer activity in February 2024 as first-time buyers and investors rejoined the market. Many homeowners are opting for variable-rate mortgages, in hopes that they can remortgage to a cheaper deal once mortgage rates drop.

What Else Can You Do to Improve Your Mortgage Offer?

You’ve got two remaining cards up your sleeve.

Can I get a mortgage for 5 or 6 times my salary

Apply for a Longer Mortgage Term

You may not get a larger loan offer, but you could substantially reduce your monthly payments.

Affordability is usually calculated over a standard 25-year mortgage term. If you apply for a 30 or 35-year term, your monthly repayments will be lower. However, the overall cost of interest that you’ll be paying over the mortgage term will be significantly higher.

Can I get a mortgage for 5 or 6 times my salary

Use a Mortgage Broker

Individual lenders can only provide information about their own mortgage products.

Finding out about alternative offers that might be available from any of the 300+ mortgage lenders in the UK is difficult and time-consuming - and many of them can’t be contacted directly by potential borrowers.

A well-connected mortgage broker will know about the full range of mortgages available across the market and can advise on high-income multiple mortgages, e.g. on a 5x or even 5.5x basis.

They’ll be able to propose the lenders who will look most favourably on your particular circumstances and will “package” your application to demonstrate your suitability for their lending criteria.

The result can be a more generous mortgage offer, a cheaper borrowing rate, or a variation in the terms (such as a shorter initial period with early repayment charges), which will better suit your circumstances.

We have the product information you need across the mortgage market, and we’ll get you the best mortgage offer that could be available to you.

To see what we can do for you, call us at 0117 959 5094 or book a free consultation below. 

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