Mortgages for Over 60s
Mortgages in later life.
A retirement mortgage programme for older borrowers.
Over the last few years older borrowers have faced significant challenges in accessing the mortgage market. In 2014 legislation known as the Mortgage Market Review (MMR) led to many banks and building societies refusing to lend to existing mortgage holders where the term would take the borrower over the age of 65.
More emphasis was placed on affordability, which meant lenders must now look closely at the income and outgoings of mortgage applicants. This leaves older borrowers in their fifties and above with a reduced choice of mortgage products in the UK.
This, plus changes to state pension and retirement laws including the abolishment of the compulsory retirement age means the choices for borrowing later in life are limited. We are pleased to confirm that all of our mortgage products are available to those in retirement with no upper age limit.
Through our Retirement Mortgage Programme we’ll accept 100% of a borrower’s pension as well as a proportion of other forms of income, such as investments, when addressing affordability.
You can compare different types of later life mortgages using our mortgage finder – select ‘Older Borrower’ under Mortgage Type.
What type of later life borrower are you?
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We have conversations, not algorithms.
Our decisions are made by experts, not computers. We need to calculate the financials, but we understand there’s more behind a mortgage than the numbers on a page. We can’t promise to lend to everyone and anyone, but we’ll consider most applications on an individual basis.
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