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There are many reasons why you might want more than one mortgage. Some of the most common ones are to buy a holiday home, to carry out home improvements on your current residence, or invest in a buy-to-let.
If you’re wondering how many mortgages you can have in total, there’s no fixed answer. It will depend on the type of mortgages you’re seeking and your personal circumstances, as we’ll explain in this article.
How many residential mortgages can you have?
There is no cap on the number of residential mortgages you can have so, in theory, you can have as many as you want. In practice, you will be limited by how many mortgages you can afford to repay at the same time, which will be decided by your lender.
So, if you want to buy a second home or a holiday home abroad, you’ll need to find a lender who agrees that you can afford to own multiple homes. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to prove that your finances will cover the repayments for a second mortgage, let alone a third. You can find out more in our guide to second home mortgages.
Note that most residential mortgages do not allow you to let your property commercially. So, if you’re expecting to let your second home or holiday home some of the time and use that money to help you make your mortgage repayments, you’ll probably need an investment mortgage instead.
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Can you have multiple mortgages on one property?
Yes. If you already have one mortgage secured on your home and you want another, this is called a second charge mortgage. These are usually used to finance home improvements, consolidate debts, or meet short-term capital requirements. You can find out all the details in our guide to second charge mortgages.
In brief, a second charge mortgage is a loan secured on the same property as your original mortgage, provided by a different lender. If you were to get a further loan secured on the same property (which is less common, but still possible), this would be a third charge mortgage.
The terms ‘second charge’ and ‘third charge’ relate to the priority of repayment in situations of default. If your home had to be sold to pay your debts, your original lender (as the provider of the ‘first charge’ mortgage) would have the highest priority claim on the proceeds, followed by your second charge lender and then, if you have a third mortgage on the property, your third charge lender.
Can they be with different lenders?
Yes, if you secure multiple mortgages on the same property, these are typically provided by different lenders. You would have your original mortgage with one lender, your second charge mortgage with another lender, etc.
If you seek additional borrowing from your existing lender, they wouldn’t usually provide it in the form of an additional mortgage. Instead, you would apply to remortgage to increase your borrowing. Your lender would assess whether you can afford to do so and whether your reason for doing so is acceptable within their policy.
If you’re applying for multiple mortgages for multiple properties, it’s up to you whether you do this with the same lender or with different lenders. Bear in mind that, either way, you’ll need to disclose the details of all the properties you currently own and are in the process of buying, and each lender will assess affordability on this basis.
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How to get approved for multiple mortgages
Getting approved for multiple mortgages can often be harder than getting approval for the first one. Before applying for a new mortgage, we’d recommend you take the following actions.
Seek expert advice
If you’re hoping to buy a second home, seek advice from an expert on how likely you are to be approved based on your current financial situation and existing mortgage. This will prevent any black marks on your credit report as a result of declined applications.
If you’re looking for a second charge mortgage, you should first discuss your plans with a broker to be sure that this is a better option for you than remortgaging, as each has pros and cons. If you need help finding the right broker for you, get in touch.
Consider your borrowing capacity
Most lenders judge how much you can afford to borrow in total by multiplying your annual income by a set figure. This is called the ‘maximum income multiple’ and it varies between lenders, typically within the range between four and 5.5, but can sometimes be higher.
If the outstanding balance on your existing mortgage is more than four times your income, it could be difficult to borrow more. If your outstanding balance is three times your income, you might be able to get a new mortgage for two times your income, or maybe even 2.5. Note that you would also need to meet any other criteria the lender sets.
Check your credit report
Lenders will run a full credit check before approving a second mortgage, so it’s best to know in advance what they’ll find. If you’re applying for a second mortgage to consolidate debts, these debts may have impacted your credit score. If you have any concerns about credit issues and how they’ll affect your application, discuss these with your broker.
You can download your credit reports to see how your credit record currently looks before you apply for another mortgage.
Complete your application carefully
Applications for second home mortgages and second charge mortgages are closely scrutinised, as both are seen to carry more risk than a standard mortgage. Every detail will be checked for veracity.
Your broker will ensure that all of your paperwork has been completed correctly and catch any unintentional errors that could be flagged as fraud. It’s crucial to accurately report details of your income, current debts, and planned usage of the property you’re buying, as these will all be important factors in approval or refusal.
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How many investment mortgages can you have?
You won’t need to prove that you can afford both your residential mortgage and your investment mortgage from your income. Instead, each investment mortgage will be assessed based on the expected rental income of that property. Many investors have multiple commercial, buy-to-let, or holiday let mortgages.
Once you own three or more investment properties, you might consider applying for a portfolio mortgage that covers all the properties under one loan, rather than managing and paying off multiple mortgages at once. Read more in our guide to portfolio mortgages.
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It’s important to find the right broker for your situation. Whether you’re buying a second home, getting a second charge mortgage for your current home, or buying an investment property, you’ll want to work with a specialist in the relevant mortgage type who understands the market and can give you expert advice.
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