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Author: Pete Mugleston - Mortgage Advisor, MD

Updated: April 12, 2022

How much do you need to earn to get a mortgage of £200,000?

Many customers approach us to ask how much they need to earn to qualify for a particular size mortgage.

For example, you might be wondering How much income do I need for a £200k mortgage?”

There is no “one size fits all” answer to this question, as every lender is different in their requirements and each will want to look into your particular circumstances before deciding on an acceptable salary for a £200,000 mortgage.

In this article we will be able to provide you with a good idea as to what you need to be earning for a mortgage of this size, and what other individual circumstances lenders will consider when assessing an application for a £200k mortgage.

How much do you need to earn to get a £200k mortgage?

So, roughly how much income is required to qualify for a £200k mortgage with a lender cap in place? Say your annual income is £35,000, you would need to find a lender that was willing to lend you 6x your income – something only a few of them offer, and even then it will only be under the right circumstances.

If on the other hand if you have £70,000 deposit saved, you’d open yourself up to a wider variety of lenders because this figure is just over 3x your annual salary.

Our mortgage affordability calculator helps explain this concept more clearly, and will give you an indication of how much you may be eligible to borrow based on your own current income:

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Mortgage Affordability Calculator

Our affordability calculator can tell you how much you can potentially borrow from a mortgage lender. Simply enter your total household income below and our calculator will do the rest.

Input full salaries for all applicants

You could borrow up to 

Most lenders would consider letting you borrow

This is based on 4.5 times your household income, the standard calculation used by the majority of mortgage providers. To borrow more than this, you will need to use a mortgage broker to access specialist lenders.

Some lenders would consider letting you borrow

This is based on 5 times your household income, a salary multiple you might struggle to qualify for without the help of a broker. This income multiple is not widely available to customers who are applying directly with a lender.

A minority of lenders would consider letting you borrow

This is based on 6 times your household income, a salary multiple you will struggle to get without a broker. Six-times salary mortgages are usually only available under very specific circumstances.

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Example calculations

This table provides further examples, based on a range of illustrative earnings and lender caps:

Income 3x Income 4x Income 5x Income 6x Income
£35,000 £105,000 £140,000 £175,000 £210,000
£40,000 £120,000 £160,000 £200,000 £240,000
£45,000 £135,000 £180,000 £225,000 £270,000
£50,000 £150,000 £200,000 £250,000 £300,000
£55,000 £165,000 £220,000 £275,000 £330,000
£60,000 £180,000 £240,000 £300,000 £360,000
£65,000 £195,000 £260,000 £325,000 £390,000
£70,000 £210,000 £280,000 £350,000 £420,000

How much does income impact mortgage applications?

Income is important because it gives lenders an idea as to whether your earnings for a £200,000 mortgage will allow you to keep up with your repayments.

Affordability is determined by calculating your debt-to-income ratio, which measures your income versus your outgoing.

The lower your debt-to-income, the more disposable income you have, meaning that lenders will look at you more favourably. However, some  mortgage providers are more generous than others. The majority of lenders tend to cap a mortgage loan at 4-4.5x your annual income, but some will offer you up to 5x, and a minority will lend up to 6x.

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What other factors besides salary impact your ability to get a £200k mortgage?

Employment status

What you do for a living can have a big impact on how risky you are perceived by lenders. They will take into consideration whether you are in full-time employment or self-employed, how long you’ve been in your current role, and what your contract type is – all of which carry varying degrees of risk. For example, someone looking for a mortgage while on a fixed-term contract might find their options more limited than somebody in secure employment.

How much deposit you have saved

As the above table demonstrates, a larger deposit can be beneficial as it can open you up to a wider range of lenders and better rates. Most residential mortgage providers offer up to 85% loan to value (LTV), some are happy at 90%, and a handful will accept 95%, depending on any other risks a borrower poses.

Provided a lender is happy with the rest of your application, a handful of providers may be willing to offer you a £200k mortgage with as little as £10,000 (5%) deposit saved.

For more information visit our dedicated mortgage deposits page.

Adverse credit issues

As already established, every lender has different criteria as to what this will and won’t accept. When it comes to bad credit issues, some will not accept anyone who has experienced any form of adverse, some are happy to accept less severe instances, and a few will consider someone with recent and severe problems, depending on the circumstances.

For more information, visit our dedicated page on bad credit mortgages.  Or, make an enquiry and we’ll refer you to one of the bad credit experts we work with.


Older borrowers can struggle to get a mortgage as many lenders perceive them as higher risk. As such, some will cap the maximum age allowed at the time of application, others may have a maximum term length (determined by age at the term end), and others will not lend into retirement.

Some lenders won’t deal with anyone over 75, other stretch to 85 and a minority will lend to a retiree of any age, as long as they’ve proved that they will be able to keep up with the monthly repayments.

This is why it’s important to get in touch with a whole of market broker. The ones we work with can connect you with a wider variety of lenders who are happy to lend into retirement or have no age restrictions. Click here for more information on lending in later life or contact us today and we’ll put you in touch with a specialist.

Unique property types

Some lenders are dubious about lending for properties that deviate from “standard” construction types. While every lender is different, many don’t accept properties that are “non-standard” (e.g. those with a thatched roof or timber frames), listed buildings or unique in other ways, because of the higher risk they pose.

That said, there are lenders out there who are happy to consider a wider range of property types.

Buy to let properties

If you’re looking to borrow for a buy to let (BTL), different rules apply than with a standard residential mortgage. Typically a higher deposit is required, and affordability is calculated differently than with residential loans.

Second homes

The same affordability rules if you want a mortgage for a second home, but lenders tend to perceive them as riskier because they want to be certain that you are able to keep up with repayments alongside your primary property.

Why you should speak to an expert affordability broker

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About the author

Pete, an expert in all things mortgages, cut his teeth right in the middle of the credit crunch. With plenty of people needing help and few mortgage providers lending, Pete found great success in going the extra mile to find mortgages for people whom many others considered lost causes. The experience he gained, coupled with his love of helping people reach their goals, led him to establish Online Mortgage Advisor, with one clear vision – to help as many customers as possible get the right advice, regardless of need or background.

Pete’s presence in the industry as the ‘go-to’ for specialist finance continues to grow, and he is regularly cited in and writes for both local and national press, as well as trade publications, with a regular column in Mortgage Introducer and being the exclusive mortgage expert for LOVEMoney. Pete also writes for OMA of course!

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FCA disclaimer

*Based on our research, the content contained in this article is accurate as of the most recent time of writing. Lender criteria and policies change regularly so speak to one of the advisors we work with to confirm the most accurate up to date information. The information on the site is not tailored advice to each individual reader, and as such does not constitute financial advice. All advisors working with us are fully qualified to provide mortgage advice and work only for firms who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. They will offer any advice specific to you and your needs.

Some types of buy to let mortgages are not regulated by the FCA. Think carefully before securing other debts against your home. As a mortgage is secured against your home, it may be repossessed if you do not keep up with repayments on your mortgage. Equity released from your home will also be secured against it.

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