How much do I 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. We’ll be discussing:
How income impacts mortgage applications
How generosity varies by lender
How much you have to earn to get a mortgage of £200k
What other factors impact eligibility for a £200k mortgage
Adverse credit issues
Unique property types
Buy to let properties
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How much does income impact mortgage applications?
Income is important because it give 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 3x - 4x your annual income, but some will offer you up to 5x, and a minority will lend up to 6x.
How much do I 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 the 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.
This table helps explain this concept more clearly, and will give you an indication of how much you may be eligible to borrow depending on lender caps:
Other factors beside salary impacting your ability to get a £200k mortgage?
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.
How much deposit you have saved
As the above table demonstrated, 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.
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 bad credit information section here. 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 age restrictions.
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. Visit our non-standard property section.
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. Find out more on our FAQ section on BTLs.
Again, different rules apply if you want a mortgage for a second home. Lenders tend to perceive them as more risky because they want to be certain that you are able to keep up with repayments alongside your primary property.
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*Based on our research, the content contained in this article is accurate as of 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 info 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.
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