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How Much You Need to Earn to get a £350,000 Mortgage

Find out how much you need to earn for a £350,000 to £400,000 mortgage and how a specialist broker could secure the best rates

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Author: Pete Mugleston - Mortgage Advisor, MD

Updated: April 26, 2022

We get hundreds of people asking us “how much can I afford to borrow?”, and more often than not a borrower will have a clear idea of how much they need to borrow, and are keen to know whether it’s possible on their salary.

Many are worried because they have been declined for a mortgage or are applying for a mortgage with bad credit. The good news is that the brokers we work with are experts at finding the right mortgage for your circumstances, even if you’ve had bad credit.

How much do you need to earn to get a mortgage of £350 000?

Based on the income multiples most lenders offer you would need to be earning between £65,000 and £70,000 for a mortgage of this amount. Remember, if more than one person is going on the mortgage, the lender will base their affordability assessment on both salaries, so the combined income of you and the other parties you’re applying with will need to stretch to this amount.

To find out how much you can borrow, based on your current income, take a look at our mortgage affordability calculator below.

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

The table below provides a number of different examples, ranging from 3 times up to 6 times your annual salary, to further illustrate the amount of salary you will need for a £350K mortgage:

Income 3 Times Income 4 Times Income 5 Times Income 6 Times Income
£25,000 £75,000 £100,000 £125,000 £150,000
£30,000 £90,000 £120,000 £150,000 £180,000
£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
£75,000 £225,000 £300,000 £375,000 £450,000
£80,000 £240,000 £320,000 £400,000 £480,000
£85,000 £255,000 £340,000 £425,000 £510,000

For more information on what salary you’ll need for a 350k mortgage see our affordability section. Or better yet, make an enquiry and we’ll refer you to one of the experts we work with for the right advice on getting the mortgage you need.

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How do mortgage lenders assess income?

All lenders take a different approach to income and what they will lend.

The main factors are:

Your income type

Some are happy to take 100% of your income into account while others will take a different approach – particularly where that income isn’t earned in the standard way, such as commissions, contracts or bonuses. Find out how to calculate commission income for a mortgage application in our guide.

This is especially true of those who are self-employed, where lenders all look at different accounting figures, and have their own interpretation of how well the applicant’s business is doing. You can find out more about mortgages for the self-employed in our complete guide.

What will a mortgage lender count as declarable income?

Some lenders allow you to declare more than just your earnings from a PAYE salary, as mentioned above, there are specialist lenders for self-employed borrowers as well as providers which accept income, bonuses and regular overtime.

Also keep the following in mind…

How long you’ve been in the role

The amount of time you’ve been in a job will also be considered by lenders, with most requiring at least 6 months in your current role, some happy with just 3 months, a few happy with accepting applications from those starting a new job and applying for a mortgage, and one or two even happy to consider future jobs to start in the next 3 months (so long as a contract is in place).

The generosity of the lender

The amount that you can borrow is determined by the lender’s own affordability assessment, and they are all different.

Most factor in income and outgoings as a whole to calculate appropriate disposable income.

Many also apply income multiple caps, limiting the maximum loan by multiplying your annual salary (as well as any other sources of income, depending on the lender) by a set number.

This is usually between four and five times the amount of earnings, although some lenders will offer income multiples of six and if you’re seeing a second charge mortgage (secured loan) you could get as much as 10 x your income.

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How much income do I need for a £350k mortgage on a buy to let?

While your income will be taken into account when applying for a buy to let mortgage (usually around £25,000 per annum is the minimum), lenders typically decide on how much to lend you based on the amount of rental income you’ll be able to achieve on the property.

Lenders will expect you to be able to achieve between 25% and 45% more than your mortgage payment, assuming the mortgage is on an interest-only basis, in rent.

What else affects whether a £350K mortgage is affordable?

There are other factors the lender will take into account when assessing whether you can afford to repay a £350K mortgage, including…

  • Your outgoings:
    Getting a mortgage with debt, such as outstanding loans or dependent children could curb the amount you’re able to borrow, although this will be offset against the amount of income you have at your disposal.
  • The amount of deposit you have:
    It goes without saying that the amount you’re able to put down in advance will have at least some bearing on whether your mortgage payments are management since a larger deposit means borrowing less. Furthermore, if you are able to put down more than the minimum requirement, the lender is more likely to offer favourable rates.
  • Term length:
    Spreading your mortgage debt out over a longer-term means paying less each month but being charged more interest, and therefore more overall. The term you request will impact how manageable your monthly payments are, and you should base this on how much you can afford to pay each month.
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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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*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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