If you’re looking to buy a property on the Isle of Wight, whether as a main residence, buy-to-let or second home, the good news is there’s plenty of local mortgage brokers we can introduce you to who can help guide you through the process.
There’s lots of great reasons why people decide to move to the Isle of Wight. It’s one of the sunniest places in the U.K, there’s miles and miles of gorgeous beaches to explore, great amenities, summer festivals and an altogether steadier pace of life.
Can you get a mortgage to buy a property on the Isle of Wight?
Yes, it’s certainly possible. With the exception of a small number of mainly provincial banks and building societies, most U.K mortgage lenders (including high street ones) are more than happy to consider lending on properties on the Isle of Wight.
It’s important to remember, just because the Isle of Wight is an island it’s still a part of England. Formerly part of Hampshire, it’s been a county in its own right since 1890. The process for buying a house on the Isle of Wight, and getting a mortgage to fund it, is exactly the same as the rest of the country.
Like all other areas of England, the Isle of Wight has its own set of conditions that can influence the local housing market. Factors such as mortgage availability and job security play their part just like anywhere else.
Property prices on the island
In recent years the average property price across the island stands at just over £300,000. This is above the average for the rest of the country but below the average for its neighbouring county, Hampshire.
Within the Isle of Wight itself, property prices will vary depending upon where you want to buy. Areas such as Yarmouth and Bembridge are considered quite affluent, therefore prices here will be highest (some can reach £1 million+), whereas East Cowes and Newport are typically below the island average.
What if you’re a first-time buyer?
Banks and mortgage lenders will most certainly be just as willing to consider applications from first-time buyers looking to purchase property on the Isle of Wight as they would anywhere else in the U.K.
Despite limited space, there’s a healthy range of properties available on the island from large detached homes to flats/apartments. There’s also a steady flow of new properties being built, which may qualify for some of the special government schemes currently available, such as:
If you are a first-time buyer, don’t be put off by any perceived limitations or additional hurdles purely because of the location. The truth is there aren’t any.
However, as it’s your first time buying a property anywhere, using the guidance of an experienced mortgage advisor is particularly important. They’ll be able to run through all the options available to you in much more detail.
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How much deposit you’ll need
The amount of deposit you’ll need for a mortgage in the Isle of Wight will vary from lender to lender. Some lenders may only offer a loan-to-value (LTV) of up to 80%, however, others may be prepared to go up to 90%, so you’d usually need to put down somewhere between 10% and 20% of the property’s value.
Mortgages with LTVs higher than 90% are quite rare. But the good news is, there are lots of banks and building societies willing to consider mortgage applications for properties on the island, which means plenty of different deals and offers to choose from, not to mention the government schemes for people with low deposits that we listed in the previous section.
If you don’t have a large deposit, speak with your mortgage broker in the first instance and they’ll be able to identify the specific lenders who’ll consider applications on this basis.
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Buy-to-let mortgages are also available on the island. The Isle of Wight has historically been a very popular tourist location during the summer. As such, there is a constant demand for buy-to-let properties and second (holiday) homes.
Mortgage lenders will always look to offer lending support for specific purposes where this demand exists and the Isle of Wight is no different, with a wide choice of both banks and building societies willing to consider these types of applications.
The process you need to go through to get a buy-to-let mortgage on the Isle of Wight is no different to the rest of the UK. Take a look through our complete guide to buy-to-let mortgages to find out more.
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A mortgage application for an Isle of Wight property really shouldn’t encounter any extra complications or hurdles than you’d expect anywhere else across the U.K. What’s important is having the right advisor, one who has knowledge and experience of the local market, to help you make the right choices.
This is where we can help. Using our advisor-matching service we’ll be able to identify a mortgage broker who understands the Isle of Wight property market from top to bottom. Call 0808 189 2301 or make an enquiry and we can arrange a free, no-obligation call with a mortgage advisor who specialises in this location today.
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