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How to remortgage if you're self-employed

Perhaps your fixed rate is coming to an end and you’re now looking to remortgage before you drop onto the Standard Variable Rate (SVR), which could end up costing you more money. However, if since taking out your last mortgage, you’ve now become self-employed, there will be a few things you need to do differently this time around when it comes to remortgaging.
Remortgage when self-employed.
Self-employment comes in all different forms. First and foremost, you might own your own company, or perhaps you have a large share in a company. Similarly, there are many professions whereby you might be classed as self-employed, such as musicians, photographers, freelancers, consultants, artists or dancers to name just a few.
If you fall into the self-employed category then you will need to be aware of a few things before you go ahead with your remortgage application. Mostly, everything is the same as when you remortgage as an employed person, however, you just need to evidence things slightly differently so that lenders can confidently carry out the affordability checks.
Preparation is key some lenders find it more difficult to assess people’s financial situation who are self-employed, which makes sense, as repayments are based on your salary, so if you’re not on a regular payroll, you can see why extra measures need to be taken. However, fear not, there are a few simple things you can do to make your remortgage as easy as possible.

1. Prove your income. This is the most important thing you need to make sure you do. You need to provide 3 years’ worth of financial records as this will help evidence your financial position. This might mean hiring a chartered accountant to bring your books up to speed, but you’ll thank yourself for it after. 
2. Workflow. Being able to show that you have a healthy stream of work planned e.g. scheduled jobs that are coming up etc. will benefit you as this helps go some way to prove your future incomings. 
3. Good credit score. Again, this is probably something you’ve heard before but it’s an important one. A good credit history will stand you in good stead when it comes to dealing with the lenders. If you can show you have a good credit score, as well as a healthy deposit and a well-recorded history of finances, you’ll be in a great position for re-mortgaging.
Speak to a mortgage adviser
Speaking to a specialist in this field will put you in a great position for getting yourself ready to remortgage. Our mortgage advisers will listen to your individual circumstance and make recommendations on what your options are. We work with over 90 lenders and have access to over 11,000 mortgages, so we can help find the perfect one for your needs.
Can you remortgage if self-employed?
At the end of the day, being self-employed does not stop you from remortgaging. You’ll still end up with a mortgage, just the same as everybody else as there is no such thing as a ‘self-employed mortgage’. It just means that you have to be a little more thorough in evidencing your finances. And remember, not one size fits all. Lenders’ criteria are all different, so just because one might turn you down, it doesn’t mean another one won’t.
If you have more questions about remortgaging, please don't hesitate to get in touch.