Arrangement to Pay Credit Card

Answered on 27 June 2018

I am about to apply for a mortgage and am worried about my credit score. Quite a few years ago I was in financial difficulties and I had an arrangement to pay a credit card (£1 mth) and have paid it religiously for the past several years, never get a statement or anything asking me to pay more so I have stuck to this amount. In the past 12-18mths I have applied for credit and have been given 2 credit cards with limits of £1300 and £9000 which I have paid off religiously every month. I have no missed or late payments in the last 2-3 years. I have looked at my credit files and they have the card with the arrangement to pay on, stating I pay £1 / mth, however they all state that I am up to date on the payments, there is no details about an arrangement to pay and also no defaults registered. Is there a chance I could get a mortgage??

From your question, it seems as though your arrangement has not caused any problems with your credit record and your credit card conduct will stand you in good stead when it comes to assessing your willingness and ability to pay.

Credit Record

However, your credit record only forms part of the information lenders take into account and they will also look at things like how long you have had a bank account, how many times you have moved in the last 3 years, whether or not you appear on the voters roll and the length and type of your employment. It is difficult to guarantee that you will be able to get a mortgage, but we believe you have every chance of being successful.

We may be able to help you and that you would benefit from speaking to one of our independent mortgage advisers. Please call 0330 433 2927 and they will then be able to help you find the right mortgage for your situation.

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