Posted on 21 May 2012 by Siama
I have a bad credit history but are looking to buy a house, can I still get a mortgage?
The starting point for any mortgage enquiry is going to be an examination of your credit file and before you talk to anybody you should get a copy of this from one of the major Credit Reference agencies: Experian, Equifax or Callcredit. The maximum cost to see your statutory report is £2 and you can view it online or get a copy by post.
Credit File Advice Centre
PO Box 1140
0844 335 0550
Consumer Services Team
PO Box 491
0870 060 1414
Customer Support Centre
PO Box 8000
0844 481 8000
Whether or not you can get a mortgage will depend on what bad credit you have, how recent it is and how much money is/was involved. It will also depend on how much you need to borrow relative to the property's value and your income.
Once you have a copy of your credit report to hand, I believe you would benefit from speaking to one of our independent mortgage advisers. Please call on 0344 346 3672 and tell the consultant the date of your question, they will be able to look at your situation and advise you accordingly.
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