Posted on 23 June 2011 by Sarah
I have a joint mortgage of £370,000 with my sister on a property worth approx £560,000. My sister's family and my parents live in the property as well as me, but I would now like to get a separate property for myself. Is it possible for me to get a second residential mortgage and if so what am I likely to be able to borrow? At the moment I have £20,000 savings and earn £60,000 per annum, I would still contribute to the first mortgage at approx £700 per month and have no other outstanding debts.
There are two ways lenders will treat your existing mortgage when calculating how much to lend you on a new purchase. They will either want your income to cover both the mortgage debts added together and use a simple income multiplier or they will take your existing mortgage payment as a commitment and then work out how much you can afford to pay on top of that.
Using the first method I do not think you will be able to borrow more because the current mortgage debt is over 6 x your annual income. The second method is likely to be more generous, although I fear most lenders will take the total monthly mortgage commitment rather than just your share of it. This is because a mortgage is a joint and several commitment and if the other parties to the mortgage didn't pay you would be liable for the whole amount.
Depending on your personal circumstances I think we should be able to find a lender who would be willing to take just your proportion of the monthly commitment into account and that this would mean you could be looking towards raising up to £175,000 on your own. Please call 0344 346 3672 to talk to one of our independent mortgage advisers who will be able to offer further advice on your situation.
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