Posted on 31 May 2018 by
In our age of globalisation and flexible labour markets, people will often move overseas for a couple of years before returning home to the UK. In our experience younger clients, especially those working in a country or region where local taxes are lower than in the UK (or non-existent), have moved overseas to help save for a deposit on a new house. All well and good, but when they return to the UK most standard lenders may have an issue with the fact that they haven’t had a UK address in the last three years.
If you approach a mainstream lender, they will carry out a credit score and if you don’t have enough points, due to your address history, then you will be declined. Therefore, whenever I speak to a client who is either just about to return home or who has just arrived back with their deposit funds and has seen their dream house, I turn to one of the smaller bespoke building societies who assess the case on an individual basis and they will credit search, not credit score.
This means that an underwriter will look at your credit record to make sure that there is nothing untoward in the background, so having an overseas address isn’t so much of a problem.
If you are currently living abroad, and you plan to return home and buy a new home within the first twelve months of being back, consider the following points before doing so
The above is not an exhaustive list, but it is a good starting point if you are returning to the UK soon and looking at buying a new home. As we can only approach a small number of lenders your choice of mortgage will be limited – these are often a means to an ends, usually on a two or three year basis. At the end of this period we can look at a more mainstream provider, as by then you will have a longer address history back in the UK.
So whether you have just returned to Britain after some time abroad, or whether you are planning on coming home in the next six to twelve months and you want to buy a new home, the first thing you need to do is to contact John Charcol, and we can provide you with the specialist advice that you will require.
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