Help to Buy ISA

With UK properties out of reach to the average first time buyer, the UK government has stepped in with a rudimentary measure.

The ‘help to buy ISA’ offers first time home buyers the chance to save into a cash ISA. The government will then add 25% of the amount you have saved, when you buy a property.

You can start saving with £1200 in your first month, then £200 a month thereafter and the government will add a maximum of £3000 onto £12,000 of your savings.

The Halifax is currently offering 4% on help to buy ISA’s.

A cold shoulder for self employed mortgages?


At Charther CT we come across many self employed contractors and freelancers who feel cold shouldered by traditional mortgage lenders. Over 50% of people who are self employed feel that they may never be able to even get a mortgage!

Before the recent credit crunch, potential borrowers had the option of a self-cert mortgage, where there was little requirement for proof of earnings. This was a boon for the self employed whose income tended to fluctuate.

Unfortunately for the self employed, self-cert mortgages are no longer on offer, making it increasingly difficult for the self employed to get a mortgage. It is not a lost cause, and with due diligence, people who are self employed can greatly help themselves to obtaining a mortgage.

Steps to a self employed mortgage

  • Keep an eye on your credit rating and try to avoid any arrears, non-payments, ccj’s etc.
  • Minimise any superfluous personal costs, mortgage lenders will look at all your expenses.
  • Make sure you have a qualified accountant to sign off your accounts.
  • Try to have at least 3 years of receipts and accounts for you and your business.
  • Keep/get receipts from HMRC in regard to your accounts/earnings.

Good luck!

For further information on mortgages Council of Mortgage Lenders