Mortgages for self-employed people and contractors, from The Cumberland
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The introduction of tighter lending rules a few years ago has made it more difficult for self-employed people to get a mortgage. You may have already discovered that some lenders now have tough criteria that you need to meet before they'll consider your mortgage application.

At the Cumberland, we want to help business people secure the mortgages they need. We know that every business is unique, which is why we don't have a one-size-fits-all approach to mortgage lending.

Our friendly and expert team of mortgage advisors dedicate their time to reviewing mortgage applications on an individual basis. They'll look at your specific circumstances in the same way they would with any borrower, firstly looking to make sure you can afford it, then talking through the full range of mortgage products we offer, and these are available irrespective of whether you run your own business or you're a contractor.

For more information and to discuss how we can help, call 01228 403141 or book an appointment online.

What do we need?
In order to see if we can help, we'll need copies of:

(i) Last 3 months business or personal bank statements. (Last 6 months, if accounts more than 12 months old); and

(ii) Last 2 full years audited or certified Accounts (If older than 12 months, latest Management Accounts/ Accountant’s Projection); or

(iii) Last 2 years Self Assessment Tax Calculation forms (SA302s) issued by HMRC or online SA302 Tax Calculations and corresponding Tax Year Overviews (TYOs).

Where We Lend

We provide mortgages on properties throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Some of our mortgages are only available on properties in our branch operating area.

Our operating area is Cumbria (all CA and LA postcodes), South-West Scotland (all DG postcodes and TD9), West Northumberland (NE45-49) and North Lancashire (all PR, FY, LA AND BB1-3 and BB5-7).

Use our Mortgage Calculator to find out which mortgages are available to you.

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Understanding Mortgages

  • What is a mortgage?
    • A mortgage is a loan, secured on a property, that is repaid with a predetermined set of payments over an agreed period of time.
    • The amount you borrow will depend on your income, outgoings and your ability to pay it back.
    • Borrowing for the first time you will need a deposit to put towards the property, which is usually at least 5% of the total cost of the property. Home movers generally use the equity in their property as the deposit.
  • Types of mortgage

    There are a number of different types of mortgage. The main types are:

    Fixed Rate

    With a fixed rate mortgage, your interest is fixed for an agreed period. During this period your monthly repayments stay the same so you know exactly how much you’re going to pay each month for a set amount of time. Even if interest rates go up, you will continue to pay the same amount each month, but if they drop your payments won’t fall. Most lenders charge an initial fee for arranging a fixed rate mortgage and if you repay all or a significant part of your mortgage before the end of the fixed period, an early repayment charge is likely to apply.

    Variable Rate

    Your interest is a set percentage above or below a particular rate for an agreed period of time. If you have a variable rate mortgage your payments will go up or down whenever the rate it is tracking goes up or down. These mortgages usually track either the Bank of England base rate or the lender’s own standard variable rate. Most variable rate mortgages have arrangement fees and early repayment charges.


    An offset mortgage uses the interest you would normally earn on your savings and/or current accounts to reduce the amount of interest you pay on your mortgage. This means you could save money and repay your mortgage sooner.

  • Choosing your mortgage

    When you start looking at mortgages the choice can seem overwhelming. How can you possibly know whether you’ve got the right mortgage?

    Simply put, the right mortgage is the one that is best for your own personal circumstances. The reason why there are so many mortgages available is that everyone’s needs are different. The easiest way to find out which mortgage is best for you is to talk to someone that you trust will give you good advice.

  • Repayment options
    Repayment (Capital and Interest)

    Each payment is made up of both capital (the amount that you borrowed) and interest. This means if you make all of the required payments during the term of the mortgage, your loan is guaranteed to be repaid on time. The amount you owe also reduces each month and you are not dependent on the performance of an investment plan for the repayments of the capital borrowed.

    Interest Only

    All that you are paying back is the interest. You would need to make separate arrangements to repay the amount you borrowed at the end of the term. Normally, this would mean making a separate payment to an investment plan. This type of mortgage offers a lower monthly payment to your lender as you are only paying the interest (you still need to have a repayment strategy to repay the amount borrowed at a point in the future).

    You need to think carefully about which method will suit you best. A mortgage advisor will take you through the pros and cons of both and recommend what’s best for you.

  • Where do I start?

    One of the first questions you should ask yourself when you start looking for a mortgage is how you’re going to pay it off. Most borrowers opt for a repayment mortgage (referred to as Capital and Interest) but you can also choose an ‘Interest Only’ mortgage if you have another means of paying back the initial loan amount.

Your mortgage is secured on your home. Think carefully before securing other debts against your home. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.