Case Study: First-time buyer residential mortgage.

Client requirements

First-time buyer residential mortgage.



The clients were a couple, of which one was employed and one self-employed, and both first-time buyers. The self-employed client only had one year’s worth of figures, which weren’t formatted into traditional accounts. The mortgage needed to be a 95% loan-to-value and to add a further complication mortgage-wise, the clients were using a gifted deposit. The mortgage had to be offered and the property completed within very tight timescales too – one month from the initial enquiry.



Hawke FS initially took a step back and put the self-employed client in touch with an accountant, who reviewed their income and standardised their accounts. This, combined with the explanation Hawke put together for the lender, confirming employment history, gave assurance of the client’s continuity in the industry. As although the client had only been self-employed for one year they had consistently and successfully worked in the same industry for many years. Hawke supported the clients the whole way through the process, including in relation to the solicitors, the estate agent of the property they were purchasing, the surveyors and, of course, the lenders. This ensured the property could complete within the timescale.

The Specifics


Loan required


Property value




Arrangement fee

Case Study: Can you get a mortgage over 50? Absolutely!

Client requirements

Back in 2019 we had an enquiry which has come through as a first time buyer for an older gentleman. Can you get a mortgage over 50? Absolutely!

Their search has led them to look into purchasing via the use of the government scheme Shared Ownership; regulated by Homes England and after going through the Homes England affordability calculator and passing eligibility with the Housing Association, we considered the mortgage calculations, concluded on products, and within one week we had an offer.



Unfortunately, this transaction did not complete.

House purchases can go wrong for an array of reasons:

  • Failing credit score.
  • Change of affordability.
  • Any material change, such as income or expenditure.
  • Seller or Vendor pulling out of the transaction.



A year on and amidst the Covid 19 pandemic he got back in touch with us; to calculate his affordability and to consider what mortgage options and mortgage rates were available this time (2020 mortgage). He was going to purchase this property outright, without a government scheme.

Buying outright when you have been looking at government schemes typically means you are looking at a higher loan to value. What is loan to value (LTV)? It is the obvious risk indicator to lenders, and it drives products and their subsequent criteria. For example, at higher LTV’s you may have restrictions on property types.

In this instance we had to consider several different lending criteria, as follows:


We must factor in the customers’ age and their occupation, as where the mortgage term (the total length of time you could keep that secured loan for) may take you to an age whereby it is not realistic to continue to do your job. The best example for this is considering a police officer. Could they do the same job they do now at 60 years of age?


In line with the above, we therefore need to consider where income would come from at that time ie changing jobs or would you look to retire at that age. Lending into retirement is a subject heavily debated and scrutinised by the regulator, The Financial Conduct Authority.


Through the application, whilst the above (income and expenditure) is important; lenders will also factor in the scenario of arrears leading to repossession, and this comes in the form of underwriting the property by means of a valuation. A property valuation is required for all mortgage applications and can sometimes be free of charge. There are several things you do need to consider. With a property such as a studio flat that this particular customer has agreed an offer on, subject to contract, we need to then achieve a mortgage offer with a lender who will be happy with the considerations of:

  • Studio square footage.
  • Lease years remaining.
  • Ground rent.
  • Ground rent review.
  • Service charge.
  • Cladding/EWS1/any combustible materials.

Once these considerations were ticked off to be satisfactory, we were underway with the mortgage application. The time from mortgage application to achieving an offer is currently between 1 to 2 weeks in scenarios where there is furlough income. Typically, this is a little longer.

In this instance whilst of course the criteria around getting the mortgage offer was important, the considerations of this mortgage being repaid before retirement; and the current income is incredibly important. For an older mortgagee we communicated very clearly around his mortgage needs on specific areas:

  • Term – reducing the term so that it was short enough that it was realistic for him to continue working until the age the term took him to, but also ensuring at the same time the mortgage payment was affordable.
  • Mortgage repayment basis – we took this on a capital and interest repayment basis so that the capital balance reduced down to £0 throughout the term; meaning the customer would not need to worry about how to repay the mortgage balance at the end of the term as it would be fully redeemed.

The time it took from mortgage application to completing and moving in was 3 months, which on average at the moment, is about right. With a happy customer following completion and our fee free service he has already referred a work colleague to us for their mortgage needs to be discussed.


Adam Hollidge
Hawke Financial Services LLP

Case Study: Considering taking advantage of the stamp duty holiday?

Stamp duty holiday: SDLT Rush 2

Are you a person(s) looking for your perfect mortgage option? Considering taking advantage of the stamp duty holiday?

It is possible to exploit the opportunity the government has provided in the Budget to extend the stamp duty holiday and here is an example of a couple we helped in the stamp duty rush volume 1.



Our customers were introduced to us from a local estate agent in early December, and what is different when using a local mortgage broker to approaching a lender directly is speed.

The time it takes to get in touch with us, ask quick fire questions and to get further understanding of any technical jargon involved with the largest transaction in most people’s lives is much quicker than approaching a lender.

We had refined the lending options by the 8th December, our focus moved to:

  • their mortgage calculation being driven by keeping their payment in line with the rent they were paying.
  • the speed in the time it took from their mortgage application to obtaining their mortgage offer (beat the March Stamp Duty holiday deadline).

We set the goal posts and they had their offer accepted on their dream home, and our only fear was the time scales of lenders at that time. So, the expectation was that even though we had collated all of the documents required by the lender, is that down to the sheer volume of business the mortgage underwriters were dealing with would it take too long to meet their objectives?



The submission of the mortgage application was on the 9th December.

Another benefit of using a broker is speed coinciding with accuracy in providing the correct documents to the lender for an underwriter decision making process to be made easier. We gathered everything required in the first meeting and following perfect packaging, we obtained an offer within 3 working days (the expectation was that it would take 24 working days).

A beautiful Christmas present by the 14th December the worries of the stamp duty deadline were negated and they had their mortgage offer.

As a mortgage advisor we will alleviate the pressures of the mortgage process so you should not have to worry. In this instance we had considered criteria, speed and fortunately it paid off to get them their 85% loan to value with a competitive mortgage rate of 2.69% – comparable rates now are 2.50% (2 year) and 2.71% (5 year).

In this instance to get the mortgage transaction over the white line in record speed they did have an automated valuation which does help for a quick mortgage application timescale. Further, they had a great relationship with us communicating their independent mortgage advice, providing them with reassurance that everything was as it should be and a great solicitor dealing with matters such as local searches and the mortgage deed in a timely manner.

Where the Chancellor has extended the stamp duty holiday this pressure on timescale will happen again, so it is best to get all of your information prepared well in advance, with lots of changes coming up such as:

  • New tax calculations available in April for self-employed people.
  • The 95% loan to value products coming back in mid-April 2021.
  • Government schemes such as shared ownership and help to buy still available.

Why not go into “unlock-down” period with confidence you can achieve your aspirations of buying your dream home…?

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