If you work for the NHS, then enlisting the services of a specialist mortgage broker like Mortgage360 for mortgage advice can be of significant value.
Alongside saving you time and money, we also benefit from specialist knowledge of the mortgage market and mortgage lenders who understand that NHS income structures are often complex and multi-layered.
At Mortgage360, we help NHS workers to secure mortgage solutions tailor-made to match the individual circumstances of NHS staff, from first time buyers and home movers through to remortgaging and even buy to let for investment purposes.
There are discounts available on the market through specialist mortgage lenders. As a specialist NHS mortgage advisor, we will broker the deal that’s right for you.
We’ll work with you to complete your mortgage application, we’ll advise on every aspect and ensure you end up with a mortgage suitable to your professional situation.
What is an NHS Mortgage?
There are a small number of lenders who can offer special rates or discounted fees for NHS workers. At Mortgage360, we’ll look at the entire market to find the most suitable product for you.
Our mortgage broker experience means we also have knowledge of opportunities like the First Home Scheme and broader Right to Buy initiatives, providing specialist mortgage advice for NHS workers that can help you secure your mortgage and your first property.
NHS employees cover a wide spectrum of roles within the NHS. Our expertise covers specialist NHS mortgages designed to match the requirements of clinical staff such as doctors, surgeons, nurses and locums as well as other qualifying positions.
Who can get an NHS Mortgage?
So who is eligible for the special deals and special rates offered by individual mortgage lenders?
NHS staff mortgages are usually restricted to NHS clinical staff, but not just to doctors, nurses and front-line staff. There are options for those contracted to work for GP surgeries in primary care, ambulance trusts, certain dental practices, the National Blood Transfusion Service and mental health or social care and other key workers.
Are there special discounts on mortgages for NHS workers?
NHS workers may be viewed favourably by certain lenders, and you may even qualify for special NHS mortgage discounts, in certain circumstances. It is also possible that you may be accepted with a lower deposit than other applicants and qualify for lower interest rates.
It’s important to say that these special mortgage discounts are usually not available through mainstream lenders, so it’s important to consult specialist mortgage brokers with experience in this field.
Talk to us at Mortgage360 and we’ll provide NHS mortgage advice and guidance on NHS mortgages.
How much can I borrow and what sort of deposit do I need?
Your professional NHS status does not affect the amount you can borrow on a mortgage; this is based on an affordability assessment, looking at your personal financial circumstances, your incomings and outgoings and your credit history.
As a mortgage broker specialising in mortgages for NHS staff, at Mortgage360, we understand the impact that planned and incidental overtime can have on annual income, and how complex an NHS payslip can be with permanent shift allowances and other items.
We know that some lenders will take these into account when assessing affordability for NHS mortgages, as well as considering future scheduled pay increments and even additional work through agencies or the NHS Nursing Bank.
As a guideline, most lenders offer up to four and a half times your annual income, subject to overall affordability and more for higher earners. In common with every mortgage applicant, your credit rating and affordability criteria will play an important role to ensure you can afford your monthly payments.
Deposit requirements will be broadly similar to standard mortgage applications, although there are some specialist lenders who will consider a reduced deposit contribution for NHS professionals seeking an NHS mortgage.
Is there an NHS Help to Buy or Right To Buy Scheme?
No, but there are a number of schemes applicable to NHS personnel. These include;
– The Key Worker Housing Scheme 2023
The Key Worker Housing Scheme 2023 is an equity loan scheme for first time buyer key workers, only available on new homes. The Key Worker scheme offers an interest and payment free five year government loan meaning buyers can purchase a property with a deposit of just 5%, with the loan covering the remainder of the deposit.
– The First Homes Scheme
The First Homes scheme was introduced in 2021 to help local people, and in particular key workers like NHS staff, to get on the property ladder by being able to buy their first homes at discounts of at least 30% compared to the full market price.
– Shared Ownership
With the Shared Ownership scheme enables you to buy between 25% and 75% of your home, with lower deposits, smaller mortgages and lower monthly repayments. You will have to pay rent on the remaining share. This scheme only applies to a limited number of properties on the market as part of the scheme.
– Right to Buy
The Right to Buy scheme gives local authority and housing association tenants the option to buy the home they live in at a significant discount.
Talk to an NHS mortgage advisor at Mortgage360 for expert advice about the implications and opportunities for NHS workers.
How do lenders decide how much an NHS worker can borrow?
As an NHS worker, you’ll be subject to the same criteria as all other mortgage applicants. NHS applicants will be assessed on:-
- Annual salary/contracted hours
- Credit history
- Your employment contract and role
- Affordability assessments for mortgage payments
How can Mortgage360 help NHS staff find the right mortgage?
As an NHS employee, whether you’re a doctor, a nurse, a locum or another clinician, it’s vital to have all the relevant information and advice when considering your options for owning your home and securing the right mortgage. A specialist mortgage broker will give you the right advice and help you save time and money, securing the right mortgage offer for you.
We’re specialist mortgage brokers with access to more than 70 lenders. Talk to Mortgage360 for professional help and friendly advice with your mortgage application.