New research from Benefit Brokers discovered that 83 percent of people across the country are unaware of certain activity on their bank statements that could be a red flag for a mortgage lender.
A survey of 2,863 UK residents conducted by TLF on behalf of the mortgage broker also found that 58% of respondents had never considered gambling transactions on their account to cause problems.
One in two people (47%) have gambled in the past month, but many don’t know that doing so could jeopardize their chances of getting a good mortgage.
When given a list of transactions that might give lenders reason to take a closer look, 55% didn’t think payday loans would be a cause for concern, and 58% didn’t. considered being constantly exposed to be a red flag.
According to Boon Brokers, three in four (72%) didn’t think having multiple payouts without a clear reference to their usefulness would raise alarm bells.
Gerard Boon, Partner at Boon Brokers, said: “Not all lenders will scrutinize your bank statements, but if you are considered a higher risk, perhaps with a smaller deposit or as a self-employed lender, lenders are more likely to take a closer look. Anything that shows the account holder may be having trouble getting into debt or controlling spending is likely to create questions.
He continued: “Our research revealed that the equivalent of 1.38 million current homeowners would consider trying to hide transactions on their bank statement to ensure their mortgage was approved – which we would not recommend. certainly not.
“If you’re considering applying for a mortgage or remortgage within the next six months, it’s worth being aware of which may lead to further inquiries – although in many cases it’s completely harmless. and easy to explain.”
He added that this could lead to unnecessary delays in your mortgage application, which could prevent you from getting the property you want.
However, not all things that could cause a problem are as easily identified as gambling, payday loans or overdraft, but there are others as well.
Boon Brokers’ research found that deals people were least likely to know about could be red flags for a mortgage lender.
Work for a family business
Only three percent of people realized this could be a problem. Lenders may suspect that a family member employed a relative for the purpose of getting a mortgage.
Using rude or joking references for payments to family and friends
Only one in 10 (9%) said they thought it might delay a mortgage application, but using ‘funny’ references that could be misinterpreted can mean a lender needs to investigate further.
Have multiple payments for luxury items
Only nine percent thought it might be a potential concern. Lenders will worry if they feel the expenses are out of control and beyond what they would expect based on the applicant’s income
Have a lot of PayPal transactions
While PayPal transactions themselves aren’t a problem, as it’s not always clear who is being paid, having a lot of vague PayPal transactions can raise concerns.
Catalog or on payment on credit
Buy now, pay later options can signal to a lender that you are unable to prepay for common items or that you are buying things beyond your means – which only 13% of people have achieved.
Playing once in a while for fun with friends won’t be a problem, but a regular habit with larger sums could be classified as gambling, which can raise a red flag.
Multiple store cards
Store cards by themselves aren’t a problem, but if you’re struggling to pay off the balance each month, given their notoriously high interest rate, it could be a warning sign for the lender.
Frequent payments to unknown third parties
There are many obvious reasons for making frequent third-party payments, but whenever possible, it’s best to spell out the reason to minimize any risk of red flags.
Large cash deposits or cashier work
Surprisingly, only 20% of people thought this would be of interest to a mortgage lender, who will want to see proof of a stable, reliable and legitimate income.
Take out a recent credit card
Only one in five (22%) have realized that applying for new credit can cause your credit score to drop, something all lenders will look at to assess your eligibility.
To read the 15 red flags that could affect your mortgage application, visit the Boon Brokers website here.
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