Finding a mortgage with a poor credit history is difficult and has to be approached very carefully because of the shortage of lenders available in this market. Having the advice of a qualified Poor Credit Mortgage Broker will greatly enhance your chances. With only a few sub prime lenders to choose from, getting it right first time is very important.

Steven Neale – Specialist Bad Credit Mortgage Broker

Steve and Sue made the whole process very easy and calming. The advice given set me at ease as I thought I wouldn’t be able to get a mortgage due to credit issues of the past. Highly recommend!

Mr Wright
11th Mar 2020

Thanks both for all your help!

14 Feb 2020

Excellent service, always informed me of any information required in a timely manor.

Ms Ross
13 Feb 2020

Steven and Sue were extremely helpful and knowledgeable and their calming influences made us feel at ease throughout the whole process.

03 Feb 2020

Very obliging, helpful and provided all the guidance we could have expected.

23 Jan 2020

Steve provided an excellent service to us and ensured we had the necessary documentation in readiness for our mortgage application. He was very patient in dealing with all our enquiries looking through several scenarios to suit our situation. The process was seamless and very satisfactory.

13 Jan 2020

SN Mortgages understood our position extremely well, even when there was an unexpected potential move rather than the remortgage.

28 Nov 2019

Thank you – yet again! We have organised a variety of mortgages over the years with SN Mortgages. The mortgage process is always complex by nature, but Steve and Sue always make the ‘journey’ as seamless as possible. Calm, friendly, helpful.

28 Nov 2019

S N Mortgages have provided an excellent service. They have been very accommodating to my personal requirements and provided a timely, yet thorough service. They provided multiple product options and talked me through the benefits in each case. Thank you both for your support and patience.

Mr & Mrs Tarring
14 Nov 2019

Thank you Steve & Sue for all your hard work in in securing a mortgage for us to purchase our first home. No query or question was too much trouble, thanks again.

Mr Hockley & Miss Lee
07 Nov 2019

As always, both Steven and Sue were knowledgeable, helpful, informative, quick and a pleasure to deal with.

Clive Saffron
19 Aug 2019

Help to buy mortgage with bad credit

Getting a mortgage with bad credit often means having to save up a larger deposit, usually around 25%. Saving up such a large amount can be very difficult for a lot of people. This makes Help to Buy mortgages a good option for those with bad credit, as they only require a 5% deposit.

What is the Help to Buy scheme?

The government’s Help to Buy scheme aims to help first time buyers and existing homeowners to buy a new build property while only having to save up a 5% deposit. The scheme includes an equity loan of 20% of the property value (up 40% in London), which gives prospective home buyers a 25% deposit overall. 

How does it work?

If you’re looking to buy a new build property costing £250,000, the Help to Buy scheme would provide an equity loan of £50,000 (20%) and you would be expected to provide £12,500 (5%), giving you a total deposit of £62,500 (25%). You would then need to take out a Help to Buy mortgage for the remaining £187,500 (75%).

Who can get a Help to Buy mortgage?

Most people are eligible to apply for the Help to Buy mortgage scheme if they meet the following criteria:

  • You are a first-time buyer or homeowner looking to move
  • You do not own any other properties
  • The home you want to buy is a new build
  • The purchase price is not higher than £600,000
  • You have a 5% deposit which can be a gift from your family

Can you get a Help to Buy mortgage with bad credit?

A few years ago, there were very few lenders who would consider offering a Help to Buy mortgage to someone with poor credit. Today, I work with 6 different specialist mortgage lenders who can provide Help to Buy mortgages for those with bad credit. 

  • Missed and late payments
  • Defaults and CCJs
  • Debt management plans
  • IVAs
  • Mortgage arrears
  • Bankruptcy

Before applying for a Help to Buy mortgage, it’s important that you check your credit file to understand whether you have any issues, such as missed payments, defaults or CCJ’s for example. You could look at one of the free reports from Equifax’s ‘Clearscore’ or TransUnion’s ‘Credit Karma’ or use Check My File for free for 30 days and then £14.99 a month – you can cancel online anytime – which checks all three.

Can you get a Help to Buy mortgage with defaults?

I know of several lenders who can provide Help to Buy mortgages with defaults. I’ve helped many clients who did not think it would be possible to get a mortgage with defaults on their credit file. 

The particular circumstances of the defaults will determine how likely you are to be acceptable for a Help to Buy mortgage, such as how long ago the default was registered, how much it was worth and whether it has been repaid, but in most cases I am able to help.

Can you get a Help to Buy mortgage with a CCJ?

I’ve helped a lot of clients who happened to have a CCJ registered on their credit file to get a Help to Buy mortgage. I work with multiple specialist lenders who can provide Help to Buy mortgages with CCJs.

As with defaults, the details of the CCJ are important. If it was registered a month ago, you are extremely unlikely to be accepted. However for CCJs which are over 12 months old, I can certainly help.

Can you get a Help to Buy mortgage after bankruptcy?

Getting a Help to Buy mortgage after bankruptcy may seem like an impossible task, but I’ve helped clients do just that. I work with one particular adverse credit lender who can provide a Help to Buy mortgage for those who are discharged bankrupt.

The lender will need to understand how the bankruptcy came about and what the current status is before being able to consider you for a Help to Buy mortgage.

Can you get a Help to Buy mortgage with an IVA?

I know of a single adverse mortgage lender who is able to provide Help to Buy mortgages to those with an IVA. Help to Buy mortgages can be offered whether the IVA is completed or still active provided it is cleared before completion.

As with all credit problems, the mortgage lender will need to understand the reasons for the IVA and the current status.

Why you should use a broker for a Help to Buy mortgage with poor credit

Getting a Help to Buy mortgage with bad credit is not an easy task, due to the limited number of lenders available. It can be almost impossible to get a Help to Buy mortgage with poor credit from a high street lender.

With this in mind, it’s very important to get the application right first time. The best way to do that is to use a specialist bad credit mortgage broker for your Help to Buy mortgage, such as myself.

For more information on Help to Buy mortgages with bad credit, please call me 01494 526400 or complete my online enquiry form.

For first time buyers in Scotland, I can also help with First Home Fund mortgages with bad credit.


Years of Experience

I specialise in Bad Credit Mortgages for people who have a poor credit history because of any number of reasons.

Choice of Lenders

I am a Whole of Market, Mortgage Broker meaning I can talk to every lender to see about finding you the right mortgage.

Saving You Money

As a specialist Mortgage Broker for over 30 years I have a great deal of experience that will help save you time & money.