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If you Have an IVA and Need a Mortgage or Need to Remortgage, We Can Help!

Our advisors have a proven track record in finding the right lender for you. We know which lenders will consider your application based on your current situation, we also have strong relationships with their key account managers and the underwriters processing your application. These relationships will ensure your mortgage application gets pushed through successfully.

Getting a Mortgage whilst in or after an IVA

When it comes to getting a mortgage with an Individual Involuntary Arrangement (IVA), we know which lenders will consider your application and those who won’t.

An application with an IVA in place will be scrutinised much more than those without so taking time to understand your circumstances and knowing how to present your application in a positive manner will give us the edge over mainstream advisors who may not have the experience in dealing with such applications.

Adverse Mortgage Advisors have the necessary experience and relationships with the lenders and understand the very specific criteria they look for and know how to present your case in a way that will give your application the greatest chance of success.

All of our advisors know the lenders who will consider lending in circumstances where an IVA is causing an issue for a borrower trying to get a mortgage, unlike hight street banks who are unlikely to lend to people with adverse credit let alone an IVA that’s either currently still active or still showing on their file.

Remember, if your IVA is more than six years old from date of registration there is a good chance that it has stopped showing on your credit profile and may no longer hinder your mortgage application.

Giving Your Mortgage With IVA Application a Good Chance of Success

Getting a mortgage whilst you are currently in an IVA mortgage or if it has only been satisfied less than 3 years is also based on your affordability, this is the main requirement alongside having a large enough deposit to support your application that reduces the risk for the lender. Lenders will want the IVA to be repaid, not necessarily prior to submitting your mortgage application but your mortgage offer will certainly have conditions attached to confirm that the IVA has been repaid before setting a completion date for your purchase, or if for a remortgage the lender will insist that the solicitor repays the IVA with the mortgage funds.

Ultimately, the older the IVA satisfied date becomes, the better your chances of securing a mortgage with a lower interest rate or deposit requirement. However, lenders will also base their decision on your current financial circumstances. They will want to feel comfortable that your personal and financial circumstances have improved and that it’s unlikely you’ll need to enter into arrangements again in the future.

Deposit likely to be required with an IVA still showing on your credit file

The age of the IVA will also impact the amount of deposit required. There are very few lenders that will consider a borrower whilst currently in an IVA and each lender will have different criteria, but as a guide the following amounts are likely to be required to support your mortgage application.

  • 30% if you are currently in an IVA or if it has been satisfied less than 12 months.
  • 25% for IVA’s satisfied between 12 to 24 months and still showing on your credit file.
  • 20% for IVA’s satisfied between 15 to 36 months and still showing on your credit file.
  • Mortgages with a deposit as low as 5% could be possible once your IVA has been satisfied for longer than 3 years, providing no additional adverse has been recorded against you since entering the IVA.

Why choosing the right mortgage lender is so important.

If you have an active IVA, there is only a small number of lenders who would be willing to help so it is so important that you help the lender understand what happened and why you felt the need to enter into an IVA and what steps you have taken to improve your circumstances which will reduce the risk to lenders.

We assist so many people where they have been declined elsewhere before coming to us and most of these declines were a result of wrong lender selection or supporting documents such as payslips and bank statements not being strong enough to support the application.

It is so important that your application is presented in the best way possible because if your application is declined then lenders may ask that you wait up to 6 months before you can present a new application to them. It is for this reason that all our applications are pre-underwritten by us prior to submitting your application to ensure that we fully understand your circumstances so that there are no hidden surprises further down the line which could lead to your application being declined.

Our promise to you is that we will never submit a full application on your behalf unless we are supremely confident, we are able to deliver success, we will always rather you delay applying for your mortgage if we feel that there is a weakness which could potentially lead to a decline and focus on improving that area first.

Adverse Mortgage Advisors deal with these types of applications every day and can help guide you towards a lender who specialises in this type of mortgage. We understand what they are looking for in an application, as well as what they won’t tolerate.

We can help you, get in touch and we’ll happily look over your current financial situation. If we believe it’s possible, we’ll do everything to get your application through to offer.

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Getting you the right mortgage
We are confident that we can find you a lender, but you may not feel it’s the right mortgage for you. Whether the repayments are too high, or the deposit requirement is too much, we will help you to understand what you need to do, to get the right deal.

No broker fee mortgage
We appreciate the financial benefits of a mortgage from a high street lender, so will help our clients understand what it takes to get one.  Once their credit file is repaired and the mortgage we previously arranged for them is up for renewal, we will help them celebrate their successful application with a high street lender, by waiving our broker fee.

Get A Mortgage With An IVA
Find out if you qualify in less than a minute. It won’t affect your credit score!
Get started

Getting you the right mortgage
We are confident that we can find you a lender, but you may not feel it’s the right mortgage for you. Whether the repayments are too high, or the deposit requirement is too much, we will help you to understand what you need to do, to get the right deal.

No broker fee mortgage
We appreciate the financial benefits of a mortgage from a high street lender, so will help our clients understand what it takes to get one.  Once their credit file is repaired and the mortgage we previously arranged for them is up for renewal, we will help them celebrate their successful application with a high street lender, by waiving our broker fee.


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FAQs

If you have questions about getting a mortgage with an adverse credit score, read our FAQs. Our wealth of knowledge within this market means that we’re confident in our ability to offer specialist mortgage advice and secure the mortgage you want regardless of your credit history.

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What is an IVA?

An IVA, or Individual Voluntary Arrangement, is a formal deal between you and your creditors to pay off your debts over time. You work with a specialist who figures out how much you can afford to pay each month. If creditors holding at least 75% of your debts agree to the plan, it becomes legally binding. You make regular payments, usually over five to six years, and any remaining debt at the end is typically written off. It's a way to avoid bankruptcy while still managing your debts, but it's important to get advice before committing to one as the effects this will have on your credit file is severe and it can impact your credit file for much longer than a Bankruptcy.

Can I get a mortgage if I am currently in an IVA?
Yes, however it is very difficult. The lender will insist that the IVA is settled prior to your solicitor requesting to draw on the mortgage funds and you will also require a minimum 30% deposit. However, if it is a Shared Ownership Mortgage you are after, these are not available for people who are currently in or have been in an IVA in the past 6 years.
What steps should I take to get a mortgage with an IVA?

Getting a mortgage with an IVA (Individual Voluntary Arrangement) can be extremely challenging, but it's not impossible. Here are some steps you can take:

  1. Complete your IVA: Wait until your IVA is finished and discharged, which usually takes about five to six years.
  2. Improve your credit score: Focus on demonstrating responsible financial management. Pay bills on time and avoid applying for unnecessary credit in an attempt to boost your credit score.
  3. Save for a deposit: The more you can put down as a deposit the better. The minimum amount you will require will depend on how long you have been discharged from your IVA.
  4. Speak to a Bad Credit Mortgage Specialist: There are very few lenders that will consider an application from somebody that has been discharged from their IVA for less than 3 years. A Bad Credit Mortgage Specialist will know the lenders that will consider mortgages for people in your situation, and they can give you accurate advice about how to increase your chances of success.
  5. Show financial stability: Provide proof of steady income and a strong employment history, having multiple jobs over the past couple of years can send out the wrong message.
  6. Be realistic: Understand that obtaining a mortgage with an IVA will come with higher interest rates, larger deposit requirement and stricter lending criteria. Be prepared for the possibility of having to pay higher fees or accept a smaller mortgage amount than you might have hoped for.

By following these steps and seeking professional advice, you can improve your chances of successfully obtaining a mortgage with an IVA on your credit record.

How long after an IVA can I get mortgage?

It is possible to apply for a mortgage whilst you are currently in an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA). Some lenders will even allow them to continue to run alongside the mortgage under certain circumstances, as long as the conditions of the IVA continue to be met. However, generally lenders will want the IVA to be settled prior to your new mortgage beginning, this can be for a few reasons.

  • Conditions set by IVA
  • Affordability
  • Lending criteria set by the lenders funders.

Once you have been discharged from your IVA (it’s been repaid), you will find yourself in a better position with the number of lenders that will now consider your application. However, you can still expect to pay higher interest rates whilst the IVA is still showing on your credit file & insolvency register. 

The deposit you are likely to need with an IVA on your credit file is as follows:

30% deposit – currently in an IVA or completed less than 12 months.

25% deposit- completed over 12 months.

20% deposit – completed over 24 months.

5% deposit – completed over 36 months, providing no other negative markers on your credit file.

I am currently in an IVA can I apply for a Right to Buy mortgage?
Unfortunately not, there are currently no lenders that will accept your application until you have been discharged from your IVA for 3 years.
Will IVA affect my mortgage?

An Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) will impact on your ability to obtain a mortgage. An IVA is a formal agreement between an individual and their creditors and are arranged by IVA practitioners.

Having an IVA on your credit file will make it more difficult to be approved for a mortgage and will also result in higher interest rates and your application be underwritten with more stringent lending criteria. Lenders will assess your current financial situation to determine if you should be approved for a mortgage.

However, there is potential to get a mortgage with an IVA. Our team at Adverse Mortgage Advisors work closely with their clients and the lender to ensure the best possible application is submitted to the lender. It is this attention to detail that has enabled us to deliver many successful applications for our clients where they never believed it would be possible.