What is the Post office First start Mortgage?📩

The Post office first start mortgage is aimed primarily at those who don’t earn enough to pass the affordability assessments of a lender. E.g you want to buy a £300,000 house, you have £15,000 saved(5%) and you will have to borrow £285,000 but you earn £25,000 per year which means you can only borrow up t0 4.5 of this amount which is £112,500.

In this case, the Post office First start Mortgage allows you to add a sponsor to your mortgage so their income can be included in the affordability assessment. Your sponsor must be a family or close relative.The Mortgage taken out is also a joint mortgage which your sponsor is included in. This means you are both jointly liable for the mortgage.

To be eligible for the Post office First Start Mortgage you will need to:

  • Earn at last £20,000
  • Have a 5% deposit
  • Property price must not be over £500,000
  • You cannot own any property at the time of completion.

If you need financial advice and you live in the UK then you could contact the Money Advice service over the phone or via chat for impartial advice.

You can also contact the debt charity “Step Change” if you are in debt and need help.

John Bate

John has 22 years of experience in financial services. This spans across financial research, financial services (As a qualified mortgage broker and underwriter), financial trading and sales at global investment banks. While working as a publishing research analyst, he covered European bank credit and advised institutional clients on investment strategies at both JP Morgan and Societe Generale. John has passed all three levels of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) programme.