Tulip Mortgages is a mortgage lender who went out of business in the UK.
Unfortunately, Tulip mortgages had already issued a good amount of mortgages at the time at which it went out of business. This has now led to a good number of people trapped with tulip mortgages and unable to switch mortgage products as they dont meet the new affordability criteria set by the FCA.
What types of mortgages could I get with Tulip Mortgages?
- Fixed rate mortgages: With these mortgages, the rates are fixed for a period of 2, 3 or 5 years and provides you certainty over your Tulip mortgage for that time frame.
- Variable rate mortgages: You can access a host of variable mortgages through Tulip mortgages and this mortgages will have a variable rate which can be increased or decreased at any time by Tulip mortgages.
- Tracker mortgages: You can access a host of tracker mortgages from Tulip mortgages. These mortgages will usually track the bank of England’s rate and will move in line with it although it may not be the exact rate but rather a rate which will increase by the same point or increase by the same point as the bank of England rate.
- Remortgages: You can access a host of remortgages on any of Tulip mortgages products.
- Tulip buy to let: Tulip mortgages also offered a host of buy to let mortgages for buy to let investors.
- You may be able to access mortgages on Tulip mortgages with up to 95% Loan to value (LTV).
Tulip mortgages may also allow you to make overpayments on your mortgage but there may be a fee for doing so and a limit on how much you can overpay your mortgage each year.
Tulip Mortgages lending criteria
The lending criteria for Tulip mortgages are the below but they can change at any time and hence why mortgage brokers are very important as they will likely be in tune with any changes to Tulip mortgages lending criteria.
- Tulip mortgages don’t have a minimum income level for residential mortgage applicants but they will not accept people on temporary or zero-hour contracts.
- For a buy-to-let mortgage, you must have at least £25,000 in income.
- If you will still be paying off your mortgage at 75 years of age then Tulip mortgages (Tulip intermediaries) will likely not lend to you.
- For leasehold properties, Tulip mortgages (Tulip intermediaries) will accept properties with a minimum 85years on the lease and a maximum ground rent of £1,000.
Tulip mortgage rates
Tulip mortgage rates can change at any time. You will usually just receive a letter warning you of a rate change for your Tulip mortgage.
You can contact Tulip mortgages by contacting the pepper group who currently service the Tulip mortgages.
If you are considering getting a mortgage then using a mortgage broker may be a good choice as mortgage brokers usually have access to many more products than any specific mortgage lender.
Mortgage brokers will also usually have access to specific deals from mortgage lenders as well as experience on which mortgage lenders will be more likely to accept your case. This will help you avoid getting rejected on a mortgage application and having to build credit due to the damage a rejection might do to your credit score.
If you have bad credit or are self-employed then specialist mortgage brokers such as bad credit mortgage brokers or self-employed mortgage brokers may be useful.
You may also want to consider the government schemes which are available for first-time buyers and home movers such as:
- Lifetime ISA- gives you a government bonus of £1,000 if you save the maximum £4,000 a year.
- Help to buy ISA- gives a maximum bonus us £3,000 if you save the maximum allowed of £12,000
- Help to buy equity loan- gives you up to 40% as a 5-year interest-free equity loan. You begin to pay interest at 1.75 % after the fifth year and 1% plus RPI for every year thereafter.
- Shared ownership- You can buy between 25% to 75% of the property initially with a shared ownership mortgage and then buy more using a staircasing mortgage.
- Armed forces help to buy- similar to the help to buy equity loan but specific for the armed forces personnel giving them an increased chance of acceptance.
- Rent to own- This is the right to buy scheme on which this guide is currently discussing. A different marketing name is just used. Watch out for this when shopping to avoid missing out on eligible properties due to confusion.
- Right to buy- allows you to buy your home at a discount price.
- Preserved right to buy- same as above.
- Right to acquire- same as above.
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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.