Lending institutions employ careful screening methods to decide who qualifies for a mortgage and exactly what value of mortgage they qualify for. Applicants must usually fill out forms, giving a great deal of personal information, financial information and mortgage information to the prospective lender. Most importantly, mortgage lenders look for a stable work history. If the applicant is not in regular employment, or if he or she has only recently begun working for their most recent employer, it is very likely that the new home mortgages or commercial mortgage application will be declined.
Naturally enough, lenders are also interested in the salary the applicant earns. There is usually some simple relationship between the applicant’s salary and the value of mortgage they are able to obtain. For example, a base ratio of three or three and a half times salary value is commonly employed, although in certain areas or during periods of unusual property booms, some lenders have been known to offer as much as five times salary.
Existing debts and other income streams from property or shares, or ownership of other valuable assets will also all be taken into account by a lender in qualifying a mortgage applicant. The credit history of an applicant will also be carefully examined and any defaults on debt in the past are likely to imperil the application.