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Obtaining a Mortgage After 50

Just because you are getting older does not mean you are unable to obtain a mortgage. We've worked with plenty of clients who have looked to obtain finance in their latter stages of life. Read on to find out more.

As life progresses, so do our financial needs, and one significant aspect that often sparks questions is securing a mortgage after the age of 50.

Different banks adopt varying policies, and the landscape can be a bit perplexing. First and foremost, it's crucial to understand that different banks have different perspectives on age when it comes to mortgage applications. Crossing the 50-year mark often triggers varied considerations. Do you have a larger or smaller deposit is a key factor. The magic question for them revolves around your exit strategy. How do you plan to manage the mortgage, especially as you approach traditional retirement age?

While the general rule of thumb is a mortgage term up to the age of 65, there's room for flexibility. Take a 55-year-old eyeing an investment property. Banks may stretch the term to 25 or even 30 years, considering that the property itself can be sold to settle the debt in the future. The recent triple CFA law changes mean that mortgage advisers now need to demonstrate an individual's ability to afford the mortgage, aligning with the principles of responsible lending. If you know your affordability is not an issue, this makes things much easier.

If you find yourself at 55 and contemplating a property purchase, you may want to consider purchasing with a younger family member, such as a son or daughter. Joint ventures present different rules, and obtaining loan approval might prove more straightforward due to the younger age of the extra involved parties.

In essence, obtaining a mortgage after 50 is not a one-size-fits-all scenario. It's about understanding the policies of different banks, crafting a solid exit strategy, and having a clear financial plan. Here at NZ Mortgages, we have the advantage of accessing a wide range of lenders, non-bank and bank. We've even assisted individuals at 62 in securing a 20-year term and we take pride in our responsibility to guide clients through these intricacies, ensuring a smooth and informed journey toward property ownership beyond the age of 50.

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