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Mortgage For Influencers
An influencer may be making an income from promoting peoples products and services and wanting to use the income generated to get a mortgage. This income may be from exposure created by social media pages such as Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Tiktok or Onlyfans where lots of people view posts and videos resulting in income from avenues such as endorsements, affiliate links or sales of the influencers own products.
There are lenders that can accept this type of income but would need to understand how the income is made up. Whether income is increasing or decreasing, the social media account / accounts that are generating it, perhaps the reason the individual has such a following (for sustainability) and can then treat the application like a standard self employed case.
Some Instagram influencers can make large amounts of money so some lenders will definitely want these applications!
What is very important is the lender getting an understanding of why this income will continue across years to come. If someone is building up an organic following with regular videos / posts giving value. This could be very different to someone that has gone viral enjoying short term success and remuneration off the back of it.
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What are the challenges for an influencer looking for a mortgage?
Not all lenders will understand your position/ income so finding a good broker is important. An influencer will need to show the lender the income that is being generated and show income will continue in the future.
Lenders like to see that income will continue to remain steady or grow so understanding the business model will be beneficial. If they felt that profits were declining or likely to in future, they may not lend on the case.
For further information about accounting and tax, best to talk with a qualified tax adviser. Here is a link from HMRC about declaring your self employed income.
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How many years of accounts would influencer need to get a mortgage?
Most lenders ask for two years for self employed applicants with some lenders accepting just one year.
For a mortgage for an Influencer, this is likely to be the same with most lenders wanting to see two years of accounts to see how your business is performing and whether it looks as if income will continue at similar levels in the future.
You would likely need to provide bank accounts that show the income from the business to support company accounts or tax documents. In some cases, the lender may even want a letter from your accountant to gain a better idea of how the business works, how income is made up and sustainability into the future.
How much can I borrow as an Influencer?
It will depend on the lender but they will make an assessment based on your net profit before tax from your Instagram business if you’re a sole trader and use a multiple of this, usually between 3-5 times profits. If you are a limited company, it is often based on your salary plus dividends or salary plus your share of the company net profits after corporation tax.
Much more is taken in to account when assessing affordability for any application such as debts, credit files, deposit, level of incomes etc so best to talk to an adviser who can work this out for you.
Would I need a specialist lender to get a mortgage as an Influencer?
Not necessarily, there will be high street lenders that would consider lending to an influencer like any other occupation. Lenders are often not too concerned about the specific role but more interested in how the business is actually performing.
How you are paid, how often, your profits, your credit file, business patterns, debts etc are all other factors an adviser will assess when deciding whether you would need a mortgage from the high street or a Specialist Lender.
What documentation would I need to provide to a lender as an Influencer?
A lender would need a clear picture of how your income is made up so it would likely be company accounts (if you trade through a limited company) tax documents and bank statements (business and personal). Your mortgage adviser would confirm the documents that are needed when applying for a mortgage.
Could I get a buy to let mortgage as an Influencer?
There is no reason why you cannot get a buy to let mortgage for influencers. In a situation like this, the buy to let lender would assess the application like any other looking at the influencers deposit, residential status, income, credit, debts etc and treat the application like a standard buy to let application.
Bear in mind, if you buy an investment property, the rental income will need to be declared.
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Could I get a commercial mortgage as an Influencer?
You may be in a position that your business is going so well that you now need commercial premises. This could be to set up a studio (e.g. if you’re a Youtuber making videos), have more space to work from or to bring in staff to assist you with the business.
In this scenario, it would be worth taking to a commercial mortgage adviser who could assess your business, the financials, and your situation to advise on what property you may be able to buy and what the costs would be in doing so.
If you’re making a living creating content as an influencer and now looking to borrow money based on your income generated, this may be possible. Your income as a whole will be looked at along with your individual situation and a lender would make a decision accordingly.
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