Armed Forces Mortgage2023-11-20T10:06:57+00:00

Mortgage advice for those in the armed forces

Whether looking for a mortgage whilst serving, or embarking on civilian life, I am particularly well-placed to help

Having spent over 18 years in the military myself, I understand your circumstances, because I’ve been there…

For serving military personnel, life can be very different to your average employed person. But a mortgage is a mortgage and although some mortgage companies state that they specialise in armed forces mortgages, things aren’t that different.

The Main Considerations

The main consideration we must have is to future proof against short-notice changes in your circumstances, things like postings. Some mortgage lenders are more open to allowing you to rent out your property whilst posted elsewhere, so if your job role entails plenty of moving then that has to be accounted for.

If you are in the armed forces you are generally able to apply for the Forces Help To Buy Scheme which would give up to a maximum of £25,000 towards the purchase of a property, depending on your pay level.

The scheme was launched in 2014 and was due to end on the 31st December 2022 but has now been made permanent which is great news. This money can be used toward your deposit, survey and legal fees and many other costs.

The scheme is intended to be used by military personnel who are first time buyers or those needing to move home. It cannot be used for buying a second home or a buy to let. However, in certain circumstances the money can be used for extending or modifying an existing property.

The basic eligibility requirements are.

  • You must be in regular service
  • Those serving in the Royal Navy must have been accepted onto trained strength
  • Army and RAF personnel must have completed two years’ service from the date of enlistment and be on trained strength i.e. completed phase two training
  • Have at least six months left to serve at the time of application.

The loan is 0% interest and can be paid back over a 10-year period. Payments are made monthly with the option to overpay if required.

Ideally the loan is repaid during your remaining service time but if you need to leave the service you can continue to make payments. Bear in mind you may be asked to pay this government loan back if you have any type of resettlement grant.

‘My time as a military musician was pretty easy as I was permanently stationed in London and was able to buy a home in Oxfordshire and commute back and forth. During my 18 years of service, I had mortgages with Halifax, Woolwich and the old Northern Rock and to be honest the process of getting the mortgage was no different to anyone else. So, let’s not over complicate things, this will come down to meeting the lenders affordability and credit criteria like everyone else.’

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Marc Kavanagh is a non-fee charging, whole of market mortgage adviser, providing advice purely for your benefit.

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