Paying Your Mortgage When Changing Career
One of the key reasons you may hesitate to change career is your mortgage. No one wants to risk not being able to pay the mortgage. The consequences can be dire: you may fall into debt and then lose the home you’ve worked hard to acquire and maintain. So if you are planning to change career, you need to address this head-on.
Similar or Improved Income and SecurityIf you’re changing job to one that has a similar or better income, and with a good level of security, you can meet your mortgage commitment. All you need to bear in mind is any potential interruption to your salary. This occurs when one employer stops paying you and another begins. Because of different payment cycles, there’s sometimes a gap of more than a month between salary payments into your bank account. Make sure you check this in advance so you don't get caught out.
Greater RiskIn the above circumstance, the risk to your mortgage is minor. There is a far greater risk in the following situations:
- You want to change career to a job that doesn’t pay so well.
- You intend to go from salaried employment to Being Your Own Boss
- You want to attend a full-time course to retrain.
If you have a partner, the first thing to do is talk the matter through. If your partner works, you may be able to reach a solution based on your combined incomes once you change career. But with or without a working partner, the reality is often different. A drop in income, or a move to the unpredictable world of Self-Employment, can lead to problems with your mortgage payments.
Mortgage LenderIf you know your income is going to fall, speak to your mortgage lender. You may be able to renegotiate the terms of the mortgage. Most lenders will go out of their way to help. They’d rather you continue paying your mortgage than fall into arrears.
The possibilities include extending the mortgage term and switching to a lower interest rate for a limited time. If you find such options unsatisfactory, look elsewhere for a mortgage deal.
Never hesitate to go to other lenders to discuss transferring your mortgage. The savings you can make depend on your income, the type and amount of your mortgage, and the equity in your home. But it would be unusual if you cannot find a deal that reduces your monthly payments.
To help you, look in the financial pages of newspapers. You’ll often find articles about the best mortgages currently available.