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Mortgage process ranked more stressful than getting dumped by text

by LLB Reporter
24th Oct 18 7:37 am

Today, new research from free online mortgage broker Habito reveals that going through the mortgage process is one of Britons’ all-time greatest fears. More than a quarter of homeowners (28%) cited their mortgage application in their top three most stressful life moments, coming higher than having a terrible review at work (12%), public speaking (22%), getting dumped by text (7%) and even losing their phone (19%).

Habito uncovered where the mortgage application process ranks in a list of stressful and hellish activities. The research found that millennials (25-34-year-olds) were the most stressed out and fearful of getting a mortgage, with getting fired from their job ranking as the only thing more worrying. Shockingly, one in 20 homeowners in this age bracket would rather break a bone than go through the mortgage process again.

When asked what they would rather do than apply for a mortgage, one in four British homeowners (23%) would prefer to get an injection, 15% would rather have a filling and one in ten (9%) would prefer to get chased by a terrifying clown.

Broken down regionally, those in Glasgow were the most stressed by the process, with 36% ranking the mortgage application in their top three stressful moments, followed closely by those located in Southampton and Plymouth (35% each).

Most stressful scenarios ranked

Choice % of Brits who list in their top three fears
Being fired from your job 54.10%
Death of a pet 31.95%
Getting a mortgage 28.10%
Public speaking 22.05%
Losing something important or expensive (phone, car keys, jewellery, watch) 19.30%
Running late for a flight or important meeting 16.60%
Having a terrible review at work 11.50%
Having lots of deadlines at work 10.15%
Getting dumped via text 7.30%


Daniel Hegarty, founder and CEO of Habito, said: “The findings show just how hellish and feared the mortgage process has become. Buying a home and getting a mortgage shouldn’t incite feelings of stress or extreme panic. Thanks to our new and evolving technology combined with human expertise, it really doesn’t have to and we’re pleased to be gradually driving change in an antiquated and archaic industry.”

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