Who We Help
As an ex-professional musician with many musician clients, and a regular performer David has never been far away from the centre of the musical world in London. Throughout his thirty-five years in the financial services industry, he has helped countless freelance, salaried, and part-time musicians of all musical genres. He fully understands the lifestyle and insecurities of the profession and is therefore able to take these factors into consideration when helping his clients find the best mortgage, as many of his clients will testify.
Clients with more complex income arrangements
At David Carnac & Co, in addition to our many musician clients, we have successfully arranged mortgages for increasing numbers of clients with more complex income arrangements including those who have multiple sources and styles of income. Whether you are employed on a shorter-term contract, self-employed or a director of your own company or even a combination of both, especially in these uncertain economic times, selecting the most appropriate mortgage has never been more important. And, contrary to popular belief, even for complex cases, it’s eminently do-able if you know what the lender requires and how they want to see the application presented.
Most of our clients have some element of self-employment, often representing their freelance performing activities. Following the Covid-19 pandemic, lenders will require reassurance regarding this income and it is vital that a client’s situation is fully understood so that it can be represented accurately to a potential lender. We also have schemes available to clients who have recently become self-employed or formed their own limited company and know exactly what those lenders will require to approve these cases.
David entered the Financial Services Industry in 1987 after a brief career as a professional musician. He gathered extensive industry experience within a number of advisory and management roles before he established David Carnac & Co in 1997, an independent practice totally designed to meet the needs of his discerning clientèle. His clients, acquired mainly through personal recommendations, have a wide range of backgrounds. Many are musicians or connected with the arts and he also has an ever-growing number of clients who are small business owners and or have more complex income structures.
Director and Senior Adviser
David studied the trombone with Peter Gane and Denis Wick at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in the early 1980’s. He freelanced extensively during and immediately after this period but in 1988 joined the then rapidly expanding financial services sector and banished his trombone to the loft to concentrate on building a career in financial services. In 1997 he took the plunge and set up David Carnac & Co to specialise in providing independent mortgage advice to his ever-growing client bank, many of whom are musicians or those connected with the arts.
In 2006, following repeated suggestions by many of his friends and clients, he ventured into his loft, dusted his trombone off and gingerly blew it to see if both the trombone and his “chops” had any life in them. David now complements his busy business life with a wide range of musical projects, playing principal trombone with the pick of London’s finest amateur orchestras, a considerable amount of chamber music and many charity events including tours to Zambia, Kenya, Sri Lanka and various Indian cities with the musical charity group Toccata.
What clients say
As a freelance artist, I was always worried whether I had enough gravitas and financial clout to make it through a mortgage application. David allayed all my fears and made the process entirely painless in helping me secure a manageable mortgage for much more money than I’d hoped.
Nicky S – London - bought first home in 2017
We have had a number of mortgages over the years but I have to say, the whole process this time was the easiest and most stress-free ever. David handled all the form filling, answered any questions and even sorted out new home insurance when my existing policy wasn’t suitable. Highly recommended.
David + Bernadette S – Harpenden
Couldn't be happier...efficiency..experience..exceptional.. Would be delighted to recommend to any of those in need of this service...SUPERB!
Scott R – Welwyn Garden City - bought new house 2018
As a first time buyer hoping to buy my own flat I didn't know what I was doing when it came to finding a mortgage, or whether, as a freelance musician, I could even get one. I had a free, no-obligation meeting with David Carnac where he ran me through all my options and made everything seem much clearer and easier. He then found me a fantastic mortgage at a rate I could easily afford, and arranged everything for me quickly and efficiently, and at a very competitive rate. I have readily recommended him to friends and colleagues, and I will certainly use his services in future.
Joe – SW London
We were dreading entering the vast and scary unknown of the house-buying/mortgage world, with its intimidating jargon and confusing figures. Luckily, David was recommended to us through the musicians' network at just the right time, and so the old cliché goes, the rest is history. We met soon after our initial call at our convenience, and felt instantly so much more at ease with the whole process ahead of us, as everything was explained to us in a language we could understand. Knowing as little as we did, we were never made to feel stupid, and every question we asked was met with a comprehensible and honest answer. David has 'held our hands' throughout the whole process, has been giving of both his time and good advice, eliminating the 'scare factor' that we both felt in the beginning. He has since become a friend and we would, and already have recommended him to colleagues.
Lucy + Peter – SE London - First time buyers
Without David's help we would not have been able to buy the house we were looking for, he was extremely knowledgeable, helpful and sticks with you every step of the way. We couldn't recommend him enough!
Pat + Amanda – Kent - bought first house in 2018
From the first phone call with David he instantly understood the level of support I needed to buy my first property, and provided it from beginning to completion. I cannot recommend him highly enough for this excellent service and the high level of care, efficiency and attention he gives, and all with such good humour. This is no ordinary mortgage broker! Thanks, David!
Shirley – West London
David has helped us secure both our first and second homes. On each occasion, David has readily contended with the often complicated finances associated with our careers as musicians, simplifying the mysterious world of mortgages and keeping us informed at every stage of the application process. In both cases we have been surprised by the ease with which we have secured our mortgage and the speed at which David works to push things through. David’s approach is one that tailors itself to his client’s personal and professional circumstances meaning that he is able to advocate on their behalf with a real feel for their financial commitments and borrowing potential. For future mortgage advice and brokerage we wouldn’t consider going to anyone else!
Chris + Suzannah – SE London
We can definitely say that David has certainly gone the extra mile in getting us a mortgage. Our case was tricky, but fortunately for us, David was prepared to put in the extra work required every step of the way until completion. We are very grateful of David's expertise and are quite sure we may not have a mortgage if we had David Carnac & Co hadn't been our advisers.
Hannah + Richard K – London
I have known David for many years and knew I could trust his advice implicitly. David is one of those seemingly rare financial advisers who live in the real world. As such he was not only able to arrange my remortgage with a great and realistic deal, but offered, and continues to offer clear and straightforward advice on a number of financial matters. I have no hesitation is recommending him.
Graeme B – Kent
David Carnac was recommended to us and we in turn are very happy to recommend him. What looked impossible via high street banks due to one of us being a musician – circumstances David is very aware of - he was able to set us with an affordable mortgage as first time buyers and was always on hand to answer any questions.
Katie + Richard – SE London - bought family home
Buying a house for the first time is incredibly daunting, however, David was always on hand to clearly explain the whole process and his role. All available options were clearly described and I could not have asked for a better service.
Ashley H – East London
Very helpful service, suggested mortgage solutions that I hadn't previously considered and which proved highly appropriate to my current situation.
Jeremy C – London - refinanced Buy-to-Let property
When I wanted to review our mortgage, David’s name was mentioned by several of my colleagues as the person to see. We had an initial meeting during which he got a really good insight as to what we wanted . Then, when we wanted implement his recommendations , both he and his assistant ensured that the remortgage happened without any delay and with an interest rate that I didn't think would have been possible.
Andrew C – Kent
We have used David Carnac & Co for mortgage advice since 2013 and they have successfully found products to suit our requirements. David is incredibly efficient and has helped us to navigate through the complicated process of mortgage application on several occasions. Thank you, keep up the good work!
Adrian + Kate L – High Wycombe
I was fully expecting buying my first property to be a terrifying experience as the whole process baffled me but most of all finding, and indeed securing, an appropriate mortgage. From our very first meeting, David gave me useful and honest information and advice, helping me to feel confident of what I was about to undertake. He was always available to answer questions, provide valuable support and he constantly kept me updated and informed, working professionally and efficiently. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
Sarah – Hertfordshire - bought first home in 2010
David helped us over the bumpy road to home ownership nearly two years ago. He presented all options clearly (many of which would not have been open to us without a broker) and ultimately found us a great five year fix. One of us is a self-employed musician, and David understood our specific concerns in this respect completely. From the beginning of the process it was a great comfort to know that somebody who really cared had our backs on the financial side, even when things on the house hunting side were crumbling (in one case literally).
Joseph + Katie H – bought first home 2017
David Carnac took a lot of the stress and worry out of arranging the right mortgage. I had a mortgage offer in principle within a few hours. Since then David has become a friend and someone I trust implicitly when it comes to finance. I have no hesitation in recommending him.
Patrick – West London
David Carnac & Co were quite simply essential in securing our mortgage! With self-employed and employed earnings combined, our income was complex and unpredictable. David and his team made our application easy and with their thorough diligence and knowledge of the market, came up with a mortgage offer that would have been hard to beat for any broker!
Andy + Luis – N. London - bought first property 2017
We would have no hesitation in recommending David's services to colleagues and friends and regularly do so. He is organised, honest, efficient, and importantly, understands the difficulties that can be faced by self-employed classical musicians when purchasing a home. We expect to go to David in the future and would urge others to do so.
Robert + Verity – East London
As a self-employed Musician with only a couple of year’s accounts I expected to have difficulties finding a mortgage. David made this incredibly easy with his professional and friendly approach. I was able to borrow the amount I needed with very little aggravation all thanks to David.
Barry C – Welwyn Garden City - bought first house in 2017
Given our position as freelancers and foreign nationals, we had almost given up hope in finding a mortgage to buy the flat we had fallen in love with and were just about to give up our dream. David was recommended to us by some musician friends and somehow managed to find us a mortgage within days from us contacting him for the first time. Having been a musician himself, he totally understood our position and we immediately felt he was actually listening to us and understood our position completely. Not only did he take away the stress of finding the right mortgage for our needs, he has exceed our expectations in finding us a product that has proved an incredible bargain. We have been recommending him to all our friends, musicians or not and we are sure they will be as happy as we are to have met David!
Jan + Francesca – SE London - bought first home
We have worked with David Carnac for over 10 years, mostly to do with buying properties to rent. He can often come to our house to discuss matters and is easy to communicate with and very professional. He really understands the market and can explain it in 'laywoman's' terms, at the end of the day finding us the cheapest mortgage at the current time. I would always recommend him.
Susanna – SE London
At the beginning of last year (2013) we had all but given up hope of moving to a house from a maisonette. We spoke to David about re-mortgaging our flat but he wanted to explore our preferred option of moving and we were amazed at how straightforward it could be and on David's advice and within 6 months, we had sold our flat and bought our house. David's care and attention to detail was excellent and this guided us through the whole process easily. Thank you!
Justyn + Esther – West London- Bought family home in 2013
When the time came to remortgage, David came very highly recommended. He has taken all the stress out of finding a suitable mortgage as well as insurance policies for us and has always done this in a way that even I can understand all the financial jargon. David is always on hand to offer honest advice and we will be happy to recommend him to any of our friends.
Jo + Mark – Middlesex
David has always been extremely helpful to me in arranging my mortgages, none of which have been particularly straightforward for various reasons. He has been diligent and patient and has worked with me until we have found positive outcomes. He is always cheerful and friendly and I very much enjoy working with him. I would highly recommend his services!
Helen N – SW London
I was introduced to David by a family member, when I entered the process of purchasing a new home. David has been helpful all the way, from our first meeting and even meeting me at my own property, which helped lessen the chaos when going through the process of purchasing a new house. He explained every thing to me in an experienced way that I understand, considering I am not very financially minded. We found his pricing and customer service to be excellent. Without thinking twice I am happy to keep using David for any finance advice or insurance etc issues in the future. He has also referred me to other service providers (for services he does not offer) and even the associates that he works with have proved to be just as professional and friendly. Good man to know and I definitely recommend him to people who want honest peace of mind.