What is a mortgage broker
A mortgage broker represents individuals or companies looking to broker mortgage loans. Mortgage brokers strive to find a bank or direct lender that will agree to meet the particular loan an individual requires. Finding a good deal for a mortgage loan in Brighton will be easier if you work with a mortgage broker. Even if you have a poor credit score or any other issues that could affect your mortgage application, working with a reputable mortgage broker will still boost your chances considerably.
There are regulations in place to guide professional mortgage brokers and make sure they adhere to banking and finance laws in the jurisdiction of customers, so you can be sure you’re in good hands.
What Is A Mortgage?
A mortgage is simply a loan. Unlike personal loans, a mortgage is specifically tied to a piece of property, so that it acts as security against the loan. Failure to pay when due can result in your mortgage provider taking back (repossessing) the property, as would be their legal right.
Mortgages are nearly always set for a 25-year period, but long and short terms are also available. Once you’ve borrowed the money, a repayment plan is then set in place. Although there are different types of mortgages, the most common is one whereby you are bound to a monthly capital repayment plan.
As well as paying back the money you initially borrowed (the ‘capital’), you’ll also be charged interest on that sum. A mortgage is a debt instrument, secured by the collateral of a specified property that the borrower is obliged to pay back via a predetermined set of payments. Mortgages allow individuals and businesses to purchase sizable properties, without paying the entire cost at once. The borrower will repay the loan and interest over an extended period of time, until they completely own the property, without any mortgage. The property the mortgage is secured on can be taken back by the lender if the borrower discontinues mortgage payments.
If the home buyer does not keep up with mortgage payments, the lender can take the property back, as there are bank charges against it. The home’s tenants may be evicted by the bank, the property sold, and the equity used to clear the mortgage debt if there’s a repossession.
There are many forms of mortgages. With a fixed rate mortgage, the borrower pays the same interest rate for an initial term (i.e. two, three or five years), although longer fixed rate terms are available. During the fixed rate term, monthly payments remain the same. If market interest rates rise, the borrower’s payment does not change on a fixed rate. If market interest rates drop or increase, the borrower’s mortgage repayment remains the same if they are on a fixed rate.
As soon as the fixed rate ends, your mortgage will be returned to a ‘standard variable rate’ set by the bank, lender or building society that lends you the money. You must remember to re-mortgage if you have a good broker or diary system in place. Alternatively, call your current lender to adjust the rates around three months prior to it being raised to the variable rate. This way, you can avoid paying too much on monthly payments, because lenders can adjust the rates as they deem fit.
Quite often, the initial interest rate is a low rate, which can make a mortgage appear cheaper than it is. If interest rates rise later on, the monthly rates may become too high for the borrower to pay. With the possibility of the variable rates being changed at any time after the initial term, monthly payments subsequently become unpredictable.
Other less common types of mortgages – such as interest-only mortgages, tracker rates, offset mortgages, buy to lets, bridging loans and secured loans – could also be available to you, so speak with an independent broker to determine your options. Our mortgage brokers in Brighton can help you find the most suitable mortgage deal to match your unique needs and circumstances.
Handy Tools and Calculators
With a clear idea of the maximum you can borrow and how much the loan will cost, it then becomes easier to plan your future. Take advantage of this handy calculator to determine exactly how much your mortgage repayments will be, based on your total loan figure and interest rate. Just enter those values together with your term and press ‘Click to calculate’ to instantly see how much you’ll need to repay each month.
Why Use A Mortgage Broker?
Working on your mortgage application with a mortgage broker in Brighton comes with many different benefits. Of these benefits, some of the most evident include:
Of all the benefits working with a mortgage broker provides, the possibility of cutting costs would be the most obvious. You don’t have to handle the hard work, as this can be managed by an expert with ample experience, who will make sure your best interests are addressed. All you’ll need to do is fill out some details.
Some people are sceptical about this – especially with the concept of a mortgage broker not yet universally understood. There must be a catch somewhere, surely? As understandable as such thoughts are, it’s important to understand that mortgage brokers have nothing to gain by not working in your best interests.
In fact, a broker could be in serious trouble if they are unable to prove to you, their regulators, the Financial Conduct Authority or the Prudential Regulation Authority why they’ve recommended the particular mortgage that they have. Many mortgage brokers can obtain exclusive mortgage deals not found on the high street, potentially making the total loan cost lower for the client. Reputable mortgage brokers will usually inform you how they get paid for their services, as well as disclose the details of the entire cost of the loan. Positive user experience is much more valuable to a mortgage advisor company than padding out an individual broker’s pocket.
Finds The Most Advantageous Deal
A mortgage broker represents your interests, rather than those of a lending institution. Acting as your agent isn’t all they should do, but also problem solvers and knowledgeable consultants too. A broker has access to many different mortgage products and can therefore offer you great value in terms of relation interest rates, loan products and repayment amounts. Mortgage brokers will interview you to identify your needs, as well as short and long term goals. The simple use of a 30 or 15-year mortgage is inadequate for many situations, which is why sophisticated solutions and innovative strategies are the benefits of working with an experienced mortgage broker. This includes mortgage to raise capital for repayments, money for necessary home improvements or children, or even to buy other properties such as buy to lets.
Has Flexibility Expertise to Meet Your Needs
Any problems that may arise can be dealt with by a mortgage broker, who will oversee the whole process, guiding the client through any situation along the way. For instance, a broker will have knowledge of the lenders who offer the best products to meet the needs of a client with a credit issue. If a borrower requires a loan too large for the bank to approve, a broker can be of benefit by providing the knowledge and ability to successfully source financing.
Save Time & Hassle
It is not just about money. As much as it’s important to save some extra money, your time and sanity are important as well. Think of the amount of time you’d spend researching multiple loan types from multiple lenders. Unlike working with different lenders – which would require you to complete different forms every time – you’d only need one form with a mortgage broker. Your mortgage broker can make available a formal comparison of the loans recommended to advise on the information which completely illustrates cost differences, along with present rates, points and closing costs for every loan shown. Your broker will set deals from major and less popular lenders side by side in order to discover an agreeable deal, with rates and total costs that are lower.
By outsourcing, you can reduce the workload and get someone else’s professional advice. A mortgage broker can do a lot of the work by providing you with support throughout the application and approval process. This might involve completing all paperwork, helping you with applications to government schemes, answering questions and explaining the options and loan features, about which you may not have been aware. These features could include things such as drawdown facilities and options for making extra repayments and offset accounts. These types of features can make a significant difference to your mortgage cost and experience. If you’re unfamiliar with these concepts and how they might affect you, your broker can clarify and answer any questions via a phone call.
Access to exclusive non-advertised deals
Brokers have access to exclusive deals which the banks do not announce. The banks push these deals on to brokers, who are in charge of selling the products. If you contact the bank yourself, you wouldn’t have access to the extra benefits you would otherwise get by speaking to a broker.
While banks can only provide their own deals (and not the deals offered by other banks), brokers can scour the entire market to discover the most suitable deal.
Better chance of pre-approval success
If you’re knocked back after requesting an Agreement in principle/Decision in principle of a loan, this will leave a mark against your credit rating. Brokers are knowledgeable and have the much-needed experience to give you a better shot at approval the first time you apply.
Access to expert knowledge
Mortgage brokers help people secure loans for a living. They have access to helpful information and exclusive deals you’d otherwise not find. There are small details accompanying loans that you might miss if you’re not looking for them. The difference to your mortgage could ultimately be made by these subtleties. It’s beneficial to have an experienced professional to point out these things for you.
Instead of taking time out of your day to research thousands of loans and multiple lenders – and still potentially missing key subtleties – why not hand the work to someone who’s experienced in this industry? For home loan requirements, a mortgage broker is the best ways to go, just as a hairdresser is for replenishing damaged hair and a plumber for fixing leaking pipes.
About Mortgage Saving Experts
Mortgages and insurance are not as complex as they seem at first. This is why it’s very important to find honest advisers, who are knowledgeable and experienced. Our Mortgage Saving Experts will make your journey as seamless and transparent as possible. Besides, why complicate things more than necessary? Let us simplify everything for you and ensure we get the best deal possible.
Mortgage Saving Experts provide our clients with honest and transparent services that leave you feeling mortgages and insurance are less complicated than they first appear. All the mortgage and insurance applications we take care of at Mortgage Saving Experts are treated as if we own them. We’re all about this. It doesn’t matter what the situation is – whether you’re a first-time buyer, a landlord, re-mortgaging or moving on to a new phase altogether – Mortgage Saving Experts are here to help. Providing help is why we’re here! Essentially “Search up to a thousand mortgage deals by talking to an adviser for roughly 15 minutes.”
Our Team of Brighton Mortgage Experts
We make sure we help you get the best available deal the market can offer, as we are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). We must justify to you and our regulators why we recommend the mortgages we do, so you know exactly why you have the mortgage you have.
Down to Earth Mortgage
Our team of mortgage insurance experts is made up of honest, passionate, enthusiastic and widely experienced individuals.
Our mortgage and insurance experts will pay attention to you and understand all your current and future objectives. These goals will be achieved when we work with you intently.
Why chose Mortgage Saving Experts?
You’ll get an initial rate for the first few years after taking out a mortgage. After this initial rate finishes, the rate increases to the lender’s variable rate. Three months before you’re due to renew, our team will reach out to secure a new deal before your monthly payments and rate increase. Other benefits of working with us include:
- The deal you’ll get is better than the bank variable rate, which in turn saves you money.
- You don’t have to remember when your deal finishes, as we will do this for you.
- You can take a breather, while we do the bulk of the work.
- We know our business, so you’ll only be advised by qualified mortgage experts.
- We compare, advise and arrange the best mortgage for you from thousands of available deals.
- Expert advice and support will be available to you through the entire mortgage process.
Our Approach to Mortgage Advice
We make available personalised services and put into consideration all your unique needs. We approach mortgage advice using three basic steps:
- Let’s have an Initial Chat, so we can get to know You and What Your Requirements Are
- We Search the Entire Market to Find the Best Deal for You
- We’ll Present you with the Cheapest and best Deals Available for Both Mortgages and Insurance Cover
How Mortgage Saving Expert Brokers Can Help you:
Our services are more remarkable than those of other mortgage brokers in Brighton because:
- Find out what your needs and circumstances are through fact-finding.
- Point out the costs that come with buying and selling.
- Request all documents related to the application.
- Recommend and explain the prospective mortgage.
- Proffer replies to any questions you might have.
- An agreement in principle should be obtained.
- Submit your full mortgage application.
- Communicate with your solicitor, mortgage lender and estate agent to respond to any questions through to completion.
Mortgage Types We Provide Expert Advice On
We provide professional advice on a broad range of mortgage products. By working with our team, you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect mortgage product to match your needs. The most popular mortgage types we’re requested to handle include:
First time buyers
First Time Buyers are classed by most mortgage lenders as people who have either:
- Never owned a property or
- People who have owned a property in the past, but not owned one for six months or more.
The ideas and rules differ from lender to lender. Normally, being a First Time Buyer is no issue. In order to qualify for stamp duty relief, it’s necessary for First time Buyers to have never been property owners before; this applies anywhere in the world.
The mortgaging process might appear to be challenging, but this isn’t necessarily so. Buying your first home is one of the most exciting things ever, so if you find a reasonably priced, reputable broker to manage the process for you, do hire their services. Why you should use one is pretty obvious. After all, if you don’t know a thing about cars and yours breaks down, you would rather call a mechanic than fix it yourself. The same applies to mortgages. You can cut down on cost, effort and time with mortgage brokers, so why not use one? The initial consultation will cost you nothing.
Buying a home
If you’re thinking of a home purchase any time soon – or even within a couple of years – you should familiarise yourself with everything involved with mortgages. Get to know what to do before your mortgage application, during the application process itself and the way in which to use it after buying the property. If you would rather avoid any stress, speak to an adviser, who will guide you accordingly.
Your credit is crucial.
A mortgage is serious issue. The banks risk a lot of money and have been increasingly cautious since the subprime mortgage crisis in 2008. To qualify for a mortgage, good credit is helpful, but not essential. Based on your present situation, we can also be your guide when it comes to how much you can afford to pay for your new home and what your price ceiling should be. Not only will we help you buy your dream home, we’ll also help you finance it with the lowest cost and most convenient mortgage deal available.
Re-mortgage your home
In essence, the only thing you’re doing here is swapping one lender for another to get a cheaper deal or better rate. They don’t necessarily have to be paired together. Let me clarify this. If your mortgage isn’t so big, you might consider it not worthwhile to pay an arrangement fee to a new lender for a low rate. It may seem cheaper to be on a slightly higher rate than pay an arrangement fee to another lender. Even with a lower rate, you could end up having a costlier deal in total, which is why it’s always prudent to talk to someone before you make any decisions. Be careful.
One upside to re-mortgaging is that your usually not required to pay for valuation or solicitors fees, although some people don’t qualify for this. This is due to the fact that it is based solely on your disposition at the time of re-mortgaging. So, please check with your adviser.
Performing a re-mortgage in time is a practical way to reduce your mortgage costs significantly. Depending on your specific needs, a re-mortgage deal might not be the best option, even though it does have its advantages.
Reasons for remortgaging your property
- Based on your unique circumstances, such as…
- Mortgage debt isn’t so big.
- There have been significant changes in financial disposition.
- Expensive early repayment charge.
- Home value reduced.
- Existing credit problems.
- Already on a great rate.
- We will advise you whether or not to pursue a re-mortgage.
Buy to Let
A ‘buy to let’ property is one bought with a view to renting to others. You aren’t allowed to live in the property by law. If you’re purchasing a buy to let as a First Time Buyer, the number of lenders available will be restricted and there will be extra checks carried out by the lender in such cases.
- You may need to know certain things when purchasing a buy to let property.
- The rental income you receive is a primary factor when determining the size of the loan you can borrow.
- You will have to pay 3% stamp in addition to your normal stamp duty.
- You’ll still have to pay the extra 3% of the purchase price, even if the property isn’t valued as it should be for the stamp duty to be liable.
- TIP: If you want to buy a second property, find out the amount you’ll be require pay from your conveyancer/solicitor.
- A reputable adviser will know just what questions to ask in order to figure out the best mortgage for your specific needs.
- Contact our advisers to find out whether you’re eligible.
How Much Do Mortgage Brokers Charge?
The majority of mortgage brokers receive commission from lenders, which is a percentage of the mortgage loan you secure. Depending on the type of mortgage you need – whether buy to let or residential mortgage for instance – and whether you’ve had any credit problems of late. The figure is often set at around 0.33%, although this varies widely. A flat fee of roughly £500 is usually charged by the majority of independent brokers. Remember to ask brokers how they want to be paid. They must be completely transparent, telling you how much is being charged and what fee structure they use.
The fee structure we adopt is based upon charging the client £695 and deducting from that figure any commission paid by the mortgage lender. If the commission paid to us falls short of £695, our client will then be asked to make up the difference between the commission we receive and the figure of £695. If we receive a mortgage commission of £495 for example, we would ask our clients to pay us the difference of £200 after the mortgage offer is produced, so we are only paid on results.
How Much Can I Borrow?
This depends on several factors, such as the deposit value and how much you earn, how many children you have, as well as what debts (if any) you have in the background. The amount a lender will agree to lend is determined by a total affordability assessment, which will provide insight regarding your income, regular household expenditures and any credit card or loan commitments you might have. A credit check will be undertaken for mortgage purposes to confirm you have sufficient credit rating.
For a more accurate idea of how much you can borrow, get a decision in principle before you apply for a mortgage in full. Arrange to see one of our qualified mortgage experts today. We can provide an initial estimate, without the need for any credit checks to begin with.
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Our services are available whether you want to re-mortgage, move home, purchase a buy to let or procure a first-time buyer mortgage. We compare recent mortgage deals in large quantities to help you find just what you want.
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Latest Mortgage News
The more information you have to hand in your search for the ideal mortgage arrangement, the greater advantage you’ll have. Below is the latest insightful mortgage news to help you get started on the right path.
Mortgage Regulatory Information
The majority of mortgages in the UK are made available by banks, building societies and specialised mortgage lenders. Although a big portion of the market share is owned by Lloyds Banking Group and Nationwide Building Society, all together there are 200 different financial institutions providing mortgages in Britain.
Even with regulations in the UK that closely guide banks and building societies, a regulatory scheme was set up just for mortgages (as a result of the Financial Services Act 2000) by the FCA (the former Financial Services Authority).
The FCA regulates the professional behaviour of mortgage providers. There are stern rules that serve as a guide with regards using unfair, deceitful promotions and adverts, as well as checks for financial service contracts for consumers. Regulations were originally set out in the rules for Mortgage Conduct of Business (MCOB), but these were overhauled as a result of the FCA Mortgage Market Review (MMR) in 2014.
In terms of their financial conduct, organisations collecting deposits in the UK fall under the Prudential Regulation Authority, the FCA’s sister organisation. They ensure firms have a high enough level of capital to offset their lending risks.
If you have a complaint about your mortgage provider, the first step is to take up the matter with them. If you feel it hasn’t been dealt with to your complete satisfaction, there is a complaints procedure which can be referred to the Financial Ombudsman Service. Some mortgages are not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority such as moist Buy to Let mortgages and if you make a complaint about these you are unable to take these to the Financial Ombudsman Service
What To Ask Your Brighton Mortgage Broker?
This is a logical follow-up question. Again, insist on a specific reply.
And once you’ve received answers to these questions, ask if the broker would be willing to put both claims in writing. That will indicate how seriously those claims should be taken.
If a problem arises during the loan application process, you’ll want your broker to respond quickly – hence this question.
Again, demand a specific answer – “Within three hours”, say, rather than “Quickly”.
The reason for this question is so you can discover whether the broker will closely guide you through what is a complicated and stressful process – or expect you to figure it out for yourself.
Organising finance and purchasing property can be complicated and stressful, so you want to know you’re in safe hands. That’s why, before you settle on a particular broker, you should challenge the broker with this question.
Don’t let the broker get away with vague statements like “Because I’m the best” or “Because I provide great service”. Use follow-up questions to demand detail. “What specific things make you better than other brokers? What, specifically, do you do to deliver great service?”
Another important question to ask. That’s because while most brokers focus on ‘plain vanilla’ clients, others might focus on, say, sophisticated investors or borrowers with credit problems.
Hypothetically; Broker A might have done 450 vanilla loans and 50 bad-credit loans, while Broker B might have done 50 vanilla loans and 250 bad-credit loans. So if you were a borrower with credit problems, you might be better off with Broker B.
Next, probe them about their customer service standards
A great way to utilise the knowledge and experience of a broker is to get them to work out the true cost of your home loan. Based on whether you’re paying Repayment or interest only, how much of a deposit you have, the length of your loan term and the rates payable your broker will be able to obtain a mortgage illustration which will have the true cost on it. This is normally depicted by the Annual Percentage Rate (APR)
By maximising your deposit amount and minimising your loan term, you stand to significantly reduce the overall cost of your loan. However, there is much more to answering what the true cost of your home loan will be. Upfront fees such as valuation fees, conveyancing and legal fees need to be added to the total cost. Ongoing fees such as those you can incur for using a drawdown facility.
While it’s impossible to forecast the entire cost of your mortgage to the penny – and let’s not forget how life circumstances and changes can affect your ability to pay your loan too – a broker can can help clarify the big picture details. Mortgage Saving Experts can recommend any protection or insurances to protect you and your family to cover life unfortunate eventualities and our team of advisers can use this information to help you decide which loan is best for your circumstances.
The big question plaguing home buyers tends to be, ‘how much can I borrow?’ Each lender is massively different in this area so as a maximum depending on many factors. In the majority of cases, you can borrow up to around 5 times your gross annual salary but in some instances, you may borrow up to 5.5 times your gross annual income
Once you speak to us, however, we’ll be able to give you a much more accurate indication of your borrowing capacity. Brokers act as the go-between for you and the lender. Lenders will need to know your living expenses, debts, credit score and whether you have dependents. A broker can factor all these things into the right loan.
A broker can also explain home loan terms you’ll need to know, such as LTV, which is the initialism for Loan-to-Value and refers to the percentage of the total loan amount you seek to borrow as a percentage of the property purchase price or value. They can also explain things like the differences in interest rates and repayment types such as Interest Only and Repayment (Capital & Interest)
This is a good follow-up question to ask, as it will give you a better understanding of the mortgage broker’s experience.
For example, imagine two brokers joined the industry in 2013, but that Broker A had written 500 loans during that time and Broker B had written 300. In that case, even though both parties would be able to claim five years of industry experience, there would be a clear difference in hands-on experience.
This is a good place to start, because a more experienced broker will generally be more knowledgeable than a less experienced broker.
Press the broker to give you a specific answer, such as “Eighteen years” or “I’ve been a broker since 2007 and in the mortgage industry since 2001”, rather than something vague like “I’ve got a lot of experience”.