What is a mortgage broker
A mortgage broker acts as an intermediary who brokers mortgage loans on behalf of individuals or businesses. Mortgage brokers function to find banks or lenders that will willingly make the exact loan an individual requires. If you work with a mortgage broker in Chelmsford, it won’t be so difficult to get a great deal on the mortgage loan you require. If you have a poor credit score or any other problems that could have an impact on your mortgage application, the right mortgage broker can increase your chances immeasurably.
With regulations in place to make sure professional mortgage brokers follow banking and finance laws in the relevant customer jurisdiction, you won’t have to worry about being in the wrong hands.
What Is A Mortgage?
Simply put, a mortgage is a loan. A mortgage is specifically linked to a piece of property so that it acts as security against the loan, which makes it different from personal loans. If you default on your payments, your mortgage provider has the right to take back (repossess) the property.
In essence, mortgages have a set duration – mostly 25 years – although there are shorter or longer terms available. A repayment plan is set up as soon as you’re granted permission to borrow the money. Although mortgages which involve monthly capital repayment plans are more common, there are also other types of mortgage available.
Aside from repaying the money you borrowed initially, you will be charged interest on the amount you’ve been loaned (the ‘capital’). 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. Large properties can be bought by individuals and businesses via a mortgage facility, whereby they don’t have to pay the entire cost immediately. Over time, the loan and interest included can be repaid by the borrower, before the property can become theirs without any mortgage. Failure to make mortgage payments can result in the lender taking back the property used as collateral for the mortgage.
The bank will have a charge on the property, so the lender may repossess it if the home buyer does not make the mortgage payments. 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 various types of mortgages. Even though there are longer fixed rate mortgage terms available, the borrower would have to pay the same interest rate for the initial terms of two, three or five years. For fixed rate terms, the monthly payments remain the same throughout. The borrower’s payments will not change on a fixed rate, even though the market interest rates increase. The mortgage repayments the borrower makes won’t differ if the interest rates in the market change if they are on a fixed rate.
At the end of the fixed rate, your mortgage would revert to a ‘standard variable rate’ put in place by the lender, bank or building society from whom you borrow the money. If you have a diary system in place or a switched-on broker, you must remember to re-mortgage or contact your existing lender and change the rate three months before it increases to the variable rate. This is because the rates can increase or decrease as the lender sees fit, which will help you avoid higher monthly payments.
A mortgage may appear cheaper than it really is, because the initial interest rate is mostly a low rate. An increase in interest rates later on could mean that the borrower would not be able to continue with payments. After the initial term, variable rates can be adjusted at any time, making the monthly payments 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 Chelmsford can provide help for getting the best mortgage deal to suit your personal specifications and requirements.
Handy Tools and Calculators
You can easily plan your future once you have an idea of the maximum you can borrow and how much the loan will cost. Use this handy calculator to see just how much your mortgage repayments are going to be, based on your total loan amount and interest rate. Just fill in those values, along with your term and press ‘Click to calculate’ to immediately see the amount you will have to repay per month.
Why Use A Mortgage Broker?
Working on your mortgage application with a mortgage broker in Chelmsford comes with many different benefits. Some of the most obvious of these benefits are:
Of all the benefits working with a mortgage broker provides, the possibility of cutting costs would be the most obvious. An experienced expert can take care of the hard work and see to it that your interests are protected. You’ll only need to provide a few details.
With limited understanding on the concept of mortgage brokers, some people don’t fully trust this, believing there must be a catch at some point. 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 truth, brokers have to provide viable reasons to you, their regulatory body, the Prudent Regulation Authority or the Financial Conduct Authority for recommending the mortgage they have. To not do so could lead to them facing significant problems. Many mortgage brokers can obtain exclusive mortgage deals not found on the high street, potentially making the total loan cost lower for the client. Detailing the entire cost of the loan and letting you know how they get paid for their services is the duty of any reputable broker. For a mortgage advisor company, a positive user experience is higher on the value chain than lining the pockets of an individual broker.
Finds The Most Advantageous Deal
Your interests – and not those of the lending institution – will be represented by the mortgage broker. They should act not only as your agent, but also as a knowledgeable consultant and problem solver. You can get the best value as per interest rates, loan products and repayment amounts thanks to the wide range of mortgage products to which a broker has access. The mortgage broker will talk with you to get a clear picture of your needs, as well as short and long term goals. Sophisticated solutions and innovative mortgages are distinct advantages of working with experienced broker, because simple 15 or 30-year mortgages aren’t enough in some situations. These include mortgages to raise capital for debt repayment, money for your children, important home renovations or even the purchase of other properties like buy to lets.
Has Flexibility Expertise to Meet Your Needs
A mortgage broker will guide the client throughout the whole process and sort out any issues that might arise. If a borrower has credit issues for instance, the broker would know about lenders who have the best products available to meet their needs. Borrowers who find they need larger loans than their bank will approve can also benefit from a broker’s knowledge and ability to successfully obtain financing.
Save Time & Hassle
Money isn’t the only consideration. Saving some extra cash is great, but so is your time and sanity. Consider how much time it would take you to research multiple loan types from multiple lenders. You’d only need to complete one application with a mortgage broker, instead of filling out forms for every individual lender. 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 compares loans from major and less popular lenders to find you the best deal with the lowest rates and overall cost.
You don’t have to burden yourself with all the work, as outsourcing is a viable option to take in order to gain expert advice. A mortgage broker can provide an array of support throughout the application and approval process. This can include assisting with paperwork, responding to questions and helping with government scheme applications, as well as explaining all the available options and loan features you may not have considered or been aware of. Some of these features can include drawdown facilities, offset accounts and options for extra repayments to name but a few. Your general mortgage experience and overall expenses can be largely affected by these features. If you don’t know much about these concepts and how they can work for you, reach out to your broker over the phone for clarification and answers.
Access to exclusive non-advertised deals
Brokers have access to exclusive deals that aren’t advertised by the banks. These deals are passed by the banks to the brokers, who then have the responsibility of selling the products. Speaking to a broker unlocks these extra perks you would otherwise miss out on by going directly to a bank.
Brokers can search the whole market for the finest deal, whereas individual banks can only offer their own deals and not those of other banks.
Better chance of pre-approval success
If your request for an Agreement in principle/Decision in principle of a loan is turned down, a mark is left on your credit rating. You’ll need the necessary knowledge and experience a broker has to secure approval on your first attempt.
Access to expert knowledge
A mortgage broker’s job is to help people obtain loans. They have access to helpful information and exclusive deals you’d otherwise not find. Loans come with certain subtleties you could miss if you’re not looking out for them. The difference to your mortgage could ultimately be made by these subtleties. An experienced professional to point you in the right direction is extremely beneficial.
Rather than putting time aside to research thousands of loans and several lenders – and still possibly miss important subtleties – why not let someone else who has industry experience handle the work? The same way you would contact a plumber to fix a leaking pipe or a hairdresser to work on damaged hair, contacting a mortgage broker is an ideal option for your home loan needs.
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 savings experts will make your task as easy and straightforward 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 offer honest and transparent services to our customers, making them feel that mortgages and insurance are not as problematic as they first appear. All the mortgage and insurance applications we take care of at Mortgage Saving Experts are treated as if we own them. This is what we do. 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. We are here to provide assistance! Essentially “Find out about 1000s of mortgage deals by putting 15 minutes aside to talk to 1 adviser.”
Our Team of Brighton Mortgage Experts
We make it our duty to get you the best deal the market has to offer, as we are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. We are required to justify our reasons for making the mortgage recommendations we do to both you and our regulators, so you can understand why you have the mortgage you have.
Down to Earth Mortgage
We are a team of experienced mortgage insurance experts, driven by honesty, passion and enthusiasm.
Your current and future goals will be identified by our mortgage insurance experts after talking with you. We will make these goals happen by working meticulously alongside you.
Why chose Mortgage Saving Experts?
For the first couple of years, you’re allowed an initial rate after taking out a mortgage. The lender’s variable rate is implemented after the initial rate is complete. Our team will contact you three months prior to the date of renewal to strike a new deal, before both your rate and monthly payment are raised. Other benefits of working with us include:
- You can save extra cash, because you’ll get a preferable deal to the bank variable rate.
- You won’t have to remember when the deal is due to end, as we will do this for you.
- You can take time to relax, while we handle the stress for you.
- This is our area of expertise; you’ll always receive advice from a qualified mortgage expert.
- We compare, advise and arrange the best mortgage for you from thousands of available deals.
- You’ll receive expert advice and support throughout the entire mortgage process.
Our Approach to Mortgage Advice
Your individual needs will be duly considered, as we provide fully personalised services. 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:
The things that make our services the best amongst mortgage brokers in Chelmsford include:
- Find out what your needs and circumstances are through fact-finding.
- Explain what costs buying and selling involve.
- Request relevant documents to assist with the application.
- Recommend and explain all about the prospective mortgage.
- Respond to any questions you might have.
- Get an agreement in principle.
- Send in your entire mortgage application.
- We will collaborate with your estate agent, solicitor and mortgage lender and reply 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. Some of the most commonly requested mortgage types we help with include:
First time buyers
Most mortgage lenders Categorise First Time Buyers 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.
Every lender has different rules and ideas about this. There usually are no issues in being a First Time Buyer. 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.
Mortgages can seem a daunting process, but they do not have to be. It’s rather exciting to be buying your first home, so if you find a reputable broker to get the job done for you at a fair price, then do use one. It is abundantly clear why you should use one. After all, if your car broke down and you knew nothing about cars, you wouldn’t try to fix it yourself. Instead, you would take it to a mechanic. With mortgages, the same principle applies. You can save on time, effort and even money with mortgage brokers, so you should use one. You won’t have to pay for the initial consultation.
Buying a home
You should brush up your knowledge of mortgages if a home purchase is a viable option for you any time soon (or a few years down the line). Learn what to do before applying for a mortgage; what to watch for during the process; and how to use a mortgage after you’ve bought your home. If you prefer otherwise, then instead speak to an adviser who will guide you through it.
Your credit is a necessity.
A mortgage is of major importance. A lot of money has been risked by banks over the years; notably, they have been more and more cautious since the subprime mortgage crisis of 2008. To qualify for a mortgage, good credit is helpful, but not essential. We can also offer guidance regarding how much you can afford to pay for your new home and how to set your limit, depending on your ongoing situation. 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
Simply put, all you’re doing with this is changing from one lender to another to get a better rate or cheaper deal. The two do not necessarily go hand in hand. Let me make it clearer. If you have a small mortgage, you’ll probably find it’s not worthwhile paying an arrangement fee to the lender just to go on a lower rate. You may find it’s more practical to go on a slightly higher rate, without paying arrangement fees to any lender. It’s always best to speak with someone before deciding which deal to go for, as you don’t want to be caught out by being tied to a more expensive deal overall, even if the rate is much lower. Take extra caution.
One benefit of re-mortgaging is that you’ll not normally pay for any valuation or solicitors fees, although not everyone qualifies for this. This is because only your circumstances are considered at the time of re-mortgaging. So, please ask your adviser about it.
Performing a re-mortgage in time is a practical way to reduce your mortgage costs significantly. Even though a re-mortgage deal is accompanied by various benefits, it might not the best choice for you, depending on your unique circumstances.
Reasons for remortgaging your property
- Based on your unique circumstances, such as…
- Mortgage debt isn’t so big.
- The financial situation is no longer the same.
- Expensive early repayment charge.
- Home value reduced.
- You are having trouble with credit.
- Current rate is ideal.
- We will advise you whether or not to pursue a re-mortgage.
Buy to Let
A property purchased in order to be rented to tenants is a ‘buy to let’. According to the law, you cannot live in the property. If you’re a First Time Buyer, the number of available lenders will be restricted if you’re purchasing a buy to let, while extra checks would be carried out by the lender in such cases.
- You may need to know certain things when purchasing a buy to let property.
- The amount of rental income you receive more or less affects how the loan amount you’re able to borrow.
- Other than your regular stamp duty, you will have to pay an extra 3% stamp duty on top.
- Even if the value of the property isn’t enough to be liable for stamp duty, you are still required to pay an extra 3% of the purchase price.
- TIP: Ask your solicitor/conveyancer to work out how much you’ll have to pay if you’re buying a second property.
- To help determine the most suitable mortgage to meet your needs, an expert mortgage adviser will know the specific questions to which you will need to provide answers.
- To see if you’re eligible, reach out now to our advisers.
How Much Do Mortgage Brokers Charge?
Most mortgage brokers get paid commission from lenders, which will be a percentage of the mortgage loan you receive. 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. Many independent brokers charge flat fees, usually around £500. Be sure to enquire about how to make payments to brokers. They must be completely clear, letting you know the exact figure and fee structure in place.
Our fee structure is based upon charging the client £695; any commission which is received from the mortgage lender is deducted from that figure If the commission we receive is less than £695, we then ask the client to make up the difference between what we have been paid in commission up to £695. For example, if we received a commission of £495, we would then ask you for a fee of £200 which is payable on production of your mortgage offer, so we are only paid on results.
How Much Can I Borrow?
Many factors affect this, such as how much you earn, the amount you deposit, the number of children you have, as well as any debts you might have in the background. A total affordability assessment is required to determine how much a lender will agree to lend; this takes into account your income, any loan or credit card commitments you have, as well as regular household expenses. In addition, they also perform a credit check to make sure your credit rating is suitable for mortgage purposes.
Prior to applying for a mortgage in full, obtain a decision in principle to form a clear picture with regards the amount you can borrow. Arrange for an appointment with one of our certified mortgage experts today. At the initial stage, we can give you an estimate, without needing to perform any credit checks.
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Mortgage Regulatory Information
In the UK, most mortgages are provided by building societies, specialised mortgage lenders and banks. There is a total of 200 different financial institutions which offer mortgages in Britain, although Lloyds Banking Group and Nationwide Building Society owns the market’s largest share.
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).
Mortgage providers are tightly regulated by the FCA, in terms of their professional conduct. 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. The original regulations represented in the rules for Mortgage Conduct of Business (MCOB) were reconstructed due to the 2014 FCA Mortgage Market Review (MMR).
The Prudential Regulation Authority (a sister organisation to the FCA) presides over deposit-taking organisations in the UK, with regards their financial conduct. They make sure firms have capital large enough to cancel out their lending risks.
If you have a complaint about your mortgage provider, the first step is to take up the matter with them. You utilise a complaint procedure via the FCA if you don’t think it has been suitably dealt with. In turn, this can be referred to the Financial Ombudsman Service if deemed necessary. 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”.