What is a mortgage broker
A mortgage broker acts as an intermediary who brokers mortgage loans on behalf of individuals or businesses. 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 Halstead will be easier if you work with a mortgage broker. Even with complicated circumstances or a poor credit score, the ideal mortgage broker will boost your chances of getting a mortgage.
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?
A mortgage is simply a loan. Quite unlike personal loans however, a mortgage is used as guarantee against a loan, because it is linked to a piece of property. The property can be rightfully taken from you (repossession) by your mortgage provider if you do not make payments on time.
Typically, mortgages are laid out for a set period – usually 25 years, although shorter or longer terms are also possible. Once you’ve borrowed the money, a repayment plan is then set in place. While there are various mortgage options, the most popular one requires a monthly capital repayment plan.
In addition to repaying the original loan (the ‘capital’), you’ll also have to pay interest on top. A mortgage – secured by the collateral of the property involved – is a debt instrument that the borrower must repay against the agreed pre-set payment instalments. Individuals and businesses use mortgages to buy property, without having to pay the total value up front. 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 property can be repossessed by the lender if the home buyer fails to make mortgage payments, since the bank has a charge on the house. If there is a repossession, the tenants can be evicted by the bank and the property sold to repay the mortgage debt.
There are various types of mortgages. With a fixed rate mortgage, even though there is provision for longer fixed rate terms, borrowers are expected to pay the same interest rate for the initial terms (being two, three or five years). Monthly payments remain constant during the fixed rate term. The borrower’s payments will not change on a fixed rate, even though the market interest rates increase. 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.
A mortgage can seem less costly than it really is, with the initial interest rate often being a low rate. The borrower might not be able to keep up with higher monthly payments, should the rates be later increased. Variable rates after the initial term can be changed at any time, causing monthly payments to be rather unpredictable.
Other types of mortgages exist that are not so common. However, they may be available to you, so talk to an independent broker about such options, which include offset mortgages, interest-only mortgages, buy to lets, secured loans, tracker rates and bridging loans. To match any needs and requirements you might have, our mortgage brokers in Halstead can help to find the best possible mortgage deal for you.
Handy Tools and Calculators
Knowing how much you can borrow – as well as the cost of the loan – will help make planning your future easier. 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?
There are a wide range of benefits to be enjoyed from working with a mortgage broker in Halstead with regards your mortgage application. Of these advantages, some of the more prominent include:
The possibility of saving money is the most obvious advantage of working with a mortgage broker. 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 worry about how true this is, considering the entire idea of mortgage brokers is still misunderstood somewhat around the globe. So, where is the catch? A mortgage broker wouldn’t stand to gain anything by not working in your favour. You’ll need to bear this in mind, even though any concerns you might have are understandable.
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. Exclusive mortgage deals not found on the high street can be unearthed by many mortgage brokers, which could potentially cut the cost of the entire loan for the client. A reputable mortgage broker will disclose details of how they take payment for their services and convey the components which make up the entire mortgage cost. Filing the pockets of a broker is of little value to a mortgage advisor company when compared to making sure customers have a positive experience.
Finds The Most Advantageous Deal
A mortgage broker represents your interests, rather than those of a lending institution. In addition to being your agent, they should also be knowledgeable consultants and problem solvers. 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. You will be interviewed by the mortgage brokers to determine your needs and goals – both in the short and long term. Amongst the benefits of working with experienced mortgage brokers are innovative mortgages and sophisticated solutions, because regular 15 or 30-year mortgages aren’t usually sufficient. These include money for children or carrying out much needed renovations, mortgages to raise capital for repaying debts or even money to buy 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. For instance, brokers would know the lenders that can make available the best products for clients with credit issues. A broker will be beneficial in providing the necessary knowledge to source financing if a borrower requires a loan that’s larger than the bank would normally approve.
Save Time & Hassle
It is not just about money. While it’s a good thing to save some extra money, your sanity and time matter just as much. Think of the amount of time you’d spend researching 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. A formal comparison of the recommended loans can be made available by your broker to provide information that would clearly show the differences in cost, including current rates and the costs of closing each of the loans. 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. Mortgage brokers do the bulk of the work by helping you during the application and approval process in ways such as taking care of all paperwork; answering questions; handling applications for government schemes; and providing information about the various options and loan features you aren’t aware of. Some of these features can include drawdown facilities, offset accounts and options for extra repayments to name but a few. Features like these can make a huge difference to your mortgage costs and overall experience. Better still, if you’re not well versed with these concepts and how they could affect you, your broker can clarify answer questions you may have over the phone.
Access to exclusive non-advertised deals
There are exclusive deals that aren’t advertised by banks to which brokers have access. The deals are pushed by the banks on to the brokers, who are then charged with overseeing the sale of 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.
A bank can only sell their own deals – not those of the other banks as well – whereas a broker can search the whole market for the best deal.
Better chance of pre-approval success
When you request an Agreement in principle/Decision in principle of a loan and are refused approval, this shows up on 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
A mortgage broker’s job is to help people obtain loans. They can access useful information and exclusive deals you likely couldn’t find yourself. Loans come with certain subtleties you could miss if you’re not looking out for them. At the end of the day, these subtleties tend to improve your mortgage chances. Having the services of an experienced professional who can point these out for you is a huge benefit.
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? Just like you’d acquire the services of a hairdresser to replenish damaged hair or a plumber for leaking pipes, a mortgage broker is an excellent option for any of 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. Why make things harder than necessary, after all? Allow us to secure the best deal possible for you and make everything straightforward.
You’ll be left thinking that mortgages and insurance are not as difficult as they appear, because of the reliable and transparent service Mortgage Saving Experts provide our customers. Here at Mortgage Saving Experts, we treat all mortgage and insurance applications as our own. This is what we do. Mortgage Saving Experts are available whether you’re a first-time buyer, a landlord, moving on to a new phase or just re-mortgaging. We are here to assist! In essence “Take 15 minutes to talk to 1 adviser and find out about 1000s of mortgage deals.”
Our Team of Brighton Mortgage Experts
As we are bound by regulations of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), we must ensure we get you the best available deal on the market. You’ll get to understand why you received the mortgage you did, because we have to justify the recommendations we make to both you and our regulators.
Down to Earth Mortgage
We are an honest, passionate, enthusiastic and very experienced team of mortgage and insurance experts.
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?
After taking out a mortgage, you’ll get an initial rate for the first couple of years. The rate is raised to the lender’s variable rate after the initial rate ends. You will be contacted by our team approximately three months prior to the renewal time to agree a new deal, before the monthly payment and rate are increased. Other advantages of working with us are:
- The deal you’ll get is better than the bank variable rate, which in turn saves you money.
- You don’t have to keep track of the timeline, as we will look after this for you.
- We can take care of the hard work for you while you relax.
- 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 be supported and expertly advised throughout the whole mortgage process.
Our Approach to Mortgage Advice
We provide personalised services and pay attention to all your specific needs. Our approach to mortgage advice involves three simple 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 Halstead because:
- Find out what your needs and circumstances are through fact-finding.
- Clarify the costs related to buying and selling.
- Request relevant documents to assist with the application.
- Make relevant suggestions and provide explanations about the prospective mortgage.
- Proffer replies to any questions you might have.
- Get an agreement in principle.
- Get your whole mortgage application submitted.
- Liaise with your estate agent, mortgage lender and solicitor to answer any question through to completion.
Mortgage Types We Provide Expert Advice On
We advise our clients expertly on a vast selection 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 rules and ideas on this are different across various lenders. Normally, being a First Time Buyer is no issue. To be eligible for stamp duty relief, First Time Buyers are required to never have been owners of property before. This is applicable worldwide for stamp duty purposes.
While mortgages may look like a tedious process, they don’t have to be. The prospect of buying your first home comes with a lot of excitement, so if you manage to find a competent broker who can oversee the process at a reasonable price, then go right ahead. The reason you should use one is quite apparent. It stands to reason that you would contact a mechanic if your car became faulty – especially if you knew little or nothing about cars. It’s the same with mortgages. Mortgage brokers can help you save money, time and effort, so why don’t you use one? The initial consultation will cost you nothing.
Buying a home
If you’re considering buying a home in the near future or further down the line, you should get to know mortgages a lot better in the meantime. Find out what to do before applying for a mortgage; during the application process; and how to use it accordingly after purchasing your home. If you would rather avoid any stress, speak to an adviser, who will guide you accordingly.
Your credit is crucial.
A mortgage is a major issue. Since the subprime mortgage crisis in 2008, banks have trodden more carefully in terms of risking money up front. To be eligible for a mortgage, good credit is useful but not absolutely 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. In addition to assisting you with the purchase of your dream home, we will also help with financing at minimum cost and the most agreeable mortgage 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. They don’t necessarily have to be paired together. I’ll explain this clearly. If you’ve got a small mortgage, paying the arrangement fee to a new lender to go on a lower rate might not seem practical to you. Being on a rate that’s a bit higher may seem more agreeable to you than paying an arrangement fee to any 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. Pay close attention.
A notable benefit of re-mortgaging is the absence of solicitors or valuation fees, even though some people are not eligible for this. Any reasoning depends solely on your circumstances at the time of re-mortgaging. So, please ask your adviser about it.
A brilliant way to ensure you cut down on your mortgage bills is to re-mortgage on time. While a re-mortgage deal can be beneficial for some, it’s not the best move for everyone, as it all depends on your unique circumstances.
Reasons for remortgaging your property
- Based on your individual circumstances, like…
- Mortgage debt isn’t considerable.
- There has been a change in financial circumstances.
- Costly early repayment charge.
- A reduction in home value.
- You have credit problems.
- Already on a suitable current rate.
- We will dispense advice on the merits of pursuing a re-mortgage.
Buy to Let
A ‘buy to let’ property is one you want to purchase in order to rent out to tenants. You are not allowed to legally live in the property. 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.
- There are a few things you may need to be aware of when purchasing a buy to let property.
- The loan amount you can borrow is mostly based on the total rental income you receive.
- 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’re purchasing a second property, ask your conveyancer/solicitor about the figure you’ll have to pay.
- A reputable adviser will know just what questions to ask in order to figure out the best mortgage for your specific needs.
- To see if you’re eligible, reach out now to our advisers.
How Much Do Mortgage Brokers Charge?
Commission is usually paid to mortgage brokers by lenders; this will be a percentage of the mortgage loan you secure. This is usually around 0.33%, although this does vary massively, depending on what mortgage you require. For example, this would take into account buy to let or residential mortgages and whether you’ve had any credit problems in the recent past. Many independent brokers usually charge about £500 as a flat fee. Be sure to enquire about how to make payments to brokers. They need to be totally clear, informing you of the fee structure they use and just how much you are due to be charged.
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 we are paid a commission less than £695, the client is then asked to pay the necessary difference to top it up to £695. For instance, if the commission we receive is £495, then we would require you to pay £200 to make up the difference. This can be paid when your mortgage offer has been produced, meaning we only get 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. 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. In addition, they also perform a credit check to make sure your credit rating is suitable for mortgage purposes.
To get an idea of the amount you can loan, get a decision in principle before applying for a mortgage in full. Make plans today for an appointment with one of our capable mortgage experts. Initially, we can at least give you an idea, without needing to conduct any credit checks.
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Whether you want a re-mortgage, move home, find a mortgage for a first-time buyer or purchase a buy to let, we can help. We compare recent mortgage deals in large quantities to help you find just what you want.
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Latest Mortgage News
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Mortgage Regulatory Information
In the UK, most mortgages are provided by building societies, specialised mortgage lenders and banks. All in all, there are 200 different financial institutions offering mortgages in Britain, although Lloyds Banking Group and Nationwide Building Society have the largest share of the market.
In the UK, despite there being tight regulations that guide banks and building societies, a regulatory scheme was implemented by the FCA (formerly the Financial Services Authority) in response to the Financial Services Act 2000.
The FCA regulates the professional behaviour of mortgage providers. There are strict rules regarding the use of unfair, misleading adverts and promotions, as well as checks to make sure the terms of any contract for financial services are fair for the consumer. Regulations were initially documented in the rules for Mortgage Conduct of Business (MCOB), but were overhauled because of 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 a substantial 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 think it hasn’t been sorted out satisfactorily, you can take the complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service if 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”.