What is a mortgage broker
Mortgage loans are brokered on behalf of companies and individuals by mortgage brokers, who effectively act as intermediaries. Mortgage brokers exist to find a bank or direct lender that will be willing to make the specific loan an individual requires. Working with a mortgage broker in Harlow will help you get the mortgage loan you require at a favourable deal, without any unnecessary stress. Even with complicated circumstances or a poor credit score, the ideal mortgage broker will boost your chances of getting a mortgage.
Also, you can rest easy knowing that professional mortgage brokers must work within regulations that require their compliance to banking and finance laws in the jurisdiction of the consumer.
What Is A Mortgage?
A mortgage is in effect a loan. Unlike personal loans, a mortgage is specifically tied to a piece of property, so that it acts as security against the loan. The property can be rightfully taken from you (repossession) by your mortgage provider if you do not make payments on time.
Mortgages are usually set for a set period of 25 years, but can sometimes be set for longer or shorter terms. As soon as you borrow the money, a plan for repayment is implemented. Mortgages with monthly capital repayment structures are the most common, even though there are other options available.
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. Large properties can be bought by individuals and businesses via a mortgage facility, whereby they don’t have to pay the entire cost immediately. The loan and interest attached needs to be paid back over some years before the borrower can own the property without a mortgage. The lender can repossess the property against which the mortgage is secured if the borrower does not keep up with mortgage payments.
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.
Mortgages come in various guises. Borrowers must still pay the same interest rates on fixed rate mortgages as they would for the initial terms of two, three or five years, even though fixed-rate mortgages are available in longer terms. Monthly payments do not change during the fixed rate term. The borrower’s payments will not be affected by any increase in the market interest rates if they are on a fixed rate. An increase or decrease in the market interest rate will not affect the borrower’s mortgage repayments if they have a fixed rate.
Your mortgage will usually revert to a ‘standard variable rate’ laid down by the bank, building society or lender that lends you the money, once the fixed rate ends. The rate can increase or decrease as the lender decides, so with a good broker or diary system in place, do not forget to re-mortgage or call your existing lender, so you can adjust the rate sometime around three months before it’s increased to the variable rate. This will help you avoid paying higher monthly payments.
A mortgage can seem less costly than it really is, with the initial interest rate often being a low rate. Higher monthly payments may be hard to meet for the borrower if interest rates are increased later. Monthly payments after the initial term are usually unpredictable, since the variable rates could be changed at any time.
Talk to an independent broker about other types of mortgages that could be options for you, such as buy to lets, interest-only mortgages, secured loans, bridging loans, offset mortgages and tracker rates, which are not so common. Our mortgage brokers in Harlow can help you find the most suitable mortgage deal to match your unique needs and circumstances.
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. With this handy calculator, get a better understanding of how much your mortgage repayments will be, based on your full loan and interest rate. Simply fill in the values plus your term and press ‘Click to calculate’ to immediately discover the amount you must repay monthly.
Why Use A Mortgage Broker?
In Harlow, working with a mortgage broker on your mortgage application is beneficial in a number of ways. Some of the most obvious of these benefits are:
The possibility of saving money is the most obvious advantage of working with a mortgage broker. 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.
Some people are not fully convinced about this, what with the concept of a mortgage broker still vaguely understood universally. So, there has to 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 communicate how they expect to be paid for their services, as well as outline the details of the entire loan. A mortgage advisor company values ensuring a positive experience for their customers over padding the pocket of a broker.
Finds The Most Advantageous Deal
Your interests – and not those of the lending institution – will be represented by the mortgage broker. Not only should the role of being your agent be their focus, they also need to be knowledgeable consultants and problem solvers. A broker can offer the best value when it comes to repayment amounts, interest rates and loan products. This is because a large variety of mortgage products are accessible to them. To ascertain your goals and needs (both short and long term), you’ll be interviewed by the mortgage broker. Many situations demand more than the simple use of a 30-year or 15-year mortgage. Therefore, innovative mortgage strategies and sophisticated solutions are distinct advantages of working with an experienced mortgage broker. These include mortgage to raise capital for repaying debts, money for the children or essential home improvements, or even to enable the purchase of other properties such as buy to lets.
Has Flexibility Expertise to Meet Your Needs
A mortgage broker will work with the client in any situation, as well as manage the process and take care of any bumps in the road that may occur. If a borrower has credit issues for instance, the broker would know about lenders who have the best products available to meet their needs. The knowledge and capability of a broker to successfully source financing will be of great benefit to a borrower who realises the loan they need may be too large for a bank to approve.
Save Time & Hassle
It isn’t only about money. As much as it’s important to save some extra money, your time and sanity are important as well. Give a thought to the amount of time you’d have to invest when enquiring about various loan types from numerous 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 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 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 can include drawdown facilities, the option to make extra repayments and offset accounts to name a few. A noticeable difference can be made to your overall experience and the cost of your mortgage. 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
Exclusive deals not advertised by banks can accessed by mortgage brokers. The deals are pushed by the banks on to the brokers, who are then charged with overseeing the sale of products. Contacting a broker will unlock these extra benefits you would miss out on if you were to approach the bank yourself.
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
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. The experience and knowledge required for your best chance of approval the first time you apply is something brokers have in abundance.
Access to expert knowledge
Helping people secure loans is what mortgage brokers do for a living. They have access to helpful information and exclusive deals you’d otherwise not find. If you’re not on the lookout for them, you might not notice the subtleties that accompany loans. In the long run, subtleties like these are significant to your mortgage. Having the services of an experienced professional who can point these out for you is a huge benefit.
Instead of removing a chunk of your day to conduct voluminous research of loans and multiple lenders as well as possibly missing important subtleties, why not give the work to a person who has ample industry experience? 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
Contrary to how they might seem initially, mortgages and insurance are not so difficult. 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. Why complicate things more than necessary, after all? Let us make things easy for you and make sure we find you the most suitable deal.
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. These are the things we’re about. 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 provide assistance! In essence “Search up to a thousand mortgage deals by talking to an adviser for roughly 15 minutes.”
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 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
We are a team of experienced mortgage insurance experts, driven by honesty, passion and enthusiasm.
Our mortgage insurance experts take pride in listening to the current and future objectives our customers have. We then work closely with you to achieve those goals.
Why chose Mortgage Saving Experts?
When you take out a mortgage, you’ll be subject to an initial rate for the first few years. After this initial rate finishes, the rate increases to the lender’s variable rate. Three months before this rate is up for renewal, our team will contact you again to put a new deal in place before your rate and monthly payments increase. Some other reasons for which it’s beneficial to work with us include:
- You can save extra cash, because you’ll get a preferable deal to the bank variable rate.
- We can provide updates relating to the end of your deal, so you need not worry.
- While we deal with the stress on your behalf, you can sit back and ease your mind.
- We know our onions, so you’ll only ever be advised by a qualified mortgage expert.
- To arrange the best deal for you, we compare and dispense advice with regards thousands of mortgage deals.
- Expert advice and support will be available to you through the entire mortgage process.
Our Approach to Mortgage Advice
We offer a personalised service that takes into consideration your unique 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:
The reasons our services are better than those of other mortgage services in Harlow include:
- Use fact-finding to properly understand your individual needs.
- Clarify the costs related to buying and selling.
- Request relevant documents to assist with the application.
- Propose and explain the likely mortgage.
- Get answers to any questions you might have.
- Obtain an agreement in principle.
- Send in your entire mortgage application.
- 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 expertly on a vast selection of mortgage products. You won’t have any difficulty finding the right mortgage products to suit your needs when working with us. Some of the most frequently requested types of mortgage we assist with include:
First time buyers
Many mortgage brokers consider First Time Buyers 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.
For each lender, the rules and ideas about this differ. Typically, there are no problems with 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 may appear to be a rather difficult process, but they really don’t have to be. Buying your first home can be exciting, so if you come across a suitable broker who can handle the process for you at a fair price, do take advantage of their expertise. The reason you should use one is fairly obvious. 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. Mortgage brokers can save you time, effort and money, so why not use one? The initial consultation is free of charge.
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. 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 would rather avoid any stress, speak to an adviser, who will guide you accordingly.
Your credit is vital.
A mortgage is a serious affair. 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. Good credit helps to qualify for a mortgage, but it isn’t a necessity. 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
Effectively, all you’d be doing with this is changing to a different lender to find a better or more affordable deal. The two of them don’t have to go hand in hand. Let me simplify this for you. 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. You might find it cheaper by going on a slightly higher rate and paying no arrangement fee to the lender at all. Asking for advice before making up your mind about the deal is important, so that you don’t end up with a more expensive deal on the whole, even at a lower rate. Be careful.
One advantage of re-mortgaging is that you won’t have to pay any valuation or solicitors fees. That said, not everyone is eligible for this exemption. This is because it is dependent on your circumstances alone at the time of re-mortgaging. So, please ask your adviser about it.
A mortgage deal conducted at the right time is an effective way to cut the cost of your mortgage bills significantly. Although it can be a good thing – depending on your individual needs – a re-mortgage deal might not be the most suitable choice.
Reasons for remortgaging your property
- Based on your specific needs, such as…
- Mortgage debt isn’t considerable.
- Financial circumstances have changed.
- Early repayment charge that’s costly.
- Home value dropped.
- Existing credit problems.
- Present rate is just fine.
- We will provide guidance to help you choose whether to re-mortgage.
Buy to Let
‘Buy to let’ properties are those you wish to purchase and then rent to tenants. You aren’t allowed to live in the property by law. You can purchase a buy to let property as a First Time Buyer, but you’ll be restricted to the number of available lenders, while extra checks will be made by the lender in such situations.
- When purchasing a buy to let property, you’d be required to know quite a few things.
- The loan amount you can borrow is largely dependent on the rental income you receive.
- You’ll be required to pay a 3% stamp duty after your normal stamp duty.
- An extra 3% of the purchase price will still be required of you, even if the value of the property isn’t high enough 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?
Most mortgage brokers get paid commission from lenders, which will be a percentage of the mortgage loan you receive. Even though the figure isn’t set in stone, it is usually about 0.33%, based on the type of mortgage you require – for instance, a residential mortgage or buy to let. Also, any recent credit issues you may have had would be taken into consideration. A flat fee of roughly £500 is usually charged by the majority of independent brokers. Don’t forget to find out how brokers collect payment. They must be completely transparent, telling you how much is being charged and what fee structure they use.
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 receive a commission below the value of £695, we ask the client to pay the difference between the received commission and £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. What determines the amount a lender will agree to lend is a full affordability assessment. This will help them understand your loan or credit commitments, as well as income and everyday household expenses. A credit check will be undertaken for mortgage purposes to confirm you have sufficient credit rating.
To be sure of how much you can borrow, obtain a decision in principle, prior to completing a full application. Make plans to meet with one of our experienced mortgage experts now. We can provide an initial estimate, without the need for any credit checks to begin with.
The Latest Best Mortgage Rates
We can provide help in many different situations; for instance, re-mortgaging, first time purchase, moving home or buy to lets. We compare thousands of the latest mortgage deals, so you can find the one you’re after.
What Our clients say About us
We have a list of clients in Harlow that is both lengthy and diverse. If you doubt that we are the professionals most capable of finding you the best mortgage deal in Harlow at the lowest price, check out what some of our customers have to say about their experience with us. For a personal experience to discover how effective our services are, contact us today.
Latest Mortgage News
The more information you have at your disposal when seeking the best mortgage deal, the better the position you’ll be in. Below can be found recent news on mortgages to provide the insight you need to get started.
Mortgage Regulatory Information
In the UK, most mortgages are provided by building societies, specialised mortgage lenders and banks. In Britain, there are around 200 different financial institutions that make mortgages available, even though Lloyds Banking Group and Nationwide Building Society has the biggest portion of the market share.
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 monitors the professional conduct of mortgage providers. Strict rules are in place against using false or unfair adverts and promotions, in addition to checks to ensure the terms of contracts for financial services are fair for the consumer. As a result of the FCA Mortgage Market review of 2014, the initial regulations set out in the rules for Mortgage Conduct of Business were revamped.
Deposit-taking organisations in the UK are under the jurisdiction of the Prudential Regulation Authority (a sister organisation to the FCA) for 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. 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”.