What is a mortgage broker
A mortgage broker represents individuals or companies looking to broker mortgage loans. Mortgage brokers function to find banks or lenders that will willingly make the exact loan an individual requires. With a mortgage broker in Portsmouth, you’ll have an easier time procuring the mortgage loan you need at the best possible terms. If you work with a reputable mortgage broker and have a poor credit score or any other issues that could affect your mortgage application, your chances would be greatly improved.
Professional mortgage brokers are bound under strict regulations and required to comply with banking and finance laws in the customer’s jurisdiction, so, you don’t have to worry about being in the wrong hands.
What Is A Mortgage?
In simple terms, a mortgage is a loan. A mortgage is not like a personal loan, as it is specifically attached to a piece of property used as collateral against the loan. Mortgage providers can rightfully take back (repossess) the property if you default on your payments.
In essence, mortgages have a set duration – mostly 25 years – although there are shorter or longer terms available. 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.
You won’t only have to repay the capital (the money you borrowed), but also the interest on it. Acquired by the collateral of a particular property, a mortgage is an instrument of debt the borrower is required to repay, according to a pre-set payment structure. Mortgages allow individuals and businesses to purchase sizable properties, without paying the entire cost at once. 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 bank can evict the tenants, sell the property and use the income to pay off the mortgage debt if there is a repossession.
Mortgages come in many forms. 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. Monthly payments do not change during the fixed rate term. The borrower’s payments will not change on a fixed rate, even though the market interest rates increase. Changes in market interest rates have no effect on the borrower’s mortgage repayment if they have a fixed rate.
After the fixed rate ends, your mortgage normally reverts to a ‘standard variable rate’, which is a rate set by the lender, bank or building society that’s lending you the money. 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.
Quite often, the initial interest rate is a low rate, which can make a mortgage appear cheaper than it is. Higher monthly payments may be hard to meet for the borrower if interest rates are increased later. Because the variable rates can change at any time, the monthly payments are unpredictable after the initial term.
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 Portsmouth can help you find the most suitable mortgage deal to match your unique needs and circumstances.
Handy Tools and Calculators
Being aware of what you can borrow and the amount the loan will cost will make it simpler to plan your future. With this handy calculator, get a better understanding of how much your mortgage repayments will be, based on your full loan 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 with a mortgage broker for your mortgage application in Portsmouth can be beneficial in various ways. Of these benefits, some of the most evident include:
In working with a mortgage broker, the most noticeable benefit would be the opportunity to save money. You’ll be required to complete a few details, but the hard work is managed by an experienced professional, who has your best interests in mind.
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? While this train of thought is understandable, be assured that most mortgage brokers don’t have an incentive to work against 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. 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. 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
For a mortgage broker, your interests – rather than those of the lending institution – are paramount. 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 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. 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 is not just about money. As much as it’s important to save some extra money, your time and sanity are important as well. Consider how much time it would take you to research multiple loan types from multiple lenders. You’d be required to fill out just one application with a mortgage broker, unlike completing one for every different lender. Your mortgage broker can provide a formal comparison of any loans recommended, as well as advise on the information which accurately portrays cost differences, reflecting current rates, points, and closing costs for each loan. Your broker compares loans from major and less popular lenders to find you the best deal with the lowest rates and overall cost.
Reduce the workload for yourself and outsource it to someone who can provide professional advice. To be of assistance throughout the entire application and approval process, mortgage brokers do the bulk of the work. This includes handling all the paperwork, helping with applications for government ski schemes, answering questions and providing insight on other options and loan features you may not have given thought to. Drawdown facilities, offset accounts and extra repayments (to name a few) are just some of the features involved. These types of features can make a significant difference to your mortgage cost and experience. 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. The brokers are charged with selling the products, as the deals are pushed on to them by the banks. Speaking to a broker unlocks these extra perks you would otherwise miss out on by going directly to a bank.
A bank can provide access to their own deals (not those offered by other banks), but brokers can gain access to the entire market to find the best deals.
Better chance of pre-approval success
A mark is left on your credit rating if your request for an Agreement in principle/Decision in principle of a loan is turned down. With the required knowledge and experience brokers possess, you’ll have a better chance at approval the first time around.
Access to expert knowledge
Helping people secure loans is what mortgage brokers do for a living. They have access to information and select deals you wouldn’t discover by yourself. If you’re not on the lookout for them, you might not notice the subtleties that accompany loans. 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.
You can avoid spending valuable time to research numerous loans and lenders (while perhaps missing fundamental key subtleties) and instead give the work to someone with key industry experience. A mortgage broker is a great choice for your home loan requirements, just as a plumber is for fixing a leaking pipe and a hairdresser for dealing with damaged hair.
About Mortgage Saving Experts
Contrary to how they might seem initially, mortgages and insurance are not so difficult. For this reason, it’s necessary to find an honest and knowledgeable adviser, with ample experience. Our mortgage savings experts will make your task as easy and straightforward as possible. Why complicate things more than necessary, after all? Allow us to secure the best deal possible for you and make everything straightforward.
Mortgage Saving Experts provide an honest and transparent service that will leave our customers thinking that mortgages and insurance aren’t as daunting as they may seem. All mortgage and insurance applications are handled like they’re our own at Mortgage Savings Experts. This is what we’re all about. Mortgage Saving Experts are here, no matter what the circumstances, whether you’re a landlord, first time buyer, moving on to a new chapter or just re-mortgaging. We’re here to help! Essentially “Get information about 1000s of mortgage deals by taking 15 minutes to speak 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. 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. We will make these goals happen by working meticulously alongside you.
Why chose Mortgage Saving Experts?
After taking out a mortgage, you’ll get an initial rate for the first couple of years. After the initial rate period, the rate is then raised 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. Here are some of the other advantages you’ll enjoy if you work with us:
- You’ll get a better deal than the bank variable rate and subsequently save money.
- We will help you keep abreast of the expiry dates for deals, so you won’t have to worry.
- We can take care of the hard work for you while you relax.
- We know our stuff; you’ll always receive pertinent advice from 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 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:
What differentiates our services from those of other mortgage brokers in Portsmouth includes:
- Learn about your situation and needs via fact-finding.
- Clarify the costs related to buying and selling.
- Request applicable documents to aid the application.
- Recommend and explain the prospective mortgage.
- Provide answers to your questions.
- An agreement in principle should be obtained.
- Send in your entire 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 dispense expert advice on a wide range of mortgage products. In collaboration with our team, you won’t have any trouble finding the best mortgage products to match your specific requirements. Some of the most frequently requested types of mortgage we assist with include:
First time buyers
Most mortgage lenders put people in the First Time Buyers category if they 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. Being a First Time Buyer is not generally considered to be a problem. 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.
Mortgage processes may look tough to negotiate, but they really don’t need to be. 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. The purpose of using one is straightforward enough. It stands to reason that you would contact a mechanic if your car became faulty – especially if you knew little or nothing about cars. The same applies to mortgages. Mortgage brokers can help you save money, time and effort, so why don’t you 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). 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 not take this approach, then instead contact an adviser, who will be able to walk you through the process.
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. 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
In short, this means you’ll switch from one lender to another to get a more affordable rate or cheaper deal. They don’t always sit well together. Let me make it clearer. If your mortgage is a small one, you might find that it isn’t profitable paying an arrangement fee to a lender to secure 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 best to always talk to someone before agreeing any deal, because you don’t want one that’s more expensive overall, even though the rate might be significantly lower. Take extra caution.
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 because it is dependent on your circumstances alone at the time of re-mortgaging. So please check or ask your adviser.
A smart way to significantly minimise the cost of your mortgage bills is to undertake a re-mortgage on time. 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 individual circumstances, like…
- Mortgage debt isn’t considerable.
- The financial situation is no longer the same.
- Early repayment charge is on the high side.
- Home value reduced.
- You’re dealing with credit problems.
- Present rate is just fine.
- We will advise you whether to re-mortgage or not.
Buy to Let
‘Buy to let’ properties are those you wish to purchase and then rent to tenants. Legally, you aren’t allowed to 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 largely dependent on the rental income you receive.
- You’ll be required to pay a 3% stamp duty after your normal stamp duty.
- If the value of the property isn’t valued at the amount for which stamp duty becomes liable, you are still required to pay the extra 3% of purchase cost.
- TIP: If you’re looking to buy a second property, you should ask your solicitor/conveyancer to work out the amount you have to pay.
- To find the best mortgage to match your requirements, a good adviser will know which questions you need to answer.
- 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. 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. 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.
We have a fee structure based on charging our clients £695. From that figure, we then deduct any commission received from the mortgage lender 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. If we receive a mortgage commission of £495, our client would be required to pay £200, which would be paid after the mortgage offer has been forthcoming, meaning we only get paid according to 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. Make plans to meet with one of our experienced mortgage experts now. We can at least give you an idea, without having to do any credit checks at the initial stage.
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Mortgage Regulatory Information
The majority of mortgages in the UK are made available by banks, building societies and specialised mortgage lenders. 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.
Although banks and building societies have always been closely regulated in the UK, the former Financial Services Authority (now the FCA) implemented a regulatory scheme specifically for mortgages as a result of the Financial Services Act of 2000.
The professional services of mortgage providers are monitored by the FCA. Strict rules exist that monitor the use of dishonest and misleading adverts and promotions, checking to ensure the terms of any contract for financial services are fair to the customer. Regulations were formerly presented in the rules for Mortgage Conduct of Business (MCOB), although they were changed due to the FCA Mortgage Conduct of Business (MMR) of 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 adequate capital levels to balance out their lending risks.
The first step in tackling any issue you have with regards your mortgage provider is to take it up with them. If you don’t like how the issue has been dealt with, you can take your complaint 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”.