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. With a mortgage broker in Southampton, 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.
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?
Quite simply, 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. Failure to pay when due can result in your mortgage provider taking back (repossessing) the property, as would be their legal right.
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. Mortgages with monthly capital repayment structures are the most common, even though there are other options available.
In addition to repaying the original loan (the ‘capital’), you’ll also have to pay interest on top. 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. The lender can repossess the property against which the mortgage is secured if the borrower does not keep up with mortgage payments.
If the home buyer does not keep up with mortgage payments, the lender can take the property back, as there are bank charges against it. In the case of a repossession, the bank may evict the home’s tenants and sell the house, using the income from the sale to clear the mortgage debt.
There are several types of mortgages. 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 would continue with the same payments if they have a fixed rate, even if the market interest rates go up. The mortgage repayments the borrower makes won’t differ if the interest rates in the market change if they are on a fixed rate.
When the fixed rate is over, your mortgage return to a ‘standard variable rate’, which is usually set by the bank or lender from whom you borrow the money. Lenders may change the rates as they see fit; to avoid paying higher monthly rates, you must remember to re-mortgage if you have a good broker or diary system in place. Otherwise, call your current lender and adjust the rate around three months before it’s increased to the variable rate.
In short, the initial interest rate is often a low rate, which can make a mortgage seem more affordable than it really is. If interest rates rise later on, the monthly rates may become too high for the borrower to pay. With the possibility of the variable rates being changed at any time after the initial term, monthly payments subsequently become unpredictable.
Other less common types of mortgages – such as interest-only mortgages, tracker rates, offset mortgages, buy to lets, bridging loans and secured loans – could also be available to you, so speak with an independent broker to determine your options. Our mortgage brokers in Southampton can help you find the most suitable mortgage deal to match your unique needs and circumstances.
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 with a mortgage broker for your mortgage application in Southampton can be beneficial in various ways. Some of the more obvious benefits include:
The most visible benefit of choosing to work with a mortgage broker is that you will likely 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.
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 short, a broker is required to give proof of their reasons for recommending the mortgage they have (to you, their regulators, the Prudent Regulation Authority or Financial Conduct Authority) or they could be penalised. There are various inexpensive, exclusive mortgage deals that a number of mortgage brokers can find for their clients that could possibly reduce the total loan cost. Reputable mortgage brokers communicate how they expect to be paid for their services, as well as outline the details of the entire loan. 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 will work towards protecting your interests, rather than those of the lending institution. In addition to being your agent, they should also 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. The simple use of a 30 or 15-year mortgage is inadequate for many situations, which is why sophisticated solutions and innovative strategies are the benefits of working with an experienced mortgage broker. This includes mortgage to raise capital for repayments, money for necessary home improvements or children, or even to buy other properties such as buy to lets.
Has Flexibility Expertise to Meet Your Needs
A mortgage broker navigates the client through any situation, handling the process and smoothing any bumps in the road along the way. For example, if borrowers face credit issues, the broker will know which lenders offer the best products to meet their particular needs. If a borrower requires a loan too large for the bank to approve, a broker can be of benefit by providing the knowledge and ability to successfully source financing.
Save Time & Hassle
It’s never just about money. Saving some extra cash is great, but so is your time and sanity. Imagine how much time it would take to find out about the numerous types of loans available from multiple lenders. You’d be required to fill out just one application with a mortgage broker, unlike completing one for every different 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. To find the best deal in terms of lower rates and overall cost, your broker will make comparisons between popular and less popular lenders.
Outsourcing the work to someone who can provide an expert opinion is a great way to relieve yourself of the burden involved. 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. These features could include things such as drawdown facilities and options for making extra repayments and offset accounts. A noticeable difference can be made to your overall experience and the cost of your mortgage. In fact, if you don’t know so much about these concepts and the effects they could have, you can find clarification and get answers to any questions you may have during a phone call.
Access to exclusive non-advertised deals
There are exclusive deals not made public by the banks that brokers have access to. 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.
While banks can only provide their own deals (and not the deals offered by other banks), brokers can scour the entire market to discover the most suitable deal.
Better chance of pre-approval success
If 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 information and select deals you wouldn’t discover by yourself. There are small details accompanying loans that you might miss if you’re not looking for them. It’s these subtleties that can make a difference to your mortgage in the long haul. It is a huge plus to have the services of an experienced expert to show these things to you.
Rather than sacrifice a chunk of your day researching thousands of loans and lenders (and still potentially missing out on key subtleties), why not let someone with industry experience handle the work? For home loan requirements, a mortgage broker is the best ways to go, just as a hairdresser is for replenishing damaged hair and a plumber for fixing leaking pipes.
About Mortgage Saving Experts
Mortgages and insurance aren’t as difficult as they first appear. That’s why finding honest advisers with invaluable experience and knowledge is so important. Your entire journey can be made stress-free and simple by our mortgage savings experts. After all, why make things more difficult than they need to be? Let us make things easy for you and make sure we find you the most suitable deal.
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’re all about. No matter the circumstances – whether this is your first time buying, you’re a landlord, moving onto a new chapter or even re-mortgaging, Mortgage Saving Experts are here to help. We are here to provide assistance! Basically “Get information about 1000s of mortgage deals by taking 15 minutes to speak to 1 adviser.”
Our Team of Brighton Mortgage Experts
We make sure we help you get the best available deal the market can offer, as we are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). We need to provide justification to our customers and regulators for recommending the mortgages we do, so you understand just why you have that particular mortgage.
Down to Earth Mortgage
Our team of mortgage insurance experts is made up of honest, passionate, enthusiastic and widely experienced individuals.
Your current and future goals will be identified by our mortgage insurance experts after talking with you. We then work closely with you to achieve those goals.
Why chose Mortgage Saving Experts?
For the first couple of years, you’re allowed an initial rate after taking out a mortgage. The rate is raised to the lender’s variable rate after the initial rate ends. Before your monthly payment and rate are increased, our team will reach contact you to arrange a new deal roughly three months prior to the date of renewal. Other benefits of working with us include:
- You’ll save some money, as the deal you get is better than the bank variable rate.
- You don’t have to remember when your deal finishes, as we will do 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 thousands of deals, so can advise you accordingly and arrange the very best.
- For the entire mortgage process, you will be expertly advised and supported.
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:
The things that make our services the best amongst mortgage brokers in Southampton include:
- Use fact-finding to properly understand your individual needs.
- Clarify the costs related to buying and selling.
- Ask for applicable documents necessary for the application.
- Make relevant suggestions and provide explanations about the prospective mortgage.
- Reply to any questions you have.
- Obtain an agreement in principle.
- Have your entire mortgage application sent in.
- Liaise with your estate agent, mortgage lender and solicitor to answer any question through to completion.
Mortgage Types We Provide Expert Advice On
We provide professional advice on a broad 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. Mortgage types that we’re frequently asked to handle 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.
Different lenders have different ideas and rules regarding this. Being a First Time Buyer is not generally considered to be a problem. To qualify for stamp duty relief as First Time Buyers, you must have never owned a property before, anywhere in the world.
Mortgages may appear to be a rather difficult process, but they really don’t have to be. The purchase of your first home can be filled with excitement, so if you discover a well-respected broker to manage the process for a reasonable price, then use one. Why you should use one is pretty obvious. After all, if you don’t know a thing about cars and yours breaks down, you would rather call a mechanic than fix it yourself. With mortgages, the same principle applies. With mortgage brokers, you can cut down on money, effort and time, so you should use one. The initial consultation is free of charge.
Buying a home
You should get to know more about mortgages if you’re thinking of buying a home in the near future or a few years to come. Get to know what to do before your mortgage application, during the application process itself and the way in which to use it after buying the property. If you’d prefer a different approach, then speak to an adviser who can guide you through it.
Your credit is crucial.
A mortgage is serious issue. Banks risk a large amount of money and have been steadily more careful since the subprime mortgage crisis in 2008. Qualifying for a mortgage is boosted by good credit, but it isn’t compulsory. We can also provide guidance about the amount you can afford to pay for your new home and what should be your maximum offer, based on your current circumstances. We won’t just facilitate the purchase your dream home, we will also help you fund it with the lowest cost and most favourable mortgage deal on offer.
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 necessarily have to be paired together. Let me simplify this for you. 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 might find it cheaper by going on a slightly higher rate and paying no arrangement fee to the lender at all. 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. Pay close attention.
The potential absence of valuation or solicitors fees is one of the plus points of re-mortgaging, even though not everyone qualifies for this. The reason is that it is based on your disposition alone 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. 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 specific needs, such as…
- Mortgage debt is considerably small.
- There have been significant changes in financial disposition.
- Early repayment charge is on the high side.
- Home value dropped.
- You have credit problems.
- Present rate is very agreeable.
- We will advise you whether or not to pursue a re-mortgage.
Buy to Let
A ‘buy to let’ property is one bought with a view to renting to others. Legally, you cannot live in the property. The number of available lenders will be restricted if you’re a First Time Buyer, purchasing a buy to let property. Also, extra checks are made by the lender in cases like these.
- 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 dependent on how much rental income you receive.
- A payment in respect of an extra 3% stamp duty will be required 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 purchasing a second property, ask your conveyancer/solicitor about the figure you’ll 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?
Many mortgage brokers are paid commission from lenders, which represents a percentage of your mortgage loan. 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 usually charge about £500 as a flat fee. Remember to ask brokers how they want to be paid. They must be completely transparent, telling you how much is being charged and what fee structure they use.
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 paid to us falls short of £695, our client will then be asked to make up the difference between the commission we receive and the figure of £695. If we receive a mortgage commission of £495 for example, we would ask our clients to pay us the difference of £200 after the mortgage offer is produced, so we are only paid on results.
How Much Can I Borrow?
A lot of factors influence this, like the number of children you have, the deposit amount, your income and any debts you might have in the background. The amount a lender would be willing to lend is dependent on a comprehensive affordability assessment that helps them understand your income, as well as any loan or credit card commitments you might have 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. Arrange for an appointment with one of our certified mortgage experts today. Without the need for credit checks, we can at least provide an initial estimate.
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Mortgage Regulatory Information
Building societies, specialised mortgage lenders and banks provide the most mortgages across the UK. 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.
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. The original regulations represented in the rules for Mortgage Conduct of Business (MCOB) were reconstructed due to the 2014 FCA Mortgage Market Review (MMR).
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 ensure firms have a sizeable enough capital to balance out their lending risks.
For lodging complaints about your mortgage provider, the first step is to take it up with them. If you feel it hasn’t been handled properly, there is a procedure that can have your complaint referred to the Financial Ombudsman Service. Some mortgages are not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority such as moist Buy to Let mortgages and if you make a complaint about these you are unable to take these to the Financial Ombudsman Service
What To Ask Your Brighton Mortgage Broker?
This is a logical follow-up question. Again, insist on a specific reply.
And once you’ve received answers to these questions, ask if the broker would be willing to put both claims in writing. That will indicate how seriously those claims should be taken.
If a problem arises during the loan application process, you’ll want your broker to respond quickly – hence this question.
Again, demand a specific answer – “Within three hours”, say, rather than “Quickly”.
The reason for this question is so you can discover whether the broker will closely guide you through what is a complicated and stressful process – or expect you to figure it out for yourself.
Organising finance and purchasing property can be complicated and stressful, so you want to know you’re in safe hands. That’s why, before you settle on a particular broker, you should challenge the broker with this question.
Don’t let the broker get away with vague statements like “Because I’m the best” or “Because I provide great service”. Use follow-up questions to demand detail. “What specific things make you better than other brokers? What, specifically, do you do to deliver great service?”
Another important question to ask. That’s because while most brokers focus on ‘plain vanilla’ clients, others might focus on, say, sophisticated investors or borrowers with credit problems.
Hypothetically; Broker A might have done 450 vanilla loans and 50 bad-credit loans, while Broker B might have done 50 vanilla loans and 250 bad-credit loans. So if you were a borrower with credit problems, you might be better off with Broker B.
Next, probe them about their customer service standards
A great way to utilise the knowledge and experience of a broker is to get them to work out the true cost of your home loan. Based on whether you’re paying Repayment or interest only, how much of a deposit you have, the length of your loan term and the rates payable your broker will be able to obtain a mortgage illustration which will have the true cost on it. This is normally depicted by the Annual Percentage Rate (APR)
By maximising your deposit amount and minimising your loan term, you stand to significantly reduce the overall cost of your loan. However, there is much more to answering what the true cost of your home loan will be. Upfront fees such as valuation fees, conveyancing and legal fees need to be added to the total cost. Ongoing fees such as those you can incur for using a drawdown facility.
While it’s impossible to forecast the entire cost of your mortgage to the penny – and let’s not forget how life circumstances and changes can affect your ability to pay your loan too – a broker can can help clarify the big picture details. Mortgage Saving Experts can recommend any protection or insurances to protect you and your family to cover life unfortunate eventualities and our team of advisers can use this information to help you decide which loan is best for your circumstances.
The big question plaguing home buyers tends to be, ‘how much can I borrow?’ Each lender is massively different in this area so as a maximum depending on many factors. In the majority of cases, you can borrow up to around 5 times your gross annual salary but in some instances, you may borrow up to 5.5 times your gross annual income
Once you speak to us, however, we’ll be able to give you a much more accurate indication of your borrowing capacity. Brokers act as the go-between for you and the lender. Lenders will need to know your living expenses, debts, credit score and whether you have dependents. A broker can factor all these things into the right loan.
A broker can also explain home loan terms you’ll need to know, such as LTV, which is the initialism for Loan-to-Value and refers to the percentage of the total loan amount you seek to borrow as a percentage of the property purchase price or value. They can also explain things like the differences in interest rates and repayment types such as Interest Only and Repayment (Capital & Interest)
This is a good follow-up question to ask, as it will give you a better understanding of the mortgage broker’s experience.
For example, imagine two brokers joined the industry in 2013, but that Broker A had written 500 loans during that time and Broker B had written 300. In that case, even though both parties would be able to claim five years of industry experience, there would be a clear difference in hands-on experience.
This is a good place to start, because a more experienced broker will generally be more knowledgeable than a less experienced broker.
Press the broker to give you a specific answer, such as “Eighteen years” or “I’ve been a broker since 2007 and in the mortgage industry since 2001”, rather than something vague like “I’ve got a lot of experience”.