What is a mortgage broker
To broker a mortgage loan, a mortgage broker will act as a link on behalf of an individual or business. Mortgage brokers strive to find a bank or direct lender that will agree to meet the particular loan an individual requires. If you work with a mortgage broker in Maidstone, it won’t be so difficult to get a great deal on the mortgage loan you require. If you have a poor credit score or any other problems that could have an impact on your mortgage application, the right mortgage broker can increase your chances immeasurably.
There are regulations in place to guide professional mortgage brokers and make sure they adhere to banking and finance laws in the jurisdiction of customers, so you can be sure you’re in good hands.
What Is A Mortgage?
A mortgage is in effect 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. Failure to pay when due can result in your mortgage provider taking back (repossessing) the property, as would be their legal right.
Mortgages are usually set for a set period of 25 years, but can sometimes be set for longer or shorter terms. A repayment plan is arranged as soon as you borrow the money. Mortgages with monthly capital repayment structures are the most common, even though there are other options available.
You won’t only have to repay the capital (the money you borrowed), but also the interest on it. 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. Mortgages are a vehicle for individuals and businesses to make large property purchases, without paying the entire value of the purchase up front. Over a period of many years, the borrower repays the loan (plus interest) until they eventually own the property outright, without any mortgage. If the borrower stops paying the mortgage, the lender can repossess the property against which the mortgage is secured.
The bank has a charge on the house; should the home buyer default on paying the mortgage, then the lender may repossess the property. The bank can evict the tenants, sell the property and use the income to pay off the mortgage debt if there is a repossession.
There are several 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). During the fixed rate term, monthly payments remain the same. The borrower’s payments will not change on a fixed rate, even though the market interest rates increase. An increase or decrease in the market interest rate will not affect the borrower’s mortgage repayments if they have a fixed rate.
At the end of the fixed rate, your mortgage would revert to a ‘standard variable rate’ put in place by the lender, bank or building society from whom you borrow the money. 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.
A mortgage can seem less costly than it really is, with the initial interest rate often being a low rate. If interest rates rise later on, the monthly rates may become too high for the borrower to pay. After the initial term, variable rates can be adjusted at any time, making the monthly payments unpredictable.
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. In Maidstone, our mortgage brokers can assist you in finding the ideal mortgage deal to match your unique circumstances and specifications.
Handy Tools and Calculators
With a clear idea of the maximum you can borrow and how much the loan will cost, it then becomes easier to plan your future. 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. 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?
Working on your mortgage application with a mortgage broker in Maidstone comes with many different benefits. Some of the more obvious benefits 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 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? 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 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. 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 will usually inform you how they get paid for their services, as well as disclose the details of the entire cost of the loan. Positive user experience is much more valuable to a mortgage advisor company than padding out an individual broker’s pocket.
Finds The Most Advantageous Deal
A mortgage broker will work towards protecting your interests, rather than those of the lending institution. They should act not only as your agent, but also as a knowledgeable consultant and problem solver. With access to a wide range of mortgage products, a broker can offer you the greatest value in terms of interest rates, repayment amounts, and loan products. Mortgage brokers will interview you to identify your needs, as well as short and long term goals. 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, a broker will have knowledge of the lenders who offer the best products to meet the needs of a client with a credit issue. 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 is not just about money. Your time and sanity are just as important as saving some extra money. Consider how much time it would take you to research multiple loan types from multiple 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. To find the best deal in terms of lower rates and overall cost, your broker will make comparisons between popular and less popular lenders.
Reduce the workload for yourself and outsource it to someone who can provide 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. These features could include things such as drawdown facilities and options for making extra repayments and offset accounts. Your general mortgage experience and overall expenses can be largely affected by these features. Better still, your broker can answer any questions you might have over the phone or provide clarity if you don’t know much about these concepts and the impact they could have on you.
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. 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 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
Whenever you request an Agreement in principle / Decision in principle of a loan, this leaves a mark on your credit rating if you’re refused. Brokers have the knowledge and experience required to give you the best shot at being approved at the first attempt.
Access to expert knowledge
Mortgage brokers help people secure loans for a living. There’s much information and numerous exclusive deals available to them that you won’t find by yourself. If you’re not on the lookout for them, you might not notice the subtleties that accompany loans. The difference to your mortgage could ultimately be made by these subtleties. It’s beneficial to have an experienced professional to point out these things for you.
Rather than putting time aside to research thousands of loans and several lenders – and still possibly miss important subtleties – why not let someone else who has industry experience handle the work? The same way you would contact a plumber to fix a leaking pipe or a hairdresser to work on damaged hair, contacting a mortgage broker is an ideal option for your home loan needs.
About Mortgage Saving Experts
Mortgages and insurance aren’t as difficult as they first appear. For this reason, it’s necessary to find an honest and knowledgeable adviser, with ample experience. Our mortgage savings experts will ease the process for you and make it as simple as possible. Besides, why complicate things more than necessary? Let us make everything easy for you and ensure you get the best possible deal.
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 the mortgage and insurance applications we take care of at Mortgage Saving Experts are treated as if we own them. We’re all about this. At Mortgage Saving Experts, our services are available regardless of circumstances, whether you’re a landlord, a first-time buyer, moving onto a new chapter or simply re-mortgaging. We are here to assist! Essentially “Find out about 1000s of mortgage deals by putting 15 minutes aside to talk to 1 adviser.”
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. We must justify to our customers and regulators why we make the mortgage recommendations we do, so you know just why you have that mortgage.
Down to Earth Mortgage
We are an honest team of mortgage insurance experts, who are enthusiastic, passionate and widely experienced.
Our mortgage and insurance experts pride themselves on listening to what your current and future objectives are. 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. After this initial rate finishes, the rate increases to the lender’s variable rate. 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. Included below are the plus points of working with us:
- With a deal better than the bank variable rate, you’ll subsequently save money.
- We can provide updates relating to the end of your deal, so you need not worry.
- You can sit back and relax, while we do all the hard work for you.
- 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.
- You’ll be provided expert advice and support right through the mortgage process.
Our Approach to Mortgage Advice
We provide personalised services and pay attention to all your specific needs. The approach we take 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 Maidstone because:
- Understand your needs and circumstances via fact-finding.
- Explain what costs buying and selling involve.
- Request applicable documents to aid the application.
- Provide explanations and recommendations for the prospective mortgage.
- Reply to any questions you have.
- Get an agreement in principle.
- 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 advise our clients expertly on a vast selection of mortgage products. In collaboration with our team, you won’t have any trouble finding the best mortgage products to match your specific requirements. Amongst the mortgage types we’re commonly asked to handle are:
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.
The rules and ideas on this are different across various lenders. 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 reason you should use one is quite apparent. If you have no knowledge about cars and yours develops a fault, you would call a mechanic rather than attempt to fix it yourself. The same applies to mortgages. Mortgage brokers can help you save money, time and effort, so why don’t you use one? The initial consultation comes at no cost at all.
Buying a home
If you’re considering a home purchase in the near future (or even within a few years, you should certainly brush up on your mortgage knowledge. Study what you should do before the application, during the process of application, and how to utilise the mortgage after buying your property. 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 a major issue. Banks risk a large amount of money and have been steadily more careful since the subprime mortgage crisis in 2008. For mortgage eligibility, good credit helps, but isn’t vital. 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. 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 essence, the only thing you’re doing here is swapping one lender for another to get a cheaper deal or better rate. The two don’t automatically go hand in hand. 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 realise that it’s less expensive to go on a slightly higher rate than paying any lender an arrangement fee. Even if the rate is lower, you could find that you chose a more expensive deal when you add it all up, hence the need to speak to someone before deciding. 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 only your circumstances are considered at the time of re-mortgaging. So, please make enquiries with your adviser.
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
- Depending on your unique needs, like…
- Mortgage debt is relatively small.
- The financial disposition is now different.
- Expensive early repayment charge.
- Home value reduced.
- You have credit issues.
- Already on a suitable current rate.
- 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 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.
- You may need to know certain things when purchasing a buy to let property.
- The loan amount you can borrow is mostly based on the total rental income you receive.
- You’ll have to pay an extra 3% stamp duty on top of 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: You should ask your solicitor/conveyancer to figure out how much you must pay when considering buying a second property.
- A good adviser will know the exact questions to pose and will find a mortgage that fits your exact requirements.
- Get in touch with our advisers to see if 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. 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 find out from brokers how you pay them. They need to be totally clear, informing you of the fee structure they use and just how much you are due to be charged.
We charge the client £695 as part of our fee structure; if the mortgage lender pays any commission, it is then deducted from that figure. Our client will be asked to pay the difference between the commission we are paid and £695, if the amount of commission is less than £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 takes into account many factors, such as how much you deposit, the amount you earn, the number of children you have and what debts (if any) you 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.
Get a decision in principle before you finish your mortgage application; this way, you can form a clearer idea with regards the amount you can borrow. Arrange for an appointment with one of our certified mortgage experts today. Initially, we can at least give you an idea, without needing to conduct any credit checks.
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Mortgage Regulatory Information
In the UK, most mortgages are provided by building societies, specialised mortgage lenders and banks. 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.
Even though UK banks and building societies have always been regulated closely, the FCA (formerly the Financial Services Authority) put a regulatory scheme in place for mortgages, because of the Financial Services Act 2000.
The FCA regulates the professional behaviour of mortgage providers. 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.
With regards their financial conduct, deposit-taking firms in the UK come under the jurisdiction of FCA’s sister organisation, the Prudential Regulation Authority. They make sure firms have capital large enough to cancel 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 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”.