What is a mortgage broker
A mortgage broker is sometimes considered a middle man who brokers loans in favour of people or businesses. The job of a mortgage broker is to identify banks or direct lenders that would make the actual loan an individual seeks. You’ll have a stress-free time getting a great deal on the mortgage you need in Bermondsey if you work with a mortgage broker. Even if you have a poor credit score or any other issues that could affect your mortgage application, working with a reputable mortgage broker will still boost your chances considerably.
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 simply a loan. As opposed to personal loans, a mortgage is tied to a piece of property, acting as a security against the loan. Mortgage providers can rightfully take back (repossess) the property if you default on your payments.
While shorter or longer terms are available, mortgages are usually set for a 25-year period. A repayment plan is set up as soon as you’re granted permission to borrow the money. Although mortgages which involve monthly capital repayment plans are more common, there are also other types of mortgage available.
As well as paying back the money you initially borrowed (the ‘capital’), you’ll also be charged interest on that sum. Secured using the collateral of a particular property, a mortgage is a debt instrument the borrower must repay via a predetermined structure of payment. Individuals and businesses use mortgages to buy property, without having to pay the total value 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 defaults in making mortgage payments, the property on which the mortgage is secured can be repossessed by the lender.
Should there be a default on mortgage payments, the lender can take back the property, as the bank will have a charge on it. 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 many forms of mortgages. 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. The mortgage repayments the borrower makes won’t differ if the interest rates in the market change if they are on 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. You must remember to re-mortgage if you have a good broker or diary system in place. Alternatively, call your current lender to adjust the rates around three months prior to it being raised to the variable rate. This way, you can avoid paying too much on monthly payments, because lenders can adjust the rates as they deem fit.
In fact, the initial interest rate is usually a low rate, which can make a mortgage appear less expensive than it is. 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.
There are other types of mortgages, such as interest-only mortgages, offset mortgages, tracker rates, bridging loans, secured loans and buy to lets, which are less common but may be available nevertheless. Therefore, you should contact an independent broker to know your options. You can receive assistance from our mortgage brokers in Bermondsey to find a mortgage deal that best matches your individual specifications and circumstances.
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. Just enter those values together with your term and press ‘Click to calculate’ to instantly see how much you’ll need to repay each month.
Why Use A Mortgage Broker?
In Bermondsey, working with a mortgage broker on your mortgage application is beneficial in a number of ways. 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.
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. While this train of thought is understandable, be assured that most mortgage brokers don’t have an incentive to work against your best interests.
The broker could actually be at a disadvantage if they cannot prove to you, their regulators, the Financial Conduct Authority or the Prudent Regulation Authority why they made the recommendations in respect of the mortgage in question. Exclusive mortgages deals exist on the lower end that can be obtained by a number of mortgage brokers, possibly making the total cost of the loan that bit lower. 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. 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
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. You can get the best value as per interest rates, loan products and repayment amounts thanks to the wide range of mortgage products to which a broker has access. The mortgage broker will talk with you to get a clear picture of your needs, as well as short and long term goals. 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. Borrowers who find they need larger loans than their bank will approve can also benefit from a broker’s knowledge and ability to successfully obtain financing.
Save Time & Hassle
It isn’t only about money. Your time and sanity are just as important as saving a bit of extra cash. Think of the amount of time you’d spend researching 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. A formal comparison of the loans recommended can be provided by your mortgage broker to act as a guide for the information that accurately illustrates the differences in cost, showing present rates and points, as well as closing costs for each loan. Your broker will set deals from major and less popular lenders side by side in order to discover an agreeable deal, with rates and total costs that are lower.
By outsourcing, you can reduce the workload and get someone else’s professional advice. Mortgage brokers do the legwork for you by supporting you throughout the application and pre-approval process. This includes completing all paperwork, answering questions, helping you apply for government schemes and shedding light on options and loan features you may not have considered or even known about. A few of the features may include options to make extra repayments, as well as drawdown facilities and offset accounts. A noticeable difference can be made to your overall experience and the cost of your mortgage. 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
There are exclusive deals that aren’t advertised by banks to which brokers have access. The banks pass these deals on to the brokers, who are responsible for selling the products. If you contact the bank yourself, you wouldn’t have access to the extra benefits you would otherwise get by speaking to a broker.
A bank can only sell their own deals – not those of the other banks as well – whereas a broker can search the whole market for the best deal.
Better chance of pre-approval success
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. Brokers have the knowledge and experience required to give you the best shot at being approved at the first attempt.
Access to expert knowledge
Helping people secure loans is what mortgage brokers do for a living. There’s much information and numerous exclusive deals available to them that you won’t find by yourself. If you aren’t looking for them, you’re likely to miss the subtle details that come with 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.
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
Contrary to how they might seem initially, mortgages and insurance are not so difficult. This is the reason you need to find a widely experienced, knowledgeable and honest adviser. Making the process as straightforward and seamless as it can be is something our mortgage experts will do for you. After all, why make things more difficult than they need to be? Let us make everything easy for you and ensure you get the best possible 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. All mortgage and insurance applications are handled like they’re our own at Mortgage Savings Experts. These are the things we’re 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! In essence “Take 15 minutes to talk to 1 adviser and find out about 1000s of mortgage deals.”
Our Team of Brighton Mortgage Experts
As we are bound by regulations of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), we must ensure we get you the best available deal on the market. We are required to justify our reasons for making the mortgage recommendations we do to both you and our regulators, so you can understand why you have the mortgage you have.
Down to Earth Mortgage
We are an honest, passionate, enthusiastic and very experienced team of mortgage and insurance experts.
Our mortgage and insurance experts are particularly good at listening to your current and future goals. We then work closely with you to achieve those goals.
Why chose Mortgage Saving Experts?
After taking out a mortgage, you’ll get an initial rate for the first couple of years. At the end of this initial rate, this returns 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. Other benefits of working with us include:
- The deal you’ll get is better than the bank variable rate, which in turn saves you money.
- We can provide updates relating to the end of your deal, so you need not worry.
- We can take care of the hard work for you while you relax.
- We know our business, so you’ll only be advised by qualified mortgage experts.
- We compare thousands of deals, so can advise you accordingly and arrange the very best.
- You’ll be supported and expertly advised throughout the whole mortgage process.
Our Approach to Mortgage Advice
The services we offer are personalised and take into account your unique 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:
The things that make our services the best amongst mortgage brokers in Bermondsey include:
- Understand your needs and circumstances via fact-finding.
- Point out the costs that come with buying and selling.
- Ask for related documents to help with the application.
- Provide explanations and recommendations for the prospective mortgage.
- Proffer replies to any questions you might have.
- An agreement in principle will be put in place.
- Send in your entire mortgage application.
- We will collaborate with your estate agent, solicitor and mortgage lender and reply 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
First Time Buyers are classified by the majority of mortgage lenders as those who have either:
- Never owned a property or
- People who have owned a property in the past, but not owned one for six months or more.
The rules and ideas on this are different across various lenders. Normally, being a First Time Buyer is no issue. To qualify for stamp duty relief as First Time Buyers, you must have never owned a property before, anywhere in the world.
Mortgages can seem a daunting process, but they do not have to be. It’s rather exciting to be buying your first home, so if you find a reputable broker to get the job done for you at a fair price, then do use one. Why you should use one is pretty obvious. Besides, if your car breaks down and you have no knowledge of cars, you wouldn’t attempt to fix it yourself; you would use the services of a mechanic. It’s the same with mortgages. You can save on time, effort and even money with mortgage brokers, so you should use one. There are no charges for the initial consultation.
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. Find out what to do before applying for a mortgage; during the application process; and how to use it accordingly after purchasing your home. If you would rather avoid any stress, speak to an adviser, who will guide you accordingly.
Your credit is crucial.
A mortgage is not to be taken lightly. 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. 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. 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
Basically, what you’re doing here is changing lenders to get a more suitable rate or cheaper deal. The two don’t automatically go hand in hand. Let me explain. It may seem unwise to pay an arrangement fee to another lender to get on a lower rate if you have a small mortgage. It may seem cheaper to be on a slightly higher rate than pay an arrangement fee to another lender. 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. Tread carefully.
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. The reason is that it is based on your disposition alone at the time of re-mortgaging. So please check or ask your adviser.
A re-mortgage completed on time is a smart way to significantly reduce the cost of your mortgage related bills. 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 individual circumstances, such as…
- Mortgage debt is considerably small.
- There has been a change in financial circumstances.
- Early repayment charge is on the high side.
- A reduction in home value.
- Existing credit problems.
- Present rate is just fine.
- We will provide guidance to help you choose whether to re-mortgage.
Buy to Let
A property purchased in order to be rented to tenants is a ‘buy to let’. According to the law, you cannot 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 some things you might want to know when purchasing a buy to let property.
- The loan amount you can borrow is dependent on how much rental income you receive.
- Other than your regular stamp duty, you will have to pay an extra 3% stamp duty on top.
- 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.
- Contact our advisers to find out whether you’re eligible.
How Much Do Mortgage Brokers Charge?
Commission is usually paid to mortgage brokers by lenders; this will be a percentage of the mortgage loan you secure. While the figure varies widely, it is generally set at around 0.33%, depending on the type of mortgage you require. For example, this could be a residential mortgage or buy to let and would take into account whether you’ve had any credit troubles recently. 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.
For our fee structure, we charge clients £695; any commission we receive from mortgage lenders is subtracted 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 for example, we are paid a commission of £495, we would ask you to pay a fee of £200, payable on production of your mortgage offer. Please note, we only take payments on a results-based arrangement.
How Much Can I Borrow?
This is based on a number of factors, such as the amount you deposit, your income, the number of children you have, and any current debts you might have. 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. A credit check will be undertaken for mortgage purposes to confirm you have sufficient credit rating.
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. Arrange to see one of our qualified mortgage experts today. Without the need for credit checks, we can at least provide an initial estimate.
The Latest Best Mortgage Rates
Whether you’re looking to re-mortgage, move home, find a first-time buyer mortgage or a buy-to-let, we can help. We compare thousands of the latest mortgage deals, so you can find the one you’re after.
What Our clients say About us
Our list of happy clients in Bermondsey is long and diverse. If you’re not yet persuaded that we are the experts who can get you the best mortgage deal in Bermondsey at the cheapest cost, see what some of our customers have got to say about working with us. Reach out to us today for a personal experience of how effective our services are.
Latest Mortgage News
The more information you have to hand in your search for the ideal mortgage arrangement, the greater advantage you’ll have. The latest mortgage news below will provide the insight you need to properly get started.
Mortgage Regulatory Information
Banks, building societies and specialised mortgage lenders account for the bulk of mortgage providers in the UK. Although a big portion of the market share is owned by Lloyds Banking Group and Nationwide Building Society, all together there are 200 different financial institutions providing mortgages in Britain.
Even with regulations in the UK that closely guide banks and building societies, a regulatory scheme was set up just for mortgages (as a result of the Financial Services Act 2000) by the FCA (the former Financial Services Authority).
The professional conduct of mortgage providers is regulated by the FCA. 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.
For lodging complaints about your mortgage provider, the first step is to take it up with them. You utilise a complaint procedure via the FCA if you don’t think it has been suitably dealt with. In turn, this can be referred to the Financial Ombudsman Service if deemed 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”.