What is a mortgage broker
A mortgage broker represents individuals or companies looking to broker mortgage loans. The job of a mortgage broker is to identify banks or direct lenders that would make the actual loan an individual seeks. Working with a mortgage broker in Docklands will help you get the mortgage loan you require at a favourable deal, without any unnecessary stress. Even with complicated circumstances or a poor credit score, the ideal mortgage broker will boost your chances of getting a mortgage.
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?
Simply put, a mortgage is 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.
Mortgages are usually set for a set period of 25 years, but can sometimes be set for longer or shorter terms. Once you’ve borrowed the money, a repayment plan is then set in place. Mortgages with monthly capital repayment structures are the most common, even though there are other options available.
As well as paying back the money you initially borrowed (the ‘capital’), you’ll also be charged interest on that sum. 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. The property the mortgage is secured on can be taken back by the lender if the borrower discontinues mortgage payments.
Should there be a default on mortgage payments, the lender can take back the property, as the bank will have a charge on it. If there is a repossession, the tenants can be evicted by the bank and the property sold to repay 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. For fixed rate terms, the monthly payments remain the same throughout. An increase in interest rates in the market won’t change the payments of the borrower if they have a fixed rate. An increase or decrease in the market interest rate will not affect the borrower’s mortgage repayments if they have a fixed rate.
Your mortgage will usually revert to a ‘standard variable rate’ laid down by the bank, building society or lender that lends you the money, once the fixed rate ends. 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.
Quite often, the initial interest rate is a low rate, which can make a mortgage appear cheaper than it is. If interest rates rise later on, the monthly rates may become too high for the borrower to pay. Variable rates after the initial term can be changed at any time, causing monthly payments to be rather unpredictable.
Other types of mortgages exist that are not so common. However, they may be available to you, so talk to an independent broker about such options, which include offset mortgages, interest-only mortgages, buy to lets, secured loans, tracker rates and bridging loans. You can receive assistance from our mortgage brokers in Docklands 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. With this handy calculator, get a better understanding of how much your mortgage repayments will be, based on your full loan and interest rate. Simply fill in the values plus your term and press ‘Click to calculate’ to immediately discover the amount you must repay monthly.
Why Use A Mortgage Broker?
There are a variety of advantages that come with working on your mortgage application with a mortgage broker in Docklands. Of these advantages, some of the more prominent include:
The most obvious benefit of choosing a mortgage broker is the potential to save money. 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.
For some people, there are doubts regarding this, mostly because mortgage brokers are not fully understood worldwide, so it’s generally thought there must be some sort of catch. Although such reservations are not entirely invalid, you should be aware that there is no benefit for mortgage brokers who do not work in 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. A reputable mortgage broker will disclose details of how they take payment for their services and convey the components which make up the entire mortgage cost. 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
A mortgage broker will always be in favour of your own interests and not those of the lending institution. They shouldn’t just play the role of your agent, but also those of problem solver and knowledgeable consultant. 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. 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 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 large loan – considerably more than what the bank will approve – the knowledge and expertise of a broker in securing financing would be a distinct advantage.
Save Time & Hassle
It’s not all about money. While it’s a good thing to save some extra money, your sanity and time matter just as much. Imagine how much time it would take to find out about the numerous types of loans available from multiple lenders. You’d only need to complete one application with a mortgage broker, instead of filling out forms for every individual lender. Your mortgage broker can make available a formal comparison of the loans recommended to advise on the information which completely illustrates cost differences, along with present rates, points and closing costs for every loan shown. Your broker compares loans from major and less popular lenders to find you the best deal with the lowest rates and overall cost.
Reduce the workload for yourself and outsource it to someone who can provide professional advice. A mortgage broker can do a lot of the work by providing you with support throughout the application and approval process. This might involve completing all paperwork, helping you with applications to government schemes, answering questions and explaining the options and loan features, about which you may not have been aware. A few of the features may include options to make extra repayments, as well as drawdown facilities and offset accounts. Features like these can make a huge difference to your mortgage costs and overall 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
There are exclusive deals that aren’t advertised by banks to which brokers have access. The banks push these deals on to brokers, who are in charge of selling the products. Contacting a broker will unlock these extra benefits you would miss out on if you were to approach the bank yourself.
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
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
A mortgage broker’s job is to help people obtain loans. Helpful information and exclusive deals you won’t find yourself are accessible to them. 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? Just as you would contact a plumber for a leaking pipe or a hairdresser to replenish damaged hair, a mortgage broker is an excellent choice for all your home loan needs.
About Mortgage Saving Experts
Mortgages and insurance are not as complicated as they might first seem. Finding an adviser who is reliable, knowledgeable and has significant experience is very important for this reason. Your entire journey can be made stress-free and simple by our mortgage savings experts. Besides, why complicate things more than necessary? Let us make everything easy for you and ensure you get the best possible deal.
With the honest and transparent services customers receive at Mortgage Saving Experts, they will come to realise that mortgages and insurance are not as challenging as they seem. Here at Mortgage Saving Experts, we treat all mortgage and insurance applications as our own. This is what we do. 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. Assisting you is the reason we’re here! Approximately “Search 1000s of mortgage deals by taking 15 minutes to speak to 1 adviser.”
Our Team of Brighton Mortgage Experts
Because we’re regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), we strive to get you the best possible deal on the market. We must justify to you and our regulators why we recommend the mortgages we do, so you know exactly why you have the mortgage you have.
Down to Earth Mortgage
Our team of mortgage insurance experts is made up of honest, passionate, enthusiastic and widely experienced individuals.
Our mortgage insurance experts take pride in listening to the current and future objectives our customers have. We then work closely with you to achieve those goals.
Why chose Mortgage Saving Experts?
For the first few years after taking out a mortgage, you’ll be subject to an initial rate. The rate is raised to the lender’s variable rate after the initial rate ends. You will be contacted by our team approximately three months prior to the renewal time to agree a new deal, before the monthly payment and rate are increased. Included below are the plus points of working with us:
- The deal you’ll get is better than the bank variable rate, which in turn saves you money.
- We will help you keep abreast of the expiry dates for deals, so you won’t have to worry.
- You can sit back and relax, while we do all the hard work for you.
- We know our onions, so you’ll only ever be advised by 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 provide personalised services and pay attention to all your specific needs. Our approach to mortgage advice involves three simple steps:
- Let’s have an Initial Chat, so we can get to know You and What Your Requirements Are
- We Search the Entire Market to Find the Best Deal for You
- We’ll Present you with the Cheapest and best Deals Available for Both Mortgages and Insurance Cover
How Mortgage Saving Expert Brokers Can Help you:
What makes our services superior to those of other mortgage brokers in Docklands includes:
- Understand your needs and circumstances via fact-finding.
- Point out the costs that come with buying and selling.
- Request relevant documents to assist with the application.
- Recommend and explain the prospective mortgage.
- Proffer replies to any questions you might have.
- Obtain an agreement in principle.
- Have your full mortgage application submitted.
- Work with your estate agent, solicitor and mortgage lender to answer any questions comprehensively.
Mortgage Types We Provide Expert Advice On
We provide professional advice on a broad range of mortgage products. In choosing to work with our team, finding the ideal mortgage product to meet your needs will be relatively easy. 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.
For each lender, the rules and ideas about this differ. 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 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. It’s the same with mortgages. You can cut down on cost, effort and time with mortgage brokers, so why not use one? The initial consultation comes at no cost at all.
Buying a home
If you’re considering buying a home in the near future or further down the line, you should get to know mortgages a lot better in the meantime. Learn what to do before applying for a mortgage; what to watch for during the process; and how to use a mortgage after you’ve bought your home. If you’d prefer a different approach, then speak to an adviser who can guide you through it.
Your credit is crucial.
A mortgage is a major issue. Since the subprime mortgage crisis in 2008, banks have trodden more carefully in terms of risking money up front. To qualify for a mortgage, good credit is helpful, but not essential. We can also guide you with regards how much you can afford to pay for your new home and what should be your price ceiling, based on your current situation. 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 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. I’ll explain this clearly. 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. 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.
The potential absence of valuation or solicitors fees is one of the plus points of re-mortgaging, even though not everyone qualifies for this. This is because only your circumstances are considered at the time of re-mortgaging. So, please ask your adviser about it.
A smart way to significantly minimise the cost of your mortgage bills is to undertake a re-mortgage on time. While a re-mortgage deal can be beneficial for some, it’s not the best move for everyone, as it all depends on your unique circumstances.
Reasons for remortgaging your property
- Based on your individual circumstances, like…
- Mortgage debt is relatively small.
- There have been significant changes in financial disposition.
- Costly early repayment charge.
- Home value dropped.
- You have credit problems.
- Present rate is just fine.
- We will guide you when deciding to re-mortgage or not.
Buy to Let
‘Buy to let’ properties are those you wish to purchase and then rent to tenants. You aren’t allowed to live in the property by law. If you’re a First Time Buyer, you can purchase a buy to let property, but the number of lenders available is restricted. There are also extra checks made by the lender in these circumstances.
- You may need to know certain things when purchasing a buy to let property.
- The loan amount you can borrow is largely dependent on the rental income you receive.
- You’ll have to pay an extra 3% stamp duty on top of your normal stamp duty.
- If the property is below the value at which stamp duty becomes liable, you will still have to pay the extra 3% of the purchase price.
- TIP: If you’re purchasing a second property, ask your conveyancer/solicitor about the figure you’ll have to pay.
- A knowledgeable adviser will help find the right mortgage to suit your requirements by asking you the relevant questions.
- To find out if you qualify, contact our advisers today.
How Much Do Mortgage Brokers Charge?
Most mortgage brokers get paid commission from lenders, which will be a percentage of the mortgage loan you receive. 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 usually charge about £500 as a flat fee. Don’t forget to find out how brokers collect payment. The should be totally transparent, disclosing the amount to be charged, as well as their available fee structure.
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. 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. For instance, if the commission we receive is £495, then we would require you to pay £200 to make up the difference. This can be paid when your mortgage offer has been produced, meaning we only get 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 will agree to lend is determined by a total affordability assessment, which will provide insight regarding your income, regular household expenditures and any credit card or loan commitments you might have. Other than this, they will also carry out a credit check to ensure you have an agreeable credit rating for mortgage purposes.
To be sure of how much you can borrow, obtain a decision in principle, prior to completing a full application. 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 want a re-mortgage, move home, find a mortgage for a first-time buyer or purchase a buy to let, we can help. We make comparisons on thousands of recent mortgage deals to help you find just what you’re looking for.
What Our clients say About us
We have a list of clients in Docklands that is both lengthy and diverse. If you’re not yet persuaded that we are the experts who can get you the best mortgage deal in Docklands at the cheapest cost, see what some of our customers have got to say about working with us. To get a first-hand experience of the great services we provide, call us today.
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Mortgage Regulatory Information
Banks, building societies and specialised mortgage lenders account for the bulk of mortgage providers in the UK. 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 professional conduct of mortgage providers is regulated 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 originally set out in the rules for Mortgage Conduct of Business (MCOB), but these were overhauled as a result of the FCA Mortgage Market Review (MMR) in 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.
If there is something bothering you about your mortgage provider, talking to them about it is the first step to take. 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”.