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 strive to find a bank or direct lender that will agree to meet the particular loan an individual requires. Finding a good deal for a mortgage loan in Hampstead will be easier if you work with a mortgage broker. 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?
In simple terms, a mortgage is a loan. A mortgage is specifically linked to a piece of property so that it acts as security against the loan, which makes it different from personal loans. 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. A plan for you to make repayments is drawn up once you’ve borrowed the money. Even though the available mortgage plans vary, those that involve repayment plans on a monthly capital basis are very popular.
As well as paying back the money you initially borrowed (the ‘capital’), you’ll also be charged interest on that sum. 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. The borrower will repay the loan and interest over an extended period of time, until they completely own the property, without any mortgage. Failure to make mortgage payments can result in the lender taking back the property used as collateral for the mortgage.
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.
Mortgages come in various guises. 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 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.
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. 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 may appear cheaper than it really is, because the initial interest rate is mostly a low rate. 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.
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 Hampstead 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. Take advantage of this handy calculator to determine exactly how much your mortgage repayments will be, based on your total loan figure and interest rate. Find out how much you’ll have to repay every month instantly by simply entering those values with your term and pressing ‘Click to calculate’.
Why Use A Mortgage Broker?
In Hampstead, working with a mortgage broker on your mortgage application is beneficial in a number of ways. 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.
Some people are sceptical about this – especially with the concept of a mortgage broker not yet universally understood. There must be a catch somewhere, surely? 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.
If the broker cannot provide genuine reasons for recommending the mortgage they have (to you, their regulators, the Financial Conduct Authority or the Prudential Regulation Authority), then they could be in serious trouble. To potentially reduce the cost of the entire loan, there are some mortgage brokers who can secure exclusive mortgages deals not available on the high street. 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. 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
Your interests – and not those of the lending institution – will be represented by the mortgage broker. They should act not only as your agent, but also as a knowledgeable consultant and problem solver. 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. The mortgage broker will talk with you to get a clear picture of your needs, as well as short and long term goals. Sophisticated solutions and innovative mortgages are distinct advantages of working with experienced broker, because simple 15 or 30-year mortgages aren’t enough in some situations. These include mortgages to raise capital for debt repayment, money for your children, important home renovations or even the purchase of other properties like buy to lets.
Has Flexibility Expertise to Meet Your Needs
Any problems that may arise can be dealt with by a mortgage broker, who will oversee the whole process, guiding the client through any situation along the way. For example, borrowers with bad credit issues can find great products that will suit their needs through brokers who know lenders that offer such products. 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
Money isn’t the only consideration. Saving some extra cash is great, but so is your time and sanity. Take into consideration the time you would need to research different kinds of loans from multiple lenders. With a mortgage broker, you’ll only need one application, rather than completing forms for each individual lender. The loans recommended can be formally compared for you buy your mortgage broker. This will serve as a guide to the information which correctly shows cost differences, with present rates, points and closing costs for each loan illustrated. Your broker compares loans from major and less popular lenders to find you the best deal with the lowest rates and overall cost.
You don’t have to burden yourself with all the work, as outsourcing is a viable option to take in order to gain expert 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. Your general mortgage experience and overall expenses can be largely affected by these features. 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
Brokers have access to exclusive deals which the banks do not announce. The banks push these deals on to brokers, who are in charge of selling the products. Going to the bank directly could cause you to miss out on added benefits such as these, which you can procure by speaking to a broker.
Brokers can search the whole market for the finest deal, whereas individual banks can only offer their own deals and not those of other banks.
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
The job of a mortgage broker is to help people secure loans. They have access to helpful information and exclusive deals you’d otherwise not find. Loans come with certain subtleties you could miss if you’re not looking out for them. The difference to your mortgage could ultimately be made by these subtleties. Having the services of an experienced professional who can point these out for you is a huge benefit.
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? A mortgage broker is a great choice for your home loan requirements, just as a plumber is for fixing a leaking pipe and a hairdresser for dealing with damaged hair.
About Mortgage Saving Experts
Contrary to how they might seem initially, mortgages and insurance are not so difficult. Finding an adviser who is reliable, knowledgeable and has significant experience is very important for this reason. Our Mortgage Saving Experts will make your journey as seamless and transparent as possible. Why complicate things more than necessary, after all? 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. At Mortgage Saving Experts, we treat each mortgage and insurance application as if it were our own. We’re all about this. 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. Providing help is why we’re here! Basically “Get information about 1000s of mortgage deals by taking 15 minutes to speak 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 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
We are an honest, passionate, enthusiastic and very experienced team of mortgage and insurance experts.
Our mortgage and insurance experts will pay attention to you and understand all your current and future objectives. We will then work together with you to reach these goals.
Why chose Mortgage Saving Experts?
For the first couple of years, you’re allowed an initial rate after taking out a mortgage. At the end of this initial rate, this returns to the lender’s variable rate. Our team will contact you three months prior to the date of renewal to strike a new deal, before both your rate and monthly payment are raised. Included below are the plus points of working with us:
- With a deal better than the bank variable rate, you’ll subsequently save money.
- You don’t have to keep track of the timeline, as we will look after this for you.
- We can take care of the hard work for you while you relax.
- We know our onions, so you’ll only ever be advised by a qualified mortgage expert.
- We compare, advise and arrange the best mortgage for you from thousands of available deals.
- 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. We approach mortgage advice using three basic steps:
- Let’s have an Initial Chat, so we can get to know You and What Your Requirements Are
- We Search the Entire Market to Find the Best Deal for You
- We’ll Present you with the Cheapest and best Deals Available for Both Mortgages and Insurance Cover
How Mortgage Saving Expert Brokers Can Help you:
What makes our services superior to those of other mortgage brokers in Hampstead includes:
- Find out what your needs and circumstances are through fact-finding.
- Clarify the costs related to buying and selling.
- Request applicable documents to aid the application.
- Make relevant suggestions and provide explanations about the prospective mortgage.
- Get answers to any questions you might have.
- Collect an agreement in principle.
- Submit your full 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 choosing to work with our team, finding the ideal mortgage product to meet your needs will be relatively easy. The most popular mortgage types we’re requested to handle include:
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. 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.
The mortgaging process might appear to be challenging, but this isn’t necessarily so. Buying your first home is one of the most exciting things ever, so if you find a reasonably priced, reputable broker to manage the process for you, do hire their services. The purpose of using one is straightforward enough. After all, if your car broke down and you knew nothing about cars, you wouldn’t try to fix it yourself. Instead, you would take it to a mechanic. With mortgages, the same principle applies. You can save on time, effort and even money with mortgage brokers, so you should use one. The initial consultation is free of charge.
Buying a home
If you’re thinking of a home purchase any time soon – or even within a couple of years – you should familiarise yourself with everything involved with mortgages. 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 prefer otherwise, then instead speak to an adviser who will guide you through it.
Your credit is vital.
A mortgage is a serious affair. The banks risk a lot of money and have been increasingly cautious since the subprime mortgage crisis in 2008. To be eligible for a mortgage, good credit is useful but not absolutely essential. 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. 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
Basically, what you’re doing here is changing lenders to get a more suitable rate or cheaper deal. The two do not necessarily go hand in hand. Let me clarify this. 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. Asking for advice before making up your mind about the deal is important, so that you don’t end up with a more expensive deal on the whole, even at a lower rate. Focus on any small print.
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.
A brilliant way to ensure you cut down on your mortgage bills is to re-mortgage on time. Although it can be a good thing – depending on your individual needs – a re-mortgage deal might not be the most suitable choice.
Reasons for remortgaging your property
- Based on your individual circumstances, like…
- Mortgage debt isn’t considerable.
- There have been significant changes in financial disposition.
- Early repayment charge that’s costly.
- Home value reduced.
- You have credit issues.
- Already on a suitable current rate.
- We will advise you whether or not to pursue a re-mortgage.
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. 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.
- When purchasing a buy to let property, there are a few things you’ll need to know.
- 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.
- Even if the value of the property isn’t enough to be liable for stamp duty, you are still required to pay an extra 3% of the purchase price.
- TIP: You should ask your solicitor/conveyancer to figure out how much you must pay when considering buying a second property.
- To help determine the most suitable mortgage to meet your needs, an expert mortgage adviser will know the specific questions to which you will need to provide answers.
- Contact our advisers to find out whether you’re eligible.
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. 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 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. 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?
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. 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. For mortgage purposes, they will also perform a credit check to be sure you have an adequate credit rating.
To be sure of how much you can borrow, obtain a decision in principle, prior to completing a full application. Make plans to meet with one of our experienced mortgage experts now. Without the need for credit checks, we can at least provide an initial estimate.
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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
We have a list of clients in Hampstead that is both lengthy and diverse. If you’re still not sure that we are the experts to get you the most suitable mortgage deal in Hampstead at the most affordable price, check out some of the things our clients have said about working with us. For a personal experience to discover how effective our services are, contact us today.
Latest Mortgage News
The more information you have to hand in your search for the ideal mortgage arrangement, the greater advantage you’ll have. Below is the latest insightful mortgage news to help you get started on the right path.
Mortgage Regulatory Information
The majority of mortgages in the UK are made available by banks, building societies and specialised mortgage lenders. In Britain, there are around 200 different financial institutions that make mortgages available, even though Lloyds Banking Group and Nationwide Building Society has the biggest portion of the market 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 professional services of mortgage providers are monitored by the FCA. There are strict rules regarding the use of unfair, misleading adverts and promotions, as well as checks to make sure the terms of any contract 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).
The Prudential Regulation Authority (a sister organisation to the FCA) presides over deposit-taking organisations in the UK, with regards their financial conduct. They ensure firms have a sizeable enough capital to balance out their lending risks.
The first step in tackling any issue you have with regards your mortgage provider is to take it up with them. If you don’t like how the issue has been dealt with, you can take your complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service. Some mortgages are not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority such as moist Buy to Let mortgages and if you make a complaint about these you are unable to take these to the Financial Ombudsman Service
What To Ask Your Brighton Mortgage Broker?
This is a logical follow-up question. Again, insist on a specific reply.
And once you’ve received answers to these questions, ask if the broker would be willing to put both claims in writing. That will indicate how seriously those claims should be taken.
If a problem arises during the loan application process, you’ll want your broker to respond quickly – hence this question.
Again, demand a specific answer – “Within three hours”, say, rather than “Quickly”.
The reason for this question is so you can discover whether the broker will closely guide you through what is a complicated and stressful process – or expect you to figure it out for yourself.
Organising finance and purchasing property can be complicated and stressful, so you want to know you’re in safe hands. That’s why, before you settle on a particular broker, you should challenge the broker with this question.
Don’t let the broker get away with vague statements like “Because I’m the best” or “Because I provide great service”. Use follow-up questions to demand detail. “What specific things make you better than other brokers? What, specifically, do you do to deliver great service?”
Another important question to ask. That’s because while most brokers focus on ‘plain vanilla’ clients, others might focus on, say, sophisticated investors or borrowers with credit problems.
Hypothetically; Broker A might have done 450 vanilla loans and 50 bad-credit loans, while Broker B might have done 50 vanilla loans and 250 bad-credit loans. So if you were a borrower with credit problems, you might be better off with Broker B.
Next, probe them about their customer service standards
A great way to utilise the knowledge and experience of a broker is to get them to work out the true cost of your home loan. Based on whether you’re paying Repayment or interest only, how much of a deposit you have, the length of your loan term and the rates payable your broker will be able to obtain a mortgage illustration which will have the true cost on it. This is normally depicted by the Annual Percentage Rate (APR)
By maximising your deposit amount and minimising your loan term, you stand to significantly reduce the overall cost of your loan. However, there is much more to answering what the true cost of your home loan will be. Upfront fees such as valuation fees, conveyancing and legal fees need to be added to the total cost. Ongoing fees such as those you can incur for using a drawdown facility.
While it’s impossible to forecast the entire cost of your mortgage to the penny – and let’s not forget how life circumstances and changes can affect your ability to pay your loan too – a broker can can help clarify the big picture details. Mortgage Saving Experts can recommend any protection or insurances to protect you and your family to cover life unfortunate eventualities and our team of advisers can use this information to help you decide which loan is best for your circumstances.
The big question plaguing home buyers tends to be, ‘how much can I borrow?’ Each lender is massively different in this area so as a maximum depending on many factors. In the majority of cases, you can borrow up to around 5 times your gross annual salary but in some instances, you may borrow up to 5.5 times your gross annual income
Once you speak to us, however, we’ll be able to give you a much more accurate indication of your borrowing capacity. Brokers act as the go-between for you and the lender. Lenders will need to know your living expenses, debts, credit score and whether you have dependents. A broker can factor all these things into the right loan.
A broker can also explain home loan terms you’ll need to know, such as LTV, which is the initialism for Loan-to-Value and refers to the percentage of the total loan amount you seek to borrow as a percentage of the property purchase price or value. They can also explain things like the differences in interest rates and repayment types such as Interest Only and Repayment (Capital & Interest)
This is a good follow-up question to ask, as it will give you a better understanding of the mortgage broker’s experience.
For example, imagine two brokers joined the industry in 2013, but that Broker A had written 500 loans during that time and Broker B had written 300. In that case, even though both parties would be able to claim five years of industry experience, there would be a clear difference in hands-on experience.
This is a good place to start, because a more experienced broker will generally be more knowledgeable than a less experienced broker.
Press the broker to give you a specific answer, such as “Eighteen years” or “I’ve been a broker since 2007 and in the mortgage industry since 2001”, rather than something vague like “I’ve got a lot of experience”.