What is a mortgage broker
A mortgage broker represents individuals or companies looking to broker mortgage loans. The purpose of mortgage brokers is to look for banks or direct lenders that will willingly provide the specific loan an individual would need. You’ll have a stress-free time getting a great deal on the mortgage you need in North-Southwark 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.
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 simply a loan. A mortgage is not like a personal loan, as it is specifically attached to a piece of property used as collateral against the loan. If you fail to make payments when due, your mortgage provider would have the right to repossess (take back) the property.
In essence, mortgages have a set duration – mostly 25 years – although there are shorter or longer terms available. 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.
You won’t only have to repay the capital (the money you borrowed), but also the interest on it. Secured using the collateral of a particular property, a mortgage is a debt instrument the borrower must repay via a predetermined structure of payment. Large properties can be bought by individuals and businesses via a mortgage facility, whereby they don’t have to pay the entire cost immediately. The property can be owned by the borrower without a mortgage after the loan plus interest are repaid by them over a period of time. The property the mortgage is secured on can be taken back by the lender if the borrower discontinues mortgage payments.
The property can be repossessed by the lender if the home buyer fails to make mortgage payments, since the bank has a charge on the house. 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 various types 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. The monthly payment never changes during the fixed rate term. 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.
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. This rate can go up or down whenever the lender sees fit, so if you have a diligent broker or good diary system in place, remember to re-mortgage or call your existing lender and change the rate by looking around three months before that rate increases to the variable rate. This will save you paying much higher monthly payments.
A mortgage may appear cheaper than it really is, because the initial interest rate is mostly a low rate. Higher monthly payments may be hard to meet for the borrower if interest rates are increased later. Monthly payments after the initial term are usually unpredictable, since the variable rates could be changed at any time.
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. Our mortgage brokers in North-Southwark can help you find the most suitable mortgage deal to match your unique needs 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. To immediately determine how much you’ll have to repay each month, simply enter the values and your term before pressing ‘Click to calculate’.
Why Use A Mortgage Broker?
In North-Southwark, working with a mortgage broker on your mortgage application is beneficial in a number of ways. Of these benefits, some of the most evident 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.
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. Many mortgage brokers can obtain exclusive mortgage deals not found on the high street, potentially making the total loan cost lower 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. Filing the pockets of a broker is of little value to a mortgage advisor company when compared to making sure customers have a positive experience.
Finds The Most Advantageous Deal
A mortgage broker will work towards protecting your interests, rather than those of the lending institution. Acting as your agent isn’t all they should do, but also problem solvers and knowledgeable consultants too. 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. You will be interviewed by the mortgage brokers to determine your needs and goals – both in the short and long term. 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. 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 is not just about money. Saving some extra cash is great, but so is your time and sanity. Think of the amount of time you’d spend researching multiple loan types from multiple lenders. You would only have to fill out one application form, instead of one for every lender you have to work with. 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. Comparisons will be made by your broker between popular and less popular lenders to get you the most suitable deal, with lower rates and total 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. Features like these can make a huge difference to your mortgage costs and overall experience. Better still, if you’re not well versed with these concepts and how they could affect you, your broker can clarify answer questions you may have over the phone.
Access to exclusive non-advertised deals
There are exclusive deals that aren’t advertised by banks to which brokers have access. The brokers are charged with selling the products, as the deals are pushed on to them by the banks. 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.
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
A mark is left on your credit rating if your request for an Agreement in principle/Decision in principle of a loan is turned down. Brokers are knowledgeable and have the much-needed experience to give you a better shot at approval the first time you apply.
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. 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. It is a huge plus to have the services of an experienced expert to show these things to you.
Rather than sacrifice a chunk of your day researching thousands of loans and lenders (and still potentially missing out on key subtleties), why not let someone with industry experience handle the work? 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 might seem really complicated at first, but they’re not. 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. Why complicate things more than necessary, after all? Let us make things easy for you and make sure we find you the most suitable deal.
Mortgage Saving Experts provide our clients with honest and transparent services that leave you feeling mortgages and insurance are less complicated than they first appear. At Mortgage Saving Experts, we treat each mortgage and insurance application as if it were our own. This is what we’re all about. It doesn’t matter what the situation is – whether you’re a first-time buyer, a landlord, re-mortgaging or moving on to a new phase altogether – Mortgage Saving Experts are here to help. Assisting you is the reason we’re here! Approximately “Take 15 minutes to talk to 1 adviser and find out about 1000s of mortgage deals.”
Our Team of Brighton Mortgage Experts
We make sure we help you get the best available deal the market can offer, as we are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). We 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, enthusiastic and passionate team of mortgage insurance experts, with years of industry experience.
Your current and future goals will be identified by our mortgage insurance experts after talking with you. We will then work together with you to reach these 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. 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. Other advantages of working with us are:
- You’ll get a better deal than the bank variable rate and subsequently save money.
- You won’t have to remember when the deal is due to end, as we will do this for you.
- You can sit back and relax, while we do all the hard work for you.
- We know our business, so you’ll only be advised by qualified mortgage experts.
- 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 make available personalised services and put into consideration all your unique 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:
The things that make our services the best amongst mortgage brokers in North-Southwark include:
- Use fact-finding to properly understand your individual needs.
- Spell out the costs buying and selling involves.
- Request relevant documents to assist with the application.
- Recommend and explain the prospective mortgage.
- Get answers to any questions you might have.
- Obtain an agreement in principle.
- Have your entire mortgage application sent in.
- 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 offer expert advice on a wide variety of mortgage products. You won’t have any difficulty finding the right mortgage products to suit your needs when working with us. Some of the most frequently requested types of mortgage we assist with 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.
Every lender has different rules and ideas about this. Normally, being a First Time Buyer is no issue. To qualify for stamp duty relief, First Time Buyers must have never been property owners in any location in the world previously.
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. If you have no knowledge about cars and yours develops a fault, you would call a mechanic rather than attempt to fix it yourself. It isn’t any different with mortgages. You can cut down on cost, effort and time with mortgage brokers, so why not use one? There are no charges for the initial consultation.
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 can’t deal with all of that, talk to an adviser who will provide guidance accordingly.
Your credit is crucial.
A mortgage is a serious affair. Banks risk a large amount of money and have been steadily more careful since the subprime mortgage crisis in 2008. Qualifying for a mortgage is boosted by good credit, but it isn’t compulsory. Depending on your present circumstances, we can be your guide on how much you can afford to pay for your new home and help set your cost limit. Helping you buy your dream home is not all we do; we will also help you finance it with the lowest cost and most beneficial mortgage deal available.
Re-mortgage your home
In short, this means you’ll switch from one lender to another to get a more affordable rate or cheaper deal. The two do not necessarily go hand in hand. Let me explain. If your mortgage isn’t so big, you might consider it not worthwhile to pay an arrangement fee to a new lender for a low rate. Being on a rate that’s a bit higher may seem more agreeable to you than paying an arrangement fee to any 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. 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. Any reasoning depends solely on your circumstances at the time of re-mortgaging. So, please make enquiries with your adviser.
A mortgage deal conducted at the right time is an effective way to cut the cost of your mortgage bills significantly. Depending on your circumstances, it might not be the ideal move for you – even though a re-mortgage arrangement certainly has its benefits.
Reasons for remortgaging your property
- Based on your unique circumstances, such as…
- Mortgage debt is relatively small.
- There have been significant changes in financial disposition.
- Early repayment charge that’s costly.
- A reduction in home value.
- You have credit issues.
- Present rate is just fine.
- We will dispense advice on the merits of pursuing a re-mortgage.
Buy to Let
‘Buy to let’ properties are those you wish to purchase and then rent to tenants. According to the law, you cannot live in the property. The number of available lenders will be restricted if you’re a First Time Buyer, purchasing a buy to let property. Also, extra checks are made by the lender in cases like these.
- There are a few things you may need to be aware of when purchasing a buy to let property.
- The rental income you receive is a primary factor when determining the size of the loan you can borrow.
- A payment in respect of an extra 3% stamp duty will be required after your normal stamp duty.
- If the value of the property isn’t valued at the amount for which stamp duty becomes liable, you are still required to pay the extra 3% of purchase cost.
- TIP: Ask your solicitor/conveyancer to work out how much you’ll have to pay if you’re buying a second property.
- A knowledgeable adviser will help find the right mortgage to suit your requirements by asking you the relevant questions.
- To see if you’re eligible, reach out now to our advisers.
How Much Do Mortgage Brokers Charge?
A percentage of your mortgage loan is paid as commission to many mortgage brokers by lenders. 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. The majority of independent brokers typically charge a flat fee of around £500. Be sure to ask brokers how you can 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.
Our fee structure is based upon charging the client £695; any commission which is received from the mortgage lender is deducted from that figure If we receive a commission below the value of £695, we ask the client to pay the difference between the received commission and £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. 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.
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. Make plans today for an appointment with one of our capable mortgage experts. We can at least give you an idea, without having to do any credit checks at the initial stage.
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We have a list of clients in North-Southwark that is both lengthy and diverse. If you aren’t convinced that we are the professionals to make the best possible mortgage deal in North-Southwark at the lowest price, take a look at what some of our customers have said about their experience 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. 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.
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. There are stern rules that serve as a guide with regards using unfair, deceitful promotions and adverts, as well as checks for financial service contracts for consumers. 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.
The Prudential Regulation Authority (a sister organisation to the FCA) presides over deposit-taking organisations in the UK, with regards their financial conduct. They make sure firms have a substantial level of capital to offset 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 think it hasn’t been sorted out satisfactorily, you can take the complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service if 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”.