What is a mortgage broker
A mortgage broker is sometimes considered a middle man who brokers loans in favour of people or businesses. The purpose of mortgage brokers is to look for banks or direct lenders that will willingly provide the specific loan an individual would need. Working with a mortgage broker in Penge will help you get the mortgage loan you require at a favourable deal, without any unnecessary stress. If you work with a reputable mortgage broker and have a poor credit score or any other issues that could affect your mortgage application, your chances would be greatly improved.
Because professional mortgage brokers are regulated to assure compliance with banking and financial laws in the jurisdiction of the consumer, you can be assured you’re in good hands.
What Is A Mortgage?
In simple terms, a mortgage is 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 default on your payments, your mortgage provider has the right to take back (repossess) the property.
Mortgages are nearly always set for a 25-year period, but long and short terms are also available. A repayment plan is arranged as soon as you borrow 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 – secured by the collateral of the property involved – is a debt instrument that the borrower must repay against the agreed pre-set payment instalments. 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 stops paying the mortgage, the lender can repossess the property against which the mortgage is secured.
The bank has a charge on the house; should the home buyer default on paying the mortgage, then the lender may repossess the property. The tenants can be evicted in a repossession case and the property sold by the bank. Subsequently, the equity from which would be used to cover the mortgage debt.
There are various types of mortgages. While there are longer fixed rate terms provided, the borrower will pay the same interest for the initial term; that is, two, three or five years, with a fixed rate mortgage. Monthly payments remain constant during the fixed rate term. The borrower would continue with the same payments if they have a fixed rate, even if the market interest rates go up. If market interest rates drop or increase, the borrower’s mortgage repayment remains the same 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. The rate can increase or decrease as the lender decides, so with a good broker or diary system in place, do not forget to re-mortgage or call your existing lender, so you can adjust the rate sometime around three months before it’s increased to the variable rate. This will help you avoid paying higher monthly payments.
Quite often, the initial interest rate is a low rate, which can make a mortgage appear cheaper than it is. Higher monthly payments may be hard to meet for the borrower if interest rates are increased later. With the possibility of the variable rates being changed at any time after the initial term, monthly payments subsequently become unpredictable.
Other less common types of mortgages – such as interest-only mortgages, tracker rates, offset mortgages, buy to lets, bridging loans and secured loans – could also be available to you, so speak with an independent broker to determine your options. Our mortgage brokers in Penge can provide help for getting the best mortgage deal to suit your personal specifications and requirements.
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 Penge, working with a mortgage broker on your mortgage application is beneficial in a number of ways. Some of the most prominent benefits are:
The most visible benefit of choosing to work with a mortgage broker is that you will likely save money. You’ll be required to complete a few details, but the hard work is managed by an experienced professional, who has your best interests in mind.
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? A mortgage broker wouldn’t stand to gain anything by not working in your favour. You’ll need to bear this in mind, even though any concerns you might have are understandable.
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. There are various inexpensive, exclusive mortgage deals that a number of mortgage brokers can find for their clients that could possibly reduce the total loan cost. Reputable mortgage brokers will usually inform you how they get paid for their services, as well as disclose the details of the entire cost of the loan. Positive user experience is much more valuable to a mortgage advisor company than padding out an individual broker’s pocket.
Finds The Most Advantageous Deal
A mortgage broker will always be in favour of your own interests and not those of the lending institution. Acting as your agent isn’t all they should do, but also problem solvers and knowledgeable consultants too. 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. Mortgage brokers will interview you to identify your needs, as well as short and long term goals. Amongst the benefits of working with experienced mortgage brokers are innovative mortgages and sophisticated solutions, because regular 15 or 30-year mortgages aren’t usually sufficient. These include money for children or carrying out much needed renovations, mortgages to raise capital for repaying debts or even money to buy other properties like buy to lets.
Has Flexibility Expertise to Meet Your Needs
The client will be under the direction of a mortgage broker, who will manage the process and handle any issues that could arise 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 loan too large for the bank to approve, a broker can be of benefit by providing the knowledge and ability to successfully source financing.
Save Time & Hassle
It is not just about money. Your time and sanity are just as important as saving some extra money. 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. To find the best deal in terms of lower rates and overall cost, your broker will make comparisons between popular and less popular lenders.
Reduce the workload for yourself and outsource it to someone who can provide professional advice. Mortgage brokers do the bulk of the work by helping you during the application and approval process in ways such as taking care of all paperwork; answering questions; handling applications for government schemes; and providing information about the various options and loan features you aren’t aware of. Some of these features can include drawdown facilities, offset accounts and options for extra repayments to name but a few. These types of features can make a significant difference to your mortgage cost and experience. If you’re unfamiliar with these concepts and how they might affect you, your broker can clarify and answer any questions via 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. Contacting a broker will unlock these extra benefits you would miss out on if you were to approach the bank yourself.
A bank can provide access to their own deals (not those offered by other banks), but brokers can gain access to the entire market to find the best deals.
Better chance of pre-approval success
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. With the required knowledge and experience brokers possess, you’ll have a better chance at approval the first time around.
Access to expert knowledge
Mortgage brokers help people secure loans for a living. They can access useful information and exclusive deals you likely couldn’t find yourself. If you’re not on the lookout for them, you might not notice the subtleties that accompany loans. At the end of the day, these subtleties tend to improve your mortgage chances. It is a huge plus to have the services of an experienced expert to show these things to you.
Rather than putting time aside to research thousands of loans and several lenders – and still possibly miss important subtleties – why not let someone else who has industry experience handle the work? Just like you’d acquire the services of a hairdresser to replenish damaged hair or a plumber for leaking pipes, a mortgage broker is an excellent option for any of 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. Our mortgage savings experts will ease the process for you and make it as simple as possible. After all, why make things more difficult than they need to be? Allow us to ease the entire process and obtain the best deals available for you.
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. We’re all about this. At Mortgage Saving Experts, our services are available regardless of circumstances, whether you’re a landlord, a first-time buyer, moving onto a new chapter or simply re-mortgaging. Providing help is why we’re here! Basically “Search up to a thousand mortgage deals by talking to an adviser for roughly 15 minutes.”
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 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?
When you take out a mortgage, you’ll be subject to an initial rate for the first few 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.
- You won’t have to remember when the deal is due to end, as we will do this for you.
- You can take time to relax, while we handle the stress for you.
- We know our onions, so you’ll only ever be advised by a qualified mortgage expert.
- To arrange the best deal for you, we compare and dispense advice with regards thousands of mortgage deals.
- You’ll be provided expert advice and support right through the mortgage process.
Our Approach to Mortgage Advice
The services we offer are personalised and take into account your unique needs. Three simple steps are taken in our approach to mortgage advice:
- 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 differentiates our services from those of other mortgage brokers in Penge includes:
- Use fact-finding to properly understand your individual needs.
- Spell out the costs buying and selling involves.
- Ask for related documents to help with the application.
- Propose and explain the likely mortgage.
- Provide answers to your questions.
- Get an agreement in principle.
- Send in your entire mortgage application.
- Communicate with your solicitor, mortgage lender and estate agent to respond to any questions through to completion.
Mortgage Types We Provide Expert Advice On
We advise expertly on a vast selection of mortgage products. Working together with us, finding the most suitable mortgage product to suit your needs won’t be difficult at all. 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.
For each lender, the rules and ideas about this differ. Being a First Time Buyer is usually not an issue. To qualify for stamp duty relief, First Time Buyers must have never been property owners in any location in the world previously.
Mortgage processes may look tough to negotiate, but they really don’t need 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. The purpose of using one is straightforward enough. 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. With mortgages, the same principle applies. Mortgage brokers can help you save money, time and effort, so why don’t you use one? The initial consultation comes at no cost at all.
Buying a home
You should brush up your knowledge of mortgages if a home purchase is a viable option for you any time soon (or a few years down the line). Learn what to do when applying, within the application process and even how to use a mortgage after buying your home. If you’d prefer a different approach, then speak to an adviser who can guide you through it.
Your credit is important.
A mortgage is not to be taken lightly. Banks put up a lot of money at their own risk. So much so, they’ve been very careful since the subprime mortgage crisis of 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. Not only will we help you buy your dream home, we’ll also help you finance it with the lowest cost and most convenient 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 simplify this for you. It may seem unwise to pay an arrangement fee to another lender to get on a lower rate if you have a small mortgage. You might find it cheaper by going on a slightly higher rate and paying no arrangement fee to the lender at all. It’s best to always talk to someone before agreeing any deal, because you don’t want one that’s more expensive overall, even though the rate might be significantly lower. Tread carefully.
The potential absence of valuation or solicitors fees is one of the plus points of re-mortgaging, even though not everyone qualifies for this. The reason is that it is based on your disposition alone at the time of re-mortgaging. So, please check with your adviser.
A re-mortgage completed on time is a smart way to significantly reduce the cost of your mortgage related bills. Even though a re-mortgage deal is accompanied by various benefits, it might not the best choice for you, depending on your unique circumstances.
Reasons for remortgaging your property
- Depending on your unique needs, like…
- Mortgage debt is considerably small.
- There has been a change in financial circumstances.
- Costly early repayment charge.
- Home value reduced.
- You have credit problems.
- Already on a suitable current rate.
- We will advise you whether to re-mortgage or not.
Buy to Let
A property bought with the purpose of renting to tenants is known as ‘buy to let’. 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.
- There are a few things you may need to be aware of when purchasing a buy to let property.
- The loan amount you can borrow is dependent on how much rental income you receive.
- You will have to pay 3% stamp in addition to 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 good adviser will know the exact questions to pose and will find a mortgage that fits your exact requirements.
- 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. A flat fee of roughly £500 is usually charged by the majority of independent brokers. Be sure to enquire about how to make payments to brokers. 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 the commission paid to us falls short of £695, our client will then be asked to make up the difference between the commission we receive and the figure of £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?
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. 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.
For a more accurate idea of how much you can borrow, get a decision in principle before you apply for a mortgage in full. 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.
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 recent mortgage deals in large quantities to help you find just what you want.
What Our clients say About us
The list of happy clients in Penge is a lengthy and diverse one. If you’re not yet persuaded that we are the experts who can get you the best mortgage deal in Penge at the cheapest cost, see what some of our customers have got to say about working with us. Contact us today to get a first-hand experience of the excellent services we provide.
Latest Mortgage News
The more information you have available when looking for the most suitable mortgage deal, the more beneficial this is for you. Below can be found recent news on mortgages to provide the insight you need to get started.
Mortgage Regulatory Information
Banks, building societies and specialised mortgage lenders account for the bulk of mortgage providers in the UK. There is a total of 200 different financial institutions which offer mortgages in Britain, although Lloyds Banking Group and Nationwide Building Society owns the market’s largest share.
Although banks and building societies have always been closely regulated in the UK, the former Financial Services Authority (now the FCA) implemented a regulatory scheme specifically for mortgages as a result of the Financial Services Act of 2000.
The FCA monitors the professional conduct of mortgage providers. 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. Regulations were initially documented in the rules for Mortgage Conduct of Business (MCOB), but were overhauled because of the 2014 FCA Mortgage Market Review (MMR).
Regarding their financial conduct, organisations that take deposits in the UK fall under the FCA’s sister organisation’s jurisdiction, the Prudential Regulation Authority. They ensure firms have a sizeable enough capital to balance out their lending risks.
For lodging complaints about your mortgage provider, the first step is to take it up with them. If you feel it hasn’t been handled properly, there is a procedure that can have your complaint referred to the Financial Ombudsman Service. Some mortgages are not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority such as moist Buy to Let mortgages and if you make a complaint about these you are unable to take these to the Financial Ombudsman Service
What To Ask Your Brighton Mortgage Broker?
This is a logical follow-up question. Again, insist on a specific reply.
And once you’ve received answers to these questions, ask if the broker would be willing to put both claims in writing. That will indicate how seriously those claims should be taken.
If a problem arises during the loan application process, you’ll want your broker to respond quickly – hence this question.
Again, demand a specific answer – “Within three hours”, say, rather than “Quickly”.
The reason for this question is so you can discover whether the broker will closely guide you through what is a complicated and stressful process – or expect you to figure it out for yourself.
Organising finance and purchasing property can be complicated and stressful, so you want to know you’re in safe hands. That’s why, before you settle on a particular broker, you should challenge the broker with this question.
Don’t let the broker get away with vague statements like “Because I’m the best” or “Because I provide great service”. Use follow-up questions to demand detail. “What specific things make you better than other brokers? What, specifically, do you do to deliver great service?”
Another important question to ask. That’s because while most brokers focus on ‘plain vanilla’ clients, others might focus on, say, sophisticated investors or borrowers with credit problems.
Hypothetically; Broker A might have done 450 vanilla loans and 50 bad-credit loans, while Broker B might have done 50 vanilla loans and 250 bad-credit loans. So if you were a borrower with credit problems, you might be better off with Broker B.
Next, probe them about their customer service standards
A great way to utilise the knowledge and experience of a broker is to get them to work out the true cost of your home loan. Based on whether you’re paying Repayment or interest only, how much of a deposit you have, the length of your loan term and the rates payable your broker will be able to obtain a mortgage illustration which will have the true cost on it. This is normally depicted by the Annual Percentage Rate (APR)
By maximising your deposit amount and minimising your loan term, you stand to significantly reduce the overall cost of your loan. However, there is much more to answering what the true cost of your home loan will be. Upfront fees such as valuation fees, conveyancing and legal fees need to be added to the total cost. Ongoing fees such as those you can incur for using a drawdown facility.
While it’s impossible to forecast the entire cost of your mortgage to the penny – and let’s not forget how life circumstances and changes can affect your ability to pay your loan too – a broker can can help clarify the big picture details. Mortgage Saving Experts can recommend any protection or insurances to protect you and your family to cover life unfortunate eventualities and our team of advisers can use this information to help you decide which loan is best for your circumstances.
The big question plaguing home buyers tends to be, ‘how much can I borrow?’ Each lender is massively different in this area so as a maximum depending on many factors. In the majority of cases, you can borrow up to around 5 times your gross annual salary but in some instances, you may borrow up to 5.5 times your gross annual income
Once you speak to us, however, we’ll be able to give you a much more accurate indication of your borrowing capacity. Brokers act as the go-between for you and the lender. Lenders will need to know your living expenses, debts, credit score and whether you have dependents. A broker can factor all these things into the right loan.
A broker can also explain home loan terms you’ll need to know, such as LTV, which is the initialism for Loan-to-Value and refers to the percentage of the total loan amount you seek to borrow as a percentage of the property purchase price or value. They can also explain things like the differences in interest rates and repayment types such as Interest Only and Repayment (Capital & Interest)
This is a good follow-up question to ask, as it will give you a better understanding of the mortgage broker’s experience.
For example, imagine two brokers joined the industry in 2013, but that Broker A had written 500 loans during that time and Broker B had written 300. In that case, even though both parties would be able to claim five years of industry experience, there would be a clear difference in hands-on experience.
This is a good place to start, because a more experienced broker will generally be more knowledgeable than a less experienced broker.
Press the broker to give you a specific answer, such as “Eighteen years” or “I’ve been a broker since 2007 and in the mortgage industry since 2001”, rather than something vague like “I’ve got a lot of experience”.