What is a mortgage broker
A mortgage broker is sometimes considered a middle man who brokers loans in favour of people or businesses. 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 Waltham-Forest 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.
Professional mortgage brokers are bound under strict regulations and required to comply with banking and finance laws in the customer’s jurisdiction, so, you don’t have to worry about being in the wrong hands.
What Is A Mortgage?
A mortgage is simply a loan. Unlike personal loans, a mortgage is specifically tied to a piece of property, so that it acts as security against the loan. Failure to pay when due can result in your mortgage provider taking back (repossessing) the property, as would be their legal right.
Mortgages are usually set for a set period of 25 years, but can sometimes be set for longer or shorter terms. As soon as you borrow the money, a plan for repayment is implemented. Although there are different types of mortgages, the most common is one whereby you are bound to a monthly capital repayment plan.
In addition to repaying the original loan (the ‘capital’), you’ll also have to pay interest on top. 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. Where mortgages are concerned, individuals and businesses don’t have to make one-time payments up front for large property purchases. The borrower will repay the loan and interest over an extended period of time, until they completely own the property, without any mortgage. The property the mortgage is secured on can be taken back by the lender if the borrower discontinues mortgage payments.
The bank will have a charge on the property, so the lender may repossess it if the home buyer does not make the mortgage payments. The home’s tenants may be evicted by the bank, the property sold, and the equity used to clear the mortgage debt if there’s a repossession.
Mortgages come in many forms. 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. For fixed rate terms, the monthly payments remain the same throughout. If market interest rates rise, the borrower’s payment does not change on a fixed rate. Changes in market interest rates have no effect on the borrower’s mortgage repayment 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. If you have a diary system in place or a switched-on broker, you must remember to re-mortgage or contact your existing lender and change the rate three months before it increases to the variable rate. This is because the rates can increase or decrease as the lender sees fit, which will help you avoid higher monthly payments.
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. 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. In Waltham-Forest, our mortgage brokers can assist you in finding the ideal mortgage deal to match your unique circumstances and specifications.
Handy Tools and Calculators
You can easily plan your future once you have an idea of the maximum you can borrow and how much the loan will cost. With this handy calculator, get a better understanding of how much your mortgage repayments will be, based on your full loan and interest rate. Just fill in those values, along with your term and press ‘Click to calculate’ to immediately see the amount you will have to repay per month.
Why Use A Mortgage Broker?
In Waltham-Forest, 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:
Of all the benefits working with a mortgage broker provides, the possibility of cutting costs would be the most obvious. You’ll just need to fill out some details and an experienced professional with your best interests in mind will deal with the hard work.
Some people are not fully convinced about this, what with the concept of a mortgage broker still vaguely understood universally. So, there has to be a catch somewhere, surely? 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.
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. 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
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. 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. 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
A mortgage broker will guide the client throughout the whole process and sort out any issues that might arise. 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
It’s not all about money. As much as it’s important to save some extra money, your time and sanity are important as well. Imagine how much time it would take to find out about the numerous types of loans available from multiple lenders. You would only have to fill out one application form, instead of one for every lender you have to work with. A formal comparison of the loans recommended can be provided by your mortgage broker to act as a guide for the information that accurately illustrates the differences in cost, showing present rates and points, as well as closing costs for each loan. 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.
Reduce the workload for yourself and outsource it to someone who can provide professional advice. Mortgage brokers do the legwork for you by supporting you throughout the application and pre-approval process. This includes completing all paperwork, answering questions, helping you apply for government schemes and shedding light on options and loan features you may not have considered or even known about. These features can include drawdown facilities, the option to make extra repayments and offset accounts to name a few. A noticeable difference can be made to your overall experience and the cost of your mortgage. If you don’t know much about these concepts and how they can work for you, reach out to your broker over the phone for clarification and answers.
Access to exclusive non-advertised deals
There are exclusive deals not made public by the banks that brokers have access to. The banks pass these deals on to the brokers, who are responsible for selling the products. Talking to a broker can release these extra perks, which you’d otherwise not enjoy by contacting 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
When you request an Agreement in principle/Decision in principle of a loan and are refused approval, this shows up 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
Helping people secure loans is what mortgage brokers do for a living. They have access to helpful information and exclusive deals you’d otherwise not find. There are small details accompanying loans that you might miss if you’re not looking 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 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? For home loan requirements, a mortgage broker is the best ways to go, just as a hairdresser is for replenishing damaged hair and a plumber for fixing leaking pipes.
About Mortgage Saving Experts
Mortgages and insurance are not as complicated as they might first seem. This is why it’s very important to find honest advisers, who are knowledgeable and experienced. Making the process as straightforward and seamless as it can be is something our mortgage experts will do for you. 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. At Mortgage Saving Experts, we handle every single mortgage and insurance application like they belong to us. 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! In essence “Get information about 1000s of mortgage deals by taking 15 minutes to speak to 1 adviser.”
Our Team of Brighton Mortgage Experts
Due to regulations by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), we must do all we can to get you the most suitable deal on the market. We need to provide justification to our customers and regulators for recommending the mortgages we do, so you understand just why you have that particular mortgage.
Down to Earth Mortgage
We are a team of experienced mortgage insurance experts, driven by honesty, passion and enthusiasm.
Our mortgage and insurance experts will pay attention to you and understand all your current and future objectives. We will make these goals happen by working meticulously alongside you.
Why chose Mortgage Saving Experts?
You’ll get an initial rate for the first few years after taking out a mortgage. At the end of this initial rate, this returns to the lender’s variable rate. Three months before this rate is up for renewal, our team will contact you again to put a new deal in place before your rate and monthly payments increase. Here are some of the other advantages you’ll enjoy if you work 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 take time to relax, while we handle the stress for you.
- We know our stuff; you’ll always receive pertinent advice from a qualified mortgage expert.
- Comparing, advising and setting up the best possible mortgage deal from amongst the many available is what we do.
- You’ll be provided expert advice and support right through the mortgage process.
Our Approach to Mortgage Advice
Your individual needs will be duly considered, as we provide fully personalised services. The approach we take to mortgage advice involves three simple steps:
- Let’s have an Initial Chat, so we can get to know You and What Your Requirements Are
- We Search the Entire Market to Find the Best Deal for You
- We’ll Present you with the Cheapest and best Deals Available for Both Mortgages and Insurance Cover
How Mortgage Saving Expert Brokers Can Help you:
Our services are more remarkable than those of other mortgage brokers in Waltham-Forest because:
- Use fact-finding to properly understand your individual needs.
- Explain what costs buying and selling involve.
- Request applicable documents to aid the application.
- Recommend and explain all about the prospective mortgage.
- Respond to any questions you might have.
- An agreement in principle will be put in place.
- 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 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. Amongst the mortgage types we’re commonly asked to handle are:
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. In order to qualify for stamp duty relief, it’s necessary for First time Buyers to have never been property owners before; this applies anywhere in the world.
While mortgages may look like a tedious process, they don’t have to be. The prospect of buying your first home comes with a lot of excitement, so if you manage to find a competent broker who can oversee the process at a reasonable price, then go right ahead. The reason you should use one is quite apparent. 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. It’s the same with mortgages. You can save on time, effort and even money with mortgage brokers, so you should use one. The initial consultation will cost you nothing.
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. 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 vital.
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. Good credit helps to qualify for a mortgage, but it isn’t a necessity. Based on your present situation, we can also be your guide when it comes to how much you can afford to pay for your new home and what your price ceiling should be. We will help you with funding, the lowest cost and most suitable deal on offer, in addition to helping you buy your dream home.
Re-mortgage your home
Basically, what you’re doing here is changing lenders to get a more suitable rate or cheaper deal. The two don’t automatically go hand in hand. Let me explain. 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. You may find it’s more practical to go on a slightly higher rate, without paying arrangement fees to any lender. It’s always best to speak with someone before deciding which deal to go for, as you don’t want to be caught out by being tied to a more expensive deal overall, even if the rate is much lower. Focus on any small print.
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 due to the fact that it is based solely on your disposition at the time of re-mortgaging. So, please make enquiries with your adviser.
Performing a re-mortgage in time is a practical way to reduce your mortgage costs 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 individual circumstances, like…
- Mortgage debt isn’t so big.
- Financial circumstances have changed.
- Costly early repayment charge.
- Home value reduced.
- You’re dealing with credit problems.
- Present rate is very agreeable.
- We will advise you whether to re-mortgage or not.
Buy to Let
‘Buy to let’ properties are those you wish to purchase and then rent to tenants. You are not allowed to legally live in the property. 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.
- When purchasing a buy to let property, there are a few things you’ll need to know.
- The rental income you receive is a primary factor when determining the size of the loan you can borrow.
- 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: 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.
- Get in touch with our advisers to see if 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. 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. Remember to ask brokers how they want to be paid. They must be completely transparent, telling you how much is being charged and what fee structure they use.
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 we receive a mortgage commission of £495 for example, we would ask our clients to pay us the difference of £200 after the mortgage offer is produced, so we are only paid on results.
How Much Can I Borrow?
This is based on a number of factors, such as the amount you deposit, your income, the number of children you have, and any current debts you might have. A total affordability assessment is required to determine how much a lender will agree to lend; this takes into account your income, any loan or credit card commitments you have, as well as regular household expenses. In addition, they will perform a credit check to ensure your credit rating is sufficient for the purpose of a mortgage.
To get an idea of the amount you can loan, get a decision in principle before applying for a mortgage in full. Arrange for an appointment with one of our certified mortgage experts today. We can at least give you an idea, without having to do any credit checks at the initial stage.
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Mortgage Regulatory Information
In the UK, most mortgages are provided by building societies, specialised mortgage lenders and banks. 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.
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 FCA monitors the professional conduct of mortgage providers. 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. 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 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 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”.