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. Working with a mortgage broker in West-Hendon will help you get the mortgage loan you require at a favourable deal, without any unnecessary stress. The right broker will also improve your chances of getting a mortgage, even if you have a poor credit score or are subject to any other circumstances that could complicate your mortgage application.
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?
Simply put, a mortgage is a loan. As opposed to personal loans, a mortgage is tied to a piece of property, acting as a security against the loan. The property can be rightfully taken from you (repossession) by your mortgage provider if you do not make payments on time.
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.
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. Where mortgages are concerned, individuals and businesses don’t have to make one-time payments up front for large property purchases. Over time, the loan and interest included can be repaid by the borrower, before the property can become theirs without any mortgage. If the borrower defaults in making mortgage payments, the property on which the mortgage is secured can be repossessed by the lender.
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. 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). The monthly payment never changes 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. An increase or decrease in the market interest rate will not affect the borrower’s mortgage repayments if they have a fixed rate.
After the fixed rate ends, your mortgage normally reverts to a ‘standard variable rate’, which is a rate set by the lender, bank or building society that’s lending you 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.
In short, the initial interest rate is often a low rate, which can make a mortgage seem more affordable than it really is. The borrower might not be able to keep up with higher monthly payments, should the rates be later increased. Variable rates after the initial term can be changed at any time, causing monthly payments to be rather unpredictable.
Other types of mortgages exist that are not so common. However, they may be available to you, so talk to an independent broker about such options, which include offset mortgages, interest-only mortgages, buy to lets, secured loans, tracker rates and bridging loans. In West-Hendon, our mortgage brokers can assist you in finding the ideal mortgage deal to match your unique circumstances and specifications.
Handy Tools and Calculators
Knowing how much you can borrow – as well as the cost of the loan – will help make planning your future easier. Find out how your interest rate and total loan amount determines your mortgage repayments with this handy calculator. 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?
Working on your mortgage application with a mortgage broker in West-Hendon comes with many different benefits. Some of the more obvious benefits include:
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 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? Even though this line of thought is understandable, you can rest easy, because not working in your best interests is in no way profitable to a mortgage broker.
In fact, a broker could be in serious trouble if they are unable to prove to you, their regulators, the Financial Conduct Authority or the Prudential Regulation Authority why they’ve recommended the particular mortgage that they have. Exclusive mortgage deals not found on the high street can be unearthed by many mortgage brokers, which could potentially cut the cost of the entire loan for the client. A reputable mortgage broker will disclose details of how they take payment for their services and convey the components which make up the entire mortgage cost. 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. 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. To ascertain your goals and needs (both short and long term), you’ll be interviewed by the mortgage broker. 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 work with the client in any situation, as well as manage the process and take care of any bumps in the road that may occur. If a borrower has credit issues for instance, the broker would know about lenders who have the best products available to meet their needs. 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. Your time and sanity are just as important as saving some extra money. 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. Your broker compares loans from major and less popular lenders to find you the best deal with the lowest rates and overall cost.
Reduce the workload for yourself and outsource it to someone who can provide professional advice. A mortgage broker can do a lot of the work by providing you with support throughout the application and approval process. This might involve completing all paperwork, helping you with applications to government schemes, answering questions and explaining the options and loan features, about which you may not have been aware. 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. 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
There are exclusive deals not made public by the banks that brokers have access to. These deals are passed by the banks to the brokers, who then have the responsibility 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
Whenever you request an Agreement in principle / Decision in principle of a loan, this leaves a mark on your credit rating if you’re refused. You’ll need the necessary knowledge and experience a broker has to secure approval on your first attempt.
Access to expert knowledge
A mortgage broker’s job is to help people obtain loans. They can access useful information and exclusive deals you likely couldn’t find yourself. Loans come with certain subtleties you could miss if you’re not looking out for them. It’s these subtleties that can make a difference to your mortgage in the long haul. If you have an experienced professional who can show you these things, you’ll be at a distinct advantage.
You can avoid spending valuable time to research numerous loans and lenders (while perhaps missing fundamental key subtleties) and instead give the work to someone with key industry experience. 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 the reason you need to find a widely experienced, knowledgeable and honest adviser. Your entire journey can be made stress-free and simple by our mortgage savings experts. After all, why make everything more stressful than it ought to be? Let us make things easy for you and make sure we find you the most suitable deal.
Mortgage Saving Experts offer honest and transparent services to our customers, making them feel that mortgages and insurance are not as problematic as they first appear. All mortgage and insurance applications are handled like they’re our own at Mortgage Savings Experts. This is what we’re primarily concerned with. 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! Approximately “Search 1000s of mortgage deals by taking 15 minutes to speak to 1 adviser.”
Our Team of Brighton Mortgage Experts
We make it our duty to get you the best deal the market has to offer, as we are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. 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 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. These goals will be achieved when we work with you intently.
Why chose Mortgage Saving Experts?
You’ll get an initial rate for the first few years after taking out a mortgage. The lender’s variable rate is implemented after the initial rate is complete. 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. Included below are the plus points of working with us:
- You’ll save some money, as the deal you get is better than the bank variable rate.
- We can provide updates relating to the end of your deal, so you need not worry.
- You can take a breather, while we do the bulk of the work.
- 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.
- For the entire mortgage process, you will be expertly advised and supported.
Our Approach to Mortgage Advice
We make available personalised services and put into consideration all your unique 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:
The reasons our services are better than those of other mortgage services in West-Hendon include:
- Use fact-finding to properly understand your individual needs.
- Point out the costs that come with buying and selling.
- Request relevant documents to assist with the application.
- Recommend and explain the prospective mortgage.
- Get answers to any questions you might have.
- Collect an agreement in principle.
- Get your whole mortgage application submitted.
- Work with your estate agent, solicitor and mortgage lender to answer any questions comprehensively.
Mortgage Types We Provide Expert Advice On
We advise our clients expertly on a vast selection of mortgage products. You won’t have any difficulty finding the right mortgage products to suit your needs when working with us. Mortgage types that we’re frequently asked 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. Typically, there are no problems with being a First Time Buyer. To be eligible for stamp duty relief, First Time Buyers are required to never have been owners of property before. This is applicable worldwide for stamp duty purposes.
The mortgaging process might appear to be challenging, but this isn’t necessarily so. Buying your first home can be exciting, so if you come across a suitable broker who can handle the process for you at a fair price, do take advantage of their expertise. 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. It isn’t any different with mortgages. With mortgage brokers, you can cut down on money, effort and time, so you should use one. There are no charges for the initial consultation.
Buying a home
If you’re considering buying a home in the near future or further down the line, you should get to know mortgages a lot better in the meantime. Learn what to do before applying for a mortgage; what to watch for during the process; and how to use a mortgage after you’ve bought your home. If you would rather avoid any stress, speak to an adviser, who will guide you accordingly.
Your credit is crucial.
A mortgage is a major issue. A lot of money has been risked by banks over the years; notably, they have been more and more cautious since the subprime mortgage crisis of 2008. Good credit helps to qualify for a mortgage, but it isn’t a necessity. 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
In essence, the only thing you’re doing here is swapping one lender for another to get a cheaper deal or better rate. They don’t always sit well together. I’ll explain this clearly. If you have a small mortgage, you’ll probably find it’s not worthwhile paying an arrangement fee to the lender just to go on a lower rate. You might find it cheaper by going on a slightly higher rate and paying no arrangement fee to the lender at all. 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. Take extra caution.
One benefit of re-mortgaging is that you’ll not normally pay for any valuation or solicitors fees, although not everyone qualifies for this. Any reasoning depends solely on your circumstances at the time of re-mortgaging. So, do find out from your adviser.
A smart way to significantly minimise the cost of your mortgage bills is to undertake a 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 specific needs, such as…
- Mortgage debt isn’t so big.
- The financial situation is no longer the same.
- Early repayment charge that’s costly.
- A reduction in home value.
- Existing credit problems.
- Present rate is very agreeable.
- We will provide guidance to help you choose whether to re-mortgage.
Buy to Let
A property bought with the purpose of renting to tenants is known as ‘buy to let’. Legally, you cannot live in the property. If you’re a First Time Buyer, the number of available lenders will be restricted if you’re purchasing a buy to let, while extra checks would be carried out by the lender in such cases.
- You may need to know certain things 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 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: If you’re purchasing a second property, ask your conveyancer/solicitor about the figure you’ll have to pay.
- A knowledgeable adviser will help find the right mortgage to suit your requirements by asking you the relevant questions.
- To find out if you qualify, contact our advisers today.
How Much Do Mortgage Brokers Charge?
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. Most independent brokers charge a flat fee, which is typically around £500. Don’t forget to find out how brokers collect payment. They must be completely clear, letting you know the exact figure and fee structure in place.
The fee structure we adopt is based upon charging the client £695 and deducting from that figure any commission paid by the mortgage lender. 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. If we receive a mortgage commission of £495, our client would be required to pay £200, which would be paid after the mortgage offer has been forthcoming, meaning we only get paid according to 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 would be willing to lend is dependent on a comprehensive affordability assessment that helps them understand your income, as well as any loan or credit card commitments you might have and everyday household expenses. A credit check will be undertaken for mortgage purposes to confirm you have sufficient credit rating.
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. At the initial stage, we can give you an estimate, without needing to perform any credit checks.
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Whether you want a re-mortgage, move home, find a mortgage for a first-time buyer or purchase a buy to let, we can help. We 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 West-Hendon that is both lengthy and diverse. If you’re not yet persuaded that we are the experts who can get you the best mortgage deal in West-Hendon at the cheapest cost, see what some of our customers have got to say about working with us. For a first-hand experience of just how amazing our services are, give us a call today.
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Mortgage Regulatory Information
The majority of mortgages in the UK are made available by banks, building societies and specialised mortgage lenders. 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.
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 professional conduct of mortgage providers is regulated by the FCA. Strict rules exist that monitor the use of dishonest and misleading adverts and promotions, checking to ensure the terms of any contract for financial services are fair to the customer. Regulations were originally set out in the rules for Mortgage Conduct of Business (MCOB), but these were overhauled as a result of the FCA Mortgage Market Review (MMR) in 2014.
In terms of their financial conduct, organisations collecting deposits in the UK fall under the Prudential Regulation Authority, the FCA’s sister organisation. They make sure firms have a substantial level of capital to offset their lending risks.
If you have a complaint about your mortgage provider, the first step is to take up the matter 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”.