Benefits of Using a Mortgage Broker
Considering to use a Mortgage Broker? Explore their value, role and how they secure the best rate for you
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Taking out a mortgage will perhaps be the biggest financial obligation you will take on, with it bearing huge implications on your future and overall stability for many years to come. That’s why how you approach getting the right one, finding the right product and entering a long-term agreement with a lender should not be undertaken lightly.
The steps you take now could be crucial to the impact on the rest of your life, and your family’s too, which is why working with a good mortgage broker might be one of the most shrewd moves you’ll make. Here we look in more detail at reasons to use a mortgage broker and what’s involved.
Should you use a broker when applying for a mortgage?
Yes. Unless you are someone with lots of experience of taking out mortgages or are in this industry yourself, it’s always wise to get help from an expert when taking out such a huge financial commitment.
Remember, this is a substantial loan against your name and one that you will be legally bound to, so ensuring you get the right deal and the right lender is vital, which is what brokers are trained to do for a living.
This option is not exclusive to any particular demographic either. Whether you’re on a low income or are retired, have a single income or are high net worth, getting a good service from an experienced mortgage broker is an astute decision and will always stand you in better stead.
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What are the main benefits of using one?
There are many advantages of using a mortgage broker versus going straight to the bank. Essentially, a mortgage advisor is the person who acts as your representative between you and a lender. But before that happens there are a lot of other reasons to use a mortgage broker, including:
Before you find a mortgage
The first benefit of mortgage broker partnerships is that they can scan the entire marketplace for the right product that suits you and your situation. Many, like the ones we work with, have access to corners of the industry that are out of sight for the general public, and so the chances of you securing a better deal are higher.
Many lenders go directly to brokers to offer them exclusive mortgage deals too, which have better rates of interest, fewer fees attached and flexibility, which you wouldn’t have access to without a professional.
Searching for deals takes time and painstaking effort, not to mention the cost of your time. Brokers provide a way for you to save all of that, which can turn into a rather stressful experience for someone with no previous involvement in this arena. A decent broker will also be able to look at your circumstances and provide invaluable financial guidance and advice before you undertake any mortgage process.
After you’ve found the right mortgage deal
Once your broker has found an ideal product for you, they will provide a practical, supportive role by helping you with your application to ensure it’s in the most attractive state for potential lenders. While this is being processed and considered, your broker will continue to be an asset to you by providing security and protection, checking paperwork and hidden small print that could affect you negatively in the future, and undertaking contract negotiations with lenders on your behalf.
They will also make sure you’re well protected in your new home by suggesting types of insurance you will need, such as home insurance and life insurance. Brokers can also arrange deals for these products and have access to a wide range of providers.
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Are there any drawbacks you should know about?
When looking at the pros and cons of signing up a broker, it’s always worth taking a balanced approach and being diligent. While most whole-of-market brokers out there are reputable, it’s imperative that you find one who is in alignment with your intentions, values and objectives, and can provide the benefits you need.
While mortgage brokers exist to work with everyone out there, getting one might not be worth it for you if you are already a financial expert with significant mortgage experience. There are also broker fees to take into consideration, however it’s best to look at this cost as part of your mortgage total, because many will pay for themselves manifold in what they save you overall.
How to make sure your broker has the right experience
Without a recommendation or endorsement from elsewhere in the industry, it can be hard to know how to find the right person for you. Doing your homework on brokers at the very beginning is as crucial to your mortgage success as it finding the right lender, so ensure you look at:
- Are they transparent about how they charge?
- Do they operate independently?
- Do they have access to the entire market?
- Will they share every deal they find with you?
- What’s included in their service?
- What does their process involve?
- Are they registered on the Financial Services Register?
Another way to ensure a broker has the right experience is to find them via a third party, like the way we approach matching advisors and homebuyers. This way you will know that they have been fully vetted, they will be fully trained and five-star rated for previous customer service, and that they always act in the best interest of their clients, without any affiliations to particular lenders.
Services your broker will provide
As well as what we’ve already outlined above – that your broker will provide advice, support, find deals and lenders, offer protection and save you time and money – there are a number of specific advantages to having one on your side.
If you have a niche situation and you are not in a position to secure a standard mortgage, a good broker will have the knowledge and expertise to still help you either get your foot on the property ladder, get your remortgage over the line, or assist your new house purchase.
Even if you have bad credit, want to finance a self-build, are looking at buying overseas, want to extend your buy-to-let portfolio, have a zero-hours contract, want to release equity, buy land for commercial purpose or are looking at a government scheme.
Whatever your circumstances, specialist brokers will work to not only get your loan secured, but they’ll also ensure you’re only applying for mortgages you qualify for, thus avoiding negatively affecting your crediting rating, and they will help your mortgage application to keep moving in a timely manner by liaising with involved solicitors and estate agents.
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Can you match me with a local mortgage advisor?
Yes, we work with mortgage brokers all over the UK and can aim to match customers with a local advisor, if that is their preference. But using a broker based in your town or city is not necessary, and may even be counter-productive.
The mortgage landscape has moved on from dealing with your local high street bank and broker in the village. Now the whole network of highly skilled advisors is available to you with the internet and help of matching services like ours.
Brokers no longer need to be down the road to communicate with you well, and in turn this provides more flexible and tailored options to you, which is ideal for all home buyers, and especially if you have an exceptional situation. It also ensures the scope remains competitive and keeps quality high.
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We have done the hard work of vetting some of the very best mortgage brokers in the business, and we only work with those who have passed our rigorous quality assurance checks. This allows us to match clients to those advisors who we can guarantee is independent, reliable, experienced and reputable.
To find out more about whether you need a mortgage advisor, what they can do for you, what the fees might be and how they can help you, call us for an initial consultation on 0808 189 2301 or make a quick online enquiry.
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Yes, usually a broker would work with you to put together the strongest possible application, needing your assistance to get hold of any paperwork, evidence and documents required to back up your appeal, and then they will be responsible for submitting the mortgage application to your intended relevant lender.
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