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Mortgage Broker Fees: How Much Do They Charge?

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By Pete Mugleston  | Mortgage Advisor Pete has been a mortgage advisor for over 10 years, and is regularly cited in both trade and national press.

Updated: 5th March 2020 *

When applying for a mortgage, keeping costs down is a good idea, and that’s the brilliance of using a mortgage broker because it’s their job to compare deals and save you money.

But what fees do mortgage brokers charge and how do you know what the typical fees are for a mortgage broker in the UK?

We answer all these questions and more in this article. Click a topic below for more information, or read on.

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Do mortgage brokers charge a fee?

Yes, in the majority of cases, a mortgage broker will charge a fee for their services, which can include:

  • Comparing the whole of market to find you the best deals
  • Calculating your affordability to find you a mortgage that is cost-effective
  • Negotiating your mortgage terms and conditions
  • Managing and filling out your paperwork 
  • Overseeing your mortgage application and ensuring all deadlines are met
  • Comparing the range of mortgage products that may be better suited to your needs

That being said, there are mortgage brokers that are not fee based. Their services are often charged to the lender as a percentage of the mortgage and this percentage usually ranges from 1-2% of the loan amount.

How much do they charge?

It depends on the broker you use and when they require payment. Some fee-charging mortgage brokers do ask for upfront payments directly from the customer before they begin their search for lenders and these fees can range anywhere between £300 to £600, although this isn’t always the case.

As well as this, there are also mortgage brokers that charge a flat fee with a fixed rate; this rate is chargable whenever mortgage advice or their services are provided. This is sometimes referred to as an hourly rate.

This can result in the cost of mortgage broker fees accumulating, so always be clear on how much you will be charged ahead of seeing a mortgage broker.

Many of the brokers we work with are only paid on completion through lender commission, and the ones who do charge a fee will refund the upfront costs if they fail to get you a mortgage.

Fees for extra time 

Some applicants can have circumstances which make finding a lender slightly harder and there are brokers who will charge for the additional time needed to secure a mortgage. It may be the case that a borrower has not fully disclosed their financial situation or has perhaps accidentally left out information that could prevent a successful mortgage.

This can cause delays and may mean that the mortgage broker has to fill in further paperwork or do additional research.  

To avoid unexpected charges, a good tip is to always read your mortgage broker fee disclosure form before signing. 

What sets us apart is that we only work with brokers who charge when a mortgage is successful. Whatever your circumstances, a mortgage shouldn't get in the way of you getting on to the property ladder of finding your next home.

Are second charge mortgage broker fees any different?

No. It shouldn’t make a difference whether the mortgage product you’re applying for is a first or second charge debt. Either way, the broker involved will still charge you the same way and around 1-2% of the loan amount is a standard fee.

What is a mortgage referral fee?

As a way of encouraging mortgage brokers to recommend certain lenders, some banks and mortgage providers offer an incentive in the form of a mortgage broker referral fee.

Although mortgage broker referral fee agreements can vary at the discretion of each lender, usually lenders will pay brokers a percentage of the mortgage or a minimum commission payment.

Lenders offer this agreement in a bid to encourage business and of course, to become the preferable choice of lender. 

Can brokers pay this fee?

Yes, there are some mortgage brokers that pay referral fees to estate agents if that estate agent recommends their services. 

However, in recent years the government has introduced new measures which encourage brokers and estate agents to be clear with their customers when a mortgage broker referral fee agreement has taken place. 

Research by the Council of Licensed Conveyancers found that a shocking 59% of those who took a recommendation did not know whether or not the estate agent or broker was paid a referral fee.

Recommendations from a professional can be extremely helpful but unfortunately, some agreements can result in a lack of choice for customers, especially those who may have felt pressured to use the suggested lender, estate agent or broker.

Any good broker knows that to truly find the best deal for a borrower, they need choice, which is why the brokers we work with are independent and do not have ties with specific lenders or estate agents. 

What’s the average fee a broker will charge?

An average mortgage advisor fee in the UK is usually paid as commission between 1-2% of the mortgage value.

For example, if your total mortgage amount was £300,000 and your broker charged a fee of 2%, they would be paid £6,000. 

How much does an independent mortgage advisor charge?

Their charge is based on their success rate. If they don’t successfully find you a mortgage that is affordable and suitable for your circumstances, they don’t get paid.

Independent mortgage advisors can charge different rates based on the level of service you need but they will let you know upfront what their fees are.

Are there any other fees?

Some advisors charge customers extra fees which can be frustrating for many borrowers who already have so many other expenses to pay for such as stamp duty, removal costs and financial advisor mortgage fees. 

While every broker will charge different amounts, they could include all, some, or none of the following extra charges: 

  • Mortgage broker finder fees
  • Underwriting fees 
  • Mortgage broker application fees 
  • Cancellation fees 

There are some fees which won’t reflect in your final bill and are exclusively for the broker themselves. Every mortgage broker within the UK must either be regulated by the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) or be the agent of a regulated firm, and must pay a fee to be regulated. 

To avoid the shock of acquiring extra fees, get in touch. The expert advisors we work with will be clear about the fees they charge, or we can pass you to a broker who won’t charge a fee, should your circumstances allow it. 

Are there fee-free mortgage brokers?

‘No fee’ mortgage brokers do exist and some people can find this to be a cost-effective solution. A majority of brokers will receive a commission payment from your lender once the mortgage completes. However, the difference is that these brokers will not charge you a fee on top of this.

We do work with a select number of fee-free brokers, but we will only introduce you to them if they are the right advisor for your needs and circumstances.

Fee-free vs paid broker: which is best? 

It entirely depends on your circumstances, the fee you’ve been quoted, and if the broker can shave off any lender fees. 

While a free broker sounds great, unfortunately some unethical brokers may take advantage. In a worst-case scenario, a broker may actively recommend a borrower to take out an unsuitable mortgage with a lender if they can earn more commission through them. 

Fee-free brokers are typically reserved for applicants with less complex needs, for example, with perfect credit, have easy-to-prove income, and can put down a higher deposit. Those with more complex needs (such as buy-to-let applications, low deposit or bad credit) may need a more experienced broker.

Even if you plan to buy a very cheap property, if your loan-to-value is high (for example, you need to borrow 95% of the property’s value), your application may still be classed as higher risk. 

By paying to work with a broker, not only will you be benefiting from their unparalleled expertise, they could potentially grant you access to more competitive products. 

Whether you pay or not, working with an experienced, competent and trustworthy mortgage broker can help you find your dream mortgage. The brokers we work with are all fully qualified by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and they are best set to give you trusted advice. 

Is there a mortgage broker fee calculator I can use?

These exist online but aren’t really recommended.

Preparation is key when trying to find a mortgage, so it can be a good idea to know when to pay mortgage broker fees and the costs that you may have to pay ahead of starting the process, even if you have a low fee mortgage broker. 

Some people search for online mortgage broker fee calculators which can provide a quick snapshot of what you might expect to pay. The only thing to consider is that an online tool won’t be intuitive and therefore can’t take your unique circumstances into consideration.

For example, after speaking with you, an advisor will know the type of mortgage broker you need whereas a calculator won’t. 

There are many specialist brokers ranging from bad credit brokers, lifetime mortgage brokers to self employed specialists and these may each have their own fees.

Having the right expert on your side can be the difference between a successful mortgage application or a mortgage rejection, so getting the right broker for your situation is important. 

It can be quicker and more efficient to talk to an advisor who can listen to what you need and recommend a broker who matches those expectations. They will also be clear on costs so that there are no unexpected fees later down the line.

When do you have to pay a mortgage broker?

Some brokers request their fees to be paid upfront whereas others will request to be paid once a mortgage application has successfully been approved.

In many instances, mortgage broker fees are paid by the lender at no cost to you but it’s always important to be clear on when your mortgage broker will be paid and whether or not the cost is chargeable to you.

Are mortgage broker fees negotiable?

Like most costs in life, mortgage broker fees can be negotiable. There will be circumstances when fees are fixed, especially if you choose to work with a fixed fee mortgage broker but that doesn’t mean that there won’t be opportunities to save money.

In fact, brokers themselves pride themselves on their negotiation skills and it’s these skills that enable them to find you the best deal and keep your mortgage costs down.

Can I get a refund on my mortgage broker fee?

If you feel dissatisfied with the service you have received from your broker, it’s always a good idea to raise the issue before payment, if possible.

However, if you have already paid your fee and later feel that you were mis-sold a product or recommended a lender that wasn’t suitable for you, you have every right to make a complaint. 

Another point to remember is that before signing a mortgage broker agreement with you mortgage broker, always check their refund policy. If this isn’t stated within their contract or if they don’t have a refund policy, it may be worth asking them to include one.

Do mortgage brokers offer cashback? 

A broker can arrange a cashback mortgage for you, though not every lender will offer these. By opting for a cashback mortgage, you’ll be paid a lump sum upon completion to help you cover any necessary expenses including legal fees, stamp duty, removals, home repairs or even to buy new furniture with. 

The brokers we work with can compare cashback mortgages on your behalf using their ‘whole-of-market’ access to ensure that they find you the best deal possible. 

Where can I find an independent mortgage broker? 

There are independent fee-free mortgage brokers too. This can provide you with an all-rounded service which puts you at the centre of every decision. 

Working with an independent fee-free mortgage broker can provide the peace of mind from knowing that the deals you’re being shown are the best in the UK while also providing a great value for money.

In fact, the advisors we work with can put you in touch with whole of market no fee mortgage brokers in:

  • Coventry
  • Liverpool
  • London
  • Leeds
  • Huddersfield
  • Bristol
  • Manchester
  • Sheffield
  • Nottingham
  • Worthing
  • Northampton
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Exeter
  • Scotland
  • Leicester 
  • Bolton
  • Wirral

To speak with one of the best fee-free mortgage advisors in the UK, make an enquiry online.

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If you’re still wondering who pays the mortgage broker fees or how much a mortgage broker costs, then call  0808 189 2301 or make an enquiry to speak with an advisor.

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Updated: 5th March 2020
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FCA disclaimer

*Based on our research, the content contained in this article is accurate as of most recent time of writing. Lender criteria and policies change regularly so speak to one of the advisors we work with to confirm the most accurate up to date information. The info on the site is not tailored advice to each individual reader, and as such does not constitute financial advice. All advisors working with us are fully qualified to provide mortgage advice and work only for firms who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. They will offer any advice specific to you and your needs. Some types of buy to let mortgages are not regulated by the FCA. Think carefully before securing other debts against your home. As a mortgage is secured against your home, it may be repossessed if you do not keep up with repayments on your mortgage. Equity released from your home will also be secured against it.