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Mortgage Brokers: When to Use Them

Published on July 23, 2015 by John Stringer in News, Selling

Buying a property can be a daunting prospect for anyone, particularly those who are purchasing a home for the first time. One of the things that most people have to do is arrange a mortgage in order to buy a property. This in itself can be a time consuming and confusing task, especially if you’ve never had to do it before.

With different lenders and financial institutions offering a variety of mortgage products and loans it can be difficult to determine which one represents the best value for money for you. In addition, the rates of interest can vary from one lender to another, as well as based on your personal financial circumstances, and this can add to the confusion for some people.

The last thing you want when you are doing something as important as taking out a mortgage is to end up with the wrong product, and this is where mortgage brokers can help. These financial professionals are able to source a range of mortgages that may be suited to your needs and can therefore help you to find the best mortgage deals when it comes to getting a mortgage that caters for your specific requirements and circumstances. If you are uncertain as to which type of mortgage is suited to your needs or which lender is offering the most suitable deal, it is best to turn to a mortgage broker for advice and assistance. This will not only speed up the chances of you getting the ideal mortgage but can also help to speed things up and save you a lot of time.

 

How to choose a mortgage broker

It is important to remember that there are many independent mortgage brokers in operation through the UK, and you should take some time to decide which one to use. You will find that many lenders and financial institutions have their own mortgage advisors and financial advisors to provide you with information on mortgage products. However, as they work for a particular lender they will obviously have a vested interest in recommending mortgage products from their own employer, which is why you need to look for someone that covers the whole market rather than just one lender.

Some of the things to look for when you are choosing a mortgage broker include:

  • Experience levels: It is always a good idea to choose a mortgage broker with plenty of experience. This means that they are more likely to have strong links with a number of different lenders and will have their finger on the pulse of the mortgage market. They will also have plenty of tools and resources as well as contacts to help find the most suitable and affordable mortgage product for you.
  • An independent broker: Always go for an independent mortgage broker, as they are not going to have a vested interest in any particular lender or mortgage product. This means that they can carry out an objective search and can act in your best interests in order to find the ideal mortgage loan for you.
  • Reasonable fees: When it comes to costs, mortgage broker fees can vary from one professional to another. You should therefore make sure you find out what the costs will be before you sign up for anything. However, don’t focus solely on the cost, as you also need to ensure you find someone that is experienced and independent as well as affordable.
  • Regulated and licensed: You should make sure that you choose a broker who is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, as this will ensure that you get someone who is qualified and licensed to give this sort of advice.

Depending on your financial status it is also worth checking with the mortgage broker with regards to whether he or she is able to deal with specific types of mortgages. For instance, if you have damaged credit you may want to check whether the broker has experience of dealing with and links to bad credit mortgages.

In order to give yourself increased peace of mind when it comes to using a mortgage brokers it is well worth looking at reviews and testimonials of there are any available online. You can even ask the broker if they are able to provide references or testimonials from past customers, as this will give you a better idea of what to expect in terms of quality of service, reliability, speed and other important factors.

Benefit from the experience and expertise of mortgage brokers

If you’ve ever wondered about how to become a mortgage broker, one thing you should bear in mind is that it is not a simple or overnight process. In fact, training as a mortgage broker does require a lot of training as well as taking necessary exams and proving yourself in order to become certified and licensed to offer advice independently.

You therefore know that when you choose a licensed independent mortgage broker to help you, you will be able to benefit from the expert advice of someone that has gone through thorough training in order to be able to provide this sort of service. Of course, once the exams and training are over, a broker still needs to get used to operating independently and needs to build up links and contacts within the industry. This is why it is always a good idea to look for someone who has a good level of experience and has already built up these links and contacts.

Of course, not everyone needs the help of a mortgage broker. There are some people who have taken out many mortgages over the years and have the know-how and experience to conduct their own research in order to either switch mortgages or take out a new mortgage. Also, with the wide range of comparison sites that have been launched over recent years, it has become easier for people to go online and look for special deals and offers on mortgages themselves.

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About the author
John StringerJohn is professional property investor from Manchester. He is contributing on Genuine Property Buyers with tips for all types of house sellers.

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