There are over 8,000 mortgage products to choose from on the mortgage market. A walk down your local High Street will give you access to several of the most well-known providers – the big banks and building societies. However, these big providers will not have access to the 8,000 mortgage products; they will only offer a choice of a few of their own products. You could go into several of these financial institutions on your High Street and get a better choice, but still nowhere near the several thousand, and you’d probably be rather punch drunk from the experience!
You are better off looking for a mortgage broker. Mortgage brokers are professional individuals or companies who act as the intermediary between borrowers and lenders during mortgage transactions. Using the services of a mortgage broker will cut out all the leg work – or the Internet searches – as mortgage brokers have all the information you can access – and much more – at their finger tips. Getting your mortgage through a mortgage broker will give you a much better chance of getting the best mortgage deal for you.
Mortgages come in many different shapes and sizes these days. There are tracker mortgages, discounted mortgages, variable rates, fixed rates, adverse credit mortgages, sub-prime mortgages, CCJ mortgages. It can be very confusing! Mortgage brokers understand all the terms involved and will be able to explain it all to you. In fact, of course, they will cut through all the terms that are irrelevant to you and concentrate on getting a mortgage to suit your own personal circumstances.
What a mortgage broker will do for you is not something you want to spend time doing for yourself. Yes, you could trawl the Internet and find all the terms and all the different mortgage types and come to your own understanding, but why bother, when a mortgage broker can do it all for you?
Mortgage brokers need not cost you the earth. In fact, many offer their services to you for free, because they will get paid commission by the mortgage provider. But be careful of this, as you don’t want a mortgage broker to advise you for his own benefit. Ask your mortgage broker to explain all the fees that he is receiving at every step of the way. He is obliged by law to tell you what fees he is receiving and from whom.
Your mortgage broker will also tell you about all fees associated with your mortgage. These might include arrangement fees, booking fees, reservation fees. They are called different names, but you just need to know how much it’s going to cost you, and when. Your mortgage broker will not hide this from you for any lender’s product, because he should not mind which one you choose, so long as it is the right one for you.
So, don’t spend your time looking for mortgages or charging up and down your High Street looking for mortgage providers. Instead, spend your time talking to two or three mortgage brokers – and choose the best one of those to start your mortgage search.