The Financial Conduct Authority does not regulate some types of buy to let or commercial mortgages.
The let to buy process works in exactly the same way as buy to let, just flipped on its head. Instead of buying a new property in Hull to let out, you will be buying a new property to live in so that you can rent out your current one.
To begin your let to buy mortgage journey, you must first remortgage your existing residential property in Hull. This will allow you to switch over your property to a buy to let mortgage.
As well as remortgaging your current home, you will also need to take out a new mortgage on the property that you are looking to live in. Taking out a new mortgage can be costly, even more so when you are looking to invest in buy to let.
When taking out another mortgage on your new property, you will be required to put down a larger deposit. This is because you will now be accountable for two different mortgage payments, therefore, your lender needs to make sure that you are able to afford this. As a mortgage broker in Hull, we commonly see that people choose to remortgage to release equity from their current property to fund the deposit for the other.
Please note that remortgaging a residential property into a let to buy is not the same as a buy to let remortgage.
A let to buy mortgage is a variation of buy to let. The mortgage part works in exactly the same way, it’s just the process that is different.
Buy to let mortgages are taken out on a property that is being let out. This property can provide additional income for the holder as a tenant would live inside the property. Usually, the amount that a tenant is charged is greater than the mortgage payments on the property.
The main difference between the buy to let and let to buy process is how they start. We see that most let to buy applicants don’t plan to invest, right until they decide on moving home. This is because, rather than moving and selling your current home, you could keep it and let it out. We call them “accidental landlords”.
This also avoids the stress of moving home. Let to buy landlords can simply keep the property in their name and advertise it to tenants once they have moved and settled into their new homes.
There are many different costs that come with taking out a mortgage, the same applies for let to buy. One cost that you may come across is Stamp Duty. Some applicants may not face these charges as it depends on the value of the property that you’re buying.
Our job, as your mortgage broker in Hull, is to make you aware of all the costs involved with the mortgage process so that you are prepared and know what you may need to account for. One of our mortgage advisors in Hull will talk you through these costs in your free mortgage appointment.
In order to take out a let to buy mortgage, you must match the appropriate lending criteria. Not everyone will meet the specific requirements, therefore, it is important to make sure that you fit in before getting declined.
Usually, you will need to have a 25%-40% deposit for your let to buy property. This number can change depending on your affordability; that’s why people often release equity from their homes to help them make up this deposit percentage.
To qualify for let to buy mortgage, you will also need to prove that you can cover 125% of your mortgage repayments. You will need a good credit score too. Having a good credit score can be a factor that opens you up to more favourable rates of interest.
Buy to let and let to buy mortgage criteria is much stricter than traditional mortgages. The lender has to be sure that you are able to afford two sets of large monthly repayments.
If you have bad credit, your chances of getting a let to buy mortgage in Hull may be lower than an applicant who has good credit. If you have a CCJ or default in your name, your chances may be even lower of being accepted, though in some cases not impossible!
Rather than going through the stress of selling your current home and being caught in a property chain, you could keep the property in your name and switch to a buy to let mortgage. This process can be simple and often completed quickly with the help of a let to buy mortgage advisor in Hull.
Having a let to buy mortgage in your name can provide an additional source of income. This profit can be used however you would like.
You still get to move home like you originally wanted, and the moving home process still remains the same for you.
You will need to consider how much both properties are worth. If the value of them go up, you could end up making a hefty profit in the future. This also applies to when you pay off your let to buy mortgage, you will no longer be accountable for the mortgage payments on the property, therefore, you will be making a huge profit on the property.
Having two properties in your name means that you will need to account for both of the costs. You are fully accountable for your let to buy property. This includes repairs, damages, etc., as you are a landlord now.
Let to buy mortgages may come with higher interest rates (co-dependant on the economy), which may make your payments higher than your new mortgage. You will need to account for this when buying your new residential property to make sure that you can afford it.
Unfortunately, whilst the value of your properties could go up, they could also come down. This is sometimes to not worry about but to consider.
Is a let to buy mortgage in Hull right for you? Well, that is completely up to you and your personal and financial situation.
It depends on what you are looking to achieve from your let to buy property. There may be other options more viable for you:
Our let to buy mortgage experts in Hull are here to help. We have helped many landlords achieve their let to buy aspirations, now it’s time to help you!
We have been working with let to buy for the past 20 years. Our team are experienced and will do everything that they can to help! This includes making sure that you match the let to buy criteria, searching 1000s of deals to find a suitable one for you and delivering open and honest mortgage advice in Hull.
You easily speak with a let to buy mortgage advisor in Hull, simply book online or call us. We are available 7 days a week, so don’t hesitate to call!
This is something that we find ourselves being asked regularly by both homeowners and potential home buyers in Hull. The answer to this question depends on entirely on what sort of market we are in and how it is performing.
In order to stay more up-to-date with the mortgage market, including hot topics such as mortgage interest rates and government schemes, take a look at “Mortgage Market Update” playlist on YouTube. We regularly post these types of videos to ensure that all of our customers are “in-the-know”.
Mortgage rates are the level of interest that a mortgage lender will be charging you on your mortgage balance. This will determine the cost of your monthly mortgage payments, as you are paying, generally, a combination of interest and capital. Lower mortgage rates typically means lower payments.
There are a lot of different factors that can affect what your mortgage rates will be. One that you can absolutely have control over, is any personal factors that will determine if you qualify for a mortgage.
This will include things like your credit score or deposit. The lower the risk, generally, the better the rates. An open & honest mortgage broker in Hull will be able to take a look at your situation, helping you to find the best mortgage deal that is available to you, for what it is you are hoping to achieve.
Our dedicated mortgage advisors in Hull have the ability to search through 1000s of deals, including many different specialist mortgage deals, for customers who perhaps have more complex cases.
What it all comes down to really, at the end of the day, is the current market position, the state of the economy and the base rate of the Bank of England. If the economy is performing well, there will typically be a higher demand for both goods and services, which includes properties.
Higher demand will also usually mean that the Bank of England base rate will go up too, which sees mortgage rates following. The mortgage rates set by mortgage lenders are usually set at a percentage above what the Bank of England base rate is.
Whilst a stronger economy could mean that home buyers can afford more, mortgage lenders aren’t made of money. Because of this, when the base rate is up, the cost of borrowing for mortgage lenders will also rise, which also brings up mortgage rates to cover their borrowing costs.
When the economy isn’t necessarily doing so well, this works conversely to how we mentioned above, as consumers will not be able to afford as much. Because of this, you will typically see interest rates coming down as a why to encourage people on the property ladder with potentially lower payments.
As discussed above, one of the biggest factors for changes in mortgage rates, is changes to the Bank of England base rate. As a general rule, mortgage lenders will set their interest rates at a percentage above this. This means that depending on the base rate, this could fluctuate.
Something else that can have an effect on the Bank of England base rate, however, is any changes to inflation. The government ideally have a target in mind that they need to keep at, in order for the cost of living to remain affordable. Unfortunately, this has been known to go over the target.
In situation such as these, you may see the cost of living increase, though unlike the example of a strong economy meaning people may be able to afford more, this can be quite the negative and seeing people unable to afford as much as they would have done.
This of course isn’t exactly the best news for those with ending fixed-rates, as it means they may struggle to afford price increases that are set to take effect once their initial period has ended. In cases like this, a mortgage advisor in Hull can be incredibly beneficial.
The Bank of England base rate tends to have fluctuations anyway, although usually only very slightly. Tracker mortgages are a type of mortgage that will be following along with this base rate, sitting at a percentage above and moving as and when the base rate moves.
When the base rate is a little low, this can work out quite well, as your monthly mortgage payments will be lower. Unfortunately, if mortgage rates were to go up, you would also be paying more on your monthly mortgage payments, which can change fairly quickly.
An option that could be better for this, which is actually one of the most popular mortgage types you could choose from, is a fixed-rate mortgage. These allow you to lock-in to the interest rate at the time, keeping your payments the same for a set period.
These time periods tend to be between 2-5 years, though they don’t necessarily have to be. An example would be, if your interest rate was 4% and you were fixed-in for 5 years, you might see rates rise to 6% during that time, yet still be paying 4% until that 5 years is up, saving you money.
In times where the economy is a little uncertain, a fixed-rate can provide certainty and stability, giving homeowners one less thing to stress about at home. The downside is that if rates have indeed gone up during this time, when your fixed-period ends, you will move onto a higher rate anyway.
This sort of thing occurring can actually lead some homeowners to remortgage quite early, even being willing to fork out for an early repayment charge, in order to fix in for a longer period and protect themselves from future interest rate increases that could be on the horizon.
This really boils down to predictions, how do you see the interest rates changing, as well as your own personal situation changing. As said before, personal factors also can impact mortgage rates, so having a higher deposit will potentially open you up to much lower rates anyway.
If you find that you are in that situation, taking out a fixed-rate mortgage could be beneficial, to stick to those interest rates you have given yourself access to. So long as the economy performs well also, fixing in for 2, 5, maybe even 10 years could see you reaping the benefits of those rates.
Of course this entirely depends on circumstance, and 10 years is a long time to wait. During that time period, you could even see interest rates drop lower than you first fixed in for, meaning you are paying more per month than you could’ve been, if you’d only fixed in for say 2 years.
A trusted and experienced mortgage broker in Hull will be able to best help you prepare for your mortgage future, as well as help you make any decisions based on your plans. They will use their knowledge to help you every step of the way.
Interest rates can change without warning really, depending on the current state of the economy, the market and also, the Bank of England base rate. Match it up with your personal circumstances, and there can be much uncertainty.
By booking yourself in for free remortgage advice in Hull towards the end of your fixed-period, or first time buyer mortgage advice in Hull if this is a new experience for you, you can benefit from experts in the field helping you to find the best mortgage deal, with the most favourable mortgage rates.
As could probably be predicted from us, we firmly believe that there are some great reasons for customers to use a mortgage broker in Hull.
As a fair counter argument though, whether it’s via a branch or online, it is still completely viable to go direct to the lender yourself. Luckily we find that most people prefer to make use of a mortgage broker.
Here we will take a look at the pros & cons to both sides.
When talking about the option of going directly to a bank or building society, the first thing that immediately springs to mind is that you’ll be free from any broker fees. This of course will save you money.
Whilst that may be a point for, an immediate point against comes to mind too. In previous years, you may have thought “the bank manager will know my finances inside and out”, though when credit scoring was introduced, this no longer became a factor in the process.
One reason why going direct could be preferable, is that some lenders offer exclusive mortgage products that are only available by going direct. This is done so to attract a good spread of business from consumers and brokers alike, switching these exclusive products as they see fit.
On the contrary to this, some products may only be available by going with a mortgage broker. In this case, you’re not only able to see potential exclusive deals from your bank, but other lenders as well. A bank can only offer their own products!
In 2014, the market changed and lenders were no longer allowed to sell mortgages on a non-advised basis to anyone who walked through their door.
Previously, it had been believed that non-advisors were trying to push actual advice on customers. This means they weren’t able to benefit from some of the consumer protection that comes with speaking to a professional mortgage advisor.
The changes meant lenders had to adjust. Heading towards the end of 2014, it was commonplace to be kept waiting over a month just to speak with an advisor. Sometimes today this situation still occurs, which is of course less than ideal when you have had an offer accepted and are ready to go!
Because of the issues that were occuring with these services, applications being made via mortgage brokers went on the rise. This is because many brokers out there, like ourselves, are able to offer customers a more flexible service, at times that best suit them.
When you book your free mortgage appointment with us online, you’ll be able to choose a timeslot that best suits your personal and work life. Oftentimes, your appointment can be booked in for the same day. There is no waiting around for somebody to get back in touch!
Affordability is definitely something that factors into people’s decisions to use a mortgage broker. No matter how good a lender’s deal might seem, you won’t get very far if they won’t lend you enough money!
Buying a house is so important to people, that many customers will opt to go with a trusted and dedicated mortgage broker for professional and personalised mortgage advice in Hull.
Nowadays we find that a lot of mortgage applications aren’t as simple as they once were. For one reason or another, there are a lot of contributing factors that can make the mortgage process a lot more challenging now.
Some examples of these are, but are not limited to:
In the past, it was a lot easier for lenders to stand out from the competition by simply offering a deal that was similar to, but better than another mortgage lender on the market. In modern times this is very different, with lending criteria being the big difference between one option and another.
An example of this is the differences in leniency towards those who are looking to obtain a Self-Employed Mortgage in Hull. Some lenders are willing to be a bit more sympathetic towards previous discrepancies on your credit report. Others, not so much.
Your situation is unique to you, it is very unlikely that someone will have the exact same circumstances as you. You could be looking for First-Time Buyer Mortgage Advice in Hull, ready to take the first step towards being a homeowner.
You might be in a tight spot and need some Remortgage Advice in Hull, ahead of consolidating some debts (something that definitely requires an expert opinion). When you explain your position to an experienced mortgage broker, they may have dealt with something that is at least similar in the past.
This allows them to personalise your mortgage advice service and guide you along each step. With a little luck and a lot of hard work, your mortgage advisor in Hull will hopefully be able to recommend the most suitable mortgage, at the lowest rate available to you.
Beyond that though, it’s about more than just getting a mortgage. Even if the application itself is pretty simple to run through, our clients rely on our expertise and industry experience for so much more.
We are able to run through how much the applicant is willing to offer on their potential new home. Our trusted team of mortgage advisors in Hull are able recommend other professional services such as solicitors and property surveys.
Another reason why using a mortgage broker in Hull could be preferable, is that we tend to be far more responsive than the lenders might be.
Our hard working team quite regularly work late into the evening, outside of normal hours, giving maximum effort on customer cases to ensure the service is prompt but also effective.
Something that is often overlooked when looking at why customers may prefer a broker, is that people’s day-to-day lives are so much busier. A mortgage might be important, but you may have no free time! A mortgage advisor in Hull will take the weight off your shoulders.
Professional applicants especially see the benefits of using a mortgage broker, as they have clients of their own that they charge out their services to and they appreciate having an expert to do the work for them whilst they keep busy.
Mayhap in the future we will see lenders wanting to take business back from the brokers. In the event of this, we may see a more technological approach from them. The world seems to be more focused on that these days.
That’s great news for customers who are fine with speaking to bots or using automated systems. Even more so when the case is straightforward.
For most of us though, there’s an element of “realness” when speaking to a real person. We are getting that “human touch” that only speak to a mortgage advisor in Hull can provide for you.
Book your free mortgage appointment online now using the “Get Started” button. Time slots are available every day, from early until late, at a time that best suits you (subject to availability).
There are thousands of interest-only mortgages across the nation that are maturing every year and the homeowners who have one of these may be caught off guard when it comes to having to pay off the capital sum that is owed.
In this article, we take a look at what interest-only mortgages are and what can be done when situations like this occur.
Back in the ’80s and ’90s, it was actually really common for residential mortgages to be set up this way. The purpose of these mortgage types, was that you would only pay back (over the course of your term) interest on the amount that you borrowed, with the remaining capital lump sum being paid back once the term ended.
For anyone who had previously taken out an interest-only mortgage, it is likely that you will have been advised to set up a repayment vehicle, perhaps something like a low-cost endowment policy.
The policy would mature over time and was designed with the purpose of helping you to repay the capital balance in full, whilst also giving you sufficient life cover for the duration of your mortgage term. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who weren’t made aware of the risks attached to this type of product.
One of the risks that cropped up, was that there was no guarantee the policy would actually mature enough to cover the costs of your mortgage debt, which in turn led to many applicants being compensated for them being mis-sold a product.
Nowadays, interest-only mortgages tend to be a popular option for customers who are looking at their options for Buy to Let Mortgages in Hull. These types of people are landlords who buy properties to earn some extra income.
It is not very common to come across customers who have taken out an interest-only residential mortgage in recent memory, as they are considerably difficult to obtain unless you can prove that you have a very solid strategy for paying back the capital at the end of your term.
For customers who took out an interest-only mortgage at any point in the late ’80s or ’90s and have not switched it to a capital repayment, then you should absolutely look to take action sooner rather than later.
If you happen to be in this sort of position, the chances that your mortgage lender will send you a letter or give you a call, asking how you plan to pay the capital back will be slim.
It is important to always keep open a line of communication with the mortgage lender, remaining honest and open with them. Contrary to the belief of some, a lender truly does not want to take your property into possession and will only do so if they have no other choice.
Instead of letting things get to that point, here are some other things that you could look to do instead;
The retirement mortgage market is an area of the world of homeowners that is currently thriving, largely due to the amount of interest-only mortgages that are reaching the end of their terms, without any concrete plans in place to actually pay back the capital.
There are a lot of retirement products available to customers across the country nowadays, and some providers may even possibly let you service the interest element by way of regular monthly repayments.
Creating this sort of agreement means that when you die, the capital balance that is left to pay, is repaid from the house sale and the surplus can be given out to your family.
Interest-only mortgage are still in existence and can be obtain, though there are limitations as to who can obtain one. For example, you may possibly be a landlord with an extensive property portfolio or have some other investments in place, which you can use to help you repay the balance.
Lenders will now take an in-depth look at your strategy for repaying the loan, analysing a lot more deeply than they would’ve done in the past.
They do this in order to ensure that they are only lending for a property that they are confident won’t default. In addition to this, they will also want a much larger deposit to go down, potentially as much as 50%.
They will also want to future proof any of your plans before going ahead. An example of this would be checking that you have enough equity in your home to potentially downsize to a reasonable property down the line.
As always, our team of dedicated mortgage advisors in Hull, here at Hullmoneyman, are always happy to run through the options that are available to you as a home buyer or existing homeowner in Hull. Book your free mortgage appointment online today and we will see how we are able to help you.
Customers will always receive an Agreement in Principle from the lender before they can obtain a mortgage on a property. The reason for this is so that you know the lender will agree, in principle, to let you borrow from them.
This part of the process is carried out before the final checks and whilst even with this we cannot guarantee that you will get a mortgage, being given this is certainly a good sign that you’re on your way to mortgage success.
You’ll often see this online being called a Mortgage in Principle and a Decision in Principle. Sometimes it will be shortened to AIP and DIP. Though the collection of names can be confusing to home buyers, worry not as they’re all exactly the same thing.
Once you have gotten an Agreement in Principle, you will be ready for the next steps of the process, fully prepared to support any offers that you look to make as a First Time Buyer in Hull.
By having this document, you may also give yourself room to negotiate with the seller of the property on a lower price.
This is because it will showcase to the seller of the property in question, that you are a serious buyer and have the necessary funds to move on with the mortgage process.
We tend to find that a large amount of lenders these days are choosing to go with soft searches instead of doing hard searches. As a standard rule of thumb, a soft search will not affect your credit score, as they don’t usually leave a footprint.
Hard searches will leave a footprint behind, so having lots of them done can be quite damaging, especially if you fail it each time. That’s not to guarantee a soft search will have no effect, but it is very unlikely.
Soft searches offer less in-depth information than you would get from hard searches, though worry not as no matter which one the lender opts to use, they will be doing it for the right reasons.
If you are not getting hard searches taken out on you regularly, then having one done should be pretty harmless. The problem arises is if you start having multiple hard searches taken out on you in quick succession.
Always remember that if you fully know that you do have a good credit rating, there is no need to be put off by the idea of getting a hard search done, especially if it will be the best option for you to go with.
Though it would be nice for us to say yes and lift your spirits, unfortunately even with an Agreement in Principle to hand, a mortgage is not always a guarantee at the end of the process.
The mortgage lender still needs to take a look at all of your documents and only after their checks are complete will a mortgage underwriter be able to make their final decision.
Customers often get in touch with us after they have previously been declined at the point of application, as they have neglected to read the small print that is stated within their Agreement in Principle.
You are required to provide your mortgage lender with proof of identity, the last 3 months payslips and bank statements to demonstrate your financial capabilities, before a mortgage lender will offer your case.
The required documentation is a little bit different for Self-Employed Mortgage applicants in Hull.
Whilst yes, you would be able make an offer without an Agreement in Principle to hand, you would be much better off for getting one prior to making any property purchase offers.
Whether you take the document, a lender will always have to agree in principle before the mortgage itself can proceed.
Any estate agent with credibility will want to see an AIP before they do business with you, as they need concrete confirmation that you have the funds to proceed and won’t be wasting anyone’s time.
A trusted mortgage advisor in Hull will usually be able to obtain an Agreement in Principle within 24 hours of your free mortgage appointment.
An Agreement in Principle tends to expire somewhere between 30-90 days. Always be mindful though that you don’t just have to make an offer on the first house you encounter within your price range. Take as much time as you need.
If your Agreement in Principle expires, your mortgage advisor in Hull will easily be able to get you a new one, in order to help you make offers when you are ready to.
Finding the home of your dreams, only for a lender to decline you, can be both frustrating and crushing. To counteract this feeling, we would highly suggest that you get an Agreement in Principle as soon as you can, to make sure you’re wholly prepared for the mortgage process.
To gain a better understanding about what an Agreement in Principle is and how they can be useful, take a look at our helpful YouTube video guide.
Are you a first time buyer in Hull contemplating whether to rent or buy a property in Hull? It’s a decision that many individuals and families face, and it’s essential to carefully weigh the pros and cons of each option before making a commitment. Here, we’ll delve into the considerations surrounding this choice and explore the specific dynamics of the Hull property market.
Owning a property can offer several advantages that make it an appealing choice for many individuals. Here are some reasons why buying might be the right decision for you:
The cost comparison between renting and buying varies based on factors such as property prices, interest rates, and your financial situation. While renting might seem cheaper upfront due to lower initial costs, a mortgage can offer more financial stability over time. Consider the following:
Homeownership can provide a sense of security and stability that renting might not offer. When you own a property, you have control over your living situation, reducing the uncertainty associated with renting. You’re also protected from unexpected changes in rental agreements or the possibility of eviction.
While homeownership offers stability, renting provides more flexibility. Renting might be the right choice if you’re unsure about your long-term plans, such as career changes or relocating. Renting allows you to test a neighborhood or lifestyle before committing to it.
One advantage of renting is that landlords are typically responsible for property maintenance and repairs. On the other hand, homeowners are responsible for these costs, which can sometimes be significant. However, homeownership also gives you the freedom to make repairs and upgrades to your property according to your preferences and schedule.
If you’re considering buying with a friends or family members in Hull, there are both renting and buying options to explore. Renting a larger property might be a convenient short-term solution, allowing everyone to share expenses. If you’re considering purchasing a property together, be sure to establish clear ownership and financial agreements to prevent conflicts in the future.
Whether you’re a first time buyer in Hull leaning towards renting or buying in Hull, our mortgage advisors in Hull is here to assist you. We understand that this decision is a significant one, and we’re committed to providing you with the information and guidance you need to make an informed choice. Reach out to us any day of the week, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions and help you navigate the Hull property market.
The decision to rent or buy a property in Hull ultimately depends on your individual circumstances and goals. While homeownership offers benefits like stability and equity building, renting provides flexibility and a lower initial financial commitment. Take your time to assess your needs, financial situation, and long-term plans before making a decision that aligns with your aspirations.
During your mortgage process, you will have to pass your mortgage lenders affordability checks, credit searches and prove your income. Once you have done this, you will obtain an agreement in principle (also known as an AIP).
Having an agreement in principle will not only demonstrate that a mortgage lender is willing, in principle, to let you borrow the funds, but it can also be incredibly useful when negotiating on the asking price of a property, as the seller now knows that you are a serious buyer and ready to go.
The way in which an agreement in principle could affect your credit score, depends on the type of credit search that the mortgage lender takes out. There are two main types of credit search that they will use; Hard Searches and Soft Searches.
Nowadays, mortgage lenders will much more frequently carry out a soft credit search over a hard credit search. Soft credit searches will generally be less detailed than a hard search, though they are still typically a good indication that your application could be accepted, if you do obtain an AIP from this.
Typically speaking, a soft credit search will not leave a credit footprint, meaning your credit score should not be affected by having these taken out.
Hard credit searches will be a lot more in-depth than soft searches. The main difference between hard and soft searches is that a hard credit search can affect your credit score, as it will leave a footprint. Anyone looking at your credit file will be able to see if you have one.
If you have a good credit score, you will generally be unaffected, though if you have a lower credit score, you could have problems. The reason for this, is that if you have a poor credit score and have multiple hard searches on file, it can look like you are trying to apply for lots of credit at once.
This is more than likely going to put off a mortgage lender.
You will never be guaranteed to obtain a mortgage. That being said, having an agreement in principle in place ahead of time will certainly work in your favour. Once you provide the lender with all your documents, an underwriter will review everything and make a final decision.
Agreements in principle will typically include lots of small print that home buyers, especially first time buyers in Hull, can easily miss. It’s reasons like this why you would benefit from speaking to an open and honest mortgage broker in Hull.
When customers get in touch with us for help about their agreement in principle, we find that in some cases they’ve been turned away at full mortgage application stage.
The documents that a customer will require include, but are not limited to, your ID, payslips and bank statements. As a fast & friendly mortgage broker in Hull, we take pride in helping you to prepare for your journey ahead.
If you are looking at starting your mortgage process, you may need to look at how to get prepared for a mortgage in Hull.
It’s necessary to have your agreement in principle in place when making an offer. Most credible estate agents will want you to provide evidence that you are able to proceed with your property purchase.
Normally, your agreement in principle will need to be renewed after around 30-90 days. As an experienced mortgage broker in Hull, we still recommend getting one as early as you can.
The reason why we would suggest this, is so that you can avoid disappointment if you were to find a dream property, only to not have this in place and potentially fall behind another home buyer who has their offer accepted instead.
Always remember, you don’t always need to buy the first house you see after you get your agreement in principle. It’s a simple process, so if it does happen to expire, you can just obtain another.
You may be a first time buyer in Hull or you might be thinking of moving home in Hull and are looking for mortgage advice in Hull. If so, we think that you will benefit from our dedicated mortgage advice services in Hull.
We offer a free initial mortgage appointment with one of our expert mortgage advisors, so feel free to book online today and we will see how we can help you!
Whether you’re a first time buyer in Hull starting your journey to step onto the property ladder or in the midst of moving home in Hull, your research will show you a wide variety of mortgage options available to you.
Amidst this array, some options emerge as more prevalent than others. To guide you through this landscape, we’ve curated a helpful list of the mortgage options we frequently encounter. Each section is thoughtfully accompanied by an informative mortgage video from our YouTube channel, MoneymanTV.
For more insightful resources, you can explore additional helpful mortgage guides or directly access our “Mortgages Explained” playlist here.
Opting for a fixed rate mortgage provides the assurance that your monthly mortgage payments will remain consistent for a predetermined period. By fixing your interest rate at a specified level, you gain stability in your mortgage payments.
When determining the duration of this fixed period, you have the flexibility to choose a timeframe that suits you, typically ranging from 2 to 5 years. While longer terms are possible, many borrowers lean towards shorter periods to maintain the flexibility to adapt to potential interest rate changes.
In a world of fluctuating inflation and economic shifts, a fixed rate mortgage offers peace of mind. Regardless of external factors, you can rest assured that your mortgage commitment remains steady, allowing you to confidently manage your financial affairs.
Kicking off your tracker mortgage journey means that your mortgage’s interest rate aligns with the Bank of England’s base rate – a key factor influencing economic dynamics such as inflation. In simpler terms, your chosen mortgage lender won’t determine your interest rate, nor will you fix it yourself.
Instead, your interest rate will track a certain percentage above the Bank of England base rate. As an illustration, if the base rate is 5% and your tracking rate is 1% above it, your interest rate would total 6%.
Among the most commonly encountered mortgage types, a repayment mortgage structure involves the simultaneous repayment of both the borrowed capital and accrued interest.
Maintaining consistent payments throughout the mortgage term ensures that by the end of your journey, your mortgage balance is entirely settled, and your property ownership is solidified.
This approach offers a reassuring path to property ownership, with the assurance that your commitment will culminate in full ownership.
In the initial stages, payments largely comprise interest, causing the balance to reduce gradually. As your term progresses, the balance reduces at a faster pace, especially in the latter years.
Whilst buy to let mortgages often adopt an interest-only format, this structure is less common for residential customers. A buy to let mortgage in Hull typically means that you’ll have an investment mechanism, the property itself, to repay the capital at the term’s end.
With an interest-only structure, you solely cover the interest during the term. Residential mortgages may offer this structure under specific circumstances, such as downsizing at a later age or having alternative investments to cover the capital repayment.
Lenders have strict criteria for providing interest-only products, often requiring substantial deposits to minimise risks.
If you’re considering an offset mortgage, your lender establishes a linked savings account alongside your mortgage account. This setup offsets the interest on your mortgage, resulting in potential savings.
For instance, if you hold a £100,000 mortgage balance and deposit £20,000 into your savings account, you’ll repay interest on only £80,000 of your mortgage balance.
While you maintain the flexibility to deposit and withdraw funds, the effectiveness of this arrangement hinges on substantial savings contributions. Offset mortgages prove particularly advantageous for higher rate taxpayers aiming to optimise their financial position.
In light of the recent announcement from the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, we want some share the positive news that came with the new lockdown rules.
Similar to the November 2020 lockdown, the property market is still open for business. You can take up house viewings, continue your purchase and still put your home up for sale.
Here is a mortgage market update from Malcolm the ‘moneyman’ himself:
During the last lockdown in November 2020, there was a huge increase in mortgage enquiries. The boom in home purchase approvals reached a massive 105,000 in November, which is the highest since August 2007.
In October 2020, purchase approvals were at 98,300. This increase of 6,700 is impressive considering we were in the middle of a national lockdown.
In terms of the property market, the January 2021 lockdown is very similar to the previous November 2020 lockdown. You can still begin your mortgage journey in 2021. It’s up to you how you start this, it could be by yourself or through a Mortgage Broker in Hull.
January is a popular time of year for First Time Buyers, Home Movers, landlords etc., and as time progresses we are seeing more mortgage products becoming available again, allowing for more mortgage options to those investing in the property market.
Yes, 90% mortgages are still available and lenders are getting more and more confident in the market. They know that the demand is there and that people will only start coming back when they know that they can get a deal with a 5-10% deposit.
There are also other ways to access a 90% mortgage, for example, this could be through the Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme or the Help to Buy Shared Ownership scheme. If you want a Help to Buy Specialist to talk you through how using these methods could help you obtain a mortgage with only a 5-10% deposit, make sure to get in touch right away.
The property market is still open and so are we! We have Mortgage Advisors in Hull available 7 days a week throughout the year to help you through your mortgage journey.
Don’t worry, our free mortgage consultation still applies to every customer in every mortgage situation. Start your 2021 mortgage journey with Hullmoneyman today.
The mortgage journey is rewarding. It has its fair share of both highs and lows, but in the end, you will end up with one of the following: either your dream property to settle down in and make that next step, to go further up the ladder or an investment purchase to provide some extra income.
Whichever path you took, there will ultimately come a time when your mortgage term is coming to an end. You could sell up and upsize/downsize into a new property. Perhaps you are looking to sell your portfolio to the tenant or another buyer and look at other avenues. The most popular choice though is to go down the remortgage route.
A remortgage is where you use the proceeds from a new mortgage to pay off a pre-existing mortgage. There are several different options available when taking out a remortgage, ranging from minor to major.
Having worked in the industry for over 20 years our resident “Moneyman” Malcolm Davidson (host of our YouTube channel MoneymanTV), thought it would be best to compile a quick guide to all the options you could have when remortgaging.
Your initial mortgage deal will normally last 2-5 years and feature low fixed rates or perhaps discounted rates. In some instances, you may even be placed on a tracker mortgage, which follows the Bank of England’s base rate.
When your term ends you will likely be moved along to the lender’s Standard Variable. In sum, an SVR is a mortgage with an interest rate that can potentially change based on what the lender wishes to charge. This does not follow the Bank of England’s base rate like a tracker mortgage.
As such, these are usually the most costly paths to take, leaving many to look at remortgaging for better rates, which we hope will save you money on your monthly repayments.
After occupying your home and living there for a few years or circumstances have changed, you might decide that you need the extra room or larger living space, a new kitchen, or a home office. Instead of moving into a larger house, many try to release their equity with a remortgage to cover the costs of these.
Though it may seem like a daunting concept having to obtain planning permission and fund/manage your own project, some say it’s a lot less stressful and more rewarding than the process of finding a new home, selling your current one, and moving your belongings.
Long term, creating more space and maintaining the property can increase the value of your property, handy if you ever decide to sell up or rent out.
In certain cases, some choose to remortgage in Hull for a more suitable mortgage term, by decreasing the length or switching to a more flexible product. A reduction in the length does mean you will not be paying back your mortgage for as long.
Therefore, you are not completely tied down forever, but as such your monthly repayments will be a lot higher. The longer your term, the lower the payments will be over time.
A few opt for a more flexible mortgage term when they remortgage, benefits under this option can prove endearing to some homeowners. You may get the chance to overpay, resulting in being able to pay your mortgage off as quickly as you would like.
In addition to being able to carry the same mortgage and rates over to another property, should you decide to move at any point in future.
Although a flexible mortgage sounds close to perfect, they usually come in the form of a tracker mortgage, which as previously stated follows the Bank of England base rate. That means one month your payments could fluctuate based on interest.
Everyone has a level of equity in their property. The equity is worked out with the difference between what is still owed on the mortgage and the current value of the property. As touched upon at a glance, this can be used for home improvement. However, there may be other options available for you out there.
Some are using it to cover long-term care costs, supplement their income, go on holiday, pay off an interest-only mortgage or go on a shopping spree.
For Buy to Let Hull landlords, they will use a remortgage to release equity as a means of covering their deposit for buying a future property to add to their portfolio.
If you are a homeowner aged 55+ and have a property valued at a minimum of £70,000, it may be worth your time to look at your options for Equity Release in Hull. Get in touch with an experienced later life mortgage advisor in Hull to learn more about later life lending.
On the topic of releasing equity, another big one people use it for, is to pay off any unsecured debts you may have accrued over time.
Though it may seem easy enough, debt consolidation not only bases the amount on how much you’re owed and the value of the property but also on your credit rating. This could mean you are limited in the amount you can borrow.
Additionally, to pay off your previous mortgage and your debts, you will need to borrow more than your outstanding mortgage amount. This means your monthly repayments will most likely be higher. Though not an ideal situation, at least you can rest assured that should you find yourself dealt an unfortunate hand, you do have some options out there.
Should you find yourself with a particularly damaged credit rating, you do still have options to choose from, though these will not be easy and require very specialist remortgage advice in Hull before going forward. Even then, there is no guarantee.
You should think carefully before securing other debts against your home. By adding your unsecured debts to your mortgage, which is secured on your home, you are potentially putting your home at risk if you cannot make the required repayments.
Although the total monthly cost of servicing your debt may have reduced, the total cost of repayment may still have risen as the term of your mortgage is longer than it may have taken to repay the debts originally.
If you are reaching the end of your term and are wondering what your option may be for remortgaging, it is worth your time to get in touch with an experienced and trusted mortgage broker in Hull.
Our remortgage advisors in Hull will be able to discuss your options, to create the best plan of action for you in the next step of your remortgage journey. We aim to ensure this go around is a quicker and smoother process than your first time.