The reason a lender will need to see your bank statements is to learn more about you as a person and what your spending habits are like. How you have acted lately and the presentation of this on your bank statements can be the difference in how much a lender will let you borrow, if anything at all.
This is down to risk. A lender needs to know you’re responsible with your money and can be trusted to handle finances appropriately. After all, a mortgage is likely the biggest financial commitment you will ever make in your life and is not something to be taken lightly.
Your bank statements are easily obtained either in the post from your bank, over the counter from your local bank, or as often seen these days, as a printable version from your bank’s online platform.
So down to the main question now. What will they actually be looking for? What might flag up in their eyes?
Well as mentioned above, they need to know you’re being responsible with your finances. One of the things they’ll be looking at is if there are any overdrafts. Using this every so often is not necessarily a bad thing, but if you are exceeding your limit on a regular basis, this is going to put your level of trust into question.
More factors to be careful with are potential returned Direct Debits, which could show a lender you are not consistently reliable, and not disclosing loans at application stage, as it won’t look good if the lender finds outgoings on your bank statements that you failed to mention. Once again, this is a process of trust.
Other things to be aware of are missed payments for personal loans and things such as credit cards. If you can prove you handle your money well and are able to meet monthly payment deadlines, a lender will be more likely to lend you an amount closer to that which you would like to borrow.
This is a question we find ourselves being asked on a regular basis. All too often do customers find themselves stuck when they have a history of gambling behind them. The occasional bit of fun is harmless, but if you are frequently betting large amounts of money, whether you’re making it back or not, a lender will not look at your situation favourably at all.
To learn more, please see our article on “Do Gambling Transactions Look Bad on My Bank Statements?”
From our experience in working with many First-Time Buyers in Hull & Home Movers in Hull, we have found that most mortgage lenders will want at least three months bank statements from an applicant.
With that in mind, it’s time for you to forget the past and think about the future. You have at least three months to work on your finances. The first thing we’d suggest is if you are a frequenter of the local bookmakers or online gambling scene, you take a break for some time. This not only benefits your financial state but can also benefit your mental health too.
The next steps we would recommend taking are to trying to save money. For example, cooking in as opposed to eating out, treating yourself to unnecessary purchases and cancelling unneeded subscriptions are great ways of freeing up additional cash to ensure bills can be paid on time.
What this boils down to is simply being sensible and planning with plenty of time ahead of what you’re looking to do. The further away you find yourself from bouts of debt and financial uncertainty, the better your chances will be with a lender.
Whether you’re a First-Time Buyer, Moving Home or Self-Employed, it’s always important to keep on top of your finances. If you have a bad credit history and are unsure of what to do, you can always enquire for Specialist Mortgage Advice in Hull by Getting in Touch with us today. We’ll advise as best as we can, to further you through your mortgage journey.
When lenders ask for your bank statements you can expect them to look for a variety of things. However, their main objective is to assess whether you are the sort of person who manages money responsibly and is likely to keep up to date with their mortgage payments. In recent months, one question is being asked by applicants quite a lot: “do gambling transactions look bad on my bank statements”.
Whether you have an annual flutter on the grand national or regularly use internet betting sites, clearly there is nothing illegal about properly licensed gambling. Many of the bookmakers advertise on mainstream TV and radio. A lot of people see gambling simply as a mainstream hobby or pastime similar to many others. However, it shouldn’t be forgotten that even the gambling advertisers urge customers to “please gamble responsibly” and this is the key to bear in mind when applying for a mortgage. Thus, whilst it is not a lender’s job to tell you how to live your life, how to spend your money or indeed to moralise on the ethical rights and wrongs of gambling, they do have a duty (underscored by mortgage regulation) to lend responsibly.
If lenders need to prove to the regulators that they are making prudent lending decisions, it isn’t entirely unreasonable of them therefore to expect the people to whom they lend to adopt a similar approach when it comes to their personal finances. Think about it. If you were lending your own money would you lend it to the applicant who gambles or the one who doesn’t?
As mentioned above, it is not illegal to gamble so just because you have the odd gambling transaction on your bank statements it doesn’t automatically mean you will be declined for a mortgage. However, the lender will consider whether these transactions are reasonable and responsible. Thus they will particularly look at the frequency of these transactions, the size of the transactions in relation to the person’s income and the impact upon the account balance.
If these transactions are infrequent small amounts that make no significant impact on a regular credit bank balance, then they are not likely to be regarded as important. However, if you bet most weeks or you are constantly overdrawn, the lender is therefore likely to see that as being irresponsible and decline your application.
As we’ve seen, basically lenders are looking at your bank statements to show how you manage your money and to help them establish whether this gives them either the confidence that you are financially prudent or the evidence that you are not.
Remember, lenders are financial institutions that, either directly or as part of a wider group, often sell current accounts, overdraft facilities credit cards and personal loans, so understand that these things can all play a part in prudent financial planning. The key for a mortgage applicant is how these facilities are managed. For example, having an overdraft facility and occasionally using it, is not inherently a bad thing; regularly exceeding the overdraft limit – not so good. Thus, lenders will look for excess overdraft fees or returned direct debits because these would normally show that the account is not being well conducted.
Other things to look out for include credit transactions from pay-day loan companies; “undisclosed” loan repayments (i.e. if you said on the application that you have no other loans but there appear to be regular loan payments, this could be a problem); they would look out for any obvious missed payments; finally, they might also consider how much of a typical month is spent overdrawn – i.e. if you only just go into credit on payday and for the rest of the month are overdrawn, how sustainable is this mortgage?
The simple answer is – be sensible and, if possible, plan ahead. Typically, a bank would ask for up to three months of your most recent bank statements. These will show your salary credits and all your regular bill payments. Thus, if you know you’re likely to want to apply for a mortgage in the not-too-distant future, try to make sure that you avoid any of the above pitfalls. Take a break from gambling for a short while and work on presenting your bank account in the best possible light.
Your mortgage broker can help you as there are some lenders who may ask for fewer bank statements than others or indeed some may not even ask for them at all. However even these lenders would reserve the right to request bank statements in certain circumstances, so your best bet (no pun intended) is to be as prudent as possible in the run-up to any mortgage application. Remember, if you do gamble, please gamble responsibly!
If you are a First Time Buyer in Hull who doesn’t know a lot about mortgages, you should definitely get some specialist advice from a Mortgage Advisor in Hull. They will guide you through the whole mortgage process and help you with your application and get you on track so that lenders will be impressed.
Below we have compiled a list of the 10 steps involved in the mortgage process for First-Time Buyers in Hull, so that you can be as prepared as possible heading into your oncoming mortgage journey.
The 10 steps to the process of home buying and obtaining a mortgage are as follows;
So, you’ve decided to purchase a home and take out a mortgage as a First-Time Buyer in Hull. This is no doubt going to be one of the biggest financial decisions you ever make in your life, a thought that once realised, can be a little jarring when you have no experience in this field.
It’s at this point that a dedicated mortgage broker in Hull is able to step in and help you along the process. Our goal is to take the stress away from you and work hard to ensure you come out the other side with a mortgage and your first home, happy and with a favourable deal.
When you Get in Touch with us, we’ll book you in for a free initial mortgage consultation with an experienced mortgage advisor in Hull. Here we’ll take your details and look at what you’re planning to do, before starting your process.
One of the things they’ll be able to run through in your free mortgage consultation is a Mortgage Affordability Assessment. This is where your dedicated mortgage advisor will run through your monthly income and regular expenditures (what you spend your money on), to determine whether or not you are able to afford the monthly repayments of the mortgage amount you’re looking to borrow.
The reason this is so important is that before putting you forward with a lender, we need to be confident that you can afford your repayments, as to avoid the risk of arrears and potential future repossession, something the lender will desperately try to avoid.
A Mortgage Affordability Assessment is something the lender will usually check themselves, so our initial check will help save the time of the lender, ourselves and more importantly you, from an application that may be declined due to failing on affordability.
The next step in your consultation will be to obtain a Mortgage Agreement in Principle. If you’ve been reading up on mortgages prior to receiving First-Time Buyer Mortgage Advice in Hull, you may have seen this under a few different, but similar names. These include ‘Decision in Principle’, ‘Mortgage in Principle’, as well as the abbreviations ‘DIP’ & ‘AIP’. There is no difference between these, other than the name.
The purpose of a Mortgage Agreement in Principle is to document that you have passed a lender’s initial credit scoring system, either via a hard credit search (which leaves a credit footprint) or a soft search (which does not leave a credit footprint).
This does not guarantee you will be accepted on a mortgage but is a necessary step en route to the final goal. Another perk is that having this document will show the seller of a property that you are in fact serious, possibly creating room for price negotiations.
Your AIP will usually last anywhere between 30-90 days, and can easily be renewed once expired. Our team can usually get one of these turned around for you within 24 hours of your initial appointment.
Following your Agreement in Principle, you will need to find yourself a Conveyancing Solicitor (also known simply as a Conveyancer) to help you with the legal proceedings of the homebuying process. The term Conveyancing is used to describe the transfer of legal ownership of property between parties, no matter if you’re the buyer or seller.
Your Conveyancing Solicitor will be able to handle contracts, give any legal advice should you require it, conduct local council/authority searches, deal with Land Registry and lastly transfer the funds you have acquired in order to pay for your property. As you can imagine, this is a vital role in your process, so you must make sure you can choose carefully.
It’s also important to note that Licensed Conveyancers are property specialists who can’t deal with complicated legal issues, whereas more general Solicitors offer a full range of services so can often seem more expensive. Whilst we do not offer these services ourselves in-house, we have a list of trusted companies that your dedicated Mortgage Advisor in Hull is able to refer you out to.
Now you’ve spoken to a Mortgage Broker in Hull, passed the Mortgage Affordability Assessment, obtained an Agreement in Principle and found yourself a Conveyancing Solicitor to handle the legal side of things. You’re halfway there now and your next course of action is to make an offer on the property you wish to purchase.
As mentioned earlier, with an Agreement in Principle in tow you will be in a much better place to negotiate on price. Make sure not to go too low as to offend the seller and create tensions, but don’t be afraid to ask for a lower price. Knowing you have an AIP with you, the seller will be more likely to sell to you than someone who is willing to pay the asking price but is unprepared.
The worst-case scenario is that the seller will say no, but it’s at that point you can work out a more reasonable offer for both of you or walk away and find yourself another property. Once you’ve had an offer accepted, it’s back to your mortgage advisor and onto the final stretch of your mortgage journey.
Now we’re back to the mortgage side of things and an important step, in submitting the required documents. As you would expect when such a large amount of money is involved, a mortgage lender will not just lend to anyone.
They will need you to provide various documentation to prove that you are the person you claim to be, the amount you earn from your job, where you live and how well you conduct your finances. If you’re obtaining a joint mortgage, they will require this documentation from both parties involved.
The types of documents you will need to submit, include; proof of ID, proof of address, the last 3 months’ payslips and latest P60 (employed), the last 3 years’ proof of earnings and Tax Year Overviews (self-employed in Hull), proof of any income such as state benefits or maintenance, proof of deposit and the last 90 days bank statements.
With your mortgage agreed in principle, and your offer accepted, we can now proceed to submit your full mortgage application. With everything ready and checked by your dedicated Mortgage Advisor in Hull & their team of Mortgage Administrators, we are ready to submit an application to the lender for a mortgage.
Your advisor will send off all the collected evidential documentation for this, and then it’s just a matter of waiting for them to respond with whether or not the application has been accepted or declined. Whilst there is no given time frame, our Mortgage Administration team will be able to chase the lender for an answer on this for you.
In-between your mortgage application and being offered a mortgage, the lender will require a valuation survey of your property to be undertaken. These are usually carried out by accredited companies nominated by the lender (someone who they trust).
The purpose of such a task is to understand the true value of the property, versus what you’ve agreed to pay for it. If you’re paying above its actual market value, the lender may be less willing to accept your offer, as in the event of arrears, they will most likely be out of pocket and unable to make back the full borrowed amount. This is usually known as a ‘Down Valuation’.
There are various types available when it comes to surveys, with each varying in price. Some will just want to check the property’s worth, whereas some will also provide information on any structural concerns as well as possible repairs that may be necessary for the future. Your Mortgage Advisor in Hull will be able to help you choose the right survey for you.
Now the moment you’ve been waiting for. Once your lender has checked over your case and assessed all the evidencing documentation, they will present you with your Mortgage Offer.
It’s at this point that our team of friendly Mortgage Advisors and Administrators in Hull, that you’ve gotten to know over the course of your process, will check over the offer for you to ensure everything is correct. Once your mortgage offer has been received, it’s then down to your Conveyancing Solicitor to take your purchase through to completion.
Congratulations, you’ve now officially gone from First-Time Buyer in Hull to a First-Time Homeowner in Hull. With any lingering stress now on the backburner, we hope you’re happy and ready to begin your new life, in your new home.
All you need to do is go get the keys and move in! We hope you enjoyed speaking with our team and received a fast & friendly Mortgage Advice service in Hull. If you have chosen a fixed-rate mortgage, at the end of your term, we will be in touch to help out once again with your Remortgage!
It is your circumstances that will dictate the amount of deposit you will need for a property and the process of what you are trying to do. Here we explore how much deposit may be required, given your personal situation.
In the past, it was commonplace to find 100% mortgages. Before they went under, even Northern Rock was offering 125% loan to value mortgages. What that means, is if you were buying a property valued at £100,000 they would lend you up to £125,000. Yet they wondered why it all went wrong…
The reason that lenders need you to put down a deposit, is to reduce their lending risk. If they lend you 100% of the purchase price and you happened to fall into arrears, they would then have to take possession of the property. All it takes then is a small dip in house prices for them to be at a loss, which they naturally don’t like.
It’s also believed that if you haven’t invested some of your own or your family’s money into your home, then you might find it a bit too easy to call it quits if things get tough and you can’t afford your repayments. It could also be argued that if you can’t save up for or with help, make up at least a 5% deposit for a property, then you probably aren’t quite ready to take that step onto the property ladder.
Directly, no they can’t. That being said, if you can find 5% of the deposit from your own funds, then you could qualify for the government’s Help to Buy Equity Loan Scheme. Applying only to new build properties, the idea is that you put in 5% and the Government loans you up to 20%, making up a 25% deposit. After 5 years you need to look at paying the equity loan back possibly by way of a remortgage or from savings you have been able to make over that time period.
Generally speaking, yes, 5% is enough for most mortgage types. It does vary between lender though and some will accept only a 5% deposit, limiting your options. To combat this, you will normally need a reasonable credit score to qualify. There are lenders out there that may consider you for a 95% mortgage with an average credit score, but the rate of interest would also be higher.
The majority of the specialist lenders will require at least 15% deposit if you have a poor credit history. As touched upon earlier in this article, this is simply to reduce their risk in case a repossession occurs. It is a lot harder to obtain this type of mortgage than it was in the mid-2000s but, not entirely impossible.
It has always been necessary to put down a larger deposit for Buy-to-Let Mortgages and most lenders at the moment are looking for at least 25%.
In theory this could be possible, but almost all lenders won’t let you do this, as essentially this would still be 100% lending, which no longer exists due to the aforementioned risk involved with such a venture.
Yes, this happens constantly. Generally, it’s what the industry affectionately dubs the “Bank of Mum and Dad” (both birth and adopted parents, as well as carers & legal guardians) gifting the deposit, or other family members such as Aunties & Uncles. We have even seen instances where family friends can gift you money. These are all valid options, as long as they can evidence the funds, prove who they are and confirm they are not expecting repayment of the gift at any point in time. We have written an entire article all about Gifted Deposits in Hull.
If you are buying as a sitting tenant and your landlord or family member has given you a discount from the open market value, or if you qualify for a discount under the Right to Buy scheme, then normally you don’t need to put any of your own money in as deposit. This is due to the equity being already “built-in” to the deal.
Please note that the above information is for reference purposes only and is not to be viewed as personal financial or mortgage advice.
When you pass the lenders credit score to qualify for a mortgage, you will obtain an agreement in principle – commonly known as an AIP for short. Having an agreement in principle in place allows you to make an offer on a property. It also can be very useful when negotiating on the asking price, as the seller now knows that you are serious and ready to start.
This depends on the type of credit search the lender decides to undertake. They will either perform a soft credit search or a hard credit search on your file:
Nowadays, it’s more common for a lender to carry out a soft credit search over a hard credit search. They usually choose to perform a soft credit search because they require less information out of it and there is a lot less chance of your credit score being affected by this one.
Whilst the financial institution doing a soft search obtains less information about you than if they had done a hard search, an agreement in principle from one of these lenders is usually still a very strong indication that your application could be accepted.
Hard credit searches go a lot more in-depth than soft searches. The main difference between hard and soft searches is that hard credit searches can affect your credit score, by leaving a footprint. Anyone who looks at your file in the future will be able to see that lenders have hard searched your credit score.
This won’t really affect you if you have a good credit score. The problems can come if your score is lower and you have had more than one hard search on your file, as it could look like you are trying to apply for lots of credit at the same time. This is likely to put off a lender.
You will never be guaranteed a mortgage, but 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 usually include small print that can easily be missed, which is why speaking to a Mortgage Broker in Hull can be useful.
When customers reach out to 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 required include, but are not limited to, things like ID, payslips and bank statements. As your expert Mortgage Broker in Hull, we take pride in helping you be prepared for all this. 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 the purchase.
Normally, your agreement in principle needs renewing after around 30-90 days. As an experienced Mortgage Broker in Hull, we still recommend getting one as early as you can, in order to avoid finding your dream home only to be told you aren’t eligible for a mortgage.
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 great 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 consultation with one of our expert Mortgage Advisors, so feel free to get in touch today and we will see how we can help!
No matter whether you are a First Time Buyer looking to make that initial jump onto the property ladder, or are going through the process of Moving House in Hull, you will soon come to realise that there are many different types of mortgages available for customers.
Some options tend to be more popular than others and some are a little harder to come across. We have compiled a list of mortgage types we find that we encounter the most and that you will likely come across. You will also see each section accompanied by one of our MoneymanTV episodes, we hope you find them useful!
You can find more Helpful Mortgage Guides on moneymanTV here or go directly to our “Mortgages Explained” playlist here.
A fixed-rate mortgage means that your mortgage payments are going to remain consistent for a specific period of time. You are in control of how long you choose to fix your payments for, with common lengths generally being 2, 3 or 5 years or longer. Regardless of any changes to inflation, interest rates or the economy you can rest easy knowing that your mortgage payment, often your single biggest outgoing, will remain the same.
A tracker mortgage means that the interest-rate of your mortgage will follow, or track if you will, the Bank of England’s base rate. In simpler terms, this means that the lender that you are with are not the ones that will be choosing your interest-rate and neither will you. Instead, you will be paying a percentage above the Bank of England base rate. In an example, if the base rate is 1% and you are tracking at 1% above base rate, that means you will be paying a rate of 2%.
When you take out a repayment mortgage you will be paying back capital and interest combined each month. Providing that you keep your payments going for the full length of the mortgage term, you will be guaranteed to have your mortgage balance paid off at the end of the term and the property will become yours to own.
In regards to mortgage payments, this is the most risk-free way to pay your capital back to the lender. Early on into your mortgage term, it is mainly the interest that you are paying and your balance will start to go down really slowly, especially if you have taken out a longer term of around 25, 30 or more. Things take a turn when it comes to the last ten years or so of your mortgage, where your payments are paying off more capital than interest and the balance will come down much faster.
Whilst a lot of modern buy-to-let mortgages are set up on an interest-only basis, you’ll find it a harder task trying to get a residential property on an interest-only basis. It is much less likely for a mortgage lender to offer an interest-only product to customers these days, though in some cases it is possible.
Situations where this might be relevant include downsizing when you are older or have other investments that can be used to pay the capital back. Lenders have strict rules when it comes to offering these products now and the loan to values are a lot lower than back in the day.
With an offset mortgage, the lender will set you up a savings account to go alongside your mortgage account. How this works is that let’s say you have a mortgage balance of £100,000 and £20,000 is deposited into your savings account, you only pay interest on the difference, so in this case, £80,000. This can be a very efficient way of managing your money, especially if you are a higher rate taxpayer.
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 from 8am – 10pm, 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.
A gifted deposit is either the full amount or a portion of the deposit you need, given to you as a gift with an agreement that you don’t need to repay the person who has given you it.
Gifted Deposits come in handy when you have been able to save enough for your monthly repayments but are struggling to afford the initial deposit, something that is common for people on lower incomes. Having more gifted deposit available may also allow you to receive potentially better rates from a mortgage lender.
We often find that it is mostly parents (birth and adopted) and carers who are able to gift you the deposit. You may see this referred to online as the “Bank of Mum & Dad”. Other family members could also be considered when looking at the option of a gifted deposit. This is very much dependent on individual lenders so your dedicated Mortgage Advisor in Hull would need to be careful.
If the person supplying you the gifted deposit is over the ages of 55, they do have the option to take out Equity in their own home as a gift for their family member/friend. If you are thinking of choosing this option, you should consider taking Equity Release in Hull.
We often find that customers don’t really know that their parents can help them out with their mortgage, or they don’t feel like they can ask them for help. In truth, most parents are more than happy to help their children, wanting them to get on the property ladder and live a comfortable life in a property they own.
Statistically, taking out a mortgage often works out better than renting, due to the potential for you to pay less per month. The deposit usually comes from inheritance, although parents can sometimes gift it earlier on in life if they already have enough saved or have released a certain amount of equity from their own home.
Most lenders won’t accept a loan to pay off your deposit. This is down to the lender being unsure that you’d have enough disposable income to pay back both the loan and the mortgage simultaneously.
There is no maximum limit on the amount that someone can give you as a gift, with more deposit often giving you better rates, though we know of at least one lender that insists you put in at least 5% deposit from your own income.
The people who reap the most benefits from this tend to be First Time Buyers and Home Movers. It can also be very helpful when used in conjunction with the Help to Buy Scheme, as the required 5% deposit, depending on the lender, can be paid via gifted deposit.
For the most part, all lenders will require a gifted deposit form. Depending on the lender, you may be asked to provide additional proof and ID (things like donor ID or bank statements).
Home movers and First Time Buyers in Hull use a Mortgage Broker (Mortgage Advisor) to help the process of buying a home go as smoothly as possible. Buying a home can be a very stressful experience and our customers like to know they have got someone on their side, on hand to answer all their questions and queries.
A Mortgage Advisor will ensure you obtain the the cheapest mortgage to suit your needs. We take full responsibility for the recommending the most suitable mortgage for you and package your application to the Lender in such a way to give it the best chance of success. The same applies when you come to remortgage too, we like to know our customers are on the cheapest deal for the entire term of the mortgage.
We think talking to a Mortgage Advisor in Hull early on in the process is a good idea. We can help you work out what you can afford to pay and also how much the different Lenders will let you borrow. You would be surprised by the vast differences between Mortgage Lenders when it comes to the maximum mortgage available. Knowing what you can afford well in advance of making an application helps you avoid disappointment.
Communication also plays a large part. We like to keep our customers informed about the progress of their application by email so you know things are moving forward. It’s good to know that we are also at the end of the phone when you need us or if something goes wrong during the process.
Mortgage Brokers work for the customer not the Lender. This is important to note because we are in your corner, sometimes having to argue the strengths of an application to ensure it goes through. We know our customers financial situation inside out and by requesting and checking your proof of income and bank statements well in advance of a Lender seeing them, we look to carefully avoid any potential hurdles before we hit then.
We can also help you choose the right type of survey for your transaction and instruct a Solicitor on your behalf to carry out the legal aspects of your transaction. We are experts in completing application forms on behalf of our clients, again to ensure accuracy and giving your application the best chance of completion.
Finally, a great Mortgage Advisor will love to build up an ongoing relationship with a client. This often starts with an affordability assessment and Agreement in Principle prior to even finding a house. Even after the purchase is complete we keep in regular contact via email and re-engage by phone in the six months running up to the initial mortgage product coming to its end. We then compare the market on your behalf once again to obtain the best remortgage deal available.
As you might expect, we believe there are some really good reasons to use a mortgage broker in Hull. That being said, whether it’s via a branch or online, you can still go direct to the lender yourself. Luckily we find that most people still use a mortgage broker, though we will go over the pros and cons of both methods.
Immediately the first thing that comes to mind about going direct to a Bank or Building Society, is that you won’t have to pay a broker fee, saving yourself money. In previous years, another pro was “The Bank Manager knows my finances inside out”, though that all that went by the wayside when credit scoring came in and is no longer the factor.
Additionally, some Lenders offer exclusive mortgage products that are only available direct. This is done as a means to attract a good spread of business from consumers and brokers alike, turning exclusive products on and off as and when they deem it necessary. On the flip side, some products may only be available via the broker and not direct with the lender.
From 2014 onwards, lenders were no longer allowed to sell mortgages on a non-advised basis to just anyone. Up until that point, some applicants felt like the non-advisors had been trying to push actual advice on them, and they weren’t able to benefit from some of the consumer protection that goes along with mortgage sales conducted by professionally trained mortgage advisors.
This was a lot for lenders to come to terms with and towards the ends of 2014, it wasn’t unusual to be kept waiting over a month just for an appointment. Sometimes today this is still the case, which is of course no good when you’ve just had your offer accepted on a house!
The issues present in these services led to a swing towards more applications being made via mortgage brokers, like ourselves, who are able to offer a same day mortgage service. When you call us, we try and put you through with a qualified mortgage advisor either immediately or at the very least, within the same day (unless requested otherwise).
Affordability is important too. It doesn’t matter how good a lender’s deal might seem if they won’t lend you enough money! Buying a house is such a big deal that most people opt to go with a broker for professional and personalised help.
Nowadays we find that a lot of mortgage applications aren’t as simple anymore. For whatever reason it may be, there are so many things that can make a case more complicated. Some examples of these are:
In previous years, lenders were able to stand out from the competition by simply offering a deal that was similar to but better than another lender. In modern times this is very different, with lending criteria being what separates one lender from another.
For example, some more than others may lend more to Self Employed applicants or take a more sympathetic view on previous discrepancies on your credit report.
Your situation is unique, only you have it the way you have it. When you explain your position to an experienced mortgage broker, there is a likely chance that they have encountered something a little similar in the past, allowing them to personalise your service and help you through. With a little luck and a lot of hard work, your mortgage advisor will hopefully be able to recommend the most suitable mortgage for you at the lowest rate possible.
More than that though, it’s not just about getting the mortgage. Even if the application itself is straightforward, our clients rely on our experience and knowledge for more than that. For example, we will discuss how much they are going to offer on the property they are buying, and our team of mortgage advisors in Hull are able recommend other professional services such as Solicitors, as well as explain the different types of survey and protection available to them.
Another major bonus of using a mortgage broker is that we tend to be far more responsive than the lenders might be. It’s not been unheard of for our team to work late at night, out of hours, working hard on customer cases full speed to ensure the service is prompt but also effective.
Something often overlooked when looking at why customers may prefer a broker, is that everyone nowadays is so busy. You might need a mortgage but have none of the time to get it done, which is where you advisor will be able to take the weight off for you. Professional applicants especially see the benefits of these, as they have clients of their own that they charge out their services to and they appreciate the benefits of having an expert onboard.
Maybe in the future we’ll see lenders wanting to take business back from the brokers. If this does happen, it may be a little unlikely that they will staff-up their branch networks. The future of all industry seems to be technology based and the mortgage market is no different.
That’s great for clients that are happy to do business that way, especially for cases that are straightforward. For most people, however, there’s an element of “realness”, that “human touch” that you can’t get anywhere other than speaking with a mortgage advisor yourself.
For more information on our service or to ask any mortgage related questions you have, please Get in Touch and we’ll put you through with a mortgage advisor in Hull as soon as possible.