With many mortgage lenders resuming physical valuations on properties in England, the property market seems to be breathing back into life. Coupled with the majority of housebuilders returning to building sites, there is renewed hope for whatever stage of property ownership you’re at.
But what does it mean for you? We hope to answer some of the questions you may have.
As we adapt to a ‘new normal’ in the wake of the pandemic, many people during lockdown have spent time really looking at their lives and for some, have decided to make significant changes to their lives.
This may include, buying their first home, moving to somewhere with a garden, being closer to work, getting a better deal on their current mortgage, or starting a property portfolio. To help them with these plans, enlisting the services of a Mortgage Adviser has never been so important.
One of the main things that is mentioned when talking about
mortgages and the impact the current Coronavirus pandemic is having on customers
is the option of a mortgage payment holiday. But is this the right thing for
you to consider?
There are many choices to make when looking for a mortgage.
There are literally thousands of different types of mortgages on the market
and choosing the right one can be daunting. But before deciding which mortgage
to go for, you need to decide what type of mortgage to get – repayment,
interest only, fixed, tracker or discounted.
Buying your first home is a massive step, and with the average age, purchase
price and loan size all steadily rising for First Time Buyers over the last 10
years, here are some of the key things
to focus on before taking that first step onto the property ladder.
For you or your loved ones, getting a mortgage may seem a little bit like climbing Everest. The summit is incredibly far away and it’s going to be a long journey that requires a lot of commitment. That’s because the process of buying a home doesn’t start by selecting a property that’s within your budget – it can take months, even years of preparation to get fully mortgage-ready
Even seasoned home owners can find buying a property a complicated and confusing experience, particularly as it’s something most of us only do occasionally during our lifetime. So why should you speak to an Independent Mortgage Adviser before anyone else?
For first time buyers, the process can be even more baffling, so they need a professional, independent mortgage adviser, on their side.
it was a few years ago now, I still remember the initial excitement of buying
my first home. I also remember the
stress, worry and anxiety that went with it, which is why I absolutely believe
it makes sense to talk with an independent mortgage adviser before even thinking
about looking at houses! This applies to anyone, whether you’re a first timer,
home mover, or buying a property for investment. It’s important to understand
what’s currently happening in the mortgage arena.
We can help with more than just the mortgage
and my fellow advisers at Temple Mortgage, it’s more about forging a two-way relationship
(which doesn’t end once the mortgage starts but continues for many years as
your life and circumstances change). We will work together on your current
situation, finding out where you want to get to and help you to devise a plan
and a timescale to get there.
advisers go that extra mile and offer practical advice too – I for one wished I
had someone like this back in 1992, as I had so many questions. It’s one of the
reasons my Financial Services career moved in this direction! Additionally, having
access to the whole of the marketplace puts you as the buyer in a better, more
informed position all round.
an independent mortgage adviser can save time and a lot of stress!
of things can impact on borrow-ability including salaries, employment status,
how long you’ve been employed/self-employed, credit commitments, credit status,
and age, among other things. We can help you work out who to go to which can be
a time-consuming process. An independent
mortgage adviser will recommend a lender from the whole of the market to
achieve the best mortgage based on your specific circumstances.
from advising and arranging on the mortgage itself, our services tend to go a lot
deeper than just a transaction as the needs and understanding of mortgages can
vary from client to client. An experienced mortgage adviser will pitch the
advice at the right level, ideally before a property has been found.
How an independent mortgage adviser can help you…
mortgage adviser can help in many ways, but some in particular include advice
What a mortgage is and the house buying process. It needs to be explained in plain English by someone who has the knowledge, but more importantly, empathy!
How much can be borrowed, which I call ‘mortgageability’. It’s not just a case of walking into the local bank and they lend the money! It’s competitive out there, some lenders may not be as competitive as another, or their lending policy may mean they won’t lend at all. This could cost you both time and money, and trying several different lenders has its own implications
The Help to Buy scheme and the additional factors that need to be considered with this
Reducing your outgoings and advice on what lenders will look for when assessing mortgage applications to be in the best position possible to move forward when a potential home is found
Saving for a deposit (including government bonuses such as the Help to Buy scheme) and advising on ways to boost your savings
The likely costs involved – solicitors, surveys, arrangement fees etc
What information lenders will need so it’s readily available, and if not, there is time to facilitate this
How credit scores affect borrowing and ways to improve it, if necessary
Making an offer on a property and negotiating with the Estate Agent
Recommend other professionals to help such as a solicitor, surveyor or Estate Agent, if you don’t already have one
Be there when it gets frustrating and understand the stresses involved
What happens at each stage of the process and keeping all parties informed – effective communication is a fundamental part and can help the wheels run more smoothly. Who does what and why!
In a nutshell, using an independent mortgage adviser can make life that little bit easier. Having a professional overseeing the process with the lender, estate agent and solicitor, will leave you to concentrate on the more enjoyable side, such as looking at furniture or planning your new kitchen!
To find out how we can help you, whether you are a seasoned home owner, or you are looking at saving for and buying your first house, contact Diane Blackman by email firstname.lastname@example.org, call Temple Mortgage on 01305 213150 / 07977 467117, or send us a message on our Contact Us or Diane’s Facebook page.
Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.
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