tag:mortgagebroker.posthaven.com,2013:/posts Mortgage Broker 2017-04-28T12:05:14Z John Simpson tag:mortgagebroker.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1150060 2017-04-28T12:05:14Z 2017-04-28T12:05:14Z Fixed Price Mortgages (loans)

The pricing of fixed mortgage quotes relies upon on several up-to-date, but broadly speaking whether or not banks can get their palms on cheap cash updated lend out. They usually get it from savers or by means of borrowing from different banks at the money markets, shopping for cash at a positive fee – the "swap" rate – for a positive period.

Those change rates react up-to-date expectations of future hobby quotes and inflation, which affect the rate of mortgages.

Change prices dropped sharply ultimate January amid worldwide financial turbulence, and once more following the Brexit vote, however rose once more at the up to date of 2016.

Loan prices are expected up-to-date upward push in reaction, despite the fact that the extent of competition between credit and a few market stagnation may postpone reactions.

Movement taken with the aid of the bank of britain could have an impact. The financial institution has made it clean within the beyond that if runaway residence charges are a risk and extremely-low mortgage quotes are a reason, the latter will be policed away – by way of heaping new costs or capital necessities at the banks.

Up-to-date up-to-date then skip at the expanded fee of investment up-to-date mortgage up-to-date by way of increasing their rates.

What's the distinction among constant and variable quotes? In case you take out a set-fee mortgage the hobby price you pay might be constant for an initial duration, regardless of charge changes made by way of the financial institution of Britain or actions within the markets.

Constant charges are typically for two, three, five and now and again 10 years, with longer phrases costing extra. as soon as the fixed length ends, borrowers are pushed directly to the lender's "well known variable fee", which may be plenty better.

Variable loan fees can range at some point of the mortgage time period, that means up-to-date will no longer have the security of knowing how a whole lot their repayments might be each month.

However, if the British economic system dips, hobby charges will likely decrease, making the payments significantly less expensive. additionally, because the mortgage comes with the uncertainty of interest costs either rising or falling within the destiny, the preliminary rate is often lots decrease than with constant mortgages.

The most inexpensive fixed deals it is now not all approximately charge. up to daters like more costs, inclusive of association expenses.

We've calculated the full fee of some of the quality deals, up-to-date on a £350,000 domestic with a loan of 25 years.

Two situations are included: a client with a 40pc deposit (£a hundred and forty,000) and a client with a 10pc deposit (£35,000). the primary is supposed up-to-date someone remortgaging or shifting home, and the second one updated a primary-time up to date.

John Simpson
tag:mortgagebroker.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1145493 2017-04-10T18:31:42Z 2017-04-10T18:31:42Z Levenshulme and West Didsbury Mortgages

Levenshulme and West Didsbury and up and coming areas of Manchester where the demand for property is high and mortgage approvals are at an all time high. Manchester mortgage brokers like Manchester Mortgages are getting mortgage approvals for many types of customer weekly. Levenshulme is set 4 miles south of the metropolis centre on Stockport street, a main route to the south of Manchester.

Residing in Levenshulme Levenshulme is a vibrant vicinity with a good blend of housing and numerous groups.

There is an amazing variety of neighborhood stores, eating places, antiques stores and offerings alongside busy Stockport street, and a huge Asda grocery store in close by Longsight.

Public shipping is superb, with regular buses along Stockport street to the colourful city centre, with its employment, leisure and amusement centers. There are ordinary trains to Manchester and Stockport from Levenshulme station.

Cringle Fields and Crowcroft park at either cease of the place provide inexperienced space and lesiure centers. houses to rent in Levenshulme

There are round 1,100 houses rented out via not-for-profit landlords like housing institutions and housing trusts. Getting a mortgage is easier if you use a broker.

West Didsbury
West Didsbury is ready 4 miles south of the town centre, on the east facet of Princess street, a prime path into the metropolis from the M56 and the toll road network. living in West Didsbury

It's just over a mile to the wide type of shops, banks, post places of work, bars and restaurants in Chorlton or Didsbury.Mortgage arrangers Manchester Mortgages have an office here.

There are extra neighborhood offerings in Northenden a pleasing mile walk away across one of the neighborhood golfing courses.

There are very common buses alongside Barlow Moor road to Didsbury and Chorlton, the town centre and the university, and masses of buses along Princess street to the city centre and to Wythenshawe and the airport. houses to lease in West Didsbury

There are round 180 homes rented out via no longer-for-earnings landlords like housing institutions and housing trusts.

John Simpson
tag:mortgagebroker.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1134618 2017-02-27T15:25:34Z 2017-02-27T15:25:34Z 'Buy for Uni' mortgage

Many students come to the end of their degrees wondering when they are going to be able to afford a deposit on a property in light of the student debt they will have accumulated. But some students leave university already a home owner/ landlord. Sounds improbable? Two lenders (The Loughborough Building Society and Bath Building Society) are offering a 'buy for uni' mortgage - the catch being that close relatives provide security.

Under the terms of the deal, students who are over 18 and are in higher education in England and Wales can get a loan for up to £300,000. The property must be within 10 miles of where they study and must be guaranteed by parents, step-parents or grandparents.

Lenders argue that this product enables young people to get a foothold on the property ladder, allowing the student to become a landlord by renting out rooms to fellow students. The rental income needs ideally to cover more than the repayments, to account for rises in interest rates or periods of low occupancy. Alternatively the guarantor is obliged to cover any periods of suboptimal renting.

Although this is a new product from the Loughborough Building Society, the deal has been available in Bath since 2008, on the basis of a loan to value ratio of 75% or less. The students' relatives are required to provide at least a 25% charge on the property. But does it work in practice? According to Bath Building Society's chief executive, the rental income derived from fellow students usually pays the majority of the mortgage repayments; however, the model works better in some towns than in others.

Some student representatives are advising a cautious approach for students considering this option. Signing up for a mortgage at the age of 18 may place a lot of responsibility on young shoulders, and hidden costs such as surveyors and legal costs may potentially catch people unawares.

These deals are not for everyone, and lenders argue that they carefully assess the circumstances of the student and the guarantors before entering into a contract. Interest rates are typically higher than equivalent conventional mortgages and it is important for potential borrowers to be aware of the risks. And parents too need to be aware of risks to their own property. For instance, if there is a rental shortfall the bank of mum and dad is going to have to pay the difference, and if the property were to end up being repossessed, the lender could claim any shortfall from the parents' equity. In addition, borrowing against their own home in future could be affected. On the plus side, however, the property is in the child's name, and so there would be no additional property stamp duty surcharge, presuming parents own their own home.


Housing in the Fallowfield district of Manchester now almost all occupied by students


John Simpson
tag:mortgagebroker.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1129117 2017-02-06T18:27:49Z 2017-02-06T18:27:49Z London's Housing Crisis Continues...

You'd have to live under a rock not to know that house prices in London are incredibly expensive... and, for most people, a rock might be all they could afford in the capital.

A recent study by the National Housing Federation has found that a 20% deposit on an average London property has increased to £113,000, putting stepping on the property ladder in the capital out of reach for many. And renting isn't cheap either, with an average monthly rent over 60% of a typical salary. Factor in living expenses and there is little left over to start saving towards a deposit. It's no wonder perhaps, that fewer people than before expect to own their own home in the future.

Of course, some areas in London are more affordable than others - the average price in Barking & Dagenham, for instance, is around ten times the average wage, whereas properties in Kensington & Chelsea top the list of the least affordable, with prices being nearly 35 times the average local wage. Other expensive areas are Westminster, Camden, Hammersmith and Fulham and the City of London, and cheaper areas are Bexley, Havering, Newham and Croydon.

So how are people managing? More and more people in London are turning to the welfare system to make ends meet, with around one third of all housing benefit claimants being working people. This proportion is higher than any other area in England, which highlights the difficulties in the capital.

The housing crisis is experienced more acutely in London than any other area, and action is needed to address the issue of affordable housing.  Housing associations have been the recipients of more funding and flexibility from the Government, and the National Housing Federation is keen to work closely with the mayor to deliver affordable homes in the capital.


John Simpson
tag:mortgagebroker.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1127517 2017-01-31T11:36:10Z 2017-01-31T11:36:10Z Report indicates falling numbers of house movers

Numbers of home movers have fallen for the first time since 2011, according to a report by Lloyds Bank. The figures suggest that around 13,000 fewer people moved home in 2016 than the previous year. So what factors are causing the numbers to drop?

High stamp duty and a shortage of supply have been blamed for the fall in numbers. Fewer second-time buyers find themselves able to afford a larger home, while fewer older people seem to be downsizing. Stamp duty increases for the more expensive homes may be causing sluggishness in the lower end of the market as wealthy homeowners are not moving and freeing up properties for those climbing the property ladder.

Leading politicians have called for a review of stamp duty in March's budget, but given that over £2.5 billion was generated by the purchase of expensive properties, Chancellor Philip Hammond may be reluctant to reverse the increase in the tax brought in by Chancellor George Osbourne in 2014.

Stamp duty is not just an expense for the wealthy, however. As house prices rise, stamp duty has become increasingly expensive for all buyers, who now have to factor in an average cost of £11,000 to cover stamp duty, estate agents' fees and legal fees.

Even though affordability for first-time buyers is in a slump, Lloyd's figures suggest that first time buyer numbers have increased. The slowing down in the market then is more as a result of homeowners not moving up the ladder to the more expensive properties due to cost, and, as the bank suggest, a lack of suitable properties to purchase combined with concerns about the impact of Brexit on the housing market.

More stringent affordability rules is also constraining the market as some homeowners may be unable to move their loan to a new property.

John Simpson
tag:mortgagebroker.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1125293 2017-01-23T13:10:45Z 2017-01-23T13:10:46Z Is the North-South divide narrowing? House price trends in the UK

According to a recent report by Hometrack, growth in house prices in our regional cities is continuing to outstrip that of London, with Bristol and Manchester seeing the largest increases.

Manchester is now vying for top spot with a growth of 8.9% compared to Bristol's 9.6%. For Manchester, the rate price inflation is at its highest since July 2005. But why is London falling behind in the rankings?

Hometrack suggests that demand is falling in London because of high levels of unaffordability. With an average house price in excess of £580,000, about 14 times the average salary, many citizens struggle to obtain a mortgage, and house price growth in the capital is projected to slow further over the year. Other cities outranking London in the list of house price growth include Oxford, Portsmouth, Southampton and Birmingham.

However, to suggest that this means the traditional North-South divide is lessening is inaccurate. House prices in Scotland, for instance, showed slower growth than London, which at 7.3%, is still considerably higher than Glasgow (4.9%), Edinburgh (3.7%) and Aberdeen (-3.2%).

So while the divide isn't disappearing, it is true that in Manchester, and to a lesser extent Birmingham (7.5% growth), market conditions are stronger than in the capital. But what does this mean for Mancunians? It's a double-edged sword. The supply of homes is just keeping pace with the demand, which is maintaining the upward pressure on prices. That's good news for homeowners, many of whom will have increasing equity in their homes, but not so good for first time buyers or those wishing to move up the property ladder, who will find their finances squeezed.

The promised Housing White Paper this month will demonstrate whether and how the Government will build on its pledge to provide a stock of affordable homes.


John Simpson
tag:mortgagebroker.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1123657 2017-01-16T21:29:59Z 2017-01-16T21:29:59Z What a difference a year makes...

This time last year, buy-to-let landlords were snapping up properties before the April 2016 increase in stamp duty and were proving to be tough competitors in the housing market for first time buyers.

This year, however, according to Rightmove there are more smaller properties available to first-time buyers, because there are fewer landlords seeking properties compared to this time last year. Available housing stock has increased and the increase in supply means that first time buyers have more opportunity to negotiate and get a great deal on their first property.

However, it's not all plain sailing. The average price for first homes has increased by 6.4% in the last year, and with relatively stagnant wages, affordability is becoming more of an issue than ever. According to a recent report in the Telegraph, there has been a recent increase in the number of people relying on the 'Bank of Mum and Dad' with 1 in 12 purchases partly funded by a family member or friend.  

So, this year, for first time buyers, it's a mixed picture. On the one hand, there's less competition from landlords and more choice of properties, but on the other, first time buyers may struggle to pass lender affordability tests and parents may feel under pressure to assist with the costs of house buying. The picture is not the same across the UK however. In certain areas house prices have fallen slightly. Wales and the North East of England, for example, have fallen between 1 and 2%. In the East of England, in contrast, prices have risen around 6%. This increase in prices however, may now be mitigated by the stronger negotiating power of first time buyers who have less competition from landlords. And with low mortgage rates on offer, lenders are trying to attract first time buyers to get onto the property ladder.

Policy initiatives may also help first time buyers.  For example, the government is investing £1.2 billion in the Starter Homes Land Fund, and the much-anticipated Housing White Paper, due this month, is predicted to detail radical changes to improve the supply of housing.  


John Simpson
tag:mortgagebroker.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1122926 2017-01-13T16:53:07Z 2017-01-13T16:58:33Z First time buyers in Didsbury

Amid reports today that the number of first-time buyers has risen sharply for the first time since the financial crisis, observers have noted that the size of deposits has also risen rapidly, doubling from £15,000 in 2007 to over £30,000 now. So if you're thinking of climbing onto the property ladder in Didsbury, what are the things you need to consider?

There's no doubt that South Manchester is an attractive area to live both for young people and families - there are quality schools, restaurants and nightlife and all within a few miles of Manchester City Centre. The house prices reflect this, with the average house price being £290, 000. Out of reach for a first time buyer?

With constant changes to the housing market, and the prospect of first time buyers taking on 30-35 year mortgages it is easy to feel confused about what options are available to first time buyers in a sought-after area of Manchester like Didsbury. Help to Buy schemes may be available, or shared ownership may also be an option. Since many would be first time buyers are in their 30s, a longer term mortgage would mean paying mortgage payments into your 60s and possibly 70s, but it does mean that the amount to be repaid each month is lower.

Asking your mortgage broker to look for deals with lenders that would suit your needs when buying a house or flat in Didsbury. They may be able to acquire a mortgage deal for you that might be longer term but may also allow for overpayments should your financial situation improve in the future. Regular or occasional overpayments should allow you to reduce the term of your mortgage.

There's no doubt that Didsbury is a desirable area to live, and if you're thinking about buying in this area, check out the options available to you. The average property price in the area has been steadily rising in recent years so  buying here could be a good future investment.

John Simpson
tag:mortgagebroker.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1113809 2016-12-08T10:00:48Z 2016-12-08T10:00:48Z Struggling to get a mortgage?

If you are finding it difficult to get a mortgage, you can either struggle a lot or a little. Most of us would prefer the least amount of effort and tips available on http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/mortgages/boost-mortgage-chances provide some good advice on active steps you can take if you are finding it difficult to get a mortgage.

But, and there is a big but, there are other avenues open to you that sites like Money Saving Expert would prefer not to tell you about. These sites are mortgage brokers and advisors who are independent or 'whole of market' as the latest ludicrous phrase from the FCA comes into use.

Using this blog post as a case study, it can be easily demonstrated that independent mortgage brokers are far better placed to find suitable and competitive mortgages for all types of home buyer. Wythenshawe - part of Greater Manchester that includes the airport is an area of huge economic growth and has a very active housing market. If you were to approach a bank or building society to lend you the money to buy a property you would be letting yourself in for paying higher rates and getting a much worse deal than you would if you were to use one of the independent brokers.

John Simpson
tag:mortgagebroker.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1104066 2016-10-31T15:37:38Z 2016-10-31T15:37:39Z Best Mortgage Deals (Manchester) So what are the best mortgage deals currently available in the UK? Many people use the advice on Money Saving Expert and their advice can be found at https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/mortgages/best-buys/, but this is a countrywide assessment. Area specific deals exist, often supplied by micro lenders who have an in depth knowledge about certain geographical locations, one such area is Wythenshawe, but Greater Manchester is a property hotspot and local experts and brokers Manchester Mortgages (go to http://manchestermortgages.co.uk/ are able to provide excellent mortgage advice that will beat any offer from a large lender such as the Halifax or Virgin Money.

So whilst Money Saving Expert will provide decent UK wide advice, my recommendation is to also use a local mortgage provider / broker if you know the specific area you wish to live in. Using Manchester as an example (as it's where I live) I know that there are parts of Manchester where a lot of houses are being sold - such areas are Wythenshawe, Bury and the Wigan area. Now, the big UK web sites will give you a best rate of 2.39% fixed for the first 5 years of a 25 year term, but a Manchester mortgage broker was able to find me 2.19% fixed for 3 years with only a 12.5% deposit required. If I had a mortgage deal already, this deposit fell to 10%.

It's worth doing the extra maths and using a local or whole of market mortgage broker, especially in Manchester as the savings can be huge.]]>
John Simpson
tag:mortgagebroker.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1095540 2016-10-03T08:43:47Z 2016-10-03T08:43:47Z Mortgage Approvals at All Time Low

News from Reuters reports that UK mortgage approvals are currently at the lowest they've been for 2 years (http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-lending-idUKKCN11Z0TC), why is this?

Granted, house prices are expensive, and there is a lot of debt around but debt hasn't traditionally been a big 'make or break' reason for people not to apply for mortgages.

People's apparent willingness to accept debt has been noteworthy of late. The British people seem to embrace debt with open arms - at least during boom times. The last boom years of 2003 - 2008 saw lots of 'free money' being given away - this 'feel good' attitude persuaded many of us to take on debt, and this study regarding the amount of uk household debt makes interesting reading.

People in the UK seem to still want to buy houses - in Europe this is very different with many more people willing to rent property. This is not necessarily a good idea on the part of Europe in my opinion, as what as house gives you (once you eventually own it) is an asset that you can use in later life. Renting a property gives you no such advantage.

With money being tight at the moment it's imperative to find a mortgage that works for you as cheaply as possible. Don't go to banks, don't go to building societies, they will only sell you their own products, use an independent mortgage broker who will find you the best deal. Doing this one thing will save you  thousands of pounds over the lifetime of your mortgage.

John Simpson
tag:mortgagebroker.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1090667 2016-09-16T11:20:47Z 2016-09-16T11:20:47Z Does a poor credit rating prevent a mortgage ?

A common question mortgage advisers get asked is about credit scores and if a bad credit rating can prevent getting a mortgage to buy a house. Here's a typical question:

"I'm interested in seeing if I can obtain a mortgage but am worried my credit rating may be a problem.

Please could I make arrangements to speak to someone in this regard."

So in this enquiry the person obviously has some problem with some form of debt. Perhaps they are young and have to repay their student debt, or perhaps during the boom years of the noughties they overstretched themselves financially and to bridge the gap took out loans on 0% credit cards which they are now struggling to repay.

The subject of debt is of course huge, with many UK workers now on the minimum wage and zero hours contracts, what hope is there for buying a house for people in this position? The reaction has been that many people are now forced to rent houses because they can't afford the deposit to buy a house. The hour prices on the property market are also inflated as many people have chosen to invest in bricks and mortar rather than trust their money on the stock market. This has created a house price bubble as too many people, a second house is their investment and was bought when house prices were high. This keeps house prices (unrealistically) high as no one wants to loose money on their investment.

So, buying a house in todays Britain is tricky. It's tricky is you're in full time employment and have a good credit history. It's even more difficult if your circumstances aren't ideal and you think your credit rating may be a problem. Fortunately there is good news: mortgage advisers like Manchester Mortgages (http://manchestermortgages.co.uk/) are experts at finding mortgages for people with poor credit ratings. Most high street lenders will not consider many people with poor credit histories for a mortgage: this is a mistake. It's a mistake because people are increasingly running short of money and are having to work harder to make ends meet. This produces the follow-on effect that fewer people will be eligible for high street mortgages, this presents a huge opportunity for the likes of Manchester Mortgages and similar companies.

The difference an independent mortgage lender can make is huge, and in my opinion the days of the high street mortgage business model are over: these services are old and out-dated. An independent mortgage adviser will look at hundreds of mortgages from a huge number of different lenders and will also speak to them personally, describing people's credit situations (see the page specific to bad credit mortgages at http://manchestermortgages.co.uk/poor-credit-mortgages/) in detail and filling in a mortgage application with the correct information to ensure that a mortgage offer is given rather than rejected.

So in summary then, having a poor credit rating will certainly cause difficulty in getting a mortgage, and the best way of getting around the problem is to use an independent broker as described above.

John Simpson
tag:mortgagebroker.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1085996 2016-09-02T13:05:29Z 2016-09-02T13:05:29Z Wythenshawe - A Great Place To Buy A House

I've recently been working closely with Alan Dee, a mortgage broker from Wythenshawe, whose company, 'Manchester Mortgages' arrange a lot of mortgage deals for house buyers not only in Wythenshawe but also the more expensive surrounding areas of Cheadle and Gatley (see http://manchestermortgages.co.uk/wythenshawe-mortgage-broker-advisor/ for more).

In a recent Manchester Evening News article (http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/wythenshawe-the-new-didsbury-house-9419435), Wythenshawe was termed the new Didsbury - a rather posh and Bohemian area of Manchester.

I met with Alan for a coffee in Wythenshawe's busy town centre and discussed the apparent housing boom that was going on all around us.

"It's only a few years ago that nobody wanted anything to do with Wythenshawe" said Alan, "there were lot's of empty homes and the area had a very bad reputation". Recently though this has changed and I asked Alan why he thought this was. "It has a lot to do with the development of Manchester Airport, which is only a couple of miles away. This has bought a huge amount of new business to the area, and that good because house prices in Wythenshawe are still affordable, whilst many other  areas such as Cheadle and Gatley aren't. Also, there's been a lot of redevelopment of the Wythenshawe as a whole - many of the older properties that were is disrepair have been pulled down and whole areas have been redeveloped. This had attracted many new people into the area - it's a great place for first time buyers and buy to let housing."

I went on to ask Alan how difficult it was to get a mortgage in Wythenshawe? "It depends who you go to" he offered. "The high street lenders like the banks will still make you jump through hoops and then it'll take several months to even get the mortgage application process up and running. With an independent or 'whole of market' mortgage broker like Manchester Mortgages, we can give people the best deals available from all the lenders and usually get a mortgage offer out to people within a week".

Was it difficult using a mortgage advisor like Manchester Mortgages I asked Alan? "No, it's not hard at all, we do all the paperwork and fill in the application forms. Also as we have so much experience in providing mortgages we can advise people on the best type of deals and even tailor deals specifically to suit them. A big area for us is getting mortgages for people with bad credit ratings. Many banks and high street lenders won't touch people with a large amount of debt, we do, and we often find them mortgages too" said Alan.

After our coffee I took a walk around Wythenshawe a noticed that it really is an up and coming area - full of potential and promise for the future.

John Simpson
tag:mortgagebroker.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1075798 2016-07-25T13:26:21Z 2016-07-25T13:26:25Z Why utilize a Mortgage Broker?

 Getting a meeting with a home loan bank can be exceptionally prohibitive. Home loan is and American phrase for what the English call a mortgage broker - see http://buytolet.over-blog.com/.

What is implied by that they for the most part have set times of work ie 9 – 5 Monday to Friday or every so often Saturday Mornings.

It has been evaluated that a meeting with a noteworthy high road moneylender can take upto 2 ½ hours which would typically mean utilized individuals would need to take off time of work spending occasions or an independently employed individual may need to lose ½ a days work which is then beginning to cost cash.

Another standard loan specialist who doesn't offer the office to go into a branch has as of late exhorted it is taking upto 2 weeks to acquire a phone arrangement which can then be 1 hour long or conceivably considerably more.

This can extremely baffling when you have found the house that you need to purchase or if remortgaging masterminding the money for extra getting for maybe home upgrades.

Utilizing an expert Mortgage Broker can take away all that disadvantage.

Most Mortgage Brokers will work around your working week understanding that 9-5 Monday to Friday is not generally helpful.

They may have an office which you can go to outside these hours, say in transit home from work.

They might have the capacity to offer an arrangement at your work environment or visit you at home to examine your home loan necessities.

Individuals today live bustling lives and there is alot of approach your time and managing associations who have set times of opening can be extremely troublesome.

Having the capacity to manage an association who will work around your bustling way of life can be a great deal less unpleasant.

Envision having the capacity to be sat in the solace of your home and have all the high road moneylenders and other authority loan specialists (as not everybodys circumstance is the same) come to you.

Ask you what is vital to you when organizing your home loan not let you know what is accessible from a constrained recommendation and trust your circumstances meet that specific moneylenders criteria.

This is the thing that a home loan intermediary can offer they can take a gander at what is accessible from the entire of the business sector not from a restricted reach, they can meet with you at once and spot helpful to you and take the time and push to take a gander at all alternatives accessible.

John Simpson
tag:mortgagebroker.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1066686 2016-06-24T12:14:21Z 2016-06-24T12:14:21Z Mortgage Terminology I came across this very helpful guide about the terms used in mortgage brokering.

When properties are advertised at a fixed price this means that the seller ( vendor ) is looking for that price and not looking to negotiate / accept a lower figure – therefore if the asking price is £ 200,000 that is what the seller wants – it does not stop you however offering less.

OIRO means ‘ Offers in the Region Of ‘  therefore if a property is advertised at OIRO £ 200,000 the seller is looking for a figure around this amount but would indicate that they would accept a lower figure – for example £ 190,000 or £ 195,000 so always worth starting off with a lower offer.

OIEO means ‘ Offers in Excess Of ‘ therefore if a property is advertised as OIEO £200,000 the seller is looking for offers above this figure – for example £ 210,000/ £215,000 etc – again through there is no reason why not to offer a amount below the £ 200,000.

A Guide Price is usually associated with a property that is going to be sold at Auction – therefore the Auctioneer has advertised a price that they feel is the minimum the property should sell for – usually in reality properties at auction usually sell for much more than their Guide Price and is a way of attracting purchasers to the auction.  

When a property is advertised as a Corporate Sale it usually means that the property has been repossessed by a Bank or Building Society as the mortgage client has defaulted on the mortgage payments and the lender has appointed a company to sell the property to repay the mortgage / loan outstanding on it.

Corporate property sales are usually done via an Estate Agency, the main disadvantage is that you have to go through the Estate Agent to negotiate the price with the company and this can be a very slow process and even once your offer has been accepted the property will remain on the market until you exchange contracts – therefore you could have paid for a valuation, solicitors search fees and lenders admin fees and about to exchange when the corporate company accepts a higher offer from  somebody else.   

Always consider making a lower offer whatever the price or condition put on it – start low – you can always increase the offer at a later date.
John Simpson
tag:mortgagebroker.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1061192 2016-06-08T13:39:43Z 2016-06-08T13:39:43Z What Type Of Surveys Are There?

This post discusses the various types of surveys available to home buyers available at http://www.mortgagebrokeradvice.co.uk/


A mortgage valuation ( or sometimes known as a valuation report )  is not a survey as such – lenders want to know how much the property is worth and to be notified of the property’s present condition.

Lenders will either use their own valuers or a valuer from their chosen panel to do a valuation report – with the valuer making comment to any repairs / reports required ie, structural report, timber and damp, electrical etc.

Unless the lender is offering a free valuation you will have to pay for the cost of this basic report on application of the mortgage.

If any further reports are required such as Timber and damp these usually have to be arranged and paid for by the purchaser unless the vendor of the property is prepared to pay / go halves on these costs.


A Homebuyers report is a more detailed survey than the mortgage valuation / report.

It will advise on any major problems such as subsidence, and obvious rot etc.

However the surveyor will not lift up floor boards or drill any holes but provides a more in-depth report than a valuation report – it also costs more.

Again any defects will require more detailed reports as mentioned above.


These cost the most but are a more comprehensive detailed report and are usually for very old, timber framed, unusual , listed or thatched properties with the surveyor going in the attic, checking behind walls and looking between floors and ceilings.

They will usually contain estimates and costs and advice for any defects found.


As everyone has different levels of experience within the house buying process speak to your mortgage broker who will be able to advise you on what report / survey in your particular circumstances should undertaken bearing in mind the condition and age of the proposed property to be purchased. 

If after having one of the above reports / surveys done and repairs / work has to be done to the property the lender will require written estimates for the full cost of said repairs – in certain cases the lender will then place what is called a RENTENTION on the mortgage.

For example if you are buying a property for £ 125,000 and require a mortgage of £ 110,000 with you putting in a deposit of £ 15,000 and repair costs are £ 5,000 the lender will reduce your mortgage to £ 105,000 meaning on completion you will have to increase your deposit to £ 20,000.

The lender will then normally give you up to 6 months to have the repairs / works done and will either accept receipts / guarantees provided by the companies who have done the work or send a valuer back to re-inspect your property ( usually for a fee ) and will then increase mortgage back up to £ 110,000 and forward you the £ 5,000 which was previously retained. 
Please ensure you fully discuss your valuation / survey requirements with your mortgage broker prior to submitting a full mortgage application to the lender.

John Simpson
tag:mortgagebroker.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1052065 2016-05-17T09:33:12Z 2016-05-17T09:33:46Z What Documentation do I need when applying for a mortgage? When applying for a mortgage lenders will need to see two things. Also, RECORD KEEPING IS ESSENTIAL...


A deposit for the property this can be as little as 5% but the bigger the deposit the better the rate, and proof that you can afford the mortgage over the selected term.

The deposit can come from various sources IE savings, Gift from Close relatives (Parents/Grand Parents) or in some case equity within the property ( you would need to seek advice before committing to purchase the property).


Lender will want you to be able to prove that you can afford the mortgage in every case and they do that by looking at your income whether you are employed or self employed.

They will then look at what credit commitments you have already and will usually deduct these from your income to establish affordability.

It is vitally important that when you apply for a mortgage that you can prove your income.

Typically what lenders will look for is the following:

  • Proof of Identification typically Passport or Driving Licence
  • Proof of residency of current address
  • Last three years address history
  • Payslips (usually last three if paid monthly but could be more dependent on how you are paid)
  • If Self Employed SA 302’s and Tax overviews (These can be obtained by you accountant or directly from HMRC).
  • Bank statements
  • Mortgage Statement if already a homeowner.
  • Details of existing credit commitments (which could include credit card statements, Loan Agreements)
  • Or any other document that they feel is necessary.

Therefore it is vitally important that when applying for a mortgage or any other loan for that matter you are able to prove you are the person(s) applying and that you can afford the loan.

You will need to be able to provide to the Bank,Building Society or Specialist lender the original documents.

If using a broker you can usually provide the original documents to them and they will forward certified copies to the lender.

Record keeping is essential and throwing away important documents could result in a long delay in applying for a mortgage or in some cases refusal.

So if you are at the point of thinking about applying for your first mortgage or are thinking about buying your next property ensure that you have got all the correct documentation as the lenders will want to see them.

John Simpson
tag:mortgagebroker.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1050189 2016-05-12T09:16:42Z 2016-05-12T09:16:42Z How do I remortgage my property ?

People may want to remortgage their property for a variety of reasons, Better interest rate, Borrow more money for home improvements or to consolidate existing credit commitments. If you are unsure of what a remortgage actually is, click this link for an explanation http://www.learnmoney.co.uk/mortgages/remortgage.html

If you are looking at just simply finding the best interest rate then approaching your existing lender is probably the best place to start.

If say for example your fixed rate has just ended and you want to fix the rate again for a period of time the lender will take into consideration the value of your house and the outstanding mortgage and generally offer you another rate as long as your mortgage account has been conducted satisfactorily and your income is still sufficient to service the mortgage.

You will then be offered a rate dependent on the loan to value.

What loan to value means is what percentage is the mortgage outstanding to the value of the property.

IE £150,000 mortgage and a £200,000 Property value would represent 75% loan to value.

The loan to value is quite important as this will determine the rate and product a lender would offer.

Dependent what lender you are currently with simply switching interest rate can either be time consuming or simple.

Lenders like the Halifax plc allow mortgage brokers to arrange the switch and this can be done very simply without having to have a 2/3 hour appointment in the branch.

However you may want to borrow more money than you currently have outstanding , so what happens then ?

This is the point when the services of a professional mortgage broker will assist you greatly in the process.

A mortgage broker like myself will be able to look at what your existing lender will offer you and what is also available from the rest of the market.

All lenders have varying criteria for additional borrowing depending on what that additional borrowing is for.

If it is more advantageous to switch lenders the mortgage broker will look at what are the best interest rates, what charges and costs are involved.

Lenders now offer incentives for people to switch their mortgage to them and in many cases can offer better rates than your existing lender.

So whatever your circumstances speaking to a trusted mortgage broker who is independent to your existing lender should be the first place to start because they will be able to look at the full mortgage range and match the correct product/lender to your personal circumstances.

Remember a mortgage is a long term commitment and by taking the correct advice when there are changes to the mortgage could save you £1000’s of pounds in unnecessary interest payments.

John Simpson
tag:mortgagebroker.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1048054 2016-05-07T09:46:50Z 2016-05-07T09:46:50Z OBTAINING MY MORTGAGE In order to better understand what we are talking about here, it is important we have an insight into what a mortgage is all about and some other relevant details.

What Is A Mortgage ?

A mortgage can be seen as a loan that is secured by property or real estate. It is a loan to finance a home. A mortgage is legally binding and gives the lender the right to the real estate property in case the borrower defaults. The lender retains ownership of the house and sells it to recover funds the borrower owes. Simply speaking, until the loan has been repaid, the property is owned by the lender but is operated by the borrower. A mortgage always involves a collateral security which is the home or real estate property. Repayment is always includes interest payments, taxes and insurance

Getting A Mortgage

Getting a mortgage is not really easy. It entails a lot of things which we shall examine later on. The day I got my first mortgage was a revelation. Obtaining the mortgage was not a straight walk through. It was hard and required accurate calculations and estimations. I shall walk you through my experience towards obtaining my mortgage loan. They can be viewed under:

Firstly, I had to make the decision of getting a home for myself. I had to make the decision of acquiring a home. This step was a matter of choice and decision. Next, I had to figure out how much I needed to borrow from the mortgage broker. I had to loan what I was able to afford. In order to estimate affordability, I put a lot of things into consideration so I create a worthwhile budget. I considered my income level and my debts. I had to make sure my income will be able to cover my common debts as well as finance the repayment of the mortgage. I also made sure I repaid as much of my debts as possible. I had to analyse my debt to income ratio. I also had to analyse my expenses. Make an estimated cost of my living expenses to make sure my mortgage choice and plan does not seriously counter act with my day to day living. I also had to save income for a deposit. A deposit is the initial amount paid at the time of purchase. Mortgage loans are of different types and vary depending on the type of mortgage you want. For example those seeking to acquire mansions should apply for a jumbo loan. As for me I was applying for a loan to get my first house I had to apply for a first time home-buyer loan. The conditions here were more favourable. Never go for a jumbo loan if you wish to acquire just a first time buyer home. The next thing I had to do was where to get my mortgage. I had a list of destinations from which to choose: mortgage broker, specialist mortgage provider (eg. the Halifax, Northern Rock etc), a retail bank (Barclays, HSBC etc). In the end, I had to go with a mortgage broker in order to facilitate the granting of my loan.

Choosing a Mortgage Broker

Choosing a mortgage broker was difficult because most of them seemed strange and charged extravagant prices. I had to keep searching thoroughly till I bumped into a certain broker (a lady) who fitted the bill so effectively and offered her services at a fee more affordable. Despite the difficulty I faced in finding a broker, the moment I got the right one everything went fair and smooth. First she did all the paper and legal work required when obtaining a mortgage, asked me what home plan I pursued. She then suggested me the right loan which was suited to my plan. I thank God for her. The advantage with getting a mortgage broker is that your work load and time is being reduced. This applies to a good broker. That is why you have to be careful when selecting a broker. With going solo it is good because you get to do all research alone and get some good knowledge. However it is very time consuming and confusing as it involves a longer and larger process. After getting in touch with a good broker, I had to go to my bank in order to verify my credit history to make sure my transactions where intact and do the necessary corrections. Luckily for me, everything was fine and void of errors. Evidently the process was extremely difficult and strenuous. However, everything went in my favour and I was financially sufficient to apply for the mortgage. What I had left was to compile the necessary documents. Below are the list of documents I compiled

  • Government Identification

  • Bank information

  • Credit history

  • Investment statements

  • Proof of income and source of income-proof of employment. This is to show I am able to finance the repayment of my loan within the time range.

  • Tax returns

  • Debts

  • Proof of assets.

Having gathered all of these documents, I was given a pre-approval document by my lender. A pre-approval document is not an approval for the mortgage. It is some kind of document which puts you in the waiting list. It puts your situation on hold, while the lender reviews your credit history capacity capability, financial statements and all other relevant documents at his disposal to determine your viability and capability.

Other people have different experiences when obtaining a mortgage. Some people fin theirs difficult and strenuous just like my experience for others it was simple as mastering the letters of the alphabet. Bottom line is difficult or easy, when approved we all wear smiles on our faces.

John Simpson