Wigan and Bury Mortgage Brokers, Manchester and Lancashire

Here's a question that recently came into us. The person is looking for mortgage brokers who can secure them a deal in either the Wigan or Bury areas of Greater Manchester / Lancashire.

I'm looking to get a mortgage and wonder if you can help me? I'm wanting to move into the Manchester area - perhaps around Bury or Wigan. I'm a first time buyer and am looking for a mortgage of about £120,000. I have a deposit of £45,000 and wonder if this will be enough?

I've tried some high street lenders such as HSBC and RBS but there's a ridiculous waiting list of several months. I've seen the house I'd like to buy and I need a decision on whether I can get a mortgage or not - I can't wait for HSBC or RBS - they take too long. Hopefully you can help me find a mortgage? I was recommended to you by a friend who also lives in Manchester.

I'd probably prefer to live in the Wigan area rather than Bury and have found some 3 bedroom houses in the Haigh, Aspull and Tyldesley areas. The prices are above £150 so it's a bit of a stretch but I reckon I should be able to find myself a mortgage broker who can sort me out with a good deal.

I've been reading your blog and noticed that in one post you mentioned Manchester Mortgages. I found a general Manchester portal of mortgage brokers too at http://www.manchester.com/money/mortgage_brokers_advisors.php so I will try the phone numbers on there and look at the web site.

In the meantime if you can get back to me with what criteria you need to find me a mortgage in the Wigan or Bury areas that would be great!

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.