The first question that you might ask is how many different types of mortgages are actually out there for customers?
You’ll find that there are a wide variety of different mortgages that are available to prospective home buyers. Each of these mortgages have their own unique advantages or disadvantages to taking them.
In this article, we will take a look at tracker mortgages and why they might potentially be the best mortgage option for you and your personal circumstances.
Always remember that a mortgage deal will only be as good the circumstances that it is matched up against.
To use this in an example, you may find yourself signed up onto a tracker mortgage, only to later decide that you would rather have fixed monthly mortgage payments. Unfortunately at this point, you are locked into a deal and cannot switch out of it.
As an open & honest mortgage broker in Sunderland, we will always highly suggest that you do some of your own research prior to this, or alternatively take mortgage advice in Sunderland.
A mortgage advisor in Sunderland will be able to make sure that you are at least on the most appropriate mortgage deal for your personal and financial circumstances.
If you would prefer to have a look at our YouTube video, you are more than welcome to hop on over to our MoneymanTV channel and watch “What is a Tracker Mortgage?“. Alternatively you can view it below:
So the question on your mind is likely, what actually is a tracker mortgage?
Well, if you are signed onto a contract with a tracker mortgage, your interest rate will run alongside the Bank of England’s base rate, with the lender typically adding a percentage on top of it.
Your lender will not be determining the rate that gets added, as it is an external rate that must be strictly followed.
For example, if the base rate of the Bank of England was around 1% and your mortgage lender adds on another 1%. You’re now running at a 2% interest rate.
The percentage will always be a little bit above the base rate set by the Bank of England.
A tracker mortgage works out really well for customers if the Bank of England’s rate is running a little low at the time of application.
Generally speaking the base rate will sit somewhere around 0-1%, though it will rise and drop down again throughout the course of the year.
Back during the unfortunate era that was the credit crunch in 2007/08, the mortgage market completely crashed, which caused the interest rate to skyrocket. The highest we ever saw it go up to was somewhere around 5%.
Bearing in mind that you’ll also have the percentage that your lender will add on top of this, and you could’ve added 6% interest onto your recurring mortgage payments.
On the flip side to this, during March 2020, the mortgage market went through another tough time, this time because of the impact of COVID-19. The opposite happened this time, as here the Bank of England’s rate decreased massively, dropping all the way down to 0.1%.
If you were on a tracker mortgage throughout this period of time, the chances are that you were sitting comfortably on a 1.1% interest rate.
As you might expect for something so good to be true, during this period, new customers couldn’t pick up a tracker mortgage. The reality is, lenders are in the business of making profit, not losing it.
At this moment of writing, we’re just heading towards the end of the Coronavirus, and it is admittedly still difficult to obtain a tracker mortgage.
Taking out a tracker mortgage has both pros and cons. These types of mortgage rely heavily on the economy, so if the market isn’t performing at it’s best and the Bank of England’s rate is high, a tracker mortgage probably isn’t your best option.
Again, by completely flipping the situation, if the economy is performing outstandingly well with the Bank of England’s rate at a lower amount, a tracker mortgage may be one of the better mortgage options for you to take.
No matter your mortgage scenario, there are such a wide array of different mortgages that are available to you in Sunderland, it’s just about working with a mortgage advisor in Sunderland to find you the right one.
Before you go ahead and dive into any deals, it is highly recommended for your own benefit to speak with a dedicated mortgage advisor in Sunderland about your possible mortgage options.
They will help you shop for different potential mortgage deals, working hard to find you the most competitive one for your personal circumstances.
If you are a first time buyer in Sunderland, our trusted and refined mortgage advice service will prove to be highly beneficial.
We have been working within the mortgage industry for a very long time, well over 20 years now and have a lot of industry knowledge on all the different types of mortgages, including those that benefit first time buyers the most.
This applies even if you are looking at your options to remortgage in Sunderland or if you are moving home in Sunderland, as we believe that you’ll genuinely benefit from using our invaluable mortgage advice service.
As an mortgage broker in Sunderland with a flood of knowledge and experience, we will work from beginning until end by your side, aiming to be a guiding light throughout your mortgage journey.
First of all, what is gazumping? It is actually a term that is used to describe circumstances wherein the seller of the property you’re looking to buy, accepts an offer from someone else, even if your mortgage application is already underway.
You may, like many others, think to yourself “this can’t be legal surely, especially if they’ve already accepted your offer”. This is something that whilst completely immoral, unfortunately isn’t an illegal practice.
Gazumping happens all the time and for better or worse is a recurring part of the property-buying process in England and Wales. This is because an agreement to buy or sell a property doesn’t become legally binding.
Until the lawyers exchange written contracts. Until that point, you only have a verbal agreement.
Gazumping can be a very traumatic experience for first-time buyers in Sunderland. You may think you are about to purchase the property of your dreams when the sale comes hurtling down.
You may also be part of a chain that breaks and, as a result, you have to move your moving date back. It can be much more painful if you lose money as a result.
The reason for this is that you can sometimes be left out of pocket by non-refundable survey costs, conveyancing fees, and mortgage arrangement fees.
As we have previously touched upon, until any contracts have been exchanged, any agreements made verbally are not legally binding, they are under no obligation to “follow their word”.
Unfortunately there can be a good few weeks difference between the point in which you have an offer accepted, and the point where deals are exchanged between the two parties.
The reason for it taking so long can be due to a few different factors, such as having a property survey undertaken, your conveyancer carrying out the necessary searches and waiting to receive your mortgage offer.
During this period, other first time buyers in Sunderland may come in and make a much better offer than the one you had previously had verbally agreed. This offer will be passed on from the estate agent to the seller of the property.
It may not always financially that these offers are preferable, as sometimes the buyer jumping in may be able to get through their process quicker or be free of the burden of a property chain.
The term ‘gazumping’ covers any of these preferable offers the seller decides to accept over the offer you initially made.
Unfortunately there’s not really a lot that you can change at the start. Various steps won’t occur until you have decided to make an offer.
These steps include having the property survey undertaken, conveyancer searches, and your mortgage being offered offer.
Even though you are limited in those regards, you may still be able to decrease the time between making an offer and the exchange of contracts. Here are some of the ways you can do this:
Additionally, here are some other tips and tricks that could potentially help you out and give you some additional security before the point of exchanging contracts with the seller.
First of all, make sure that you ask the seller to take the property you’re looking to buy off the market, as this will lower the chance of someone else seeing in and swooping in with an irresistible offer.
The property owner has no obligation to agree to this, though it is commonplace for many homeowners to agree to this request out of respect, especially if they’ve struggled getting offers on their property as well.
Second of all, you should definitely research your options for putting in place a Lock-in-Agreement that will see the seller put up a small deposit of their own, so that they have something to lose from taking another offer.
In this instance, if one side backs out of the deal altogether, the other side will take their deposit. Sorting this out can be a little costly on the legal front, but for that added security may well be worth it.
Finally, you may have the potential option to take out insurance in order to protect yourself against the act of gazumping. These policies agree that you will get a lump sum pay out in the event of you being gazumped.
When you’re an inexperienced First-Time Buyer in Sunderland who has never bought a property before, the process can be quite a stressful one. Fortunately for you, the home buyer, it doesn’t have to be that way.
To help you make the most of your next house viewing and be as prepared as possible, we’ve put together a helpful and comprehensive list of questions that you could ask when buying a house as a first-time buyer in Sunderland.
You may want to have time to sit around and have a good long think about whether or not you want to buy a property before you fully commit to making a purchase. This is something that we completely understand, as it is one of, if not the biggest financial commitments you will ever make.
By finding out the amount of people that have asked questions about or have gone to see the house, you’ll be able to more accurately gain an idea of how much time you have to think, before you make any concrete choices.
Bearing this information in mind, if the property is regularly receiving interest from viewers, you need to be prepared to give an answer to the seller as soon as you can.
If the property you’re looking at purchasing is a part of a chain, this can also have an impact on your mortgage process.
Without an onward chain, something that could arise from either a new home, bereavement or emigration, chances are you’ll be able to move quicker, especially if you’re not a part of that chain yourself.
You’ll give yourself a lot more leverage as a buyer if you’re not a part of any chain, as you seller will recognise that you aren’t going to hold up the home buying process.
Make sure that you utilise this during property price negotiations to give yourself the advantage.
If you’re not going to be purchasing a new build property, you might find that the previous owner has left some appliances or “white goods” behind for you to make use of.
White goods is a term that generally includes things like washing machines, fridges or a freezer. Sometimes a previous homeowner may leave something like a shed behind.
This works out fantastically for buyers as it can save them a lot of time and money, though if you don’t want or need these items, you will have to figure out a way to get rid of them yourself.
If you are looking to purchase a new build property, there might be some additional features that you could have the option of adding into your property ahead of moving in.
When moving into an area that you don’t particularly know that well, it would be worth your time finding out what the neighbours are like.
We often find that a good or bad neighbour experience can oftentimes be a crucial part of whether or not you enjoy living in your new home.
On the flip side, if you instead are looking to move into a new home development, you and your neighbours will be the ones that create this new community.
Initially this can be prove to be quite a risky endeavour, as you’re putting all your faith in someone you’re yet to meet and get to know.
Depending on the location you’re moving to and the type of property you are in, running costs can differ greatly. It is recommended that you conduct some research ahead of time and ask plenty of questions prior to the purchase.
Look up council tax costs, along with how much you’ll potentially have to spend on average for utilities. You ca do this by checking online or speaking to the seller. You will need all of this information in order to correctly budget.
The direction that the house is facing will make a very big difference for a lot of people, depending on if you like to relax in your garden late on a summers evening or prefer to maybe read a good book in natural light.
If you’ve been looking at a few different properties, you may have noticed that houses with a south-facing property often come with a more premium price pay a sizable, more premium price, thanks in part to the property receiving a lot of sunlight throughout the day.
Once again you’ll find that this can also have quite the impact on your budget for purchasing a home. Some key things worth looking into for more information on include;
At some point during the home buying process, you’re going to have to start making negotiations with the seller. With this in mind, it’s important to ensure that you are as prepared as possible for making an offer on your desired property.
You will be able to find a lot more information about the topic of making an offer in our How to Make an Offer article. Once you’ve gotten yourself in a position where you are ready, you’ll be able to go ahead and make some offers.
It will also definitely be worth your time to have a chat with the seller or estate agent in order for you to determine what the seller may consider to be an offer that is too high or too low.
You should check whether or not any other offers have been made, so you know how popular the property is and how much time you have to work something out with the seller.
By setting aside a specific date on your calendar, you can plan ahead for various other jobs in advance, such as instructing a conveyancing solicitor, packing up your furniture and belongings for moving, and arranging a removal van that can move everything into your new home.
A County Court Judgment, commonly shortened to just CCJ, is a court order that can be issued to people residing in the UK if they owe money and have not been paying it off.
Being associated with a County Court Judgement can have a serious negative effect on your credit file, potentially reducing your chances of being accepted for a mortgage at any point in the future.
If you are at the point of having one of these whilst hoping for a mortgage, you will definitely appreciate the benefits of taking specialist mortgage advice in Sunderland.
We are very experienced in helping customers who have been dealing with CCJ mortgages, having come across a vast amount of these over our years in the mortgage industry. Contact us to have a chat with a member of our dedicated team and we will see how we are able to help.
When applying for a mortgage with a CCJ, your mortgage advisor in Sunderland will want to take a closer a look at a handful of things before they proceed. These include;
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If you have regular payments you’re expected to keep up and fail to pay them back, you will be issued a CCJ. This applies to anything from a small loan to something as big as your mortgage payments. A CCJ can really harm your credit score.
When a CCJ is given to you, typically there will be a 30-day period in which you need to pay it off (this is called a satisfied CCJ). If you do meet this deadline, the CCJ can possibly be removed from your credit file. On the flip side, if you fail to meet this payment, your CCJ will stay on your records for 6 years (known as an unsatisfied CCJ).
Though it may be challenging, yes it may be possible. By enlisting the services of a reputable and hard working mortgage broker in Sunderland like ourselves, you may be able to obtain a mortgage with a CCJ when you otherwise might not have been able to.
If the CCJ has been given out within a recent time frame, it may be a little more complicated trying to obtain a mortgage. For the most part, depending on how much is left to pay off on your CCJ and how long it has been since that CCJ was issued, you may have a increased likelihood of being accepted for a mortgage.
We have a large panel of various different specialist mortgage lenders, each with their own unique lending criteria relating to CCJs and the amount of deposit needed. Your dedicated advisor will have an in-depth knowledge of this lending criteria, using it to recommend the best mortgage for your circumstances.
Having a CCJ linked with your credit file means that lenders will want to know more about the CCJ before they proceed. They will look for any underlying issues like potentially owing money to other lenders, the effect that your financial position could have on your potential new home and how you manage your finances in general.
Getting accepted for a mortgage whilst still having a CCJ in tow may be considerably more difficult than it would otherwise be, but that’s not to say it’s impossible. With the help of a mortgage broker in Sunderland, careful planning and the taking of steps to improve your credit score, it may still be an achievable target for you.
Though a difficult task, if you are able to provide enough sufficient evidence, you may be able to get your CCJ removed from your credit records.
If you feel like a CCJ was added to your name by mistake, you do have the ability to ask that the court to reopen the case. This does come with it’s own costs, though if you are able to get it removed, it will be a huge benefit for you down the line.
In order to appeal a CCJ, you will need to fill out an N244 form and send that off to the court. If the case does reopen and the court deems the CCJ wrongly imposed, they will remove the CCJ from the register and have your name cleared.
Once you have reached the 6 year point of the issue date, an unsatisfied CCJ will be removed from your credit file. Like we touched upon previously, the further away you are from the CCJ issue date, the more likely it is that you’ll obtain a mortgage.
It is also worth noting that if the debt hasn’t been settled within the 6 years of the CCJ being issued, your credit score can be negatively impacted, potentially harming your chances of meeting lender criteria in the future.
Lender confidence will also go up if you manage to pay off a CCJ within a short amount of time. Each lender is different though and will approach applicant CCJs in a different way to how another would. In some cases, a lender may not even be willing to work with you at all.
The most likely course of action you’ll need to take, is to approach a specialist mortgage lender in order to secure a mortgage with a CCJ. If you’re lucky though, you might find a high street lender who is a little more lenient than others.
For you to get back on track with your credit score, you will definitely benefit from the mortgage advice service we provide. Sometimes you need mortgage broker who is specialised in working with bad credit to help guide you back onto the right path.
You will need to make sure that you are up-to-date with your monthly mortgage payments and current financial commitments. Of course your CCJ is a big part of this and you’ll have to keep that up over the 6 years as well.
Even if you manage to pay off your CCJ within the 30-day window, you should still be careful regarding your finances so that you can make sure that it doesn’t happen again, as multiple CCJs can cause further harm to your credit file.
If you would like to take a look at more free mortgage tips covering the topic of how to improve your credit score in Sunderland, feel free to check out our guides section. Alternatively, get in touch with a trusted specialist mortgage advisor in Sunderland today and we’ll get the ball rolling on your process.
In the aftermath of the credit crunch back in 2008, the government decided to bring in a back-up, in a bid to try and give a boost to the mortgage market once again.
They introduced new methods of helping first time buyers find their footing on the property ladder, with these being called Help to Buy Mortgage Schemes.
There are a wide variety of different Help to Buy Schemes available. Some of those you may match up with, whilst others may not be right for you.
Here we have compiled a list of the Help to Buy Schemes available, with a few more government schemes that could be useful for you.
The Help to Buy Equity Loan is the most commonly heard of and by far the most popular of the schemes. If you are an inexperienced first time buyer in Sunderland and are looking for a boost to get the ball rolling on your mortgage process, this could be the mortgage scheme for you.
Let’s look at the facts. First of all, to access this scheme, you have to be first time buyer and be buying a new-build property, not an older property. You will also be required to have a minimum of a 5% deposit.
For this scheme to work, you’ll have to put down that 5% deposit you have saved up, potentially more if you have the ability to do so. From that point, the government will provide you with a loan of up to 20%, giving a total of a 25% deposit.
This always works within the 25% total, so if you have put down a 5% deposit, you will receive a loan of 20%. If you are able to save more and put down a 10% deposit, they will loan you an additional 15%. It depends on the amount you’re putting down up front.
Overall you’ll be left with a 75% mortgage to pay off, as well as the government equity loan to pay off as well. You’ll get a maximum of 5 years to pay off this equity loan without any added interest.
If you aren’t able to pay it off by the 5-year cut off point, interest will start building up on the amount of the loan that is left for you to pay off. This interest rate will start at 1.75%.
As a trusted and knowledgeable mortgage broker in Sunderland, we know that balancing between your mortgage payments and the equity loan payments can be quite a difficult task.
There are ways that you can get around this. As an example of this, sometimes you may be able to remortgage as a means of raising capital for this loan, however, this will also increase your monthly mortgage payments.
The Help to Buy Shared Ownership Scheme was introduced as a means of allowing applicants to purchase a percentage of a property they’ve had their eyes on and then pay back the rest as monthly rent payments.
The percentage amount of the property that you will generally own has to be between 25-75%, though on some properties this can potentially be 10%.
The remaining percentage will probably be owned by the local council or housing association. When you have more disposable income, you may be able to increase the amount you own at a later date.
The way that your payments work is that you be paying a monthly rental cost alongside your mortgage. So you’ll basically be paying 100% of the ground rent and service charges that are on the property. This will still apply, even if your share is the minimum amount.
The Armed Forces Help to Buy Scheme was brought into the mortgage world back in 2014, hot on the heels of the Help to Buy Equity Loan Scheme.
This scheme had a similar concept, though was focused on one target market, that being members of the armed forces looking for assistance in obtaining a mortgage.
If you happen to be a right fit for the criteria of this scheme, then it could be a great option for you. The government has now extended the deadline/review date of the Armed Forces Help to Buy Scheme all the way back to December 2022.
We are really hoping that it stays around, as the scheme is a such a helpful tool for existing armed forces members who need that extra financial boost to find their footing on the property ladder.
The Lifetime ISA is often a scheme that people leave out of the conversation. Whilst granted, it’s not a go-to scheme for everyone, it’s still very useful to have some initial knowledge on it as it could be a difference maker in helping you secure a property as a first time buyer in Sunderland.
A Lifetime ISA is pretty much a savings account where your money can grow tax-free. The government will also give a top-up to your savings by an additional 25%. This means that if you meet the £4,000 maximum amount, you will find yourself with a nice £1,000 bonus.
You will have to pass certain criteria in order to be able to utilise the Lifetime ISA Scheme. All the necessary information can be found on the government Lifetime ISA website.
If you’ve been thinking about taking that step onto the property ladder, you may be wondering whether or not to use the assistance of a mortgage broker in Sunderland. We of course believe that our service is incredibly beneficial, especially for first-time buyers in Sunderland.
Despite this, we felt it appropriate to give a balanced overview of the pros and cons of coming to a mortgage broker in Sunderland, compared to direct to a mortgage lender.
People tend to think that they are more likely to save money by not using the services of a mortgage broker. It can seem a lot more cost-effective to just do everything by yourself.
With that in mind, you may be one of those who prefer going directly to the high street mortgage lender. Another reason why people used to prefer going to the bank directly, was that people felt their bank manager knew their finances inside and out, although this changed when credit scoring was brought into the mix.
There is also truth to the claim that some lenders have additional exclusive mortgage products only for the people who directly obtain a mortgage. The main intention behind such ideas is to attract customers away from the services of a mortgage broker.
Ultimately, it is a good way for them to spread the business. The interesting part is that it is arguably just as enticing to speak with a mortgage broker in Sunderland as well. You’ll find that some mortgage offers can only be obtained through a mortgage broker.
From 2014 onward, lenders were no longer able to sell mortgages to anyone on a non-advised basis. At that time, it was a common occurrence for non-advisors to forcefully advise their bank customers, meaning they’ll have had no benefits from consumer protection. Speaking to a professional mortgage advisor in Sunderland will allow those benefits.
It is also important to remember that taking an appointment with a bank can sometimes take months to try and get yourself booked in for. A mortgage broker in Sunderland is often able to get you booked in within the same week, usually within that same day.
These kinds of issues is why the importance of mortgage brokers has grown and changed the public perception over time. More and more applicants rely on the mortgage brokers than before for help with their mortgage process.
There is now a lot more trust for the mortgage brokers in Sunderland, who are typically able to offer their mortgage advice services within the same day. Our dedicated team are always ready to help you, so Get in Touch and we will put you with an experienced mortgage advisor in Sunderland, as soon as possible.
You might be wondering what exactly causes some of the mortgage applications to be more difficult than many applicants expect them to be. Here are some of examples of this:
In years gone by, it was a lot easier for mortgage lenders to get ahead of their other competitors by laying out more enticing offers than the others have. Times have changed and it’s now more than the deals, it’s the criteria, that differentiates between the lenders.
To make everything easier for you, you should speak with an experienced mortgage broker in Sunderland and see if they have come across a similar situation in the past or not, as they may be able to utilise their knowledge from that to help you through yours.
After undertaking lots research and working very hard, a dedicated mortgage broker will hopefully be able to guide you through your journey and be able to recommend the most suitable mortgage for your personal circumstances.
Even if your mortgage application seems rather simple, it may still be beneficial to use the services of an experienced and knowledgeable mortgage broker, as we will work hard to get the best deal we can for you.
We have a professional and trusted mortgage advice team that will be able to provide guidance on other services such as solicitors. By getting in touch with us, you will also be updated you about the surveys and protection information that will be available to you.
A key feature of our service that we love to shout about, is how we’re more quicker and responsive compared to the other mortgage brokers.
One of the biggest reasons why customers tend to require help, is that everyone nowadays is very busy and needs someone to take the weight off their shoulders, doing the hard work for them.
Our dedicated and loyal mortgage advisors in Sunderland will do everything they can to make sure the process goes smoothly for you.
If you are ready to chat with a dedicated advisor about your mortgage plans, please Get in Touch with a mortgage broker in Sunderland. We are available from early until late, all throughout the week, to help you find the perfect mortgage deal.
You’ll find when applying for credit, the fewer addresses that you have tied to your name and accounts the better it will be for your credit score. Because of this, it will also be better for when you apply for a mortgage.
A lot of modern First-Time Buyers in Sunderland and Home Movers in Sunderland feel like they are gaining a deeper understanding of how credit scores work and have a tendency to utilise their previous and current addresses to their advantage.
We find it’s most commonly seen in applicants who may have possibly moved out of their parents home into a new rented accommodation, but they think it is a great idea to leave their bank statements, credit card and electoral roll information registered at their previous address.
Whilst it might sound like a preferable route for some people to take, in all honesty this is a very flawed strategy. No matter if you think you’ll get away with it, any time you have moved home to a new address, there will be some record of it somewhere on your credit report.
This could be showing from a delivery address you have set up when you have ordered something online, to any online home or car insurance searches you have undertaken, as well as various other things that may be tied to an address.
We would say that without any shadow of a doubt, the best strategy for someone looking at their options for buying a home and taking out a mortgage, is to get all of your accounts, cards, accounts and electoral roll changed over to your new address.
Make sure all your addresses are up-to-date, accurate and consistent with one another.
When you update your address on your credit file and electoral roll, it is important that you double-check the date you moved in and the date that you moved out. If you make any mistakes with either of these dates, it can appear to the lender like you are living in two places at the same time.
Correcting your addresses and dates is a more open and honest way of trying to apply for a mortgage with a lender and will definitely work in your favour.
There are other helpful tips that first-time buyers in Sunderland might wish to use alongside keeping your address up-to-date.
One of these includes maintaining your bank accounts well. Try to avoid unnecessary charges and limit any gambling if you can. This will show the mortgage lender that you are responsible and can manage your money well.
Another very popular and useful option is to use a gifted deposit. By utilising a gift from a family member or friend, you reduce some of the financial burden. If they gift you more than the minimum 5% deposit, you open yourself up to better rates and mortgage deals.
We always recommend obtaining an up-to-date credit report, so you can see where you stand financially. To learn more, please see out article on Obtaining an Up-to-Date Credit Report.
Perhaps you have decided it’s time to change where you are currently living and you are looking at your options to Move House in Sunderland.
In order make sure you’re happy with your choice down the line, here are the top ten factors to take into account when looking for a new place to live in Sunderland.
When it comes to deciding where you would like to live, it’s important to work out what exactly you would prefer. A house may look nice and have the size you need, but what is the environment like, the local area?
Some people prefer the thriving atmosphere of the big city, whereas some prefer the scenic landscape. There are both things to like and dislike about these lifestyles, but you need to decide which is the right one for you.
Whether you are regularly commuting for work or enjoy spending your weekends travelling to various destinations, transport links can be a crucial factor for a lot of people.
Make sure that you take a look into the transport links available and how much it is going to cost you to get around.
If you have any children or are making plans for this in the future, then being within the catchment zone of a high school, or a variety of schools to choose from is something you might see as a higher priority.
Local authority websites and school league tables will be great when it comes to researching which ones might be the best schools in the area.
Making a list of which facilities are essential, those that would just be nice to have, and finally, those that aren’t too important will help you filter which properties are worth chasing down.
Maybe you want a local play park or open area for your children. Some prefer to have a gym on their route home from work. Others will want a bank within walking distance.
The closeness to your friends and family and family is something else you might consider. Would you like to be close enough to help them out, or will you be needing any help from them?
Some have regular home visits, house parties, family gatherings and more, whereas others like their own space and prefer to visit their family and friends sporadically.
Value for money will be different depending on the location you’re looking at buying in. If you’re looking to get the most for your money, then it could be worth looking for a cheaper home.
In order to get there, however, this might mean having to compromise on some of the other factors when deciding where you’re going to live.
A community can often be a factor that makes or break your experience of residing within a neighborhood. If you want a small, close-knit neighborhood, then take a look into the local area and speak with the estate agents.
You might find some local area communities even have a dedicated website or Facebook group they share with one another. If community is not too important to you, but you still want somewhere quiet, then maybe look online for the crime rates of the area.
If you’re moving because of your career, then you will need to think about where you are working, compared to where you are looking to live.
If you’ll be job hunting after you move home, do some basic research beforehand to see if there are any business parks nearby or any big time employers who you could approach for a job.
There are various different types of property available on the market nowadays. Whether that be an end terrace with a desirable garden, or a modern, more urban based apartment, make sure you look at this to find out the type of property you would prefer to have.
If you’re planning to stay within your new home for a good amount of time, then it’s worth researching if any builders, big companies or the council have any proposed investment in the area.
If there is any, you should make sure this is going to benefit you and the kind of life that you would like. If you prefer a quiet environment and there’s a new housing development planned nearby, will this affect the life you’re looking to have?
To be able to recommend the most appropriate mortgage for you based on the circumstances you’re currently in, it is of vital importance that our mortgage advisors gain a complete understanding of your financial situation. As a mortgage broker in Sunderland, the primary way we believe this can be achieved is by obtaining an up to date copy of your credit report.
We personally would highly recommend using Check My File to do this, as they are able to bring in your data from 4 different credit reference agencies, giving you a more accurate and detailed look at your personal credit profile. It’s especially handy, as in some instances, the data that is held by one agency, may differ to the data from another.
When it comes to sending your credit report by email, the steps necessary will be a bit different depending on what device and email client you are using, e.g., Android, iPhone or Desktop & Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo, etc.
A member of our dedicated mortgage advice team in Sunderland will review your credit report, before they give you a call to discuss your mortgage plans in further detail.
As a mortgage broker in Sunderland with lots of experience across the industry, we have in-depth knowledge of lenders various criteria. Some of the lenders we work with are specialist lenders. Please take a look at our specialist mortgage advice in Sunderland page for more information on complex cases.
No matter if you are a first time buyer in Sunderland or looking to move home in Sunderland, we will use our knowledge and the information displayed in your credit report to work hard in finding the most appropriate mortgage deal for needs and personal circumstances.
In simple terms, a Mortgage Agreement in Principle (seen sometimes as AIP, DIP, Decision in Principle & Mortgage in Principle) is a document provided by a mortgage to prove to the vendor of a home, that the lender has agreed in advance (prior to credit checking, which of course can change things) that you will be able to borrow from them ahead of finalising a sale. It is important to remember, however, that it is not a guarantee of a definite mortgage, as a full application will still be requiring further background checks.
Having your mortgage agreed at the outset can be massively helpful in negotiating on an asking price with a vendor. This is because it sets you ahead of other buyers, who maybe aren’t as prepared as you are. In the eyes of the vendor, a potential buyer who is maybe only one step away from obtaining a mortgage is a lot more appealing than someone who hasn’t even approached a lender or broker yet.
When you are ready to make an offer on a new home most Estate Agents will undertake due diligence and ask for proof that you have funds available to complete the purchase. The evidence required will typically be in the form of bank statements and also an Agreement in Principle certificate, something that we can help you obtain within 24 hours of your initial free mortgage consultation. Once you have provided the Estate Agent with all this documentation, normally this is where they would stop marketing the property and put a “Sold” or “Sale Agreed” board up.
Another perk to the Agreement in Principle is that having it prior to making any offers might persuade a seller to accept an offer you put forward on their property underneath the asking price, even if someone who is less prepared is willing to pay exactly what the asking price is.
When it comes to buying a house, many customers, especially First-Time Buyers in Sunderland go in full steam ahead, making an offer on a property without first checking that they can actually go forward with the sale and a mortgage. This can and often does lead to possible disappointment if the mortgage application happens to fail.
Once they’ve reached that point in time, they have really got their heart set on their new family home. Any form of disappointment can usually be avoided if you Get in Touch for Mortgage Advice in Sunderland early on in the process. Sometimes there are underlying issues that can cause a mortgage to decline. Given some time and with the help of an advisor, these can possibly be overcome.
An example of this is that there may be a recurrent issue on your credit report, perhaps a mobile phone bill that has been disputed. This is something that can be easily rectified. Other issues might include finding out you weren’t on the voters roll when you thought you were. Once again that can be sorted out within a few weeks.
In some cases, you may not be able to get a mortgage at all. If that’s the case it’s better than you know ahead of time, as opposed to getting the process so far underway, only to find out you can’t and everything comes to a screeching halt. Our mortgage advice team will be able to tell you what steps you need to take in order to improve your credit-worthiness for the future.
If you’ve never been turned down for credit it’s highly likely that you do have a good credit score. You’re even registered on the Voter’s role and you’ve always paid your credit commitments on time. Sounds pretty flawless, except it may still not go to plan.
It’s important to note that realistically, you could approach 10 different lenders these days and get 10 different maximum mortgage amounts! They all calculate affordability in their own unique ways and it depends on individual criteria. If you’re Self-Employed in Sunderland you may also find that it really is a minefield. Some lenders take your net profit, whereas others will opt to use your salary and divided. Some even use your latest year, whilst others use an average over 3 years.
Being aware of your borrowing limits is important, as then you know for sure what your price range will be. One of our mortgage advisors in Sunderland will be able to advise you of the maximum mortgage available to you. Also, more importantly, together we’ll work out how much you will roughly be able to borrow each month.