5 Top Tips to Getting a Good Mortgage Deal

By: David Lynes

With interest rates having rocketed by 1.25% over the past year, and with a global credit crunch affecting many consumers' ability to get a mortgage in the UK, it has become all the more important to put extra working into finding the right mortgage deal This is in order to enjoy increased value for money and end up with the right mortgage products. There are some valuable tips that can help to ensure that you do get the right mortgage for your needs and your pocket.

1. Don't settle for the first mortgage you come across. Remember that rates and deals vary widely from one mortgage provider to another. You should take the time to compare a range of different mortgages before you make your decision, as this is a long term, important, financial commitment and therefore you should feel fully comfortable with the product that you choose.

2. Pay for your financial advice. If you are planning to use an independent financial adviser to help you find the right mortgage then you may want to consider one that takes the fee from you rather than from the mortgage provider. This will help to ensure that you get truly independent advice from someone that has your best interests in mind rather than from someone that wants to get the best rate of commission and therefore steers you to a particular lender.

3. Consider going through a broker if your credit is damaged. If you have poor credit applying for mortgages and getting rejections will only make matters worse. Instead, go through a broker that deals with bad credit lenders, as he or she will know which lenders are likely to accept your application based on your circumstances, and this can help to avoid further damage to your credit rating.

4. Shop around for your payment protection cover. Having this type of cover to protect your repayments in the event of redundancy, accidents, or illness, is important. However, don't assume that you have to take it through the lender that you take your mortgage through. Instead, shop around as the different deals available on PPI can vary significantly in price.

5. Look out for any hidden costs. You will find that some lenders charge a range of fees and costs that can come under different guises and names. Look out for these and make sure that you know everything that you are going to be charged for, whether it is in the form of an upfront fee or whether it is added to the loan that you take out for your mortgage.

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