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Choosing a Mortgage Lender
Just as there are many types of mortgages and mortgage deals to choose from, there are also many sources where you can go to get a mortgage. Your key choices are to use a mortgage broker, a more general financial adviser, or shop around yourself and go direct to the mortgage lender. For many people, choosing a lender means finding a mortgage company offering the lowest APR rate.
If you decide to use an adviser you can choose between a specialist mortgage broker and a general financial adviser. A general adviser will look at all your financial affairs if you want, not just your mortgage. As opposed to lenders who can only offer their own products, an adviser can look at the whole market for you and consider mortgages from a number of lenders. Advisers can also offer you advice and information tailored to your needs. In the UK, All firms or Individuals arranging or advising on mortgages must be authorised to do so by the Financial Services Authority (FSA). If you are unhappy with advice from an authorised firm you usually have the right to complain and may be able to claim compensation.
As an alternative to using a financial adviser, you can arrange a mortgage directly with a lender - like a building society, bank or specialist mortgage company. A lender will only recommend their own mortgage products although they may have several you can choose from.
When choosing a lender, you should consider the competitiveness of the lender's rates, their fees and penalties, their customer service and their reputation. You'll also want a lender you can trust, and someone you can work with effectively. Remember you'll have to deal with this company for many years to come.
1. Building Societies
2. High Street Banks
3. Specialist Mortgage Lending Companies
4. Insurance Companies
5. Intermediaries and Mortgage Brokers
Whatever you decide, it's important to understand how mortgages are regulated and sold in the United Kingdom. Buying with advice puts you in a stronger position to complain and get compensation if you later discover that the mortgage is unsuitable. You can read some more articles about mortgages at: http://www.commercial-mortgage-guide.org.uk/mortgages/
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