Before you start shopping around for a mortgage in the UK, it's important to understand how mortgages are regulated and sold. There are some things you need to know and consider before you can go out looking for a mortgage.
Also, check that the firm you are dealing with is authorised by the FSA. If they are not authorised you will not have access to complaints procedures and compensation schemes if things go wrong.
Some of the things you should consider when choosing a mortgage lender includes:
- Competitiveness of the lender's rates,
- Mortgage fees and penalties,
- Customer service and the lender's reputation.
- Trust (You'll want a lender you can trust, and a company you can work with effectively since you'll have to deal with this lender for many years to come.)
Ask your friends or family for recommendations of potential mortgage lenders or brokers. Then contact some of the lenders and discuss your needs with them. Using keyfacts to compare different mortgage packages and services will help you get a better deal. Read expert opinions in national newspapers and magazines. These publications usually publish editorials that rate mortgage and loan deals from various banks and lenders. This information will give you a better idea of what to expect when you start shopping around for a mortgage.
Take time to choose a lender so that you can save money on your mortgage. There are hundreds of mortgage deals available out there so don't be tempted to settle for the first offer before finding out what deals are available elsewhere. Shopping around for a mortgage will help you to get the best financing deal. If you don't have the time to do it yourself, you can use the services of a broker or use an internet site that offers a mortgage comparison facility.
Finally, think carefully before securing other debts against your home. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.
Disclaimer: Information in this article does not constitute financial advice and should not be used as such.