There are many different types of mortgages available, and most of them are entirely different. In this article, we will talk about the cashback mortgage and how it works.
Does it benefit you in the long term or short term? How does it compare to my other mortgage options in Sheffield? Let’s take a look and answer the most frequently asked questions regarding cashback mortgages.
Firstly, if you prefer to watch our moneymanTV video on cashback mortgages, feel free to watch it below. As a Mortgage Broker in Sheffield, we receive many questions about cashback mortgages, so mortgage advisor and our managing director Malcolm ‘the Moneyman’ decided to make a video to make cashback mortgages easier to understand:
Cashback mortgages are pretty self-explanatory. To put it simply, after paying off your mortgage or after finishing your mortgage term, you will get some money back.
The sum you get back gets based on a percentage of what you have borrowed. It usually’s something small like 1 or 2%. Some lenders like to have a fixed price in the contract. Even if you have a long mortgage term, this is a fixed amount, and it will not increase over time.
Cashback mortgages come with both advantages and disadvantages. For example, some Cashback Mortgages might come with a free property valuation or some fringe benefits.
Cashback Mortgages can be very attractive to customers that are borrowing lower mortgages. You will get some money back plus some benefits on the side. If you are offered a reasonable percentage on your Cashback Mortgage, you should consider taking it up as it may be worth it in the long term.
The only real disadvantage to a cashback mortgage is that they usually come with high-interest rates.
Compared to other mortgage options available, Cashback Mortgages are not the most popular. However, they are still worth considering. We still see customers at Sheffieldmoneyman looking for Cashback Mortgages, and they are a great backup option if you don’t qualify for your first choices.
If you want a more in-depth viewpoint, be sure to book your free mortgage appointment online or give us a call To speak with a Specialist Mortgage Advisor in Sheffield. Our team will be more than happy to explain the benefits of taking out a Cashback Mortgage and why they could be a suitable option for you.
At the start of your mortgage journey, you will come to realise there is a range of different types of mortgages.
Whether you are a First Time Buyer looking to get onto the property ladder, thinking of Moving Homes in Sheffield, or your term has ended, and you want to know your Remortgage options. Understanding the different types can help find you the most suitable choice that fits within your circumstances when living in Sheffield.
This article will feature a comprehensive list of the most popular mortgage types available to most customers when looking into their options along their mortgage journey.
For more information regarding these types, please book your free mortgage appointment online today to speak to one of our expert Mortgage Advisors in Sheffield. Our advisors are on hand seven days a week, ready and waiting to try their very best to help you with your mortgage scenario.
Something to contemplate when buying a property is the type of mortgage you take out. The most suitable mortgage for you will depend on your circumstances, plans, and whether you choose to live in or rent out the property. Feel free to use one of the jump links below to go to a specific spot in the article;
A fixed-rate mortgage is when your interest rates are on a fixed agreement between you and the lender. This fixed payment can span over a few years. Most buyers and owners usually opted-in between 2 to 5 years or longer.
Choosing this option will lead to your mortgage payment will stay the same throughout this period, even though any economic changes such as interest and inflation, so you can rest assured that you will have no differences with your payment.
Unlike a fixed-rate mortgage, a tracker mortgage doesn’t have a set rate between you and your lender. But instead, the interest rate will alter depending on the Bank of England’s base rate so that interest rates can fluctuate at any time.
For example, if you are repaying your mortgage, and the Bank of England base rate is 2%, while you are tracking a 2% above base rate, this means the overall rate you will pay back is 4%.
A repayment mortgage involves paying a combination of interest and capital each month. Over time, the property will eventually become yours if you keep up to date on the mortgage payments.
This method can be described as the most risk-free way to pay back your capital to the mortgage lender. At the start of your mortgage journey, interest becomes your principal payment. If you have taken out a much larger term like 25, 30 or 35 years, your balance will reduce slower.
Later on in your mortgage term, your payment methods will change to paying off more capital than interest, and your balance will lower at a quicker rate.
An interest-only mortgage is a payment method that involves you only paying the interest per month. Whilst that sounds ideal, this means that the borrowed amount has to be paid back in its entirety by the end of the term.
Many Buy to Let Mortgages are seen to be on an interest-only basis. However, getting a residential property on an interest-only basis is nearly unheard of these days due to the complicated criteria that need to be met.
There are circumstances where this may still apply, with reasons including; downsizing your property when you’re older or paying back capital through other investments.
Lenders can be strict when offering these products, and the loan to values is a lot lower than in previous years.
An offset mortgage is a blend of a conventional mortgage account with a savings account that runs alongside it. This mortgage type can allow you to be flexible by regularly paying in your offset account or withdrawing funds if needed.
This is seen as the more appealing type of mortgage as it allows you to have a savings account opened alongside your main account. An example of this is if someone took out a £100,000 mortgage, but in your savings, you have £20,000. You can put this into your new savings account and pay the interest on the remaining amount, which would be £80,000.
The potential option is to pay off your mortgage earlier if you keep your payments as expected.
A capped rate mortgage involves the customer making repayments each month with a maximum interest rate like fixed-rate mortgages. However, this type has a restricted percentage so that you won’t be paying any higher than the agreed percentage. For example, if you’re capped at 5%, your rate will never go above 5%.
This type can be beneficial if interest rates reduce, as your mortgage rate will follow this reduction. This should reflect in lower monthly mortgage payments.
This type of mortgage allows you to be flexible with your payments and either underpay or overpay any amount. You can only underpay if you have overpaid the first time and have agreed to do this with your lender.
Overpaying your mortgage can be helpful if you want to pay your mortgage off early and pay less interest.
One of the critical factors when moving home in or around the Sheffield area is to consider where you are looking to locate.
If you are looking for that ‘dream home’, you also need an ideal location. It would help if you thought about what the area is like, what is there and what’s a priority.
To help you get a better sense of the sort of place you would like to locate, we have compiled a list of the different factors that some First Time Buyers in Sheffield look for when trying to find their ideal home.
It is essential to develop an idea of the type of area you would like to move in, as this is somewhere you will be living in for a good while, maybe even turning it into a family home further down the line.
If you are someone who enjoys being in the heart of it all, then city life is more suited for you. Otherwise, if you prefer a quiet life, living in the countryside might be more fitting.
In all areas, you will find pros and cons to either choice, so make sure to give it much thought and research the location before you get your heart set on a potential new home.
The transport links to and from your potential new location are essential factors to consider. For example, if you heavily socialise with friends or family, don’t work from home, go out shopping, you may need easy access to the necessary transport links.
Not to mention each mode of transportation can vary in price depending on location and regular use. If you own a car, how long will it take for you to reach each destination? How much will fuel be? Where is the closest fuel stations?
For those who have children, you should look at what nearby schools are available. After all, every parent wants to find the right school for their child. It’s essential to learn about the various schools nearby to determine which school is most suitable.
If you don’t have any children now but are planning to for the future or have no plans at all, it may be beneficial to look it up, just to future proof yourself.
There may be certain facilities you would like to have close to you when you plan on a place to live. We would recommend writing down a list and separating those that you need from those that you want.
An example of this would be looking to have a gym nearby, but doing so could mean that you have to live in an area without the essential shops you need regularly.
You probably need the shops more for your general living, so that might be something to prioritise, whilst finding an area somewhere close to a gym is an added bonus.
The distance between where you might be living and where your family and friends currently live can influence where you locate. Some prefer keeping them close by, so they have that support network if they need it.
On the other hand, some prefer to keep to themselves with their loved ones at a distance, prioritising peace over going out and socialising with people regularly.
When making purchases, we all would like to know that we’re getting good value for money. Determining this for your home will depend on the area that you’re looking to move to.
Sometimes a better option is for you to look for a cheaper property to start with, though this might mean compromising various features or nearby facilities that you would’ve preferred to have had.
The local community can impact your home living experience quite a bit.
As established, some prefer a quiet life. This might require having a few residents nearby who keep to themselves. Others like to have a thriving, busy community, generally where everyone is known and communicates regularly.
Speak to your estate agent and find out what the area is like. Community Facebook pages or locally run websites tend to be quite common these days, so they are worth looking up to get a rough feel for the area.
Some home buyers may be moving because of a new job or career plan. This is something we’ve heard from customers a lot and is a huge factor. You should review the distance between your new home and workplace.
If you will be working in a home office and only visiting the office sporadically, would you be okay with living a bit further out? What is the space like within the property? Is there even room for a home office?
Those who will be job hunting once they have already moved, do some research on the companies in the local area and compile a list of the leading employers to apply with.
You will find a lot of different property types available to you across the open property market, with these varying depending on where you’re looking.
Some prefer end-terrace properties with a garden to enjoy, whilst others prefer a modern flat or studio apartment.
Make sure you have a good look at all the available options, undertake some property viewings and get a good idea of the type of property you would prefer to live in.
Any proposed local investment would probably be helpful to find information on, especially if you’re looking to build a life within that home and stay there for quite a while.
Online research will be the best port of call when looking to find any future investments. It’s important to consider whether these will be a benefit or a detriment to your lifestyle.
Again, those who prefer quiet country life might find their dream scenario turned into a nightmare if a significant new housing development is planned within proximity.
Hopefully, you are now better equipped to find a place to call your home by reading our list.
When the time comes to make offers on property and get yourself a mortgage, get yourself booked for a free mortgage appointment. We would be happy to help!
We have a dedicated team of Mortgage Advisors in Sheffield available from early until late throughout the working week and weekend, subject to availability.
Whether you are a First Time Buyer in Sheffield or are Moving Home in Sheffield, we can’t wait to hear from you.
First time buyers, home movers, landlords and the self employed will always ask the same question when it comes to applying for a mortgage – “how much can I borrow?”.
The answer varies depending on your individual situation. For example, how much you can borrow could change depending on your credit score, income, bank statements and your personal situation.
Let’s take a look into ‘how much you can borrow for a mortgage’ and how things have changed following the credit crunch.
Long before the credit crunch, credit scoring was non-existent and mortgages were manually assessed by your local building society manager. Then, during the 1990s, lenders started performing income assessments to provide a consistent approach across applicants.
Maximum lending caps were also introduced. This meant that customers couldn’t borrow more than three to four times their annual income. Scary to think that before people could!
Despite these lending caps in place, in the early 2000s, lender’s income multipliers grew more generous. This meant that more and more people were borrowing more than they can afford to pay back. Furthermore, some lenders were even allowing some of their customers to ‘self-certify’ their income with minimal/no background checks such as payslips.
Of course, all of this went very wrong. Lenders were lending to applicants that couldn’t afford to pay them back, therefore the market crashed and all of sudden, it became extremely hard to get a mortgage from 2008-2010. Lenders tightened their margins and created a cautious (over-corrected) lending environment.
In 2014, the Mortgage Market Review (MMR) was introduced. This initiative helped the market get back up on its feet; it brought a new set of guidelines for lenders to adhere to. The old income multiplier method was scrapped and replaced with new, more sophisticated affordability calculators.
These new affordability calculators provided a closer look into an applicant’s spending habits and net disposable income. This meant that the lender could have an in-depth look at your bank statements to ensure unaffordable mortgages were not granted as they were before the Mortgage Market Review.
There is still a “lending cap” in place at about 4.75 times your annual income but your expenditures are also analysed. For example, lenders seem to penalise low-earners and even things like gambling showing up on your bank statements can sometimes affect your chances of being accepted. Some take pension contributions as a fixed outgoing so would often lend, say a public sector worker with a big pension deduction less than a private sector and so on.
If you are currently trying to work out how much that you borrow, we would recommend trying our online free affordability calculator or speaking to us for a more accurate measure. A Mortgage Advisor in Sheffield will research the market on your behalf and try to find a lender that will lend you the amount you need.
Before you take out a mortgage you should sit down with a First Time Buyer Mortgage Advisor in Sheffield and work out your finances together to ensure that the repayments feel comfortable to you.
There are many reasons why some may choose to move home. That said, this article will highlight some of the most popular scenarios that we have seen as a mortgage broker in Sheffield:
Some borrowers look at wanting to move home simply because they wish to live somewhere bigger. It makes sense, considering that some first time buyers in Sheffield look for a smaller property to start small and then move when their circumstances change down the line, i.e. ready to settle down and start a family.
Another option to making more living space is to raise capital through a remortgage to build an extension/conversion. This option is popular amongst growing families.
Others choose to remortgage for home improvements to raise their property value for when they sell it in the future.
We also hear that some wanted a change of scenery and looking to move to a different area. These will likely be first time buyers again as they usually have a restricted budget and settle for an affordable property for a reasonable price. The chances are that these borrowers now have a higher income coming in that they can afford to live in a more affluent area.
Not everyone considers schools as they may have not even thought about starting a family yet. Those who have started a family or are planning to will always factor in accessible education within the area when they are looking at where to move.
Some look at moving closer to their friends and family. If you have children at a young age and both parents work full-time then it is more than likely that you will ask their family to help them out with childcare as private nurseries can be costly.
Those looking to get on the property ladder will always consider buying over renting. That said, when it comes down to costs, no matter if you are renting or buying, the monthly payments are roughly the same, depending on the area, but you need to save up for a deposit.
As we mentioned before, if you prefer more living space but do not want the hassle of moving, then book your free mortgage appointment today to speak to one of our remortgage advisors in Sheffield, who will help you find a great deal to raise money for home improvements.
Why hesitate? Book your free mortgage appointment now to speak to a Mortgage Advisor in Sheffield. Our mortgage advisors can calculate your maximum borrowing capacity and give you a quote on your monthly payments.
Even if you are looking at remortgaging, you can get in touch today, and we can pass you on to our expert remortgage Advisor in Sheffield, and they will be able to answer all of your mortgage enquiries.
When you’re moving home in Sheffield, you may come across all sorts of different hurdles and obstacles along the way. Whether it’s something to do with your offer not being accepted straight away or your application being stuck in the pipeline, there’s always something.
A common problem that homebuyers come across are property chains. Getting stuck in a property chain can often slow down, if not put to a halt, your home moving journey.
A property chain is a string of house purchases that rely on one another to complete the chain. If you’re a first time buyer in Sheffield, you will always be at the start of the chain, whereas, if you are selling a property, you’ll be at the end.
Picture it as an actual chain linking houses together. For a buyer to move into the property that they’re buying, they need to wait for the seller to move out first. However, the seller is in the same situation as you! They too are waiting for their seller to move out so that they can move in.
Depending on the property chain that you’re linked with, the link could go on and on. If you’re lucky, you may only have a couple of purchases linked with your property chain or even just one!
The answer to this question is completely situational. You don’t know what situation that your seller’s seller is in (complicated… we know).
You may not even know that you’re in a property chain, the whole process could run smoothly, and you wouldn’t know any different. Everyone hopes for this situation, who doesn’t want a quick and simple moving home process.
If things don’t go your way, you may be stuck in a waiting scenario. As a mortgage broker in Sheffield, we recommend that you begin your process at least six months of preparation. This means that you have plenty of time to search for that dream home and allowed time just in case you get stuck in a property chain.
Unfortunately, if you’re linked with a property chain and one purchase doesn’t go through, the whole chain behind it could suffer. When a property chain breaks, you will have to wait or look for another property.
If the property chain breaks at your purchase, if you act quickly, you may be able to stop it from breaking the entire chain. If you’re selling, you could contact the people planning to buy your property by contacting your estate agent; this way, you can inform them of the situation sooner rather than later.
Whether it’s something wrong on the seller’s level or on your level, there are still ways to prepare for a break in the property chain. For example, you could try and buy a property that isn’t in a chain or in a small chain, sell your property and rent temporarily or buy a new-build property, etc.
For more moving home mortgage advice in Sheffield, contact our expert mortgage advisors in Sheffield today.
A property chain can break for many different reasons. It could happen at your’s, your seller’s or even your buyer’s level:
These are just a few examples, there are many more reasons. Depending on the length of the property chain that you’re in will depend on how drastically these situations impact your ability to move home.
It can be hard to avoid a property chain; especially if you’re buying a busy time of year or when the market is hot, for example, January.
Moreover, you could do your research and talk to your estate agent so that you know exactly what your position is during the application stage. Arranging your finances as early in the process as possible would be smart. The more that you are prepared for things that could wrong, the better.
If you manage to avoid a property chain (also known as ‘chain-free’) you should be able to continue straight through the moving home process. This is assuming that you provide evidence that you can afford a mortgage and provide a deposit for the property.
If you are buying and selling your home, let our moving home mortgage advisors in Sheffield help you through your process.
You can book your own mortgage appointment for free online. Get started today and we can help you get through the moving home process stress-free. We can’t wait to hear from you.
If you are considering buying a house, don’t be spontaneous. Taking out a mortgage requires careful planning and preparation over a long period.
That said, you will be surprised at the number of people we deal with regularly, who are more accustomed to their buying behaviour and have therefore neglected to prepare for a mortgage in advance.
Many reasons why a first time buyer in Sheffield like yourself jump into such a significant financial commitment on a whim. Some of the most common including;
Disadvantages include leaving buyers open to various potential issues with their mortgage. Some common mortgage hurdles we have faced with customers include:
Savings can be pretty tricky. Especially if you are renting at the moment, balancing a constant income and significant outgoings and essential purchases each month limit what you can save in-between.
The good news is that family members can help via the use of a Gifted Deposit. Some first time buyers in Sheffield ask family members to try and help whenever they can. If a family member is looking to help. We recommend it’s best to give them as much notice as possible to get their finances in order!
Getting an up to date credit report is not an incredibly difficult task. You may have seen TV adverts for various credit reference agencies, but we recommend Check My File, as they can collate the data from these sources into one for you to compare.
Once you have downloaded your credit report, you can send it across to a mortgage advisor in Sheffield, who will look at this for you. We see these reports daily, and we know what sort of things the lenders like to see and what they do not want to see.
When a lender looks at your bank statements, lenders would rather not see lots of unnecessary bank charges or gambling transactions on your bank statements. You will need to provide the lender with a reasonable explanation as to what has been happening on your account and how you plan to resolve this going forward if any issues arise.
For customers who are self employed in Sheffield, we understand that Accountants try to minimise the tax liability for their customers. That said, if your year-end has come around, then there is nothing to stop you from submitting another set of accounts earlier than you might typically do.
Especially if you think your business has grown in the last 12 months. Some lenders consider ignoring previous years’ figures if the latest ones are favourable.
No matter your circumstances! If you are still facing one of the problems above, it’s possible that we may be able to help you get in touch. Our team of expert mortgage advisors in Sheffield are here to try and help.
So, you are now ready to take a further step up the property ladder and further your mortgage goals. Whether you are a first time buyer in Sheffield, new to the experience or a home mover in Sheffield looking to sell your current home and live somewhere else, you will still need to start getting prepared for your mortgage.
Here are some expert tips from an open and honest mortgage broker in Sheffield:
As an experienced and well trusted mortgage broker in Sheffield, we always recommend taking advantage of mortgage advice as early on in the mortgage process as you can. This will allow you to get an idea of how much you could possibly borrow and what your estimated monthly costs may be.
You need to prioritise getting an up-to-date credit report, as you will need to know what your current credit score is and what you could potentially do to improve it, if necessary. The better your credit score is, the higher chance you have of your mortgage application being accepted.
There are a lot of different ways that you could potentially improve your credit score in Sheffield and to the surprise of many, it isn’t always too difficult to do so. In some cases, it is even possible to obtain a mortgage deal despite having a low credit score, though this ultimately depends on your lender and the way they look at your circumstances.
By ensuring you have both a mortgage advisor in Sheffield by your side and an up-to-date credit report to hand, you could increase your chances of being accepted for a mortgage in the future. A trusted mortgage advisor in Sheffield will be able to work through everything on your behalf, guiding you throughout the process.
Here at Sheffieldmoneyman, we have the ability to obtain a fully credit-checked agreement in principle for you, something we can turn around within 24 hours of your initial appointment.
A dedicated mortgage advisor in Sheffield will help you to get prepared for everything prior to submitting your mortgage application.
In doing this, your mortgage lender will want to see some proof of identification, so that you can prove you are who you say you are, along with where you are living and the amount that you earn from your job.
In knowing this, you can now prepare for all the necessary documents you’ll need. These are as follows;
In terms of proving who you are you’ll need to produce some photo ID. Acceptable types of ID include a driving license or valid passport.
In addition to the above, you’ll need to prove where you live. You’ll need to produce a utility bill or original bank statement dated within the last 3 months.
Lenders will always have a keen interest in what your spending habits are, compared to anything else.
They need to be absolutely sure that you will have the ability to regularly maintain your monthly mortgage payments on top of everything else you have going out. They will analyse your bank statements very carefully and take everything into consideration.
Lenders aren’t too fond of seeing gambling on your bank statements. It’s something we often see catching people out, as they haven’t realised that it can harm your chances of obtaining a mortgage down the line. They also don’t like seeing customers go over their overdraft limit, as this basically means your spending money that isn’t there.
It’s reasons like this why we always advise that you be careful and make sure that your statements are going to appeal to a mortgage lender, rather than put them off from lending to you.
You will have to prove you have the funds in place for the deposit and also be able to evidence this for anti-money laundering purposes. Try not to move money around your various accounts too much as it will make evidencing the audit trail a more complex process than it needs to be.
Lenders take a preference to applicants who are able to evidence that they have been saving for their deposit. It shows that you have a good understanding of how to put money aside every month and not spend money you don’t have. You’ll also need to factor in any large credits into your accounts.
Quite often we find that the money for a deposit has been gifted by family members. These funds will also need to be evidenced, with the “donor” being required to sign a letter for the lender. This will be to confirm that the funds are strictly a gift and not something they will be needing back from the mortgage applicant.
In terms of affordability, the most important thing is to be able to prove your income. If you are employed this tends to be done by providing the lender with your last 3 months’ payslips and most recent P60. Lenders often take into account regular overtime, commission, shift allowance and bonus.
Make sure that you do plenty of research ahead of time. Preparing for your mortgage and making a note of your anticipated outgoings after you move house puts you in a great position prior to starting the application process.
You can work out an estimate of how much the council tax and utility bills will be. In addition to that, you can also work out your regular expenditures, such as any food and drink you will be buying. This will demonstrate how much disposable income you have available to pay your mortgage from.
You need to accommodate lots of time to prepare for your mortgage application. It can sometimes be a lot quicker and much easier to approach a mortgage broker in Sheffield who can take the bulk of the process and do it on your behalf.
A mortgage advisor in Sheffield will be able to work out how much everything is potentially going to cost you and guide you through the entire mortgage process, doing their best to work hard and try to secure you a competitive mortgage deal.
Getting ahead and planning early will always impress your mortgage lender. Let an expert mortgage broker in Sheffield help you out. Get in touch to book your free mortgage appointment with a trusted mortgage advisor in Sheffield.
Moving home can be a stressful, time consuming and costly process, which begs why so many homeowners choose to do it? From lack of space to a new change of scenery, this article will explain the top reasons people decide relocating to Sheffield is the best option.
We often foresee this with customers, as first time buyers in Sheffield usually go for a smaller property to start with, only for a situation to change down the line that leaves them needing a much bigger living space.
An example of this is that they may start a family and require some extra room. That said, they might generally want a bigger home than they currently have.
Rather than moving home in Sheffield, some homeowners look to raise capital by taking out remortgage to fund home improvements, such as building an extension, conversion or a home office.
An increasingly popular option, especially with growing families and could give that extra bit of space you need whilst retaining a place that no doubt has grown in sentiment over time.
People may also take out a remortgage for home improvements to raise the property’s value, just in case they ever look to create an opportunity for turning a significant profit from the sale.
We hear that some homeowners wanted a change of scenery and were quite intrigued to try out completely different areas.
You’ll commonly find that this section of borrowers tends to be once again first time buyers who had a limited budget and stuck with a lower-end property for the time being due to slightly more reasonable house prices.
It’s likely that these borrowers now have a higher income than they used to and want to live in a more affluent location.
Other customers tell us that they wanted to move to be closer to both their friends and family. This sort of situation comes up when couples start their family.
If both parents work, this would mean that childcare services are needed. But, seeing as many Private nurseries nowadays are seemingly expensive, parents reach out to relatives for help with childcare.
If you are thinking of moving home in Sheffield, you will need to know roughly how much moving home will cost. Get in touch with a mortgage advisor in Sheffield, and they will help you calculate your maximum borrowing capacity. Giving you an estimated quote on what your monthly payments could be.
For those looking at remortgage, get in touch today and speak to an expert remortgage advisor in Sheffield.
The higher that your credit score is, the higher the likelihood that your application will be accepted by the mortgage lender. This is different to the likelihood of someone with a poor credit score finding the same success. A mortgage lender will study your application carefully in order to make sure you can definitely afford their mortgage.
That being said, there are still no guarantees when it comes to mortgages, even if your credit score is pretty high. Each mortgage lender will have their own specific criteria that you need to match in order to obtain their deal, and it is unlikely that you will meet all of those.
Each lenders criteria could be vastly different to another and they have developed their own unique ways of figuring out whether you match what they’re looking for or not. In some cases, you might actually find yourself matching up with the majority of them and in some cases, maybe you only match up with a few of them.
It is the job of your dedicated mortgage advisor in Sheffield to work alongside you and find the right lender who is offering the best deal for your personal circumstances, with criteria that you can meet. Whether your advisor is from your bank, the lender or a trusted mortgage broker in Sheffield like us, they will match you up to your mortgage needs as best they can.
Getting in touch with a mortgage broker in Sheffield will be of a great benefit to you, as our experienced mortgage advisors will work their hardest to find you the best deal for your personal situation, always having your best interests at heart.
You will be updated on a regular basis with exactly what is going on, so you’re not left stressed and confused about the process. It’s one of our many aims during your mortgage journey to make sure everything goes as smoothly and stress-free as it possibly can.
Whether you are a First Time Buyer in Sheffield, planning on Moving Home in Sheffield or Self Employed, we will do our best to provide you with helpful tips and tricks to help you improve your credit score and eventually, secure an amazing mortgage that you’ll be thrilled to be walking away with.
There are a variety of different credit reference agencies in Sheffield you could go with, though the most popular ones are Experian and Equifax. Before you rush into anything, make sure that you do some research into each agency as it is possible that some of them may be holding incorrect data and it could help you identify any discrepancies.
We personally would suggest using a platform called Check My File, as this collates data from all the major ones like the aforementioned two, giving you a wider overview of how your credit file is looking. In signing up, you will receive a free 30-day trial, followed by a monthly fee of £14.99. Your account can be cancelled at any time prior to the end of the trial should you see fit.
There are lots of different things you can do to improve your credit score. Here we have some for you to have a look at:
You will find that having multiple credit searches taken out against you could actually end up having a negative effect on your credit score in the long run. Even the use of price comparison websites is a factor that could harm your credit score.
If you are planning to apply for a mortgage, we strongly suggest that you avoid applying for any other credit in the meantime. Paying your credit back is a good thing for your score in the long run, providing that you can show lenders that you are able to maintain your monthly repayments.
That being said, borrowing during a mortgage application is something that could make the lender think that you cannot afford the deposit and are relying on the credit to give you a financial boost.
A great yet very simple way for you to get a boost to your credit score, is to register yourself for the electoral roll. It can demonstrate stability and this is something that the lenders like to see. You must make sure that your name is spelled correctly, and you must include your current registered address, not your previous one.
If you are not registered on the voters’ roll, you should definitely sign up for it. It is very easy to do online and it is something that could contribute well to improving your credit score.
Maxing out your card each month is something else that can actually reduce your credit score. The lender will prefer to see that you are using a credit card and paying off the balance in full each month, as this will show that you are good with your money management.
If a lender sees that you are exceeding credit card limits or overdrafts,it might give them the impression that you don’t take your finances seriously. This once again could drastically harm your chances of getting accepted for a mortgage.
Sometimes, if you have forgotten to tell a previous credit provider that you’ve moved into a new property, it can come across like you are actually living in multiple properties at the same time. Lenders don’t like to see this so you must make sure that you are on top of your address history so that it displays correctly on your credit report.
If you have a family member or ex-partner financially linked to you, this could be affecting your score without you even being aware of it. If the account is still live, then you won’t be able to get the financial association removed. If you want to remove any of these links, you should absolutely get in touch with the credit reference agencies and make a request.
Applicants see credit scoring as an unfair way to assess a mortgage application. Your mortgage lender would disagree with that, as at the end of the day, they are in the business of making money and they need to be sure you will be able to keep up your payments. It’s also much cheaper for them to operate through a computer-generated credit scoring system, as this keeps the process consistent and efficient.
Send an up-to-date copy of your credit report to your dedicated mortgage advisor in Sheffield ahead of time to increase your chances of being accepted the first time. The more your in-the-know your advisor is regarding your finances, the better it will be.
Also, there are still some lenders that prefer to operate the way companies used to and will manually assess your application. They will still have rules that they stick by regarding the number of defaults and CCJs that they will allow customers to have.