Glimmer of Hope for First Time Buyers

First Time Buyers were given an indication this week that there may be more options available to them in the housing Market, see this article from The Guardian newspaper: https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/dec/03/lloyds-reintroduces-10-deposit-mortgages-for-first-time-buyers

Where the focus has been on clients who have a 15% plus deposit available more recognisable names such as Halifax, Nationwide Building Society, Virgin Money, Platform Home Loans (Part of The Co-Operative Bank and Accord Mortgages (Part of the Yorkshire Building Society) have now entered the Market and are offering mortgages to First Time Buyer and Homemovers with a 10% deposit.

The Lenders offering 90% mortgages will look at cases with more scrutiny so seeking the advice of a Mortgage Broker has become more important than before.

Manchester Mortgages has been helping first time buyers for in excess of 20 years so understands the importance of getting the correct advice at the beginning of the house buying process.

We will fully assess your situation and advise what lender is able to offer you the best options for your circumstances.

As the market opens up to more first time buyers estate agents and builders will need to see you are in a position to proceed if you are successful having a offer on a property accepted.

Contact us on 0161 706 0242 and speak with one of our industry experienced advisers who can help you find the right mortgage.

PS We are also able to put you in touch with a solicitor to help you with the legal work involved.

Off the top of your head…

If we asked you the following mortgages related questions would you know the answers?

MORTGAGE –

  • Who is your mortgage with
  • What interest rate you are paying
  • What is the current mortgage amount outstanding
  • How much per month are your mortgage payments
  • Are you in a fixed rate – if so when does it end
  • What rate will your mortgage revert to after any current deals ends
  • What will your new mortgage payments be per month
  • Are you paying your lender’s standard variable rate
  • The current value of your house

Once your current rate ends unless you review your mortgage you will revert to your lender’s Standard Variable Rate ( SVR ) – dependent on lender this could mean a rate of anywhere between 3% and 6% .

If looking to change lender ( re-mortgage ) you need to be reviewing your mortgage 3 months before your current deal ends as with re-mortgage solicitors have to be involved in the process which sometimes can delay matters.

PROTECTING YOUR INCOME –

If employed how much & for how long will your employer pay you if off work

If self employed – do you have any cover in place to protect your income if off work

If your income stopped due to accident or illness how would you be able to pay your monthly mortgage and bills and maintain your ( and if applicable your family ) lifestyle.

LIFE COVER / CRITICAL ILLNESS

If you died how much life cover do you have – would it repay your mortgage

If you had a critical illness such as a Heart Attack or suffered a Cancer have you cover which would pay out for a second opinion and access to treatment by the best doctors in the world.

Do you have any policies which offer cover / treatment for your children in the event of them suffering a critical illness.

Time flies by and peoples circumstances change – it maybe that when you last took out your existing cover you were young, free & single – but now you are married / living with your partner and have children and a bigger mortgage !

Life companies now offer much more by way of benefits and flexibility in their policies – Manchester Mortgages can review your existing policies and advise on the best way to provide the cover you need to suit your present circumstances.

CONCLUSION

If you’re being honest you most probably knew a few of answers straight away such as your mortgage lender and how much your mortgage payments currently are – the rest maybe not.

Not Every Lender is the Same !

Arranging a Mortgage can be a stressful and time consuming process and in this article I look at the benefits of using an independent mortgage brokering service.

Lenders like Halifax, NatWest, Santander, Nationwide Building Society and Virgin Money although the interest rates may be very similar the way that they assess each application can be very different. However, these companies are not independent mortgage brokers !!

EXAMPLE. Two of the lenders will take 100% of overtime payments into account where the others may only take 50 or 60%.

Two of the lenders will take any pension contributions you may make as a credit commitment therefore reducing the amount they may lend where the three others will not.

One of the lenders will not take into consideration loan payments that have 6 months or less to run where the others will.

Three of the lender will lend even if you have been in a job one day where the others need you to be continually employed for six months.

As somebody trying to arrange a mortgage how are you expected to know this ?

Then it may be that you haven’t got a perfect credit record !

Perhaps had a County Court Judgement, Default on a loan or missed / late payments. Would any of the above lend money ?

One may the others wont.

What if you were self employed with one year accounts ? How would the lenders treat you then ?

So as you can see there are lots of different factors to take into consideration when applying for a mortgage and not all lenders are the same.

One way of finding the right mortgage is to speak with an Independent Mortgage Broker. They will be able to look at your situation and make an assessment of your circumstances and find the lender who will meet your current situation.

Manchester Mortgages has been arranging mortgages throughout Greater Manchester for over 20 years. They are an independent mortgage broker.

So whether you are a First Time Buyer, considering moving home, Remortgaging your property for a better rate or wishing to consolidate existing credit commitments to reduce your monthly outgoings our industry experienced advisers can help.

All it takes is a simple phone call to 0161 706 0242 where one of our friendly advisers can have an informal chat with you to discuss your requirements and the way forward. Manchester Mortgages are independent mortgage brokers and deal with all the lenders on the high street and specialist lenders. We work on your behalf not the lenders.

What mortgage options exist for first time buyers?

With house prices continuing to rise it is becoming more and more difficult for First Time Buyers to get on the property ladder.

A lot of first time buyers are now turning to the Bank of MUM & DAD for help or Grand Parents.

They are normally in a position to provide their Children / Grand Children with a deposit but are asked to confirm that they will not have a financial interest in the property.

first time buyers signSo that money has to be a non repayable gift.

Below is an option potentially available

Example:

The Property is Valued at £150,000. First Time buyers borrow 100% of the purchase price (£150,000)

The Lender applies an interest rate fixed for 3 Years over the mortgage term 25 years (maximum).

The Parents / Grand Parents or other Helper place 10% of the purchase price (£15,000) into a Bank Account for the first three years of the mortgage. This account is an interesting bearing account.

At the end of the three years the money is returned to the Parent(s) / Grand Parent (s) or other Helper(s) with interest as long the mortgage payments have been made on time and in full.

The Mortgage then reverts to a Tracker rate with no penalties meaning that you are free to look at what other options are available to you (This would be dependent upon the Value of the property at that time and your financial circumstances).

The Benefit to the person placing the deposit into the account is that they are not considered to be guarantors and the buyers have full ownership of the property at all times.

This is a alternative option available and but as is the case with all mortgages you will meet the full application criteria which will include details of income, details of any outstanding credit commitments and you have to have a clear credit profile.

So what will the mortgage payments be ?

So based on a Purchase Price of £150,000 and a mortgage loan of £150,000 over 25 years and a current fixed rate of 2.95%

The Monthly Mortgage payment would be £707.42.

At the time of writing this article the Lender will provide you with a FREE mortgage valuation of the property along with no lenders arrangement /booking fee.

It is advisable that all parties take independent legal advice.

Manchester Mortgages have been providing mortgage advice to clients for 18 years and are now arranging mortgages for our original clients children and we are able to provide solutions to most situations.

Stalybridge Mortgage Advice

Stalybridge photoI’ve recently provided some mortgage advice for a couple looking for buy their first house in Stalybridge.

Stalybridge is a town in Tameside, Greater Manchester. One of it’s closest well known landmarks is the Ethihad Stadium, home to Manchester City football club.

I looked at https://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/Tameside.html for houses for sale in Tameside and then looked for a mortgage broker. Finding a mortgage broker in Manchester was tricky as I was looking not only for a first time buyer mortgage but I needed advice about remortgaging my existing house too.

Next to Stalybridge in Ashton which also has a masonic hall. Remortgaging the house in Ashton to buy a house in Stalybridge was the only option available. The current mortgage rate is between 1.99% – 2.39% on mortgage amounts over £100,000, below that  the rate will be higher.

Always look at your mortgage offer and consult a mortgage specialist to make sure you get the best prices available.

 

Homes in Manchester City Centre

There’s a lot of new building and housing developments underway in Manchester City Centre as anyone who has driven through it or works there will tell you. This is not surprising with house prices in London being ridiculously expensive that most people can no longer afford to live there.

So Manchester therefore looks very attractive, and you only have to go along to Piccadilly Station in the morning to see all the commuters who each day travel to and from London for work. Some would say this is quite a good idea really as you can get a lot of work done in the train.

Manchester city centre mortgage broker

As so many people are wanting to live in Manchester there is a lot on new build housing being built (see http://www.rightmove.co.uk/new-homes-for-sale/Manchester-City-Centre.html). Mortgage brokers in Manchester have been very impressed with the new housing developments around the Manchester City football ground (see my earlier post here).

Prices in the centre of Manchester are more expensive than areas outside, but this is to me expected, getting yourself a decent mortgage advisor is then next crucial step – as I repeatedly say, DON’T use a high street broker – their deals are rubbish, use and independent mortgage advisor and you WILL save yourself thousands of pounds throughout the duration of your mortgage.

Moving to Norden?

Norden, Rochdale, LancashireNorden is a small Lancashire village situated between Rochdale and the Rossendale Valley. It’s quite a well to do place with a population of approximately 10,000.

A recent look at a popular web site that lists houses for sale in Norden (https://www.onthemarket.com/for-sale/property/norden/) shows quite a diverse number of houses that would suit those looking to move to a bigger house, first time buyers and landlords looking to invest in a property that they can then let out.

As Norden is a small village there’s a lack of high street shops. Instead you’ll find local stores and a large number of pubs. If you’re looking to find a mortgage broker rather than go into Rochdale the best advise is too look for an independent local mortgage advisor who knows the area and will come out to you.

Another advantage is the speed at which local brokers and mortgage advisors operate. If you have any experience of high street lenders you’ll know it can take months for them to finally offer you a mortgage (provided you get that far!), and in that time you can lose the house because someone nipped in and bought it ahead of you.

Take a look through the pages of this web site and see what I’m currently recommending. Go to the homepage here.

Best wishes, Alan

Mortgage Broker Eccles

If you’re looking to buy a house in the Eccles area of Greater Manchester and you need a decent mortgage broker then look no further. In this previous post I talked about a Manchester mortgage lender with a good reputation and I’m pleased to say they also cover the Eccles area.

Of course Eccles has many areas close by that are popular with home buyers – you can take the A57 across to Irlam, or head over the canal to get to the Manchester United ground and Stretford, or you can head towards Worsley and to the popular village of Monton.

Between Eccles and Monton is Green Lane where a new housing development is being built on an old industrial site. A mixture of 3 to 4 bedroom houses, prices are a very competitive £200,000 to £250,000 and a near the canal that comes from the Worsley Golf Course.

Close to the Trafford Centre, the mortgage broker for Eccles also tells me that the housing development is in easy reach of two local schools: Monton Green Primary School and Westwood Park Community Primary School.

Monton has it’s own village web site which you might like to browse here: https://www.montonvillage.org.uk/.

Tameside Mortgages

Those of you considering buying a house in the Tameside area of Greater Manchester should consider some local Manchester mortgage brokers rather than the high street options according to Ashton under Lyne councillor David Matthews.

ashton under lyne

“Ashton and Stalybridge have some great houses available to buy, but people are telling me they are finding it difficult to get a mortgage.”

Fortunately the answer is simple, Google something like “Manchester mortgage broker” and you’ll find several companies who will be able to help you find the mortgage you need.

Tameside, containing the areas of Ashton, Dukinfield and Stalybridge has long been a popular area of Greater Manchester for people to live in, and looking at the Rightmove web site for Stalybridge (http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/Stalybridge.html) there are a lot of decent houses on the market.

However, echoing Ashton councillor Matthew’s statement, with house prices this high, getting a mortgage can prove difficult for some people. Most of us see renting a property as “dead money” because the money goes to someone else and you never get to actually own your own home. Most people want to go down the buying route of home ownership so after their mortgage is paid off, they have an asset that they can use as leverage to buy something else, or have a nice nest egg for when they retire etc.

When you get a mortgage always do the maths and work out how much it’s going to cost you over it’s duration. Critical figures are the interest rate of your mortgage and and fixed terms that apply to it. With the feeling that mortgage interest rates will rise over the next few years, it may be a savvy idea to get a mortgage broker who secures you a mortgage where interest rates are fixed for a number of years. This means you will beat any rate rises during this time.

London vs North West Housing

The North West areas of Preston, Liverpool and the Wirral are popular locations for people who want to live in the north of England. But what’s is like living in the north?

Well, the cost of living is far cheaper for one. The average cost of a house in Liverpool is £107,000 (source: http://www.rightmove.co.uk/house-prices/Liverpool.html), compared with London which is £534,000 (source: http://www.rightmove.co.uk/house-prices-in-London.html). This single statistic proves that the north-south divide ridiculed as non existent by some is actually alive and kicking.

Ok, so house prices are cheaper, but wages are lower too. In this study from Manchester’s Metro newspaper we learn that London salaries are significantly higher than the rest of the country (http://metro.co.uk/2015/11/18/how-does-your-salary-compare-with-the-rest-of-the-country-5511194/). So what have Liverpool, Preston and the Wirral got going for them?

The cost of living is cheaper as well, as is the cost of motoring (no congestion charge) and the food is cheaper too. You could sell you London home for £500,000 and move to a 4 bedroom detached in Liverpool for £140,000, thus netting £340,000 cash in part of your move. If you look after your money that will keep you going for a good while.

It’s similarly far easier to get a mortgage broker to find you a decent mortgage when there aren’t such large sums of money involved. Mortgage advice and mortgage brokers practice an art of finding you the best mortgage for your requirements. They do this by speaking to all the mortgage lenders who provide mortgages that are suitable to your requirements. Don’t arrange your own mortgage, it’s not worth it as you’ll lose out financially. It’s far cheaper for you to arrange your mortgage through a mortgage broker, and their fee are usually absorbed by the mortgaging company too which means that the cost to you is transparent.

So have a read through the posts on this site, there’s lots about mortgages, housing and brokering in the north west. If you want any advice please get in touch with us.