Following the discontinued Help to Buy scheme in 2019, home buyers began exploring other schemes that could help them get onto the property ladder. One of these was the Lifetime ISA.
Introduced in 2017, the Lifetime ISA gives First Time Buyers an easy approach to raising money to buy a property. Alternatively, it can also be used to save for later in life. We are a Mortgage Broker in Newcastle, therefore, this article will focus on how you the Lifetime ISA can be used to save for a property. It will also show the scheme requirements and how it can benefit you as a First Time Buyer in Newcastle.
Our YouTube channel features an in-depth explanation of the Lifetime ISA. Feel free to watch the video below or visit the channel and check out more of our free educational content!
The Lifetime ISA is only available to First Time Buyers. This is because you are expected to have the funds available when it comes to selling and moving home. The government specifically wanted to help First Time Buyers get onto the property ladder.
The way the scheme works is that you have an interest-free independent savings account which you build up and put money into (just like a typical savings account). There are no limitations to how much can you deposit into your ISA, there is only a £4,000 yearly cap. Whatever you manage to save in the year will also be topped up by the government by 25% of your savings.
The savings are worked out every tax year, therefore, you will receive a 25% bonus every year around April. If you manage to save £4,000 in the tax year, you will receive £1,000 in your Lifetime ISA account. This makes your yearly savings sum up to £5,000.
You must be aware that once your money has been deposited into your Lifetime ISA, it cannot be withdrawn without a 25% charge. If you want to take out £1,000, you will only receive £750.
When you are using the Lifetime ISA to fund your first property purchase, do not withdraw from your ISA to use the funds as a deposit. When you are starting your mortgage process, simply tell your Mortgage Advisor in Newcastle that you have a Lifetime ISA and they will explain how this part of the process works.
The Lifetime ISA is still available to those currently renting. This does not affect your application as you have never owned a property before. We recommend building up your Lifetime ISA for a couple of years prior to buying a property. This way you are able to benefit from a few yearly government bonuses.
If you are wanting to use this scheme to save for later in life, check out the government’s official webpage: https://www.gov.uk/lifetime-isa.
There will be some requirements that you will have to pass before being able to open your Lifetime ISA. Here is what you will need to look out for:
If you fit into the scheme’s criteria or are unsure whether you qualify, feel free to get in touch. As a Mortgage Broker in Newcastle, it is our job to help you through the mortgage process from the very beginning, even at this stage. We say that the earlier that you get started the better!
The Lifetime ISA is a great way for First Time Buyers in Newcastle to get onto the property ladder. With time and investment, the ISA could boost your deposit which could open you up to a higher loan to value mortgage deals (also dependent on a good credit score and affordability).
If already have a Lifetime ISA in place, now is a great time to get in touch and speak to one of our Mortgage Advisors in Newcastle. We have helped many First Time Buyers with Lifetime ISAs before, and you could be next.
Interest-free, tax-free and simple! What more could you want as a First Time Buyer looking to save for your first housing deposit?
Mortgage hurdles are more common than you think. As a Mortgage Broker in Newcastle, we frequently see applicants facing all different kinds of mortgage hurdles. Some of them will be more common than others, therefore we can advise how to solve these quickly, whereas others can be more complicated and require an in-depth look to solve the problem.
Our team loves a challenge. We’re offering you a helping hand to get you over your mortgage hurdles in Newcastle. Your mortgage hurdles may not be the same as someone else’s, however, we do regularly see some of the situations:
From 20+ years of industry experience, we can say that it’s extremely rare to be declined a mortgage due to childcare costs. Although expensive, lenders will usually give you some leeway when it comes to childcare costs and mortgage affordability. You have to remember that they have a duty to make sure that you can afford a mortgage and raise a child; to combat this, they may offer you a lower mortgage amount.
Someone in the same financial situation as you but does not have children may be offered a higher mortgage amount. Don’t see this is as unfair; lenders should still lend to you, it’s likely that they’re just factoring in child benefits and state benefits into account.
Unfortunately, one of the most common mortgage hurdles that we come across in Newcastle, is a mortgage following a divorce or separation. In most cases, finances are the first thing that you need to sort out following a divorce or separation.
There are three questions we’re frequently asked about this mortgage hurdle:
The answer to all of these questions is yes, you can do all of these, however, you may need assistance from a mortgage expert to do so. These subject areas are very specialist and it may take a professional to help you get by them.
We know that these situations are hard and you want it to be over as quickly as possible, however, it’s also important that we get it right and you get over the hurdles with no repercussions and a new mortgage deal that you’re happy with.
It’s not unusual for someone to want to take out a mortgage upon starting a new job. The deposit is not the problem. Usually, the applicant has either built up savings or are moving home in Newcastle and will have the funds from the sale to put towards the deposit. It’s the recurring monthly payments that the lender will be wary about.
If you are due to start a new job soon, you may be able to get a mortgage pre-hand if you have already signed a contract and had a job offer. Typically, lenders are okay with probationary periods, although, they will be cautious.
Gaps in employment can often be a worry. You want to show your lender that you’re reliable and will be able to meet your monthly payments. Regularly being unemployed with no income is a warning sign for them.
Proving your mortgage deposit can sometimes be the hardest yet simplest part of the process. This is mostly down to strict anti-money laundering measures. You will always be asked to evidence where you got your deposit from, it’s an essential part of your mortgage process.
Depositing large amounts of cash into your bank will be questioned by your lender. If you cannot prove how you received this money, your application may be rejected.
If your deposit or a portion of it has been gifted to you, it’s advised that the money is kept inside the gifter’s account. This allows your lender to easily monitor the money see exactly where the money is coming from.
“Should I rent or should I buy?” – It’s a big question that everyone will ask themselves at some point in their lives. It can be a hard one to answer too, especially if you’re a first time buyer in Newcastle.
You’ll find that, in the majority of cases, the option that people choose is down to their personal and financial situation (like most things!). You have to think about where you are now and where you’ll be within the next five years when it comes to making decisions such as choosing between buying or renting.
Both renting and buying have their own perks, however, you’ll find that the majority of people will choose to buy over rent a property; here’s a couple of reasons why they may choose to do so:
Generally speaking, depending on whether you’ve got past/current credit issues, monthly repayments for a property that is being bought over rented are usually cheaper. As a mortgage broker in Newcastle, we’ve learned that if you have a good credit score, you could be able to access better mortgage rates. Competitive products or not, you may also be able to obtain a mortgage with only just a 5% deposit or otherwise known as a 95% mortgage.
On the other hand, interest rates can vary and sometimes you may end up paying slightly more for your mortgage payments. For example, this could happen if you are on a tracker mortgage; this mortgage type bases your interest on the Bank of England’s base rate, which has the habit of occasionally fluctuating. This means that your payments could too.
When renting, unless your landlord decides to increase your payments, you should be paying a fixed monthly rate. Unfortunately, it will be rare for your landlord to decrease your payments, they usually only ever bump them up!
Owning a property is much different to renting one, particularly in the sense of home security. Whilst living within the property, assuming that you keep up-to-date with all of your mortgage payments, no one can tell you that you have to move out of your home; you are under full ownership.
Whereas, if you choose to rent over buy, the landlord can ask you to leave at any time that they want. All they are required to do is give you a ‘move out by’ date. Not being in control of when you move out of a property is always a risk that comes with renting.
If the reason why your landlord is asking you to move out is that they are wanting to sell on the property, you may be able to approach them and try and buy it from them. They may even offer you first refusal as it saves them both time and money with estate agency fees, etc.
At the end of the day, if you choose to buy a property over renting one, you will not only have homeownership, you’ll also be a step up the property ladder.
With ownership also comes responsibility. When you own a property, you will be responsible for all of the repairs, damages, faults that come with it. This could be as simple as a light needing to be replaced, to a new heater.
Some people see renting as wasted money; this is not always true. You have to consider your own personal and financial situation and judge whether or not that it’s the right time in your life to buy a property. If it isn’t, renting may be the better of the two choices for you.
Renting is often a popular and easy option for people wanting to move out from their parents/carers household and haven’t quite decided on whether to rent or buy yet. As a mortgage broker in Newcastle, we’ve seen that renting is often used as a stepping stone towards buying a property or a way to give a little flexibility to someone’s living arrangements.
In terms of when you can move out of your rented property, the choice is yours! When you first move into the property, it’s likely that you’ll have a minimum tenancy period, which is usually a year. After this is over, you can choose to carry on living within the property or move out.
This is a little difficult when you are owning a property as you have to go through the process of selling your home. Also, remember that you may be searching for one too! If you get a little overwhelmed with the stress of moving home in Newcastle, feel free to get in touch with a mortgage broker in Newcastle like us.
As a tenant, your landlord should hold responsibility for all significant repairs. Some landlords will be better at this than others, however, sometimes you’ll find that you have to maintain the property yourself without their help.
Remember that when you own a property, you are accountable for all of the repairs and damages and you’ll have to sort them out yourself.
When choosing between buying or renting, make sure that you pick the option that’s best for you. You should consider both your personal and financial situation prior to making a decision. Here are a couple of things that you should think about:
If you need any help or any sort of advice when it comes to buying or moving home in Newcastle, feel free to get in touch. Our team have helped thousands of homebuyers achieve their goal in the past and you could be next.
We are available 7 days a week, so call or contact us at a time that best suits you.
As a mortgage broker in Newcastle, our job is to support you through the whole mortgage process, making it a stress-free and easy-going experience. We also aim to try and find you a competitive mortgage product that is tailored to your specific financial and personal circumstances.
For us, it’s important that the customer knows exactly how our service works and in what order different parts of the process come in. To give you an insight into our process and how it works, we have put together a small guide that we think you’ll find useful.
As a mortgage broker in Newcastle, we’re open and honest with you 100% of the time. Step by step, let’s take a look at our process and how it works.
1. First of all, once you contact our responsive team, we will take some details from you so that we can get a picture of who you are and what you’re looking to do. This also helps us select the perfect mortgage advisor in Newcastle to pair you with.
Following the chat and a fact find to fill out, we will get you booked in for your free mortgage consultation with your own dedicated mortgage advisor in Newcastle.
2. During your free consultation with your dedicated advisor, they will ask you a few more questions. This will give them a closer look into your mortgage needs. From here on out, this advisor will take care of you and help you find the perfect mortgage deal for you!
If they manage to find you a great deal that benefits both your personal and financial situation and you’re happy to take it up, we are ready to continue to the next step.
3. This step continues right after your consultation. Your advisor will arrange a mortgage agreement in principle (AIP) for you within 24-hours of your consultation.
Having an AIP in place early on in the process is crucial. It shows a seller that a lender is willing to let you borrow from them. This is of course agreed in principle that you can provide evidential documents to back up your income, credit score, etc. During this part of the process, if you haven’t already found a home to make an offer on, you can start hunting for houses with your AIP to back up any offers.
After your AIP is in place, we’ll begin collecting evidential documents from you to back up your mortgage application. This will include payslips, bank statements, photographic ID, etc. These documents and the amount that you need to supply could vary if you are a self-employed applicant.
4. As soon as everything looks good on our end, we can move to the mortgage application submission stage!
We’ll only submit your mortgage application if we know that you’ll pass your lender’s credit scoring criteria; we don’t want it to be declined. Once your application is with your potential lender, it’s just a waiting game now. During this time, we’ll be regularly informing you on the progress of your mortgage application.
As soon as we get the green light, we will be in touch straight away to give you the confirmation that you’ve had your mortgage application accepted. Congratulations, you’re now on the road to moving into your new home!
Now that you know our step by step process, how does our service impact your mortgage journey?
At Newcastlemoneyman, we want you to have the easiest mortgage process possible and come out with a great mortgage deal. We also deal with specialist cases, so if you are struggling to get a mortgage through the traditional mortgage route, our service is in place to offer help when needed. Our mortgage advisors in Newcastle have been helping customers overcome complex cases for over 20 years now – we have the expertise at hand!
We’ve had customers in the past who’ve been turned away from their bank and we’ve still been able to get them a mortgage offer. We love a good challenge and our team would love to help anyone struggling applicant in a complicated mortgage situation.
Customer service means everything to us, we want to ensure that you’re fully satisfied with every single part of our service.
Over our long history of working within the mortgage sector, we have accumulated a large number of customer reviews. We appreciate every bit of feedback that we receive, it really does keep us going!
Here are some examples of some customer experiences with Newcastlemoneyman:
Feel free to check out more of our reviews! On our reviews page, we have plenty more for you to look at. You may even come across a customer that’s been in the same situation as you.
Now that you’ve learnt more about our service, it’s your job to get in touch. We are available 7 days a week, therefore, you can choose when to contact us.
You should take advantage of our free consultation. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or moving home in Newcastle, we recommend taking this free service!
Following the credit crunch in 2008, the government introduced various mortgage schemes to help the market get back on its feet. The first of the schemes were labelled as ‘Help to Buy’ schemes. There was the Help to Buy ISA, Equity Loan and the Shared Ownership scheme.
The government found that these schemes were becoming more and more popular so began creating more schemes to try and help struggling applicants get onto the property ladder. Although most of the schemes target first time buyers, they created a new scheme that was exclusively aimed at armed forces personnel. This scheme also comes under the ‘Help to Buy’ umbrella, being named the Help to Buy Armed Forces scheme.
The scheme is quite simple. It allows regular or retired armed force personnel to borrow up to 50% of their salary, interest-free, to buy a home. This can be used to purchase your first home or to move home if you are assigned to a different location or your family circumstances have changed.
The scheme, originally being brought in in 2014, has now been extended until 31st December 2022. The scheme has an aim to address the low rate of homeownership amongst armed forces personnel.
However, there are some limitations to the scheme. You can only access the scheme if you’ve completed your pre-requisite length of service, have more than 6 months left to serve at the time that you apply or if you match the correct medical categories.
There may be some scenarios where there are exceptions to the who can and who can’t access the scheme. Usually, this relates to personal circumstances or other medical conditions.
Strictly, you can only borrow up to 50% of your annual salary, with the maximum being £25,000. It’s likely that this is going to be more than enough for a deposit, so you can use the rest on other expenses, e.g. solicitor, surveyor or estate agency fees.
As a Mortgage Broker in Newcastle, we do offer our help in getting a mortgage through the Help to Buy Armed Forces scheme. Alternatively, you can seek advice by approaching your chain of command or personnel agency.
If you are interested in the Armed Forces scheme, feel free to get in touch with our team for advice. If you’ve previously owned a property, it may be worth getting in touch to see whether you qualify or not. Even if you are a First Time Buyer in Newcastle, it may be worth checking anyway!
Following the credit crunch in 2008, the government proposed a plan to help the mortgage market get back up on its feet. Part of the plan included the introduction of the Help to Buy schemes.
Help to Buy schemes are quite self-explanatory, they are government-led schemes that Help you to Buy a property. There are limitations to each scheme and you’ll have to qualify for them first before you can take advantage of them.
Each scheme is different in its own way. Depending on your personal and financial situation, you may match for more than one scheme, however, you’ll probably only ever find one most beneficial for you.
If you’ve heard of Help to Buy, you’ve likely heard of the Equity Loan because it was one of the first schemes introduced to the UK after the financial crisis in 2008. If you are a First Time Buyer in Newcastle, then this scheme could be perfect for you.
To be able to access the Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme, you have to be a First Time Buyer and are buying a new-build property. You will also need a minimum of a 5% deposit.
For the Help to Buy Equity Loan, your deposit that you put down can be anywhere between 5%-20%. Then the government will top up this percentage to 25%. For example, if you put down a 5% deposit you’ll get a 20% equity loan. If you put down a 10% deposit you’ll get a 15% equity loan, etc.
The Equity Loan that the government lend you will have to be paid off eventually. For the first 5-years of your mortgage, the loan will be interest-free, then afterwards, it will rise to a rate of 1.75%. This means that you have an Equity Loan to pay off, on top of your 75% mortgage.
If you can afford to put down a deposit greater than 5% then it may be worth going down a mortgage route without the use of Help to Buy. Your Mortgage Advisor in Newcastle will run through all of your mortgage options and help you choose the most beneficial avenue for your situation.
Here is an example of a home with a £10,000, 5% deposit. As you can see, the Equity loan takes up a large percentage of the property’s value. The further into your mortgage that you get, you may be able to Remortgage to help pay off the equity loan. Your mortgage payments might go up, however, the government will own a lower percentage of the property. If you can do this within the first 5-years, you won’t receive any interest on the loan.
The Help to Buy Shared Ownership scheme is very different to the rest of the government schemes. The scheme allows applicants to own part of a property and then pay the rest back on rent.
For Shared Ownership, you will usually own between 25% and 75% of the property. In some cases, we’ve seen applicants being allowed to purchase as little as 10%. Whatever the percentage is that you don’t own, it will likely be owned by the housing association. The share that you own can be increased earlier. we usually find applicants wanting to do this once they have more money or have settled in.
Shared Ownership lets you pay your mortgage as well as rent. The way that this works is that you essentially pay 100% of the ground rent and service charge on the property. This is still the same, even if you only own a 25% share of the property.
After the success of the Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme, in 2014, the Help to Buy Armed Forces was introduced. Introducing this scheme created an even better way for Armed Forces personnel to get onto the property ladder, as the scheme is specifically targeted at them.
You have to qualify for the scheme first before you can access it. The requirements are as follows:
– You have to have completed the pre-requisite length of service
– You can also apply if you have at least 6 months of serving time left
– However, you can also get accepted if you fit into the right medical categories
– Your personal circumstances will also be considered
The scheme allows you to borrow up to 50% of your annual salary; the maximum that you can borrow being £25,000. If you want to learn more about the Armed Forces Helpt to Buy scheme, you should check on the government’s website. Alternatively, you get in touch with a Mortgage Broker in Newcastle like ourselves.
We’ve considered this more of a ‘bonus’ scheme because it isn’t a Help to Buy scheme it’s a government-led scheme. The scheme can be used for one of two, to buy your first home or to save for later in life. As a Mortgage Broker in Newcastle, we offer help and guidance to those looking to utilise this scheme to buy their first property. The video below explains how the scheme can help a First Time Buyer in Newcastle like you.
The Lifetime ISA (Independent Savings Account) is simply a savings account where your money grows tax-free. The total amount that you put in each year will be topped by the government up by an extra 25%. The maximum that you can put into the account each year is £4,000. This means that you get an extra £1,000 if you manage to save £4,000 each year.
If you want to withdraw your money, as long as you’ve had the ISA for a year, you can do so. However, if you take money from the account and don’t use it to purchase your first home, you’ll be charged a 25% withdrawal fee. Although, if you decide to use it on your first home, you won’t be charged a single penny.
Of course, you have to pass the scheme’s criteria before you can start your Lifetime ISA account. To find out more, feel free to check out the government’s Lifetime ISA page, or contact us at Newcastlemoneyman. We can’t wait to hear from you and help you through your process.
Once you get it in your head that you’ve had enough of your property, it’s hard to move on from the thought of Moving Home. Whilst Moving Home is on your mind, have you ever thought about where you’d like to live?
As a Mortgage Broker in Newcastle, we’ve seen many First Time Buyers and Home Movers that haven’t even thought about where to start when it comes to looking at where to live. To help you get started with this, we’ve created a list of our best places to live in Newcastle.
This large residential area is a wonderful place to live in Newcastle upon Tyne. Fenham is located just 2 miles away from the city centre, allowing quick access to city life through strong transport links. Whether you are a walker, biker, bus rider or driver, you’ll find yourself at the heart of the city in under 10 minutes.
Fenham offers a wide range of local amenities to enjoy. You’ll find a town hall, a barracks, a community and leisure centre, shops, restaurants, bars and pubs. Having lots of things to do has allowed Fenham to become quite the hotspot for First Time Buyers in Newcastle.
Its popularity could also be related to student accommodation there. Fenham has become a busy student area; it’s located just 10 minutes from the University of Newcastle itself. St Mary’s College has since served as student accommodation since its initial closing in 1984.
Housing types in Fenham vary. For example, you’ll find terraced, semi-detached and detached all with reasonable prices. Here’s a fun fact for you… Ant and Dec were born in the Fenham area!
If Fenham sounds like the place that could fulfil your home buying needs, feel free to get in touch and we can help you get the Moving Home process started.
Jesmond is thought to be one of the most affluent areas within Newcastle and its surrounding areas. It’s a grand, reputable suburb with a high population and lively local atmosphere. We mention this first as Jesmond is renowned for its dining, late-night bars and cafes.
Meanwhile, if you prefer the quieter side of life, you’ll realise that there are lots of other things things to enjoy in Jesmond; this includes garden and riverside walks, parks, museums and more. Activities like this will allow you to take a break from city life and relax outside. Jesmond Dene is one of Jesmond’s greatest outdoor attractions; you’ll find rivers and waterfall to walk by, picnics spaces, playgrounds for the children, a cafe and even an open-air theatre.
The housing types that are available in Jesmond vary, however, you’ll find that most of them are detached and semi-detached. Typically, housing prices in Jesmond are quite high, so if you’ve got the money and the funds in place to live here, you should definitely consider it as a main option.
Heaton is a large suburb on the outskirts of Newcastle. It sits just 2 miles from the city centre itself. The area has become a very popular choice for home buyers; from students to younger and older families, Heaton is home to all different kinds of people.
There are lots of things to do in Heaton. If you like your musical and theatre, you’re in luck as Heaton is home to the People’s Theatre that hosts up to 12 productions per year! Furthermore, just down the road, you will find the Sage, an iconic music venue in Heaton. At the Sage, you’ll find all different kinds of genres performing: jazz, classical, folk, country and even the blues.
To highlight even more of Heaton’s best bits, let’s talk about food and drink. In Heaton, you’ll find plenty of food and drink options, there are delicacies from all over the world available. For example, there are Italian restaurants, Punjabi cuisines and of course, plenty of Fish and Chips. Most of these are located on Chillingham Road. Here you’ll find a long parade of cafes, restaurants, bars, shops and even the Metro Station.
Heaton is a fun and lively place to live, making it the perfect place for homeowners that have a family or are planning to start one. This is also why we love it!
We were going to put only one of the shields on our list, but then we realised that we couldn’t do that!
Both small coastal towns sit right on the edge of Newcastle Upon Tyne, overlooking the sea. Both locations offer peaceful coastline walks and a very British feel. Even though they always argue which town is better, both Tyneside towns love their local area and wouldn’t want to live anyway else. From funfairs on the front to popular shopping centres and outlets on the outskirts of the towns, there is always something to do in North and South Shields.
There are strong transport links into Newcastle City Centre in both towns, so you can easily access the heart of the city in under 20 minutes. That’s if you would rather be in the centre over the beach!
Located within the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead, to the west of Rowlands Gill and the north of Hamsterley, Chopwell is a small village with a rich history dating back to at least 1150, as shown in a document involving the famous Bishop Pudsey, who served under King Richard I.
The area also has a history in the mining industry, as was prominent with much of Tyne & Wear around those times. The Chopwell Colliery was eventually closed and part of the site was turned into the Chopwell Meadows Nature Reserve. If you are a mountain biking enthusiast, you’ll surely make great use of the Powerlines Mountain Biking Trail in the local area, a spot that finds people from all over the region coming to have a go at the 2.5-mile route on offer.
For a smaller location with industrial history and opportunities for leisure activities, Chopwell could be an ideal place to move to and call home.
Gosforth is a Newcastle city suburb situated to the north of Central Newcastle. There is a rich history in the area, with some of the first recordings of the area noted in 1166. Over the centuries, there have been historical townships within the area, mining collieries and numerous archaeological discoveries including a Roman Altar.
Within the area itself, you’ll find the notable building The Regent Centre, a business complex housing HM Revenue & Customs, as well as others. You’ll also find various private schools and a secondary school Academy, great for families who are planning ahead for their children’s future. There’s a fantastic high street including various noteworthy, well-established businesses, including large supermarkets and even a local shopping centre, cafes and even some local pubs.
For a thriving local scene, high street shopping options, great opportunities for raising a family and a rich history, Gosforth might be an area worth taking the time to look into and possibly even call home.
Situated along the banks of the River Tyne, joining Newcastle & Gateshead together, is the wonderful area known as The Quayside. In the past, The Quayside was an industrial and commercial dockside, also home on the Newcastle side to a regular street market. On this side, you’ll also find some restaurants, bars and nightclubs, as well as some fantastic housing opportunities.
On the opposing side, signposted as Gateshead Quays, you’ll find a contemporary art centre, as well as a performing arts and conference centre. Joining the two city centres is the famous Gateshead Millenium Bridge, a pedestrian bridge opened in 2001. There is also a low-level Swing Bridge allowing further pedestrian and even road access to either side. If you like areas rich in history and culture, with easy access to two different city centres and some great housing, The Quayside might be the area in and around Newcastle that appeals to you the most.
Even if our list only gave you some pointers on where to start looking, we hope that it helped. More often than not, First Time Buyers don’t have a clue on where to start!
If you are looking for First Time Buyer Mortgage Advice in Newcastle, then you should get in touch with our team. We are very experienced in helping applicants that want to move home, in fact, we’ve helped thousands of home movers just like you over our years in the industry.
For a free mortgage consultation in Newcastle, contact us today.
Whether you’re approaching the end of your fixed-mortgage term or you just want a better rate, there is usually always a valid reason for wanting to remortgage.
The difference between a remortgage is that when you remortgage, you are taking out a new mortgage with a different lender, whereas, with a product transfer, you are swapping mortgage deals but remaining with the same lender.
They both fit under the umbrella of ‘remortgage’, however, as mentioned above, they are slightly different to one another. In this article, we are going to cover the pros and cons of both.
If you have done your research and have looked at deals through your own lender as well as through others and you are still happy to stick with your current lender, that’s perfectly fine! However, make sure that you haven’t just stuck with them for ease and to save remortgaging costs. At the end of the day, getting a better rate through another lender could save you more money in the long run.
If you want a simple product transfer, you can get in touch with your lender or a Mortgage Broker in Newcastle like us if you are unsure of how the process works.
Unfortunately, sticking with the same lender may not be the most beneficial option for you to take.
Usually, you are rewarded with loyalty, however, this is not the case with all lenders. More often than not, you are able to get much better rates through other lenders than your current one.
Typically, product transfers can be self-executed online when you log into your online banking.
Although it’s something that we don’t recommend you do unless you are 100% sure of what you signing up for, it is possible to swap deals online if you want a quick switch.
You can use price comparison sites to check what you can access. You may find a great deal that matches you perfectly, or alternatively, you could end up on a wrong deal that you’ll have to pay to get out of.
If you decide to switch online and make a mistake, you don’t have the protection you would’ve had if you had used, for example, a Mortgage Broker in Newcastle like us. We will only recommend deals that will match your personal and financial situation and help you save money.
We’ve seen it before where applicants have mistakenly picked the wrong deal and it’s resulted in high repayment fees. This is why we always advise that you get Mortgage Advice in Newcastle before switching products on a self-executed basis.
When it comes to remortgaging and taking out another lenders product, you may find that doing so will allow you to access much better rates. When your fixed-mortgage term is coming to an end, it’s likely that you’ll fall straight onto your lender’s standard variable rate of interest (SVR). Doing so will likely increase your monthly mortgage payments, this is why recommend getting in touch with us three months prior to your fixed-term ending.
If you had adverse credit at the time of when you initially took out your current mortgage, it may be that your only option was to select a more specialist product at that time. However, after building up your credit score over your mortgage term, you may now be eligible for more competitive products and rates.
It’s always worth checking whether you can access a better rate through a remortgage or not. Even if you shop around and don’t find anything, there is no harm in double-checking.
To save shopping around, you could always take up our offer of a free mortgage review. In your free mortgage review, you will get to speak to a Remortgage Advisor in Newcastle who will check to see if you can access a better rate. If not, they will be completely transparent with you and recommend that you stick with your current deal. We want the best for you.
Whether it’s a remortgage, product transfer, or staying put that is right for you, we will always be open, honest and transparent, recommending what is best.
If you want to receive a free mortgage review/consultation, make sure to get in touch for Remortgage Advice in Newcastle. A second opinion costs nothing and making a mistake when taking a new product can be costly.
Part of the mortgage process includes providing evidential documents to prove that you can afford a mortgage and you are who you say that you are. There are lots of different documents that you’ll be asked to provide, this includes photographic ID, payslips, latest P60, proof of address and your bank statements.
Lenders need to be certain that you can afford a mortgage. Yes, you may have been given an Agreement in Principle (AIP) to say that they are willing to lend to you, however, you are only agreed in principle of you providing evidential documents to back up everything that you’ve said about yourself.
Bank statements show a lot about an applicant, they will show your latest spending at the pub to gambling transactions on your go-to betting app. Everything you spend will be on them, even bank transfers to and from different accounts.
Seeing how someone spends their money will show the lender whether the applicant is a trustworthy applicant or not. For example, if the lender can clearly see that an applicant spending too much money and is exceeding their overdraft limit every month, they will question whether you will be able to afford a mortgage or not.
It’s all down to risk. If the lender thinks that you are going to struggle with your mortgage payments due to how you spend your money, they are unlikely to accept your application.
The question is, what exactly are they looking for? What do I not want to pop up on my bank statements during my mortgage application?
Gambling transactions is actually one of the first things that your lender will look for on your bank statements. Believe it or not, depending on how frequently and how much money you gamble, gambling can affect your chances of getting a mortgage.
Occasional gambling will be harmless, however, if you are frequently gambling large amounts of money, no matter if you are returning a profit or not, lenders will not be impressed.
Remember, lenders need to trust you and know that you’ll be able to meet your mortgage payments each month. If you are gambling, you may be seen as unreliable.
Lenders need to know that you can afford a mortgage, so dipping into your overdraft and exceeding its limit every month is something that they won’t take lightly. We aren’t saying to never step into your overdraft, as a Mortgage Broker in Newcastle, we see it happen all of the time. We are suggesting that if you do it every month, it may be a little trickier to get accepted.
Another thing that lenders will look for on your bank statements is bounced direct debits. A bounced direct debit is a payment that fails to go out of your account, this usually occurs with monthly bills/subscriptions. This may sometimes be a complete accident, so one or two may not hurt depending on what you are paying for, for example, a missed mortgage payment will more detrimental effect than a missed phone contract payment. However, repeated bounced direct debits will reflect badly on your credit file, so be wary of agreeing to credit commitments when you can’t really afford them.
Furthermore, lenders will be checking for personal loans and credit card commitments. They need to make sure that you’ve declared these expenditures and that you’ll still be able to meet your mortgage payments as well as these outgoings.
After having worked with thousands of First Time Buyers in Newcastle and Home Movers in Newcastle, we have learnt that most lenders will want to see at least three months worth of bank statements from their applicants.
In light of this, you now know that you can’t change what your past bank statements show, however, you can change what appears on them in the future. Before you officially submit your final mortgage application, you should get prepared and make sure that your finances reflect you in the right way.
As a Mortgage Broker in Newcastle, here are some recommendations that we have to show that you are a reliable applicant:
For help with making your application stand out, you should get in touch with a broker like us for Specialist Mortgage Advice in Newcastle. We have been helping people achieve their mortgage needs for the last twenty years, it’s safe to say we know exactly how to help. You could be next!
We also offer a free mortgage consultation, so if you have any mortgage questions, it’s likely that we’ve helped many applicants in your situation before, so feel free to get in touch.
Many people are, to a greater or lesser extent in debt at some point in their lives. Sometimes due to personal circumstances, this can spiral out of control. When this happens, it can feel that once you have paid all your bills at the start of the month, there is little or no disposable income left.
One route out of this for some applicants is to consider a debt consolidation remortgage in Newcastle, as we explore here in this case study.
Deborah was a divorcee living on her own; her children have flown the nest. Her debt had started to accumulate with legal bills after her divorce and increased gradually over the years, having to live on one income with unreliable maintenance from her ex. Finally, her daughter became pregnant quite young, and as any mum would, she tried to help her out financially, although arguably, she couldn’t afford to do so.
Luckily Deborah had paid her mortgage off some years ago so that asset was there to potentially borrow against. Her take-home pay was £1100 per month, and her credit commitments were taking up more than half of this.
She had not missed any payments on credit commitments, but she had no emergency fund, and while Deborah’s credit score wasn’t too bad, she was no longer able to obtain new zero% credit cards to transfer her balances.
She was recommended to me to see if there were any options available to improve the quality of her financial life.
When I met, Deborah was feeling quite low. She had cut back on all luxury spending, and it was evident that she was desperate to take ownership of her financial situation before it got any worse.
We explored the possibility of a personal loan, but the debts had mounted too high for that. Deborah had no family members who were able to help; downsizing was not an option, and we agreed the right way forward would be to remortgage the house to pay off the debts and reduce her outgoings.
We managed to find a Lender to meet Deborah’s requirements. Although it has to be said given her low income, it was hard to find a lender who would lend her enough. We managed to get her an Agreement in Principle, but regrettably, when we submitted the formal mortgage application, it was declined.
The reason the case was declined was that the Underwriter who assessed the situation felt that because Deborah had been using cards to pay off other cards and not then closing down the cards.
When she had transferred balances, there was a high risk that she should re-offend and rack up debts again.
Deborah was devastated. She understood the concerns, but in her eyes, she had accepted she had a problem, and by engaging us had taken a positive step to remedy her position. To her, their risk was minimal – the loan to value was under 40%, she had never missed any payments, and if the remortgage was successful, she could be a whopping £500pm better off.
All the above was indeed correct, but clients don’t always appreciate that taking a property into possession is the last thing a Lender wants or needs. It reflects poorly on the numbers they are required to report each year. In the event of repossession, they have the considerable hassle of securing the property, ensuring it, marketing it, selling it, and paying the surplus of equity (if any) back to the previous owner.
As such, if there is reasonable doubt, then an Underwriter has the discretion to decline an application, even if it is within their published lending criteria.
We pride ourselves on getting our recommendation right the first time, but this one didn’t work out that way due to the Underwriter’s adverse comments at the full application stage. However, we knew this remortgage wasn’t as risky as the Lender had made out, and it ought to be the right outcome for her.
Deborah perhaps felt like she wanted to give up, but we went back to the drawing board to find a different Lender. Sure enough, we found one and armed with the information we had from the previous Lender. We were able to provide better supporting comments for the second roll of the dice, and luckily this time, it was successful.
Deborah didn’t take this step lightly. She has now secured debt that was previously unsecured and may end up paying back more interest overall, depending on how quickly she can get the mortgage paid off.
However, in the short term, this has worked well for her. She now has had the burden of debt relieved from her shoulders, her credit score has improved, and she can save a little each month.
The savings we were able to help her make amounted to over 50% of her net take-home pay monthly and it has changed her life. Upon completion of the remortgage, Deborah cut up all her credit cards except one to use in emergencies only, and she has now got her financial life back on track.
If you are like Deborah struggling with debt but are a Homeowner with equity please call us to discuss your options, ideally before the situation gets out of hand. The earlier you take back control of your finances the better you will feel about things. We offer debt consolidation Remortgage Advice in Newcastle & surrounding areas.