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Initial rate: 4.28%
Rate type: 5 year fixed
Monthly cost: £978.15 per month
Product fee: £0
Overall cost for comparison: 6.3% APRC
Santander logo 4.28% 5 year fixed 6.3% APRC £0 £978.15 per month get quotes Broker Only Deal
Initial rate: 4.35%
Rate type: 5 year fixed
Monthly cost: £985.24 per month
Product fee: £995
Overall cost for comparison: 6.7% APRC
NatWest logo 4.35% 5 year fixed 6.7% APRC £995 £985.24 per month get quotes
Initial rate: 4.39%
Rate type: 5 year fixed
Monthly cost: £989.29 per month
Product fee: £995
Overall cost for comparison: 7% APRC
TSB logo 4.39% 5 year fixed 7% APRC £995 £989.29 per month get quotes
Initial rate: 4.39%
Rate type: 5 year fixed
Monthly cost: £989.29 per month
Product fee: £999
Overall cost for comparison: 6.7% APRC
Nationwide Building Society logo 4.39% 5 year fixed 6.7% APRC £999 £989.29 per month get quotes Broker Only Deal
Initial rate: 4.40%
Rate type: 5 year fixed
Monthly cost: £990.31 per month
Product fee: £699
Overall cost for comparison: 7% APRC
Barclays 4.40% 5 year fixed 7% APRC £699 £990.31 per month get quotes Broker Only Deal
Initial rate: 4.40%
Rate type: 5 year fixed
Monthly cost: £990.31 per month
Product fee: £995
Overall cost for comparison: 6.7% APRC
NatWest logo 4.40% 5 year fixed 6.7% APRC £995 £990.31 per month get quotes
Initial rate: 4.41%
Rate type: 5 year fixed
Monthly cost: £991.33 per month
Product fee: £899
Overall cost for comparison: 7% APRC
Barclays 4.41% 5 year fixed 7% APRC £899 £991.33 per month get quotes Broker Only Deal
Initial rate: 4.44%
Rate type: 5 year fixed
Monthly cost: £994.38 per month
Product fee: £999
Overall cost for comparison: 6.7% APRC
Nationwide Building Society logo 4.44% 5 year fixed 6.7% APRC £999 £994.38 per month get quotes Broker Only Deal
Initial rate: 4.45%
Rate type: 5 year fixed
Monthly cost: £995.4 per month
Product fee: £999
Overall cost for comparison: 7.1% APRC
Halifax 4.45% 5 year fixed 7.1% APRC £999 £250 cashback £995.4 per month get quotes
Initial rate: 4.45%
Rate type: 5 year fixed
Monthly cost: £995.4 per month
Product fee: £999
Overall cost for comparison: 7.1% APRC
Halifax 4.45% 5 year fixed 7.1% APRC £999 £250 cashback £995.4 per month get quotes Broker Only Deal
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Representative Example:

A repayment mortgage of £120,000 payable over 28 years and 1 month initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.99% and then on the lender current variable rate of 3.69% (variable) for the remaining 26 years and 1 month would require 24 monthly payments of £465.20 and 312 monthly payments of £565.39 and one final payment of £565.19.

 

The total amount payable would be £189,357.67 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£68,161.67), booking fee (£999), completion fee (£30) and valuation fee (£197).

 

In this example the overall cost for comparison is 3.7% APRC representative.

 

YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON A MORTGAGE OR ANY OTHER DEBT SECURED ON IT

How to get a better mortgage

Getting the best mortgage deal you possibly can will depend on a number of factors. UK lenders are more careful who they give loans to since the credit crunch in 2008 so since April 2014 there are rules they must adhere to to ensure borrowers can afford the mortgage they are taking out.

These guidelines can be summarised as follows:

Affordability

Lenders want to know you can afford the mortgage you are taking on. In this respect not only how much income you earn, but also your outgoings. As part of the mortgage application process you will need to be able to demonstrate income - typically 3 months of your most recent payslips will be required and bank account statements to show that your outgoings are in order.

It is important that your bank statements don't have any evidence of financial issues such as charges for unauthorised use of your overdraft etc Evidence that you regularly slip into your overdraft may be a red flag for lenders.

Credit Score

To get a great high street mortgage deal you will need a good credit score. Different lenders have different approaches to credit scoring but it makes good sense to get your credit score and record before you make a mortgage application. Lenders understandably want to know what type of customer you will be and a credit score can give them an indication of your future debt repayment behaviour.

There are a number of things you can do to improve your credit score which won't happen overnight but means that when you do progress a mortgage application gives you every chance of getting the best deal possible for your circumstances.  

Check your credit file

You have a credit file so you need to find out what is on it. You can do this through various credit reference agencies such as Experian or Equifax. You can do this for free with most agencies.

Things to look out for on your credit report include; Electoral role - Are you on it? If not or if your partner is not on it you should think about registering - see www.gov.uk/register-to-vote - Address history - Is it accurate? Anything that causes a lender to ask questions because of incorrect data will work against you. Previous relationships - Links to old flatmates or partners where your finances were connected can have an impact - write to credit agencies to update them. 

Having checked your credit file, if there are previous applications for credit listed on your record these will be listed on your file for 12 months, so you may want to consider waiting for some of these records to fall off before making a mortgage application.

Any previous credit issues such as county court judgements (CCJs) will stay on record for 6 years. If this applies to you and you are at the end of the 6 years, consider waiting until this record falls off your file before making a mortgage application. 

Things to cut down on or avoid completely

Lenders take into account other applications you are making for credit so try and keep this down as much as possible in the months leading up to your mortgage application. This includes things such as updating or taking out new mobile phone contracts and car or home insurance where you take out a monthly payment plan. These are credit events so will appear on your credit file.

Stay out of your overdraft as using your overdraft on a regular basis is a red flag to lenders that you may be struggling to balance your finances.

Avoid expensive loans such as payday loans which are often perceived as loans of last resort and again are looked on dimly by Lenders as signs of financial distress.

Any unnecessary credit arrangements you have get rid of them e.g. you may have old credit cards or store cards sitting in your wallet that you never use. Write to the card companies and cancel your card agreements with them. Revisit your credit file a couple of months after you have done this to check these records have been removed.

The action points highlighted above will need to be made in advance of any mortgage application so preparing early could really pay off. Getting access to the best mortgage rates means you will be paying less interest and that has to be good news.

If you would like to discuss any of the points raised above or wish to discuss next steps on how you can get a mortgage or improve your existing mortgage deal call our team on 0117 403 4474 or complete our callback request form.

 How to get a better mortgage

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