We have years of experience in getting first time buyers the right mortgage for their needs.
You've made the big decision to stop paying rent and become a first time buyer. Great work and very exciting but confusing too. Our expert mortgage advisors can draw on years of experience to give you all the information you need to get your new homeowner mortgage. As professional mortgage advisors we would love to help you find the right mortgage for you. GHL Direct mortgage advisors are very flexible and offer appointments over the phone, via video call or face to face from 08:00 - 20:00
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For most of us, buying property will be the biggest financial decision we’ll ever make. Use our simple mortgage calculator to see if you can afford to make the mortgage payments and how much you could borrow.
Before deciding to take a giant leap onto the property ladder you need to calculate how much or how little you can safely pay each month and which is the most appropriate for your needs. Some other things to take into consideration are:
Whether you know exactly what you want or you haver no idea where to start its always nice to know someone has your back. We all need a little help sometimes and our first time buyers mortgage advice is exactly that. A helping hand through the the mortgage process, from beginning to completion, your GHL Direct mortgage broker will be here for you. We’ll help you with the paperwork, chase the lenders and generally be on the end of the phone if you need us.
The bigger the deposit you can save, the wider the choice of mortgages you’ll have available to you. Our mortgage advisors have access to over 15,000 deals from 50 of the UKs top mortgage lenders, the more cash you have to start the better deal we will be able find you. There are still 100% & 95% mortgages available but very few and mortgage arrangement costs would be much higher.
We’ve all been there. You see a home you fall in love and the mind starts running at full speed. Reality check, you do have to be honest about how much you can spend on a house, and make sure you can afford the repayments. Don’t forget your going to need furnishings, you’ll have moving costs and remember older properties may need refurbishing work. Make sure you budget for these expenses in addition to the purchase price, along with other fees such as conveyancing and stamp duty. Our budget planner can help see what money you have left currently.
Maybe your currently living at home with your parents or sharing a house with friends. When buying your first property remember to budget for expenses such as council tax, gas and electricity bills, boiler servicing and other home repairs. Make sure you know what the likely council tax charge will be in your new property. You may also need to consider travel costs for work and school from your new home, these can all add up to reduce your monthly budget.
Remember working from home during the pandemic? Zoom calls, teams meetings or simply accessing your office remotely? Things like this need fast internet speeds and while it may sound strange in these times not everywhere has reliable internet connectivity. If you are a gamer, a netflix user, or the kids like to sit on TikTok all weekend check the broadband speeds available in the area you’re moving to. The selling agent should be able to provide this information or a quick check with postcode at BT should help you. failing that talk to the seller.
The two most common ways of repaying your mortgage are capital repayment and interest only.
On a repayment mortgage, your monthly payments will partly go towards repaying the interest accrued on the money you’ve borrowed and partly towards repaying the capital sum (i.e. the amount you borrowed).
The benefit of capital repayment is that you’ll be able to see your outstanding mortgage reducing each year (albeit very slowly in the early years), and you are also guaranteed that your debt will be repaid at the end of the mortgage term, as long as you keep up your payments. On a capital repayment mortgage, the shorter the term you pay your mortgage over the bigger your monthly payments will be.
By having a longer term, you may benefit from a lower monthly payment, but you will also pay more interest to the lender over the mortgage term.
Capital repayment is the most common way of repaying your mortgage.
Interest Only Mortgage
For an interest only mortgage, your monthly payments will only cover the interest on your mortgage balance. The capital you owe (i.e. the amount you borrowed) will not go down and you will need to repay this in full at the end of your mortgage term. This means you will need to make a separate investment or combination of investments to generate the capital required, and you will also need to prove that you can afford to do this.
You should bear in mind that the value of investments can go down as well as up and you may not get back the original amount invested. For an interest only mortgage, the lender will need to see your plan for repaying the loan when the interest only period ends. If you fail to generate enough to repay your mortgage by the end of the mortgage term, you may be forced to sell your property.
With an interest only mortgage, you must be able to demonstrate how you will repay the capital sum at the end of the term.
It’s easy to underestimate the mortgage costs involved when buying a property.
Lenders may ask you to pay a valuation fee. The type of valuation you choose will depend on factors such as the age and condition of the property.
These are the costs your lender will charge you for arranging your mortgage. Some lenders will allow the fee to be added on to your mortgage, but this means you will be charged interest on it over the mortgage term.
The fees charged by a solicitor will include their conveyancing fee (i.e. for the transfer of land ownership), as well as charges for legal registrations and other miscellaneous costs (known as disbursements) such as local search fees and Land Registry fees. Some lenders may offer to finance some or all of your legal costs as an incentive.
If the amount you wish to borrow is greater than a specified proportion of the property’s value (typically 75%), you may incur a higher lending charge.
Lenders may charge an ERC if you make an overpayment in excess of any stated limit, if the loan is repaid early or if you remortgage during the early repayment period. This can amount to a significant cost, so you should always check the early repayment terms in the offer letter from your lender.
Lenders may charge a fee to release the deeds of a mortgaged property to you or a new lender.
Before we get started, we will explain how we will be paid for arranging your mortgage if it all.
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GHL Direct advisors offer flexible appointments over the phone, via video call, or face-to-face, wherever and whenever you works for you. We pride ourselves on being transparent, trustworthy and honest.
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Your home or property may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.