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Shopping Around For A Mortgage

Aug 28, 2008
Whilst mortgages have become both more expensive and more difficult to come by over recent months there are still some people that are looking to take out a mortgage to buy a property, especially given that house prices have been falling on a month on month basis. Anyone that is looking for a mortgage to buy a property should be aware that the choice of mortgages has been vastly reduced over recent months, and this is a result of the global credit crunch that has swept the UK over the past year.

Although there are fewer mortgages on the market, and lending conditions amongst providers are far tighter than they have been in the past, there is still a choice of products available for those with a pretty good credit rating. It is important to be aware of the different costs associated with getting a mortgage, and to ensure that you compare as many mortgages and lenders as possible so that you get the best deal possible for your needs and circumstances.

The interest rate charged on a mortgage can vary based on a number of factors. Your credit and financial status, your employment status, the amount that you are borrowing, the type of mortgage that you opt for, and also the lender will determine what the interest rate is on the mortgage that you select. You should make sure that you compare different types of mortgages to see which will work out cheapest for you, and also compare a range of lenders as interest rates can vary widely from one to another.

Another thing to bear in mind is that there are arrangement fees charged with most mortgages these days, and these can be quite costly in fact, over the past year or so they have gone up, which means that the cost for consumers can be extremely high simply for taking out the mortgage in the first place. Arrangement fees can vary depending on the type of mortgage that you take out and which lender you go through, so make sure that you compare different mortgage and lenders to work out what the arrangement fee will be and whether you will need to pay it upfront or if it is added to the mortgage.

Over the past six months many lenders have made changes to the level of deposit that they require from the borrower, and if you have little to no savings you will find it difficult to get an affordable mortgage or in some cases any mortgage. Some lenders are asking for 10% deposit, where as others are asking for in excess of 25% for access to their most affordable deals. Make sure that you check and see what sort of deposit the lender is looking for otherwise you may end up wasting your time looking into a mortgage that you will not be eligible for.

Even though there are less mortgages on offer in the market than there was 12 months ago you still do not need to decide on what the mortgage broker offers you. Do some searching yourself, find out the latest deals and present these to your mortgage broker. You can then be presented with the full facts and figures on how much your new mortgage would cost.
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Peter Kenny has been writing financial articles for 10 years and is a writer for The Thrifty Scot, please visit us at Mortgage Protection and Loans
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