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Finding The Right Mortgage

Nov 13, 2007
The world of mortgages has become a real minefield over recent years, with more and more mortgages coming onto the market.

These days you can find mortgages to suit a wide range of circumstances and needs, but if you know little or nothing about mortgages the whole process can still be confusing and frustrating. If you are not confident about finding the right mortgage then it may be a good idea to employ the services of an independent financial adviser, who can advise on you on the best mortgage for your needs based on the details that you provide. However, you are better off paying the financial adviser for his or her assistance rather than choosing and adviser that gets commission directly from a lender, as this minimises the risk of getting an adviser that recommends based on the commission that he or she will receive rather than based on what is truly best for you.

Another option that can help you when it comes to finding the right mortgage is to go through a specialist mortgage broker. A mortgage broker is a professional with links to a number of mortgage lenders. When you use a mortgage broker to find your mortgage you will only have to complete one application form, which the broker will then use to approach different lenders within his pool of contacts in order to find you the best deal for your needs and circumstances. This will help to reduce the work and time that you have to put in, as the broker will do the leg work for you, and also reduces the chances of rejections, as the mortgage broker is most likely to know which mortgage lender will accept your application.

However, before you approach a mortgage broker of adviser it is a good idea to familiarise yourself with the different mortgage products available, as this will give you an idea of the type of mortgage you may wish to go for. In addition to deciding whether you want to opt for a repayment or interest only mortgage you also need to decide what sort of mortgage product you want, such as variable rate mortgage, fixed rate mortgage, base tracker mortgage, discounted mortgage, offset mortgage, or one of the many other mortgage products available.

You will find plenty of information on mortgage products available online, so you can get an idea of the different types of mortgages and which one might suit you. However, trawling through different lenders' sites in order to compare different mortgages can be confusing and time consuming. This is where the professional broker or adviser can help in terms of helping you to find the right mortgage. He or she will have the resources, contacts, and experience to find the best mortgage for your needs, and of course you don't have to commit to any recommended mortgage product until you are completely happy.

You should bear in mind that taking on a mortgage is a serious commitment, and failure to keep up with repayments can result in you losing your home altogether. Therefore you should make sure that you can comfortably afford the repayments on your mortgage, and consider taking out a fixed rate if you feel that any increases in repayments during the first few years would leave you struggling financially.
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Joe Kenny writes for the Loans Store, offering UK mortgages, or Nationsfinance.co.uk cheap mortgages. For US residents try Mortgages from Rebuild.org
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