Mortgage Broker Stockton
Mortgage & Protection Adviser
How did you get into the role?
I started for HSBC around 15 years ago as customer representative and my knowledge started from there. I flitted between working as cabin crew and financial services (not exactly similar) but I always ended back in financial services as it was something I enjoyed. I have since worked for different building societies and worked with Craig at Countrywide where Craig was my sales manager. I was made redundant from YBS and the opportunity came up to work with Craig again and it has something I have always wanted to do so I made the leap.
What do you love about what you do?
I love helping people whether that be to find and buy their first home, find their family dream home or help them save money on their existing mortgage. I love being able to provide solutions for people who may feel that one isn’t available.
How do you describe your job to family?
I help people with their biggest debt they will probably ever have and to my 3 year old daughter i give people houses to live in.
What powers you through the day?
Well I am not a coffee drinker but I do enjoy the odd hot chocolate and of course a Gin at the weekend!
If you weren’t a mortgage adviser, what job would you love to do?
I always to go into the mounted section of the police as I have always had and loved horses.
What’s an ideal weekend for you?
Going away for long weekends, doesn’t have to be far away but I love a change in scenery. I love going away with my daughter and my partner and going for long walks & doing all sorts of activities. We also enjoy going for a family meal on the evening and having a bottle of wine or 2.
The one tune that motivates you?
I don’t really have one song but any thing that is dancey is what motivates me most.
What does a Mortgage Broker do?
Mortgage Brokers provide a wide-ranging and invaluable service to mortgage applicants. Anyone who’s looking to buy a property, whether that be a First Time Buyer, experienced homeowner or a property investor looking for a competitive Buy to Let mortgage, can benefit from using a Mortgage Broker.
The Mortgage industry is a vast and constantly changing market, with a huge amount of lenders and even more mortgage products available. Mortgage Brokers maintain a comprehensive knowledge of the range of UK mortgage products available and their various criterias, allowing them to help you find the most suitable product for your needs, without the need for you to trawl through hundreds of different options.
Finding the right mortgage lender or deal for your individual circumstances is not only important in terms of accessing the competitive mortgage rates available, if you have more complex personal circumstances, it can also be essential in securing an offer.
If you work in certain industries or have debt issues, there will be mortgage lenders who are more suited to you. Whilst those easily accessible high street lenders and banks will not necessarily be able to help people with more complex applications, Mortgage Advisers have access to lenders who are tailored to a wide variety of circumstances.
What are the benefits of using a mortgage broker?
There are, of course, a range of mortgage calculators available online, and many people wonder what the benefits of using a Mortgage Broker are beyond finding competitive interest rates.
The truth is, Mortgage Brokers offer much more value, often taking on much of the administrative burden and communications between solicitors, conveyancers and estate agents on your behalf. They can also explain the full process to you, ensuring you understand the difference between a fixed-rate deal and a variable one.
For most people, a house purchase is the largest investment that they will ever make, so having the comfort of full support of a knowledgeable professional who is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority will put your mind at ease that your investment is safe.
Another common misconception is that you will get the best mortgage deal by approaching your own bank. Unfortunately, whilst you may find this the most comfortable option, it is rarely the most financially beneficial, as you are limited to the small range of mortgage products that they have available.
It’s also important to realise that, as the lender, they are unable to offer you an impartial opinion on whether their range of products is most suited to your needs. A Mortgage Broker, on the other hand, has nothing to gain from recommending one mortgage product over another, meaning that they can give you a truly professional recommendation of which mortgage product will be most appropriate for you, in the long-term.
What services are offered by a mortgage broker?
Mortgage Brokers can offer mortgage advice and guidance in the following areas:
- First Time Buyers – including agreement in principles
- Self-employed applicants – including joint application with mixed job types
- Home Movers
- Buy to Let options for independent landlords and portfolio property investors
- Life insurance and property protection policies
They also often provide an important role in coordinating communications between the various parties involved in your application, from solicitors and conveyancers, through to the estate agent and lender, ensuring that you are well-informed along the way. They can deal with any issues as and when they arise, to ensure a quick turnaround and smooth transition into your new home.
What are the benefits of using a local broker?
If you’re looking to buy in the Stockton area, don’t underestimate the benefits of using a local Mortgage Broker. Here at CS Mortgage Solutions, we have the benefit of local knowledge, such as house prices, build quality, type of properties around area and what your surveyor might find.
We are aware of potential local non-standard construction issues that may arise and any local authority expansion plans that could affect your decision to purchase. Our relationship with local solicitors, surveyors and estate agents, can also help communications and therefore, your mortgage application to proceed more smoothly.
We are easily accessible for queries and can reduce your administrative burden, providing regular updates on your application’s progress. We’re rated as one of the country’s top ten Mortgage Brokers on Trustpilot and have extensive knowledge in the Stockton area, so why consider anyone else for your property needs.
Some Buy to Let mortgages are not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.