A large mortgage is probably the biggest financial commitment you will ever make. If you are looking for a large mortgage it is important to get the most competitive rate and mortgage that suits your goals and requirements.
It's no surprise that borrowers are turning to professionally qualified intermediaries for advice on their borrowing requirements. If you are looking for a high value mortgage it makes sense to speak to an expert rather than applying online or by telephone where you're unlikely to benefit from independent, bespoke advice.
Technology firm Avelo have released data that shows that brokers are responsible for arranging six out of ten mortgages in the UK as opposed to the one in five that are arranged through a lender or branch network. Using a broker has many benefits and it is proven that they are most likely to succeed in getting the application to offer and complete. Avelo found that 75 per cent of all mortgage applications arranged through an intermediary went to offer. And, even more impressively, 85 per cent of mortgages offered via a broker went through to completion.
The research from Avelo also found that 27% of bank mortgages and less than one fifth (15 per cent) of mortgages arranged by mutuals are currently sold through their branch networks.
The research also found that there was a clear difference between banks and building societies as to where their mortgages come from. Mutuals were found to lean more heavily on the intermediary market with three quarters of their mortgages being arranged via a broker. In contrast, just 35 per cent of bank mortgages were arranged through a national or London mortgage advisor.
Further benefits to using a broker is the swiftness with which things get done. On average, just under one fifth (18 per cent) of mortgage offers were produced within five days, with banks higher at nearly one third (30 per cent) and mutuals lower, at just over one in 10 (12 per cent). Around three quarters of mortgage offers (73 per cent) were issued within 14 days.
Time to offer is seen by lenders, applicants and intermediaries as the key measure of efficiency and customer service. It will be extremely interesting to see what changes are put in place over the next 12 months and the impact these have on mortgage efficiency.
Not only will the offer itself be provided swiftly, but dealing with experts means that you will know pretty promptly what is and isn't possible and they know who to go to for what product. The relationship they have built up over time with lenders ensures that you get the best possible deal that perhaps another broker/individual would not be offered. Time and efficiency is key to high net worths' who are usually cash rich and time poor.
As well as providing bespoke large mortgage advice, an intermediary can also deal with the paperwork involved in the process. If you want to take the hassle out of applying for a mortgage, you should certainly consider speaking to a broker.