Bad Credit Mortgage Advice
If you need a bad credit mortgage, then you should find someone who can give you independent, professional bad credit mortgage advice.
Finding the right mortgage is hard enough when you have a good credit history. If you need a bad credit mortgage, it can be difficult to know where to start. Although growing, the bad credit mortgage market is smaller than the standard mortgage market, and many of the lenders are specialists and so may be harder to research. For this reason among others, it is usually advisable to speak to someone who has experience in this field and can help you to find the best deal possible.
How do I get bad credit mortgage advice?
You will need to find an independent mortgage broker who has experience with bad credit mortgage applications. Although there are many types of mortgage broker, from large national brokerages to one-man-bands, not all mortgage brokers have this type of experience. Many deal with the standard mortgage market alone. It is, however, fairly straightforward to find a broker who can help. Firstly, make sure that the broker is regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA). By law, all mortgage brokers must now be regulated by the FSA and you should not use a broker who cannot show you his or her registration certificate. If you do, you will be unable to claim redress if the information or advice you are given is misleading.
Once you have found a broker, ask if they have someone who is experienced in providing bad credit mortgage advice. Often, a brokerage will have one or more specialists in this area, who spend their time advising clients just like you. They have a wide knowledge of the products and lenders in the market and will be able to talk to you about your current circumstances and advise you on which bad credit mortgage products suit your circumstances best. Talking to a specialist should set your mind at rest: their job is to find a product that works for you, to help you apply for your mortgage and to assist with any difficulties that you may come across.
Why is bad credit mortgage advice important?
If you already have financial difficulties, whether it be credit card or store card debt, finance loans or CCJs, you will still be able to get a mortgage, but your choice will be limited. The bad credit mortgage market is a specialist one and lenders will charge higher interest rates than for standard mortgages, and often place restrictions upon you, so that you can’t refinance the mortgage too quickly after you have taken it out. Your existing financial situation means that you will also have to work out exactly how much you can afford to spend each month and good bad credit mortgage advice will be able to help you with this. They will then be able to look at the products that meet your criteria and that you can afford. Choosing a bad credit mortgage without independent advice could increase your financial difficulties rather than reducing them.