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Are you a first-time buyer? Or are you looking to move home? Maybe you want to review your interest rate or borrow more money? Perhaps you are unsure about the Help to Buy equity loan, or you might be thinking about remortgaging. No matter what your situation, our advisers can help. We provide a personal and efficient service, tailoring our advice to your individual needs.

Help to Buy

With a Help to Buy Equity Loan the government lends you up to 20% of the cost of your newly-built home, so you'll only need a 5% cash deposit and a 75% mortgage to make up the rest. The equity loan is funded by the government and will be interest-free for the first five years. From year six you will be charged interest at 1.75%, which rises in line with inflation each year thereafter.

The equity loan will be repaid on sale of the property, at the end of your mortgage term or you can apply to the Homes and Communities agency to repay it sooner. You must remember that the equity loan is always a percentage of the property value and will therefore fluctuate.

If you live in London, you may be eligible for a 40% equity loan.

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The decision to remortgage is one that should never be taken lightly.

When your current product rate ends, you will revert to the standard variable rate and you should always review the options available. The market is competitive, and you should not pay more than necessary each month. Have a look to see if there are savings to be made.

Our team of advisers will consider your existing lender terms compared to those offered by other lenders in the market.

Whether you undertake a product transfer (take a new deal from your existing lender) or arrange a remortgage (switch your current mortgage to a new lender), it is important that you review your mortgage every two to five years.

You may also want to consider borrowing more money; whether for home improvements or debt consolidation. You might even have had a change in circumstances and want to reduce the term or make an overpayment. It is vital that we understand your circumstances. And only then will we make a recommendation according to your individual needs.

Many lenders will offer various incentives, typically a free valuation and free legal transfer service, but all fees will be discussed in detail during the consultation.

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Buy to Let Mortgages

From 21 March 2016, due to the Mortgage Credit Directive (MCD), a buy-to-let mortgage falls into one of the following categories: Consumer buy-to-let (regulated) or 'Business' buy-to-let (unregulated).

When lenders are considering approving a buy-to-let loan, they generally base their decision on the likely rental income from the property and not necessarily the applicants' income. All lenders have their own rental assessments to determine the maximum loan available.

Landlords also have a choice between interest-only and repayment mortgages.

Moving Home

There are many things that happen in life which make us consider moving home. For example, you could be raising a family, moving to a new school catchment area, changing your job or downsizing.

All these situations will mean there is a material change in your financial position, so there are points to consider before you make your final plans.

When considering a house move, you should start by having your house valued as well as obtaining an up-to-date mortgage statement from your existing lender. This will outline the mortgage amount outstanding.

Estate agents charge different fees and services, so consider who you approach carefully. You should also think about whether you have additional savings that can be used towards your deposit.

We will help and advise you every step of the way. We will confirm all the fees associated with moving to a new house, so you know where you stand. And once we know what deposit you have available, together with your income/expenditure, we will also confirm what the lenders will allow you to borrow. We will then be able to give you an indication of the price range you should be looking at for your new home.

First Time Buyers

Buying your first home should be fun, not frightening. Please do not feel overwhelmed. We can help guide you through the entire process.

We will guide you through the journey of buying your first home from the beginning to the end. We will answer all your questions, such as - how long does the process takes? What can we borrow? What is our maximum purchase price? How much will it cost? We will explain and help you with everything you need to know as part of our service.

We will complete the application forms, liaise with the lender and estate agent, help you find a solicitor and even a surveyor should you need one.

We will also make you aware of the insurance products available so that when you eventually settle into your new home, it is protected.

Shared Ownership

If you can't afford to buy outright, shared ownership is an alternative way into home ownership. You can part-buy/part-rent your home. You might buy a 25%, 50% or 75% share and pay rent on the remaining share.

The bigger the share that you purchase, the less rent you have to pay. When you can afford to do so, you can buy more shares until you own your home outright. This is known as 'staircasing'. The share you don't own and what you pay rent for is usually owned by a housing association.

Shared Equity

Shared equity is not the same as shared ownership. With shared equity, you generally use an 'equity loan' to form part of a deposit but the person buying the home owns the whole property (though the provider of the equity loan usually has an agreement to share in any appreciation).

From a customer's perspective, the main difference between the two schemes is that you are likely to need a larger deposit on shared equity. The shares typically start from 75%, compared to as little as 25% on shared ownership.

Also, the main providers of shared equity and other equity loan schemes tend to be major housebuilders. The main shared equity schemes are usually for new build homes, currently known as Help to Buy.

What makes us different

We don't

  • Make you wait a long time for an appointment
  • Use one lender or a limited panel
  • Have advisers working from a script
  • Keep you holding on the phone or pass you to a different departments

Choice Mortgages UK

  • Can offer an appointment within 24 hours
  • Are independent, accessing all lenders within the market and have thousands of products at our fingertips
  • Have a team of advisers who take time getting to know you and understand your requirements
  • Do not have several departments, all our staff work in the same office. Therefore we answer your call, respond to emails or give you the option to leave a message which is responded to same day
  • Complete all applications and keep you updated on the progress

We can help you find the perfect mortgage

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  • Our advisers have unbiased view to the whole mortgage marketplace
  • Over 100 years experience between our four advisers
  • We deliver a personal and efficient service

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Maria and Toby

We first used Choice Mortgages in 2015 when we were struggling to complete a mortgage due to the complexity of a building certificate on a new build property. Nicola reviewed our situation and found solutions to move the purchase forward. We would not have been in our home if it wasn't for the excellent knowledge. We have subsequently used their services again for a remortgage and are now exploring another house move. We wouldn't consider going anywhere else. Nicola's knowledge never ceases to surprise us, and the firm provides an excellent service.

You made it easy and understandable and we wouldn’t go anywhere else

We can help your find your perfect mortgage

Our mortgage brokers have an unbiased view of the whole market

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Based in Stamford, Lincolnshire

Choice Mortgages is an independent mortgage broker; having access to thousands of mortgage and protection products on the market. Our office has been located in Stamford for over 20 years and we have a team of professional advisers with a vast amount of experience.

We offer a free no obligation consultation and help you find the most suitable solution. Understanding lenders criteria and how you are eligible for a mortgage is paramount.

We provide a dedicated personal service and work closely with you every step of the way; organising the paperwork and taking care of the entire application process, making the transaction far less stressful for you. We know lives are busy and we can alleviate the time pressure, by offering telephone or face-to-face appointments.

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