Why is Mortgage Protection Insurance Essential in Cambridge?

Importance of Having The Right Insurance in Cambridge

Mortgage Protection Insurance is a term that is used to surround different kinds of cover. The purpose of this cover is to limit financial stress on you and your loved ones from any unforeseen circumstances that may occur.

Below, Malcolm has put together a video highlighting the significance of having the correct insurance in place for your situation. Due to the past events of the coronavirus pandemic, the importance of health and getting insurance is more prominent than ever.

When it comes to protecting you and your family, there is a range of insurances to choose from. Cambridgemoneyman can compare lots of providers and tailor the appropriate policy to your circumstances. Here are the insurance policies that we can offer to you:

One of our experienced Mortgage and Protection Advisors in Cambridge is always at the other end of the phone or email. If you need more information, book your free insurance review today.

Life Insurance Cover

Life insurance is there to protect your loved ones financially in the circumstance that you or another joint policy holder pass away. Here at Cambridgemoneyman, we can talk you through all the different types of life cover accessible to you and advise the most suitable plan for you.

Critical Illness Insurance

This type of policy covers serious illnesses detailed within a policy. Usually, this includes stroke, heart attack, certain types and stages of cancer, and more.

You will find some illnesses will not be covered, this will be detailed within your policy. Furthermore, if you have pre-existing health issues you knew you had before taking out the insurance, it’s unlikely they will be covered. In the policy, the specific illnesses covered and not covered will be stated.

If you fall victim to one of the several specified critical illnesses, the benefit gets paid and pays you whatever the long-term prognosis of that illness. Seeking specialist mortgage advice in Cambridge is key because the type of conditions covered vary from company to company, and this is why this type of insurance cannot be solely price-driven.

Usually, many businesses will offer Life and Critical Illness cover as a combined policy, and the order of pay-out would be dependent on which event happens first, either death or severe illness, the pay-out is made. They could also get written on a single or joint life basis.

Income Protection

Unlike Life and Critical Illness, where the cover pays out a lump sum, Income Protection pays out a monthly sum that acts as a replacement of your wages in the event of you being unfit to work. Furthermore, there are no limitations on the illnesses or injuries covered, except whether they make you unfit to work.

One restriction, however, is the amount you can cover and how quickly the benefit would start to get paid. The policies are underwritten on your health and lifestyle when you applied, just like Life and Critical Illness Cover. When it comes to Income protection, the policies are written on a single life basis.

A menu plan is when you combine your Life Insurance, Critical Insurance, and Income Protection. A discount is added by the providers each time you add a benefit which can make it cost-effective.

Furthermore, a menu plan provides you with a range of cover and benefits that you can mix and match. This allows you to tailor a plan that is appropriate for your needs. Covering yourself and your family is something we strongly advise should the worst happen. Our mortgage advisors in Cambridge can help you with providing more information if you are unsure.

Family Income Benefit

Family Income Benefit is the least common, but can often be useful. In particular, for households with young people. These plans can get taken to Life and/or Critical Illness Cover, and get underwritten in the same way.

Unlike the traditional forms of policy, rather than pay out a lump sum, the cover would pay an annual or monthly income for the remainder of the term of the plan. Therefore, it can replace the payment of the primary worker for several years, dependent upon a particular client’s situation and, because of this, would usually be written on a level or basis, or an index-linked basis designed to keep up with inflation. 

Get in Touch with a Mortgage Advisor in Cambridge Today

You will find that many people have more than one different type of policy, and it wouldn’t be right to think of Mortgage Protection Insurance is something that is not needed because you are thinking the unexpected won’t happen.

Our Mortgage Advisors in Cambridge are here to discuss with you and tailor the type of cover to be the most suitable combination to your family’s priority and budget. To find out more, give us a call or fill out our enquiry form to speak with one of our Dedicated Protection Specialists Advisors in Cambridge today.

What is a 95% Mortgage?

A 95% mortgage is as simple as the name would suggest; you are borrowing against 95% of the price of a property, and then you are covering the remaining 5% with your deposit. An example of this is if you looked at buying a property that was worth £150,000 with a 95% mortgage, you would be putting down £7,500 as your deposit and borrow the remaining £142,500 from the lender.

95% Mortgage Advice in Cambridge

Off the back of the March 2021 Budget, Boris Johnson announced a Mortgage Guarantee Scheme for mortgage lenders, making 95% mortgages more readily available from the bigger high street banks.   

This is fantastic news for First-Time Buyers and Home Movers alike, as this scheme will continue running until December 2022. Certain terms and conditions will apply though, which is something your Mortgage Advisor in Cambridge will be able to look at, to see if you qualify.    

All our customers who opt to get in touch will receive a free, no-obligation mortgage consultation where one of our dedicated mortgage advisors will be able to make a recommendation on the best possible route for you to take.

Can I get a 95% mortgage?

95% mortgages are usually accessible by both first time buyers in Cambridge & those who are moving home in Cambridge. Whilst saving for a 5% deposit sounds like a pretty straightforward concept, you’ll still need to have an acceptable credit score and prove that you are able to afford your monthly mortgage repayments, in order to access a 95% mortgage.

Improving Your Credit Score

A good credit score is essential in the process of obtaining any mortgage, especially a 95% mortgage. Things like paying any current credit commitments on time, ensuring your addresses are updated and checking that you’re on the voters roll, can all help with your credit score.

Affordability

Affordability is another one that is important to take note of. By giving the lender details of your income and monthly outgoings (things like your bank statements will be necessary for this) and any pre-existing credit commitments, your lender will be able to get a general overview of whether or not you are able to afford this type of mortgage.

Can my family help me get a 95% mortgage?

Nowadays we see lots of family members helping each other get onto the property ladder, especially parents looking to further their children’s lives. The way this usually happens is by gifting the person looking to find their home, the deposit required.

Known through the industry as the “Bank of Mum & Dad, Gifted Deposits are only intended to be a gift, and not as a loan. The lender will need proof that this has been agreed, before it can be used towards your mortgage. 

How do I choose the right 95% mortgage?

When looking for a 95% mortgage, you want to make sure you have the right type of mortgage. Each mortgage type works differently, with that choice allowing you to find one that is most appropriate for your personal and financial situation. 

Some homeowners and home buyers prefer Fixed Rate or Tracker Mortgages, mortgage types which mean you either keep interest rates at a set amount for the term given or have your interest rates tracking the Bank of England base rates.

Alternatively, you might find that Interest-Only or a Repayment Mortgages are more your style. Interest-Only allows cheaper payments until you need to pay a lump sum at the end (mostly now used for Buy-to-Lets), whereas a Repayment mortgage (a normal mortgage if you’d like) means you’ll be paying interest and capital combined per month.

How can a bigger deposit help with my mortgage?

Seeing as a mortgage is such a large financial outgoing, you need to be prepared and need to be aware. You might find things like higher interest rates, remortgaging difficulties due to less equity and then negative equity all cropping up if you’re not. 

There is no need to worry though, as all these can be avoided if you’re savvy enough with your process to begin with. The more deposit you put down for a property, the less risk the lender will see you as. 

A larger deposit, of say 10-15%, would not only reduce the rates of interest by a noticeable amount, but would also give the property more equity and reduce the risk of negative equity, thanks in part to you borrowing less against the property. 

So, whilst the risks may seem intimidating, planning ahead and saving for a bigger deposit to access something like a 90% or even an 85% mortgage will be a massive help in your mortgage journey and something you’ll be able to reap the rewards from in the future. 

Different Types of Mortgages Explained in Cambridge

If you are a first time buyer in Cambridge or are looking at moving home in Cambridge, you will know that several forms of mortgages are available. Some of them are more common than others, and some may even be difficult to find. We have assembled a list of some of the most common forms of mortgages. You will also find one of our MoneymanTV episodes useful for learning more about these.

What is a Fixed-Rate Mortgage?

A fixed-rate mortgage means that for a specified time, the mortgage rates will remain the same. You should decide your period, usually 2, 3, or 5 years or more, for your payments. You know your mortgage balance will typically be the largest outstanding one, regardless of inflation, interest rates, or the economy.

What is a Tracker Mortgage?

Your interest-rate shall track the base rate of the Bank of England by using a tracker mortgage. In other words, the lender does not fix the rate itself. You pay a sum above the base rate of the Bank of England. An example of this is where the basic rate is 1%, and you are tracking at 1% more than the basic rate, you pay 2%.

What is a Repayment Mortgage?

If you carry out a repayment mortgage, you pay capital and interest together every month. So long as you carry the full term of the interest loan, you will pay the mortgage debt at the end, and the property shall be yours. This is the risk-free way of paying the lender back the money.

The interest you are paying in the early years, and particularly with a period of 25, 30, or 35 years, your balance would decrease very slowly. In the last 10 years or so, this scenario changes, where your payments pay more capital than interest and your balance falls even faster.

What is an Interest-Only Mortgage?

While some transactions allow mortgages on an interest-only basis, residential property is even more difficult to obtain on an interest-only basis. Lenders are also less likely to sell a product that is interest-only. However, it may be an alternative under some conditions.

This involves reducing the amount of money you pay out as you’re older or have other savings. When it comes to offering these items, lenders are very strict now, and the valuation loan is much smaller than before.

What is an Offset Mortgage?

You can build a savings account alongside your mortgage account for an offset mortgage. How this works, is you pay interest on the difference, for example, you pay £80,000 for the balance of £100,000, and £20,000 is deposited in your bank account. This can be a very successful way to manage your capital.

How to Remove a Person from a Mortgage in Cambridge

Would you like to remove a person from a mortgage in Cambridge?

Our team of mortgage advisors in Cambridge are happy to help if any significant changes in your life have lead to removing a person from a mortgage. We have experience in helping people progress through what’s known as “financial separation”.

We have dealt with a plethora of different mortgage situations, ranging from straightforward to incredibly difficult. Therefore, it is very rare that we haven’t encountered a situation at least once before. If you are seeking any specialist mortgage advice in Cambridge, we are here from early until late to be your helping hand through any difficult times you’ve found yourself in.

Removing a person from a mortgage in Cambridge isn’t easy, but not impossible

Gaining perspective from the mortgage lender’s point of view can be key in a situation like this. Lenders will have two people contracted in to give them security on the property. This method allows lenders to have multiple routes to go down when it comes to chasing payment if a circumstance like arrears and/or repossession occurs. 

Security can be an issue when it comes to letting someone go from the property because you only have one option for payment. Preferably, they want to make sure that the person wanting to keep the property can afford it in their own right based on income and affordability. It may be best to switch lenders and take out a mortgage in your sole name. 

In some cases, like financial separation, a lump sum may also be raised against the property. This allows you to ‘pay off’ the other person tied into the deal with you. Issues can occur, however, with one being that a person may not be able to afford the whole mortgage in their sole name.

There are still various routes such as family guarantors to go down and a mortgage broker in Cambridge may be able to help you with that. If you are looking to put life insurance policies and any home insurance policies in sole names, our dedicated mortgage team is also able to help you with that.

Can I Get a Mortgage With Bad/Adverse Credit in Cambridge?

Bad Credit Mortgage Advice in Cambridge

Some clients come to us for specialist mortgage advice in Cambridge when their credit score is lower than the acceptable amount or they have missed payments. Adverse credit is a frequent occurrence and this is something that our mortgage advisors in Cambridge might be able to help with.

A potential factor that could effect you when obtaining a mortgage is if you have either missed a monthly mortgage payment or any smaller payments such as your mobile phone contract. This can happen through an attachment on your credit score that states your missed payments. From this, the lender could see that you are a risk.

However, missing monthly payments doesn’t always mean you can’t get a mortgage, but there is the potential risk that the high street bank may turn you down. This is especially the case if you only have a small deposit for the property you are looking at, as it may not be enough to convince a lender to lend to you. To prevent this from happening, you may need specialist help.

The lenders will want to know when the default was registered against you. The likelihood of receiving the necessary help depends on how far away you are from that specific date. In certain circumstances, like ill health, separation or redundancy, the advisor may be able to help even if it is a recent occurrence.

Bad Credit Mortgage FAQs

We have provided further information below that answer any common mortgage scenarios regarding bad credit mortgages in Cambridge.

What will my mortgage advisor in Cambridge need to see?

Your mortgage advisor in Cambridge will want you to provide an up-to-date copy of your credit report and you can obtain one of these usually free of charge (check with the providers T&Cs). It is advised you have your credit report before applying for a mortgage and even more so if you have had any doubts about your credit history, as it gives your advisor an exact snapshot of your financial situation.

I have a good income but bad credit, can I still get a mortgage?

This depends on your circumstances. When it comes to the impact of bad credit, some customers may become a little confused. Despite having bad credit, with a sufficient income & enough deposit, it may be possible to obtain a mortgage.

Reassuring the lender that you can pay back your mortgages without the possibility of any late payments happening is key, as the lender needs to proceed with confidence. If the worst happens, your home may get repossessed, which the lender would want to avoid.

There are many routes to take when people who have bad credit are looking to get a mortgage, even if these routes may have higher rates of interest. The most appropriate next step when seeking a potential mortgage is to get in touch with a mortgage advisor in Cambridge (like ourselves) to help.

I’ve had mortgage problems before, will that stop me from getting a mortgage?

In some cases, you may find yourself struggling financially and are unable to keep up with mortgage payments you didn’t have trouble paying in the past. This isn’t an ideal place to be and even if this was a momentary lapse, it would still be on record as a missed payment.

Credit issues may occur during this period and this could become an issue for when it comes to getting a remortgage at the end of your term or a new mortgage after moving home in Cambridge. As mentioned before, this is based on risk. Can the lender trust you not to find yourself in that situation again?

Our mortgage advisors in Cambridge have a lot of experience when it comes to customers having bad credit, particularly when they have previously had or currently have a mortgage. 

What other types of adverse problems are customers faced?

Other adverse problems customer could potentially run into regarding their credit are;

Even though these situations aren’t the best circumstances to find yourself in, it’s not the end of the road. The process may involve many challenges which involve you paying a higher rate of interest. There are many specialist lenders out there who may accept you depending on the nature of your circumstance.

We highly recommend that you work on improving your credit score. Our how to improve your credit score in Cambridge article is a helpful, in-depth mortgage guide that will hopefully put you on the right path to obtain a mortgage. 

What is a Mortgage Agreement in principle (AIP) in Cambridge?

Need a Mortgage Agreement in Principle in Cambridge?

Here you’ll find out the basics that you need to know about agreements in principle, including the pros and cons of getting one. For more information, get in touch and speak with one of our expert Mortgage Advisors in Cambridge today. An Agreement in Principle (also known as an AIP or Decision in Principle) is where you pass a Lender credit score to qualify for a mortgage.

By obtaining an Agreement in Principle, you prove that you are ready to support any offers you make as a first time buyer in Cambridge. It may also help negotiate a lower price if you have one of these, as it shows the seller you are serious and have the means to continue with the process.

Will obtaining an agreement in principle affect Credit Score?

The more commonly seen methods of credit scoring are via soft searches rather than a hard search. These may still affect your credit score, though a hard search will usually be more likely to do this than a soft search.

Reasons come down to a hard credit search that can leave a credit footprint, whereas a soft search does not. Regardless, you can rest assured that whichever is used by the Lender is done with the best intentions.

Should I avoid hard credit checks?

Having your credit checked via a hard search every so often should not make too much difference. It becomes an issue if you take too many of these within a small amount of time. On the flip side, if you know you have a good credit score and the best path to take with a lender, this should not be a problem.

Is an agreement in principle a guarantee that I will get the mortgage? 

Whilst the prospect of this would be excellent, there are no guarantees that having an Agreement in Principle will allow you to get a mortgage. The Lender will still require seeing all your documents, and only then will an Underwriter make the very final decision.

Often we find that customers contact us after they got declined at the application stage due to missing some small print in their Agreement in Principle. You will need to provide ID to prove that your identity, payslips to prove your income and bank statements to prove you are smart with money before a lender offers your case.

Can I make an offer without an agreement in principle?

Though you can make an offer without an Agreement in Principle, we would not advise doing so. Any credible Estate Agent will want you to prove you can progress onward.

How long does it take to get an agreement in principle?

It is possible to obtain an Agreement in Principle within 24 hours of getting in touch with an experienced mortgage advisor in Cambridge. 

How long does an agreement in principle last?

Typically, an Agreement in Principle will expire after 30-90 days. The good news is that this doesn’t mean you should apply for the first house you find. If your Agreement in Principle expires, it’s not difficult to obtain another ahead of making an offer.

Finding a mortgage only to be declined a mortgage can cause understandable disappointment. With this in mind, we recommend getting an Agreement in Principle as early as possible.

How to Improve your Credit Score in Cambridge

Credit Score Mortgage Advice in Cambridge

A credit score is a numerical value that lenders use to determine your affordability for a mortgage, loan, credit card, etc. Although different lenders have different credit scoring models, the credit score that will be listed on your file will usually range from 300-800+.

Credit score criteria

If you have a credit score above 670, it’s likely that a lender will see no problem lending to you. On the other hand, if your score is less than 670, you may struggle to get the competitive deals that other applicant’s with a higher score are accessing.

Reasons why Your Credit Score may be Lower

As a Mortgage Broker in Cambridge, we deal with specialist cases all of the time. It’s often the case that mortgage applicants come to us after being declined by their bank due to a low credit score or something similar. Our job is to step in and help these struggling customers and their application back on its feet.

There are lots of different reasons why you could have a low credit score. The most common reason that we come across is that the applicant is the subject of a county court judgement (also known as a CCJ). If you fail to repay a loan/borrowed money, it’s likely that you will get a CCJ.

A CCJ can leave a harmful dint on your credit file for 6 years or more, so we strongly advise that you make sure that you pay off your debt before applying for credit. It will undoubtedly pop up on your file and the lender will start asking questions.

Failing to stick to credit agreements can be bad too. Failing to keep up with your mobile phone contract payments will even cause damage to your file. Sometimes the little things can cause damage too, for example, dipping into your overdraft every month could cause a long term negative effect. Even using price comparison websites can sometimes impact your score.

These are just a few things that could negatively impact your credit rating, there are lots of other reasons to why you could have bad credit, however, our job is to help you improve your score so you get the chance to move into your dream home!

There are multiple ways to improve your score to try and get you up into that next bracket that lenders will be looking for. Don’t give up just because you have a low score, it’s still possible to secure a mortgage in some cases!

Improving Your Credit Score in Cambridge

Trying to improve your credit score can be a difficult task, but with the help of this handy guide, you may just be able to level it up a notch.

We must warn you that every lender has their own lending criteria so your score may impact what deals you can access. This also means that just because you have a great score doesn’t mean that you’ll match every deal, it’s sometimes down to personal circumstances. At the end of the day, it’s all up to your lender and their criteria.

Avoid Unnecessary Credit Searches

Every time that you go directly to a lender and their in-house mortgage advisor puts you through for a deal, they will perform a soft or hard credit search on you, and this search will leave an imprint on your credit file. If for any reason, your application is declined, the credit search performed could have a negative impact on your credit score. Multiple searches may lower your chances of getting accepted for a mortgage in the future.

This is where a mortgage broker in Cambridge will come in handy. Here at Cambridgemoneyman, we aim to get it right the first time, which means that we will take a look at your credit score and only approach lenders that hold criteria we know that you will pass.

Avoid Credit Applications

Applying for credit can sometimes backfire on you, especially if you don’t have a reason for doing so. If you can pay back the credit that you’ve borrowed, it may look good on your application, however, flip the situation on its head, and your credit score could end up in trouble if you fail to meet the credit payment deadline.

During your mortgage application, we strongly advise that you hold off applying for credit. In some cases, you may be able to get away with it, but in other scenarios, lenders may believe that you are struggling for money. They could think that you are putting it towards your deposit or using it to aid your mortgage payments.

Are you registered on the voter’s roll?

Here’s a nice and easy way to improve your credit score; make sure that you are registered on the voter’s/electoral roll. Being registered on the roll shows that you are who you say you are. All you need to do is go to the government’s electoral roll page, it’s easy to get registered from there. This could be a great way to boost your score!

You must provide accurate information when registering on the voter’s/electoral roll, so make sure that everything is filled out correctly. You will need to use your current living address, not your previous address.

The Importance of Updating Your Address

During the mortgage application process, we always recommend that you check that all of your accounts and details are linked with your current address. This won’t affect you as much if you are a first time Buyer in Cambridge and this is your first application.

However, if you are moving home in Cambridge from rented accommodation and you still have your parents address linked with any of your accounts, your lender will pick up on it straight away. This is why it’s important to change your addresses and make sure that they’re up-to-date before applying. Being linked to a wrong address could impact your credit score.

If you go down the broker route, your Mortgage Advisor in Cambridge will help you out with this step. They will make sure that everything is updated with you to ensure that you have the best chance possible of being accepted for a mortgage.

Don’t run too Close to Your Maximum Limit

Maxing out your credit card(s) each month will heavily impact your credit score. Your lender will like it if you can pay off your credit card balance each month as it shows that you can manage your money.

If a lender can see that you are exceeding credit card limits and always dipping into your overdraft, they may think that you don’t take your finances seriously. This could threaten your ability to get accepted by them.

If you are still financially linked to an ex-partner or family member, your credit score could be getting harmed without you even knowing. If the account is still active and live, you won’t be able to remove your links. The only way to remove your link is if you get in touch with the credit reference agencies and make a request.

Is it all about your credit score?

Depending on the lender and how strict their lending criteria is, they may be lenient and allow some wiggle room. If there are some personal reasons involved, your lender may be considerate and factor them into your application, it’s entirely up to them what they do.

A mortgage broker in Cambridge like us will always be transparent with you and factor in every bit of detail. Even if you have a score that is on the lower end of the spectrum, our hardworking team of mortgage advisors in Cambridge are still determined to try and secure you a deal that will suit you.

We have access to specialist mortgage deals through our huge panel of lenders; we are sure that we will find one that matches your mortgage needs. If you need further assistance or Credit Score mortgage advice in Cambridge, feel free to book your free mortgage appointment to speak with one of our mortgage advisors in Cambridge.

The Costs of Buying a Home in Cambridge

Home Buying Costs in Cambridge

Owning a home that is filled with happiness, love and warmth is the dream of every first time buyer in Cambridge at the start of their process. Having your own home feels special, no matter where you go or whatever you do, you will always feel most comfortable in your own house.

There is no doubt that buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions you will ever make, so it’s understandable you’d want to get things right the first time around. If you’re finding it difficult to obtain a mortgage, a mortgage broker in Cambridge may be able to help.

Once you have your home, you will be able to take pride in being a homeowner and having the freedom to make any changes (so long as planning permission approves, if necessary) that you want to. That’s why getting the right mortgage advice in Cambridge is a must have.

Of course with taking on a new financial venture, you’ll want to know how much it will all cost. Whilst specifics vary, we have put together a guide about the costs of buying a home in Cambridge, what is included, what to look out for and how to best prepare as a first time buyer in Cambridge.

Estate Agency Fees

Estate agency fees can at times be negotiable and will have a starting fee that varies from agent to agent or company to company. More importantly, the most affordable agents are the field experts who you will find working online.

The main reason for their lower prices, is that they aren’t covering the costs of maintaining a physical location such as an office. That being said, you should still be conscious about what you do online and make sure you prepare ahead of time for the right deal.

Survey Fees

Before you take out a mortgage for such a large amount of money, the mortgage lender you are looking to borrow from needs to make sure that the property in question is actually worth the amount that you will be paying for it.

In order to achieve this, the mortgage lender needs to conduct a professional survey, which may cost you some extra charges in the form of a survey fee. On the other hand, some mortgage lenders may provide this free of charge, although they may not provide you with the report.

For the surveys you do pay for, you could be looking at a few hundred pounds. Of course, if you want an in-depth home buyer’s report for documentation, the service fee almost doubles.

Your mortgage advisor in Cambridge will explain the differences between each survey to help you make a more informed decision. For first time buyers in Cambridge, it may be recommended to go with the premium survey if the property is old or in somewhat worse condition.

Though you may consider an in-depth survey an expensive option, it may save you from repairs and maintenance costs throughout the coming years.

Mortgage Arrangement Fees

As a typical rule of thumb, the mortgages that have the lowest interest rates tend to have higher service charges. Set up fees for the mortgage can be as low as nothing at all, to as much as a few thousand pounds, it really does vary.

An open & honest mortgage advisor in Cambridge will help you to make arrangements for all of your finances, especially when it comes to your mortgage arrangement fees. In some cases, the lender arrangement fees can also be added to your mortgage.

Solicitor Fees

The inclusion of a solicitor is a crucial part of your mortgage, as it is them who will be handling the legal side of the purchase and mortgage process.

For instance, they may validate the property ownership, find out any future plans for adjoining properties, as well as the most important step, which is the processing and handling of funds, to complete the sale of the property.

When you view your solicitor’s fee, check if their quote includes VAT and local searches. Though a typical solicitor’s fee is a few thousand pounds, the legal verification is worth the price. Getting first time buyer mortgage advice in Cambridge can help you find out which is the best solicitor for you.

Stamp Duty

Some properties or purchases may be subject to stamp duty – a paid land tax to the government. You can check the official government website to get the latest updates and more information regarding stamp duty.

The rules concerning this tax change every now and again, so it’s worth checking to make sure you’re up to date. If stamp duty is something you need to pay, your mortgage advisor in Cambridge will advise on this.

Mortgage Broker Fees

Before you get in touch with a trusted and dedicated mortgage broker in Cambridge, it is important to make sure that you do your research first, so that you are going with the best mortgage broker for you.

An expert mortgage broker in Cambridge will sometimes charge a small fee, which will entirely depend upon the amount of your mortgage and complexity of your case. Most mortgage brokers, like us, will only charge a fee, upon completion of your mortgage, not upfront.

Removal Fees

When moving home with a mortgage, many people will hire a van to move all of their belongings into their new home.

We would always recommend hiring local removal companies to make the most of their services. The costs of these can vary, though it could be said that hiring and driving your own van could cost less.

Book Your Free Mortgage Appointment

If you need further assistance or Credit Score Mortgage Advice in Cambridge, feel free to get in touch with our team.

Divorce & Separation Mortgage Advice in Cambridge

Mortgage Advice After Divorce & Separation

Divorce can wreak havoc on your emotions, finance, and of course, the home you embellish with love. But instructively speaking, it should not be taken as a stressful event, instead of a process that needs considerate handling.

At times, it may be confusing and even daunting when legal implications get in the way. In the line of reasoning, the most important being managing your finance and mortgage. That’s why getting Specialist Mortgage Advice saves the day. So, let’s dive in and learn everything you need to know about divorce and separation when having a Mortgage Advice in Cambridge.

At Cambridgemoneyman, we believe in sharing our first-hand knowledge with our clients that helps them tackle their mortgage-related legal matters. This guide contains practical information about most of the queries that our clients are anxious to ask.

Our specialist mortgage broker in Cambridge has answered the 3 most important and commonly asked questions. We understand your hesitation and hope that the detailed answers will make it easier for you to take the first step towards settlement.

  1. What’s the procedure to remove my ex-husband/wife or partner’s name from my mortgage?
  2. How to remove my name from my partner’s mortgage?
  3. Can I have two mortgages at a time?

Removing an Ex-partner’s Name

Joint investment in a home is a huge commitment on a financial basis and needs to be dealt with carefully. Similarly, removing a name from the mortgage or any other changes can be strenuous unless you come to the end of your mortgage term.

When you are a family and have children involved, things can get a bit more complicated. In most cases, the mother gets hold of the property. Whoever agrees to reside in the house is the most likely to take full responsibility for the mortgage.

If you want to remove your ex-partner’s name from the mortgage, you need to provide solid proof that you can afford your own mortgage payments by yourself. Lenders will keenly study your salary, expenses, disposable income and then decide if you can hold your own mortgage or not. Moreover, they will also check your ex-partner’s credentials to decide whether he/she will be able to go forward with their mortgage or not.

Finally, they will perform an assessment on your credit file before coming to a decision. More importantly, since the mortgage was in partnership, the lender can follow you both in the mortgage arrears list.

Removing Your Name From the Mortgage

The same process follows if you want to remove your name from the mortgage. However, the scenario is a bit different and tough for those who prefer to vacate the house. Removing your name from the mortgage requires duly signed consent from you and your ex-partner. Again, the lender needs to carry out a detailed affordability assessment to confirm whether your partner can manage the installments on their own or not.

If your partner agrees to remove your name from the mortgage and can afford the payments, you are clean to look for your own place. When you move into a new place, your lender will consider your former mortgage payments. But the fact is not all lenders are the same as some are more strict than others and rarely consider your state of affairs.

Hence, you need to try and find the right lender for you, and that’s exactly where we come in. Cambridgemoneyman not only provides you with divorce and separation Mortgage Advice in Cambridge but also will help you find that perfect lender for your own circumstances.

Can I have two mortgages at once?

Yes, you can have multiple mortgages and properties as long as you can afford to pay for them. Once you apply for a new mortgage, your lender has the power of decision. They will take an affordability test that includes checking your credit profile before acceptance. When checking your file, your lenders have full access to check all the mortgages that your name is under.

They will try to figure out how much you contribute to these mortgage payments. Finally, they will decide whether you can manage the new mortgage expenses or not. They make the final decision by even following the other financial commitments to your credit.

Furthermore, the lenders will also account for the likelihood and the risk factors for your house’s repossession. If they find you high risk, they won’t take the chance and you may be declined. On the other hand, as a specialist mortgage broker in Camrbridge, we have the solution to all your problems.

Divorce and Separation Mortgage Advice in Cambridge

You can get an affordability check at our Mortgage Broker in Cambridge before connecting with a mortgage lender. At Cambridgemoneyman, we analyse your affordability first so that you can make a final decision.

We have expert mortgage advisors in Cambridge with years of experience with both class and professionalism. Reach us out for any divorce and separation Mortgage Advice and assistance. Our amazing team of dedicated field specialists will be more than happy to help.

The Importance of Changing Your Address in Cambridge

Don’t Pretend to Live Somewhere Else

If you are applying for credit, you will find that the fewer different addresses that are tied to your name and accounts, the better it will be for your credit score. When it comes to mortgages, having better credit can work in your favour when applying for a mortgage.

These days, a lot of first time buyers in Cambridge and home movers in Cambridge have gained a lot of knowledge and insight into the way credit scores work and generally use their current and previous addresses to their advantage.

Many of our customers are usually applicants who have moved out of their parent’s home into new rented accommodation. There are still applicants out there who believe that leaving their previous address on credit cards, electoral roll information and bank statements is acceptable.

Records of Your Address

There will always be a record on your credit repot showing if you have moved elsewhere which is why it’s important to update documents with your new address.

They will be evident on documents like car insurance, orders from online shopping all having ties with your previous address so it’s important to update each account.

Keeping Your Address Up-to-Date

If you are looking at options to buy a property in Cambridge and are wanting to take out a mortgage, it’s best that you make sure that all of our electoral roll, cards and other accounts have been updated with your current home address.

Furthermore, any other accounts that need an address are up to date and consistent with your current home address.

It’s good to double-check the date you moved in and out when you update your current home address on your electoral roll and credit score. If you don’t do this can give the lender the impression that you live in two different places simultaneously.

It’s always important that you are honest and transparent with the lender so updating your address and dates can work in your favour when applying for a mortgage.

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