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First Time Buyers

Buying your first home is likely to be the largest investment of your life so far.

We can help make this exciting time as stress free as possible and explain every step in depth for you. We can provide you with advice on surveys, recommend a solicitor to carry out your conveyancing and help make sense of the myriad of insurance options available – these areas are not currently regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

By comparing mortgages from a comprehensive range of mortgage providers, we’ll find you the most competitive introductory offers, lowest interest rates and the most flexible options based on your circumstances.

Whether you’ve found your dream home or are just thinking about taking that first step onto the property ladder, our team of advisors can use our years of advice to help you buy your first house.

Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

Our fees and charges vary depending on the Services we provide to you. We charge a fee of up to £500 payable upon Completion. Our typical fee is £200. We will also be paid commission from the lender.

How do I find out how much I can borrow?

To determine how much money that can be lent to you, the lender will need certain information, such as:

Your credit history is a factor, as is whether you are applying on your own or making a joint mortgage application.

Typically, you will be able to borrow somewhere between three and four times your gross annual salary (staff bonuses and other income may also be taken into consideration.) It is worth noting that the upper limit of available mortgage amount is reserved for those with a fantastic credit history and a proven track record of financial responsibility.

Additionally, we take into account the uncertainties of the future, including changes in interest rates and personal circumstances.

The Two Basic Types of Mortgage

There are essentially two ways to repay the money that you are borrowing (formally known as the capital): repayment Mortgages (capital and interest) and interest-only mortgages.

Repayment Mortgages

A repayment mortgage guarantees that you’ll own your property at the end of the mortgage term. Every time you make a monthly payment on a repayment mortgage, you reduce both the loan and the interest until the debt is completely paid off.

For the first few years you’ll mostly repay interest. This means that if you transfer to a new mortgage in the first few years, it is unlikely that you will have paid off much of the capital.

But as the years pass, you’ll begin to notice that your monthly payments are making a difference to the capital debt and your mortgage will slowly shrink. Additionally, many lenders now allow you to make overpayments or lump sum payments, which may help shorten the term of your mortgage or lower your monthly repayments.

Interest-Only Mortgages

With an interest-only mortgage, your monthly payments cover just the interest on the loan for the term of the mortgage.

For example; during a term of 20 years, if you borrow £150,000 in 2013 you will still owe £150,000 in 2033.

The lender will require that you also pay a monthly amount into an investment fund with the expectation that it will cover the capital loan when it reaches the end of the mortgage term.

Investment funds have the potential to either under-perform or over-perform, depending on the economic climate.

If saving rates have been good during your mortgage term, you may end up with enough to pay off your mortgage debt and have money left over that you can take as a cash lump sum. However, if you’re unlucky and savings rates haven’t been good, you may end up with a shortfall and you will be liable to make up the difference.

Why should I use a mortgage broker?

As well as the two basic types of mortgages, Affinity Mortgages cam advise you on other options that might be more suitable for your needs, including:

In general, the larger the deposit, the better the mortgage deal. In the current market, you may be expected to accompany your mortgage application with a larger deposit than you would have just a couple of years ago.

Before the credit crunch, lenders were giving out high loan-to-value (LTV) mortgages – loans of, say, 90% or more of the value of a home.

The global economic meltdown has forced banks and building societies to get tough on lending. This was bad news for cash-strapped first-time buyers as high LTV mortgages were swiftly phased out.

What is a “Mortgage Agreement in Principle”?

Before you find your dream home, you can obtain a ‘mortgage agreement in principle’. This is not a solid commitment from a mortgage lender but a provisional ‘OK’ – it lets estate agents and sellers know that you’re serious about buying.

Incentives for first time buyers

Affinity Mortgages can help you wade through the deals available to first time buyers and ensure that you are getting the best deal.

Common incentives include:

Life Insurance/Life Assurance

Many lenders require that you take out life insurance as a condition to the mortgage, in case the worst should happen. Life insurance guarantees a lump sum payout in the event of the borrower’s death, and any debt outstanding on the mortgage is then repaid from this.

To make the world of finance that little bit clearer, call Affinity Mortgage Solutions on 01327 706635

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