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We are an independent mortgage & insurance company with access to the entire intermediary mortgage market. We will discuss your situation and make recommendations best for you. We're a local mortgage broker, based in Dartford, & cover London, Kent & Essex for face to face appointments, but can advise anyone in the UK.
Mortgage brokers covering the entire mortgage market to help you secure the best mortgage for your situation. Based in Greenhithe, near Dartford and covering primarily London and Kent. Including New Purchases, First Time Buyer mortgages, Help to Buy, Right to Buy, Remortgages, Buy to Let, Product Transfers, Ltd Company, Portfolio Landlord, Credit Impaired Mortgages and more.
Protection for your mortgage and/or your lifestyle. Reviewing your current policies and matching life insurance needs to you and your family. Many people have life insurance with work or from a previous mortgage broker, which is now out of date and needs reviewing or adding to. You don't need to be in the local Greenhithe and Dartford areas for an appointment, we cover London and Kent too.
Similar to Life Insurance, people often have some level of critical illness cover at work. However, this can be limited and should always be reviewed against current and future needs. A lump sum payment to help you through any tough times ahead, pay your mortgage for a time, or allow you time off work, should you need it. Speak to one of our mortgage brokers to review your options.
What would happen if you were unable to work? Who would pay the mortgage, the bills, the childcare? Income protection offers a monthly salary replacement, up to a certain percentage of your existing salary, if you are unable to work due to illness or injury, and can go a long way to making sure you and your family are protected and you can continue paying your mortgage if you lose your primary income for a period of time.
Building insurance is a compulsory part of any mortgage. Many UK homes are under-insured because their owners preferred to find what they think is 'the best deal' on comparison websites. These policies may be leaving them with an insurance shortfall should the worst happen. Our Mortgage brokers offer a free review and will explain all the parts of a building and contents insurance policy so you know where you stand.
As mortgage brokers covering Greenhithe & Dartford, as well and London and Kent, we can assist with your commercial mortgage and finance needs in regards to unusual purchases, land, auction finance, second charges and bridging loans. We also offer access to a whole of market panel of lenders for the above through our affiliate partners to match your commercial finance needs, offering the most appropriate solution for your situation.
We have approved solicitors and surveyors covering London and Kent as well as the local Greenhithe and Dartford areas. We can recommend to you to help with your purchase, sale or other property/mortgage needs
Our mortgage brokers can refer you to an independent financial advisor we work alongside to go through any of your other financial needs including pensions, savings, trusts, bonds, shares, ISA's and retirement or inheritance planning.
We deal with private banks and, for certain clients, can cater a solution or bespoke mortgage to their needs outside the standard lending criteria. You don't need to have an account with the London banks, you can be based anywhere.
Are you looking to buy at auction? Are you looking to raise additional capital from your current home but your credit isn't very good? Our mortgage brokers can recommend a range of solutions that you maybe didn't know were there.
A cross between a life policy and an income protection policy. If one or both of you dies, this policy pays a set amount each month until your child is old enough to support themselves (chosen age), to help with child costs.
A Surprising number of Landlords don't have any rent protection insurance alongside their mortgage, yet when asked about their biggest concern, it's always the tenant not paying the rent. These policies offer a level of cover against this possibility.
Contact us for any of your mortgage or insurance needs. We are based in the Greenhithe & Dartford area, covering London, Kent and Essex offering free advice from a qualified and regulated mortgage professionals, and source from the entire mortgage market to ensure you always get the best mortgage for your situation. Contact us directly by filling in the above form, or via WhatsApp below.
A mortgage is a charge placed onto a property by a Bank/Lender. The client traditionally puts some of their own money down as a deposit, and the lender adds the rest to buy the property. The lender does not own any part of the property, but can repossess the property should the client not keep up repayments. The client is assessed based on the lenders requirements to see if they are eligible for a mortgage.
Standard mortgages are what is known as a first charge against the property you are buying. They don't own part of the property, you own it, but if for any reason you have to sell it, the first charge is paid off first (hence the name) and you get what is left (unless there is a second charge). You borrow (usually) a large amount of money at a certain rate of interest and pay it back in monthly installments. You can pay the loan on a repayment or an interest only basis, the latter not common on residential property.
On a repayment mortgage, the monthly amount you pay to the bank/lender will include interest and capital, so if your mortgage is £500pcm, it may be £200 capital and £300 interest. So £200 is effectively coming back to you in equity in the property (as long as house prices are stable). Compared to renting, where you pay your landlord rent each month and see nothing back, a mortgage can be financially beneficial in the long run.
Speak to a mortgage broker. They will assess your situation and will go through what you need to provide, what a lender will ask and usually give you an indication of how much you can borrow and what your monthly payments may be. A short phonecall could save you hours of trawling each lender individually and brokers can give advice, lenders usually can't. A broker has the entire mortgage market to choose from and could save you money by finding you the best lender/rate for your circumstances.
Apart from the odd exception in the past few years, 5% has been the minimum deposit amount required by most lenders. There are some who have schemes where it is possible to get a mortgage without a deposit if you have family with property or spare money to lock in a savings account, but traditionally 5% is the minimum requirement. However, the more you have, the better mortgage rate you can get.
Lenders base their rates on risk, so if you buy a property with 5% deposit and the housing market drops 10%; if they have to repossess your property they are not getting their money back. As lenders/banks like money...a lot...they will only offer a high interest rate for a 5% deposit. If you have 50% deposit, you are a very low risk of them not getting their money back, so they will offer you a better rate.
We will go over your options in a clear and understandable way and help you feel confident of what is achievable for your situation. Before you know what you can and want to borrow you will need to consider your costs of owning a home such as household bills, council tax, insurances and flat costs (if applicable). All mortgage lenders will want to see proof of your income, certain expenditure and any debts you may have.
Lenders will look at your credit history, so make sure there are no nasty surprises by checking your credit rating. We have had customers with late credit cards payments that were falsely on their credit rating. Checking your credit history with all credit bureaus is the best place to start and we recomment checkmyfile as it has all credit bureaus and all the information we need to assess your situation. Click the link or banner at the bottom of the page to get your report.
Speak to a mortgage broker, you will get the same rates as going direct to a bank, in some cases brokers have exclusives which are cheaper too. They will assess your situation and will go through what you need to provide, what a lender will ask and usually give you an indication of how much you can borrow and what your monthly payments may be. A short phonecall could save you hours of trawling each lender individually and brokers can give advice, lenders usually can't. Our mortgage brokers have the entire mortgage market to choose from and could save you money by finding you the best lender and/or rate for your circumstances.
According to HMRC, a First time buyer (FTB) is someone who has never owned a property anywhere in the world. Some lenders will will treat you as a FTB if you haven't owned a property in the UK for several years, meaning you can access their FTB rates/products, but for tax reasons, you can't have owned any property before.
Whole of Market: Being independent and whole of market means we have access to every rate and deal on the market in the UK. This includes all high-street lenders such as Barclays, HSBC, Halifax, NatWest, Nationwide and Santander. Whatever your situation, we will help you achieve your best available mortgage rate and deal.
Our brokers give the best advice and guidance suited to your situation and the best available rates and deals. We complete everything for you whilst supporting you every step of the process.
We are your online and local mortgage broker offering a customer-focused service.
There are several types of contractor and all have lenders potentially willing to lend, including some specialists. Whether you are employed or self employed, day rate, short term, fixed term, CIS, umbrella company etc, there should be a lender for you. The typical requirements are 12 months or more contracting experience as a minimum, but even without this a mortgage may be possible. Speak to a broker and they'll advise on the best option for yo
Yes, Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) contractors can get a mortgage. In some ways, it can be easier than a more traditional contractor to secure the borrowing. Some lenders specialise in CIS, but there are still several variables such as do you pay your own tax? Are you paid through an Umbrella company? How long have you been doing it? etc. The best way to get a mortgage as a CIS contractor is to speak to an experienced mortgage broker to guide you through the potential pitfalls.
Possibly, It depends on the level of bad credit you have and each lender has their own criteria. The best thing to do is to download your credit report and send it to your broker. They will assess it and let you know your options, there may be more than you think. Checking your credit history with all credit bureaus is the best place to start and we recomment checkmyfile as it has all credit bureaus and all the information we need to assess your situation. Click the link or banner at the bottom of the page to get your report.
As above, probably. If you can't remortgage, you may be able to do a Product Transfer, changing your rate with your current lender to still have something competitive. Again, the best thing to do is to download your credit report and send it to your broker to assess.
They are all basically the same thing, although some lenders classify them differently. An Agreement in Principle (AIP), Decision in Principle (DIP) and Mortgage in Principle (MIP) are often referred to by estate agents when asking about your finance, arranging viewings or putting offers forward. They are a lender looking at the basic figures and doing a credit check on you.
Some credit checks are a 'soft footprint' which usually only stay on your credit file for 30 days and can only be seen by you and the lender. Others do a 'hard footprint' credit check which goes deeper and remains on your report. A number of these can affect your credit score so better to do it correctly first time.
Our brokers go through your situation and can provide an AIP/DIP/MIP for your viewing needs. They will assess the case based on your documents and input the correct figures as the lender will look at them so it should be a pretty good guide as to whether or not you can actually get a mortgage. There are no guarantees as things can change in your situation or the lender criteria between DIP and application.
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Typically you will need two years accounts submitted to HMRC to show earnings, but some lenders will work from one years accounts if you've only been trading a year. Lenders vary on the income they will use for affordability, and consider salary, net profit (or share of) and dividends, so it depends on your type of self employment. Best thing is to speak to a mortgage broker and run through yor situation in depth to see what your options are.
Yes, it's like starting the whole process again. You have already gone through the first time buyer process. By now you realise that your mortgage is probably your biggest outgoing, so to save money, you might consider remortgaging your home. This is the process of moving your current mortgage to a new lender or entering into a different deal with your current lender. It makes sense to do so, as if you can move to a better interest rate or deal, you will reduce this monthly expense. In this guide, we will break down your mortgage renewal options.
How does remortgaging work? Remortgaging to a better rate usually makes financial sense to do so. Having the best available rate is important but there may also be other reasons to remortgage your home.
You could use a re-mortgage to release extra cash for home improvements. So, let’s say you wanted to build an extension, convert an existing part of your property, or carry out other projects. If it improved the value of your property, it could mean you can borrow more money when remortgaging.
You may consider remortgaging to consolidate debt, as you would then be able to raise the money to pay off your credit cards and existing short-term loans. These would be replaced by the monthly payments you would make on your new mortgage.
And if you were wanting to start a business or buy a second property, you could also re-mortgage to release the equity tied up in your current property. Speak to a mortgage broker about the amount of equity in your property and the options for your available equity.
So, no matter your reason for remortgaging your house, be it to release equity, benefit from reduced interest rates, make home improvements, or something else besides, you should give it some consideration. Speak to a whole of market broker to examine your options and advise you on the best way forward
You have a few options. You do nothing and slip onto the lenders Standard Variable Rate (SVR) which is typically between 3% and 5%, so not a good idea. You can sell up without penalty. You can do a Product Transfer, staying with the same lender and picking a new rate, usually without any further documents or assessment. Or, you can remortgage, which basically means starting again, being assessed by a new lender and being able to change everything about the mortgage.
Read the reviews, ask friends/relatives for referrals, do your own research. Another good tip would be to shop around. Speak to a few and find someone you like, who explains things clearly and transparently and you would trust to look after one of the most important areas of your life on your behalf. At Stratton Regent, we pride ourselves on sharing our knowledge with our clients and always tell them the rate, lender and product we recommend, and why we feel it is best for the situation they are in.
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If you are planning to buy a property to rent out, you are going to need a buy-to-let mortgage. They often cost more than residential mortgages, but as you stand to make a profit on your buy to let property, you may see a sizeable return.
You will need a buy-to-let mortgage if you are buying a property with the intention of renting it.
If you plan to rent out your residential property long-term, you will need to switch your current mortgage to a buy-to-let (let-to-buy) mortgage.
You may not need a buy-to-let mortgage if you’re renting out your property on a temporary basis, but you will need the consent of your lender. Without permission, you will be in breach of your mortgage contract, and your lender might demand instant repayment of your mortgage.
Buy-To-Let Mortgages cost more than residential mortgages. They are more expensive because:
Lenders charge more for buy-to-let mortgages because they view tenants as a higher risk than owner-occupiers.
There are several speciality buy to let mortgages to consider. If you're a higher rate tax payer, you may be best looking into Limited Company mortgages. Maybe you want a property which has multiple bedrooms and you plan to rent by the room, then you'll need to look at House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) mortgages.
There are many things to consider and Stratton Regent mortgage brokers can guide you through the options and work out what's the best route for you and your investment.
You can depending on your situation. Keeping your proerty to rent out is called Let to Buy, but in most cases you will need an onward purchase to satisfy the lender requirements. If you're planning to rent out your property you will likely need to leave 25% equity in it and the prospective rental amount will need to be enough to get the mortgage. With buy to let or let to buy mortgages, the mortgage is based on the rent and is stressed depending on your personal situation.
Potentially, yes. It will depend on your situation and moving your current mortgage to a new property is called Porting. Most mortgages are portable so that part is ok. However, each porting application is usually assessed as a new applciation, just keeping the product the same. You can add a partner, top up the mortgage with additioanl borrowing and change the term, but it will all be assessed as any new loan would be with most lenders.
Life Insurance protects your family should you die. That seems a very heavy and dark thing to think about, but imagine if it happened to you, of to someone in your family. You would potentially have a a lot of costs and financial concern to try and deal with along with your grief. Life insurnace simply takes away some or all of the financial concern and allows you to do what you need without worrying about money.
Is Life Insurance really worth it?
To answer whether life insurance is worth it or not you have to ask yourself another question; Could you afford to maintain your current lifestyle if you or your partner were suddenly gone? In most cases, the answer will be no. So is Life Insurance worth it? Yes!
Life Insurance - Pays a lump sum when you die
Critical Illness Cover - Pays a lump sum on diagnosis of a covered condition (cancer, stroke etc)
Income Protection - Replaces part of your salary if you cannot work due to illness or injury
Family Income Benefit - Pays a monthly income to your family in the event of death
Losing a whole person’s income can have devastating effects on a household both mentally and financially. If you couple that with the emotional strain of losing someone, life can quickly take a downward spiral.
The younger you are, the less Life Insurance, Income Protection and Critical Illness cover costs. Premiums will also be lower if you are a non-smoker and if you are in reasonable health. It can be cheaper than you think and you really need to ask yourself the question is it better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it?
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