Going for Broker? What does a mortgage broker do?

Going for Broker? What does a mortgage broker do?


When you are looking for the best available mortgage to match your finances, there are a few options available to you. Firstly, you can contact the financial institutions directly, discuss your finances and see which will offer the best deal. (By the best deal, I don’t mean the most money. Rather the most suitable deal that matches your financial situation). Alternatively, you could use a … mortgage broker.

A mortgage broker will seek out the best mortgage product on the market on your behalf. You should be aware that some brokers only deal with a limited number of financial institutions so while you think you are getting the best product, there may a more appropriate mortgage on the market that they have not investigated. Traditionally, brokers worked on a percentage basis (usually about 1%). However, with the current market difficulties many have moved to a set fee basis. So if you decide to go down the broker route, you should really shop around for the best broker. There’s a lot of shopping around going on. You shop around for a broker and then they shop around for a mortgage for you.

While a broker will do their utmost to track down the best deal for you, It is possible to do this yourself especially if money is tight and there is no budget for a broker.

There are 2 comments for this article
  1. Martin at 1:28 pm

    I wonder are brokers having problems getting money out of the banks these days? I have been refused a mortgage from a few different banks and am now considering using a broker. The problem is that I’m not sure why they would give a broker the money and not me? Do the brokers have some sort of a deal with the bank that gives them priority?

  2. Scott at 12:40 pm

    I would only use a broker if I was absolutely clueless about the market. Anyone could do this job themselves by just contacting the financial institutions themselves. I don’t see how a broker is going to get you a better deal. I used a broker the first time I bought a home and I know now that I certainly did not get the best mortgage for me. If you are any way savy about the market, you will be able to do this for yourself.

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