This month we supported local charity Pilgrims Hospice with their Christmas tree recycling campaign. Managing Director Nick Daynes joined a number of volunteers on the 12 of January to collect Christmas tress from local residents in Ashford, Kent.
Prior to collection day Nick Daynes, said: “Prospect Tree Mortgages are very proud to be sponsoring the Christmas tree collection and and we are looking forward to getting our hands dirty with all the other volunteers when we help collect the trees. Last year we visited nearly 1,000 homes and raised more than £18,000 towards the vital work of the hospice. With your help we can make this another record-breaking year."
We managed to catch up with Nick shortly after collection day, he said:
I'm exhausted but also delighted to have been able to take part in this successful campaign. We collected over 1,200 Christmas trees and in doing so raised approximately £20,000 in donations for the Pilgrims Hospice.
If your mortgage deal is coming to an end you may find it to be an easy decision to stay with your current lender. However, they may place you on a standard variable rate which in most cases means you’ll be paying a much higher interest rate than what you might be able to achieve by choosing a fixed rate product.
If you are currently on a fixed rate product and the deal is due to end, it is recommended you speak to your current lender about switching to a new fixed rate mortgage product. There are many advantages to staying with the same lender, these include faster turnarounds, less paperwork, and potentially fewer fees.
However, just like staying with the same energy supplier, faster turnarounds and less fuss do not usually mean the best rates and therefore speaking to an independent mortgage broker such as Prospect Tree Mortgages might mean you can remortgage or switch to a product that makes more financial sense.
If your current mortgage deal is due to expire get in touch with a member of our team for a free no obligation discussion on 0800 8620 840 or fill out this enquiry form.
Prospect Tree Mortgages a nationwide mortgage brokerage are delighted to announce their recent partnership with Bulb a supplier of green gas and electricity.
The team at Prospect Tree Mortgages were determined to do more to help the environment and so teamed up with Bulb who supply all of their members with 100% renewable electricity and 10% green gas.
The partnership means that Prospect Tree Mortgages can recommend a green energy supplier to current homeowners and first time buyers. It also means that Bulb employees are able to obtain dedicated mortgage advice from expert mortgage brokers whilst benefiting from greatly reduced fees.
Nick Daynes, Director of Prospect Tree Mortgages stated, “We often support first time buyers with their mortgage arrangements and find that our customers are becoming more and more conscious of energy efficiency, the cost of energy and the impact it has on the environment. This partnership means we can offer our customers some value by recommending they switch to a renewable energy supplier and also means we can provide support to those that work for Bulb by offering them dedicated mortgage advice at reduced rates.
If you are interested in partnering with Prospect Tree Mortgages please get in touch via our general contact form.
Did you know? Doing nothing at the end of your mortgage introductory rate could cost you!
If you currently have a fixed rate mortgage you should take note of when the rate comes to an end and be prepared to consider a remortgage.
Doing nothing means your current lender will move you over to their Standard Variable Rate (SVR) this tends to be more expensive with monthly repayments higher when compared to most readily available fixed rate mortgages.
What is a Standard Variable Rate Mortgage
A Standard Variable Rate (SVR) Mortgage also known as a Variable rate mortgage is a lender’s basic mortgage rate. The rate of the mortgage can go up as well as down go down and is partly influenced by movement in the Bank of England base rate. However, a Standard Variable Rate might change even without base rate increases.
Of Course, there are a small number of positive benefits to being on a SVR. The main benefit is that there are often no early repayment charges.
Be an active borrower
Active borrowers are conscious of the date their mortgage introductory term ends and understand that their monthly repayments will rise if they don’t switch over to another product or lender. It is good practice to start looking for an alternative mortgage product or lender 3-4 months prior to your current product expiring.
At Prospect Tree Mortgages customer service is paramount, this means that when you arrange your mortgage through us you can rest assured knowing that we’ll stay in touch and give you a reminder before your introductory rate comes to an end. This way you’ll never end up on a lenders Standard Variable Rate.
Our expert mortgage brokers are highly experienced and ready to discuss your requirements. Get in touch to arrange a free no obligation telephone consultation on 0800 8620 840 or fill in our contact form.
Getting a mortgage is one of the biggest financial decisions you’ll make in your life, therefore it’s very important you get it right.
What’s more, the mortgage market is immensely competitive, there are lots of different lenders and a range of products and rates and this can naturally create lots of stress and uncertainty.
In this article, we briefly explore the role of a mortgage broker and discuss why you should use a broker to arrange your mortgage.
What is a mortgage broker?
A mortgage broker is an individual or company that acts as an intermediary between you and a mortgage lender. Mortgage brokers will work with you and offer you regulated advice on mortgage products that suit you best. They can help with first time mortgages or support you to release equity and or reduce your monthly mortgage repayments via a remortgage. Mortgage brokers, also known as financial advisers are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
Why use a mortgage broker?
There are many advantages to using a mortgage broker, we've listed the major advantages below:
Whole market access
Mortgage brokers have access to the “whole market.” This means they can offer you a wide selection of loans through a host of different lenders. This is in contrast to obtaining a mortgage via a high street bank who can only offer you a product from their own range.
Using a mortgage broker will allow you to save large amounts of time. Most mortgage brokers are flexible with their approach, they might take calls after work hours and are sometimes even willing to meet you at a place most convenient to you. Your mortgage broker will also arrange all the necessary paperwork and liaise with the lender on your behalf, this ensures a smooth process.
If you are thinking of purchasing a property or remortgaging your current property get in touch with us here at Prospect Tree Mortgages we’d be delighted to support you. Fill out our contact form or call us on 0800 8620 840.
The vast majority of us will need a mortgage in order to purchase a property. However understanding mortgages and the different mortgage types can be overwhelmingly confusing.
In this article we list and provide a simple explanation of the most popular mortgage types.
We highly recommend that you speak to an experienced mortgage broker before you start house hunting, these specialist advisors will be able to advise you on the right mortgage for you.
Fixed rate mortgages
Fixed rate mortgages are the most popular mortgage type, particularly amongst first time buyers, this is because a fixed rate mortgage allows for repayments to be set or fixed for an agreed number of years, usually 2, 3 or 5 though sometimes 10 years.
The beauty of this type of mortgage is that there are no hidden surprises, borrowers know exactly how much they must pay each month regardless of interest rate increases and other economic issues.
The downside is that if interest rates fall, the borrower will be stuck with the agreed fixed rate. Getting out of a fixed rate mortgage prior to the official expiry date will usually incur an early repayment charge.
When the mortgage comes to an end, you'll be put on the lender's standard variable rate (SVR) which will probably have a higher interest rate than you've been paying. In that case you should speak to a financial adviser who can help you find a more competitive rate through a remortgage.
Interest only mortgages
Interest only mortgages are popular with property investors, particularly buy to let investors or those who plan to sell the property on at a higher rate.
The advantage of an interest only mortgage is that borrowers are required to only pay back the interest on the loan, this means that monthly payments are lower than other mortgage types. However it is important to understand that the borrower will need to pay back the full loan amount at the end of the mortgage term, this can be achieved via a remortgage, selling the property or finding the cash via other means.
Variable rate mortgages
Variable rate mortgages also known as Standard Variable Rate (SVR) Mortgages is a lenders basic mortgage. The rate of the mortgage goes up and down as generally mortgage rates change.
The mortgage rate is partly influenced by the Bank of England base rate however this is not always the case and so the mortgage rate might change even without base rate increases.
If your mortgage is on a standard variable rate you should speak to an experienced mortgage broker who is likely to be able to find you a more competitive mortgage rate.
Tracker mortgages have been popular with risk takers and those who strongly believe interest rates will go down. A tracker mortgage does just that, it tracks the Bank of England base rate, however the actual rate borrowers pay is set by their lender, this rate is usually slightly higher than the BOE base rate.
When base rates go down, so will the monthly mortgage payments but base rates also move upwards and there is usually no limit to how high a tracker mortgage rate will go!
Buy to let mortgages
Buy to let mortgage product are for property investors who want to purchase a property to let to a tenant.
This is a specialist mortgage type and the amount one can borrow is largely dependant on the rental income achievable.
Our mortgage brokers have decades of experienced finding suitable mortgages for first time buyers, families and property investors. Get in touch with a member of our team today to find out how we can help you secure a mortgage that best suits you.