Buying a Home

Why use an adviser to buy a home?

Buying a Home

Why use an adviser to buy a home?

If you’re buying a home (or building a new one), you’ll likely contemplate using a mortgage adviseralso sometimes referred to as a mortgage broker, to help you realise your homeownership dreams.

 

Advisers can present you with a wide range of lender products and interest rates, while guiding you through the whole process.

What is a mortgage adviser?

A mortgage adviser that is well-qualified and highly experienced works for youhelping you find the most suitable home loan and mortgage products and ratesOnce they’ve helped you identify the right option for your situation, they can then manage your application process, advising you all the while to help you reach the best outcome for your circumstances.  

Mortgage advisers are paid by lenders when the home loan is drawn down. Borrowers (that’s you) don’t pay anything to their adviser for a standard residential mortgage. There may be a fee for commercial contracts or non-bank lending, this varies on a case-by-case basis. 

What does a mortgage adviser do?

In simple terms, the mortgage adviser will act as an intermediary between you and lendersInitially, they’ll help you assess your financial situationyour income, deposit size and credit history, to help you decide which type of home loan you should apply for. 

From there the mortgage adviser can present you with home loan options from the lending institutions they work with. The more lenders the adviser deals with, the more options you’ll have to choose from. The number of wellregarded lenders an adviser can connect you with is a key deciding factor when finding the right mortgage adviser for you. 

The fact that mortgage adviserhave longstanding relationships with lenders and expert industry knowledge means they have access to a multitude of products and various options and interest rates availableTheir service can be invaluable  for this alonein addition to their ability to answer all of your questions and guide you through the paperwork.

What’s the difference between a mortgage adviser and a mortgage broker?

We are quite often referred to as mortgage brokers, however there is quite a difference between a mortgage adviser and a mortgage broker.  

A broker handles their clients’ money through a specific part of a financial transaction — an adviser does not. A stockbroker for example would have a client pay them directly and the broker would in turn purchase shares on their behalf, therefore they actually touch the client’s money. With mortgage advisers, the lender pays the money to the client directly and the service we provide is free of charge.  

At Tony Mounce Mortgages & Insurance we are mortgage advisers — providing you with a premier level of advice and assistance that only comes through a great depth of qualifications, industry experience, expertise and knowledge.

What should you ask a mortgage adviser?

When speaking with a mortgage adviser you need to make sure you are both on the same page — you want them to fully understand what your homeownership dream looks like and what you can realistically afford. Ask lots of questions and be ready to answer a good deal too. 

Ask them: 

  • How many lenders do you work with?  
  • If you’re unsure about how they get paid… be braveask them!  
  • Are there any house buying costs may not be aware of?  
  • About any concerns you have. Remember they are working with you and want to be as transparent and reassuring as possible

 

Tell them: 

  • How long you plan to live in your new home
  • If you have renovations, alterations or extensions planned
  • General information about your situation: deposit size, income, etc.

The ups and downs — Why use a mortgage adviser?

  • Upsides
  • If your understanding of the home loan industry and how mortgages work is lacking, using a mortgage adviser can give you the confidence that comes with being looked after by someone who has your best interests at heart. Even if you have a reasonably good understanding, advisers are great to have onside to fill in any gaps in your knowledge 
  • Their established relationships with lenders mean they may be able to access products that you can’t if acting alone
  • Mortgage advisers do all the legwork for you. This means they save you the time and effort involved in researching all the various home loan products that may be suitable for you. A large part of the stress and manhours involved in securing finance to buy your home can be alleviated by using an adviser
  • Downsides
  • Mortgage advisers can only show you options from the lenders they work with. This is fine if you choose an adviser who deals with numerous reputable lenders (like Tony Mounce Mortgages & Insurance), but not so much if go with an adviser with only few of these relationships
  • As with all industries, mortgage advisers aren’t all equal. When choosing an adviser, it’s important to find out about their level of qualifications, industry experience and relationships
First Home Buyer Success Stories

Simon and Katie buy their first home, and peace of mind

Location:
Woodend, Canterbury
Situation:
Buying first home and finding life insurance policy
Adviser:
Katy Pheloung and Tony Mounce
We were looking to buy our first home and get life insurance in the process. We had tried to talk to our bank but found them difficult to deal with.

We chose Tony Mounce Mortgages & Insurance as our advisers because everyone we talked to was easy to deal with and talked us through every step of the process without any pressure.

We spoke to them about our options and what it would take for us to get a mortgage, then went back to them a year later when we were in a position to go ahead.

A positive outcome without the stress
The outcome was perfect — we got a mortgage on the terms we wanted and have been able to build a beautiful home we designed ourselves.

The team stayed in contact with us every step of the way and made the process as smooth as it could be. We didn’t have to spend hours on the phone with the bank arranging anything or causing needless stress.

Customers for life
Our experience was awesome, and we’ll happily go to them again for any mortgage or insurance needs in future. They made every step of the process so easy, and everyone has been lovely and amazing to deal with.

You really feel like the team go above and beyond to get everything right for you. - Simon and Katie Cartwright

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