Types of mortage advice
So what are the different types of mortgage advice and where would you expect to find them?
This type of mortgage broker offers the least consumer protection, they will simply ask a set of questions to narrow the customers requirements and thus filtering the number of mortgages available. They then present the customer with a small list of possible mortgages for the consumer to choose one appropriate. The consumer protection here is based on the script of questions the broker asks. The script is a process determined prior to the consumer appointment, and is impersonal. Therefore specific personal cirmcumstances are unlikely to be assessed. It also assumes that the customers answers are factually correct and the final choice is made solely by the consumer. Although no advice is offered these brokers do handle the arranging of the mortgage on the consumers behalf, and therefore dealing with all the chasing and removing stress from the process.
Where would you expect non-advised brokers to exist?
Well believe it or not many non-advised brokers are within the high street banks and building societies.
This type of services is where a mortgage adviser uses their knowledge and skills to provide the most suitable mortgage to suit a consumers personal circumstances. This will involve a full fact finding interview, affordability assessment, discussion on the consumers future plans and aspirations, all of which provide key facts on a consumers requirements, and therefore a means for the adviser to identify suitable products. The adviser will not however, handle the arranging of the mortgage, and therefore the consumer would need to deal directly with the bank or buildings society to arrange the mortgage.
Where would you expect advice-only advisers to exist?
These advisers generally do not exist alone this is often a service provided through the ‘Independent Mortgage Adviser’ type below. And often comes about when the most suitable mortgage is only offered direct through high street (i.e. not through mortgage advisers/brokers). The adviser would therefore offer an advice-only option to the client and often charge a fee for this service. Although the client must deal directly with the bank or building society their mortgage adviser often provides support to the consumer.
Tied mortgage advisers
Tied mortgage advisers come in two forms ‘only offering mortgages from one lender or its own mortgages’ or multi-tied ‘only offer mortgages from a limited number of lenders’. This clearly limits the number of mortgage products available to match a consumers personal circumstances and in a lot of cases they may not be able to offer the most suitable mortgage product and therefore advice may result in the best mortgage they can offer, being woefully inadequate. https://rateconnect.ca