A broker can save you valuable time, offer you expert advice, and more often than not, their services are at no cost to you!
A good licensed Mississauga mortgage broker will do the following:-
- identify home and investment loan options that best suit your needs
- act as your advocate in negotiations with lenders to secure the best deal; and
- arrange all paperwork and supporting information necessary to secure the finance
- guide you in the right direction for complementary services required for a total financial solution
In an environment such as the present where you are overwhelmed by choice, the role of a mortgage broker is to wade through the good and bad deals out there and ultimately arrive at a solution that best meets your current and future individual needs. Usually, at no cost to you, and as brokers receive their remuneration via the banks; why not take advantage of this free service. Be aware that some mortgage brokers may charge a small fee for their service; this is not necessarily a bad thing as they are confident enough to do this and believe they can offer more than other brokers out there may not necessarily be able to offer. This may not always be the case though.
There are many things to look for when choosing a mortgage broker in Mississauga and it is very important as this will ensure the right loan for you now and in the future. It will also ensure the whole process of securing a home to live in, refinancing to a lower interest rate, gearing into shares with your equity, etc., etc. is done with the least amount of hassle as possible and that you can most suitably align yourself with the required ancillary professionals to fulfill not only the loan requirements but the whole financial solution.
Finding a good mortgage broker is something you should never rush and there are several key factors you should look for:-
A. A proven track record – in today’s tricky market you want a mortgage broker that has been around a fair while with some good experience. If you have a close friend, colleague, or someone in a similar line or related work like a lawyer, accountant, or business broker who recommends you to you a mortgage loan specialist then you are one step above many others and this increases the advantage of a successful experience for you.
B. Someone who establishes good rapport and is flexible – this is important as each individual has specific scenarios that might require additional attention. Good first impressions can be built or destroyed within the first minute of meeting someone. As a mortgage is a very personal process and sometimes can be a lengthy process, having somebody you get a good feeling about is a great start especially as this relationship may last many years.
C. Associations with professional bodies – the more professional bodies a mortgage broker is affiliated with then the more likely they would be to comply with the stringent compliance process. Professional bodies may include MIAA, MFAA, FOS, COS to name a few. While on this point it is a good idea to ask for their educational qualifications and to check their broker and license numbers. These can then be double-checked with one or all of the above-mentioned bodies for any further information.
D. Referral relationships – a good mortgage broker will have reference points or referrals from strong relationships built over time for any other services you may require. If there does not seem to be close relationships with third parties then that can often be a warning sign in certain cases.
E. Do they deal with a large number of lenders – if a broker only deals with 1 or 2 lenders you may miss out on the best possible option for you. Often this can show laziness on the broker’s behalf and a lack of understanding of the complete marketplace
F. How does the broker find the best solution – a good broker will have a standard methodology and not just scribble some notes out on a pad but give you a computerized summary of your situation and options in preferably a PDF format. Make sure you are aware of the actual cost of the loan and always a good idea to compare this with what a bank could offer or even another loan consultant. Also given the new strict compliance rules and regulations, make sure your broker presents you with the disclosures credit guide and customer privacy statement, does a full client needs analysis, and then presents you with a preliminary assessment for you to sign and also a credit proposal disclosure document. This is very important as failure to do this is not complying with industry regulations.
These are some handy tips to help you choose a reputable mortgage broker. Above all ask plenty of questions; do your research and make yourself feel comfortable with the person in front of you intimately going through your mortgage and financial circumstances.