In Australia, more than half of all home loans are written by mortgage brokers, while over 80 per cent of property investors choose to work with a mortgage broker, according to the September 2017 PIPA Annual Investor Sentiment Survey. Read on to find out how mortgage brokers are making a difference when it comes to securing the preferred home loan, and learn our tips for choosing a mortgage broker.
Demand for mortgage brokers is on the rise
Over the past 12 months (Sep 2016 – Sep 2017), the demand for mortgage brokers has risen steeply. Property investors in particular who face ongoing regulatory changes and tighter lending conditions are choosing to partner with a mortgage broker.
APRA’s recently introduced limit on interest-only lending, typically the preferred loan for many property investors, has seen mortgage brokers playing an increasingly important role in the investment mortgage market.
Results from the 2017 PIPA Annual Investor Sentiment Survey released earlier in September 2017, show that 83 per cent of property investors intend to finance their next loan through a broker, while over 73 per cent said they had secured their last investment loan through a broker.
As the mortgage market becomes increasingly complex, with lenders making ongoing changes to policy and pricing, it’s more important than ever to work with an expert.
Adhere to higher education and ethical standards
Acting as an intermediary between lenders and borrowers, mortgage brokers leverage their industry knowledge, resources and networks to help their clients find a home loan to suit their personal and financial situation.
Along with researching, helping to interpret and negotiate different mortgage products, mortgage brokers offer recommendations and facilitate a smooth transaction for the borrower.
As members of MFAA and the Finance Brokers Association of Australia (FBAA), mortgage brokers are required to adhere to higher education standards and ethical standards aligned to government requirements.
Mortgage broker checklist
When choosing a mortgage broker there are a number of things you can check first before deciding which broker to work with. We’ve outlined a checklist below:
- Is your broker accredited and registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commissions (ASIC) and current Credit Representative details disclosed?
- Does your broker belong to a reputable industry association such as the Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia (MFAA) or FBAA) and the Credit Ombudsman Service (COSL)?
- How many lenders and which lenders does your broker work with?
- How does your broker go about finding the preferred deal for you?
Demystifying the home loan puzzle
When you think about the complex choice of home loans available to borrowers, it’s not surprising that so many borrowers are choosing to partner with a mortgage broker. If you need help demystifying the home loan puzzle, get in touch with a Mortgage Express broker to talk about your specific financial needs.
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