What is a Mortgage Broker?

Mortgage brokers are independent, trained professionals licensed to act as an intermediary and provide you with the best advice for your mortgage needs. Mortgage brokers primary expertise is locating funding for mortgage financing. They know where the best rates can be found. What’s more, they have the knowledge required to present a proposal for financing to lenders in the best way possible to successfully obtain mortgage financing.

Why deal with a Mortgage Broker?

Mortgage brokers are an intermediary between you and the lender. Because they are not employees of a lending institution, brokers are not limited in the product they can offer you. brokers seek out the best lender package to suit your specific situation, whether it’s with a Chartered Bank, Trust or Insurance Company, or Private Funds. There is a wide assortment of options and features available to homebuyers today. Shopping around takes a lot of time and effort. The mortgage process within today’s very competitive marketplace intimidates many Canadian homebuyers. It pays to work with a mortgage professional who will guide you and ensure the mortgage you get is the one best suited to your needs. Choosing the wrong mortgage can cost you thousands of extra dollars. Mortgage brokers are trained professionals who can help you save on your mortgage dollar.

Other than rates, why should I use a Mortgage Broker?

In addition to rates, because mortgage-based financing is the broker’s primary business, he or she has developed expertise in what type of mortgage financing each lender prefers to pursue. This kind of knowledge not only results in the most favourable rates for each project, but often whether a deal is funded at all.

How do Mortgage Brokers Find Superior Rates?

Interest rates are a concern to borrowers. Because of their daily contact with lenders, brokers know which deal or home attracts a favorable interest rate from one institution, but a higher rate at another. Some institutions, in fact, will only accept mortgage submissions from mortgage brokers. These rates, and preferences for types of mortgages, can change daily, depending on economic circumstances or based on the size of an institution’s portfolio in a particular type of mortgage. Your mortgage broker keeps current and knows which lender to approach first. As a result, mortgage rates obtained by brokers are among the best available at the time of placement.

Why should I go to a Mortgage Broker first?

A professional presentation to a lender on the first application will get the best response and save you valuable time and money. Secondary applications with previous credit bureau inquiries may be more costly. Often the success of obtaining mortgage approval depends on the way a proposal is presented and to whom it is sent. Your mortgage broker is trained to present your mortgage proposal where and how it will get the most immediate, positive result. You don’t call an insurance company for insurance – you use an insurance broker, because of their expertise, product knowledge and rates. So remember, call your mortgage broker first!

How do Brokers get better deals than many Banks?

The lenders who work with mortgage brokers include traditional sources, such as chartered banks, trust companies, as well as corporate and private pension funds. In addition to these sources, brokers often develop professional relationships with private sources of funds, termed private lenders. These lenders can provide many various mortgage products not available at conventional sources. For best results call your Broker first.

Can I still go through my bank with my Broker?

In most cases yes, letting a mortgage broker represent you to your own financial institution can often result in a better rate than you could get on your own.

How Brokers Get Paid

Professionals are fairly compensated for arranging mortgage financing on your behalf. In most cases, their fee is paid by the lender.*

In order to attract your business, lending institutions must allocate a portion of their income to marketing and sales, but representatives working for these institutions have only one financial product to sell – their own. Lenders know you won’t do business with them unless you have had ample opportunity to shop and compare. Therefore, it is in their best interest to compensate mortgage brokers for helping you do exactly that.

*Situations exist where specific clients or properties do not meet conventional lender expectations. In these cases, a mortgage broker may attempt to find suitable financing through alternate sources. A fee, agreed upon in advance, may be charged directly to the client by a mortgage broker.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]