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Finance Broker (mortgage broker) or bank?

16/05/2014

When you’re looking for a home loan, you could go to a finance broker (mortgage broker) or to a bank. While a bank will only offer you its own products, a finance broker is an industry expert who will take the guesswork out of finding the mortgage product that suits you and your needs.

It’s understandable that finance brokers are now the number one choice for consumers who are seeking a home loan or to refinance an existing loan. Businesses are also engaging finance brokers to help them with their finance needs from car and equipment leasing to loans to help their businesses expand.

What can a finance broker do for you?

The leg-work

Finance Brokers already know the industry, the lenders, their products and their requirements, saving you a lot of time and energy on research. They will also put the time into finding out about your particular credit situation and have a wealth of experience to draw on to help you simplify it.

Translate industry jargon

Finance brokers are able to make sense of what loan documents and lenders are saying – put it into lay-person’s language, so to speak.

Get you what you want

Advisers will determine your borrowing needs and fiscal ability, and choose the only an appropriate product to suit your requirements.

Give you a broader choice

Being brokers, finance brokers have to offer a larger selection of loan products. While a bank can only offer you its own products, finance brokers can help you choose from a selection of loans provided by different lenders.

Help you compare apples, oranges and the whole fruit basket

Finance brokers have the knowledge and tools to compare often hundreds of products and you get a loan suitable for your circumstances and needs.

Find you a good deal

Loan providers are always spruiking a special deal or two, and these could make a big difference to your repayments or success rate. A finance broker will know which of the deals on the market at the moment will be appropriate for you.

Act as your advocate A good finance broker wants the best for you, the client. They will be your cheer squad, middle-man, team player and coach throughout the process.

They’re in it for the long haul

A finance broker won’t just love you and leave you – they will oversee and manage the loan’s progression right through to the end on your behalf. By the way, ‘the end’ isn’t when you sign the documents and buy your property; you can expect your finance broker to keep track of you and your changing needs, helping you should you need to switch products or wish to purchase another property.

The key is to choose a finance broker who is MFAA-accredited. The Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia (MFAA) is the peak national body representing professional finance brokers across Australia, and all members must adhere to professional development standards and a stringent code of conduct.

An MFAA Approved Finance Broker is much more than your average mortgage broker.
Trusted Mortgage Broker has a great range of mortgage calculators to help with all those tough decisions that come with finding the right loan. Have a look at our calculators on our website to help you further. www.trustedmortgagebroker.com.au/calculators/