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Buying your first home can seem complicated, with all the different aspects to consider. With this most likely being the biggest financial commitment you have made, you will want to make sure that you get professional and comprehensive advice from a broker who wants to help.

At Gatehouse we can do this for you and have access to a comprehensive range of mortgages from across the market including some products that are not available direct from lenders on the high street. We can also help manage the whole process by liaising with the Estate Agents, Solicitors, Surveyor and Mortgage Lender.

Please contact us for more information and to arrange a free initial meeting.

  • How much mortgage can i have?

    The amount you can borrow will vary from Lender to Lender.

    • They will take into account your income and then take also into account your various personal and living expenses.
    • The Lender will then look at what effect possible interest rate rises would have on you and any potential lifestyle changes.
    • This then helps the Lender to access what level of monthly mortgage payment you can afford.
    What will my monthly payments be?

    Your monthly mortgage payments will be determined by:

    • The amount you borrow
    • The interest rate
    • The numbers of years you borrow the money over
    How much money do I need to buy a property?

    The amount of money you need to purchase a property will depend on the purchase price.
    You will need to budget for a number of costs including:

    • Deposit
    • Mortgage Arrangement Fee
    • Valuation/Survey Fees
    • Legal Fees
    • Stamp Duty
    • Broker Fee
    Different types of mortgages

    There are many options to consider when applying for a new mortgage.
    Options to consider are:

    Standard variable rate (SVR) is the interest rate a borrower is charged on their mortgage by the lender if they are not on a specific mortgage deal. The rate is subject to fluctuations i.e. the monthly payments can go up & down. The lender does not usually charge an arrangement fee at the outset, or early repayment charges when the mortgage is repaid.

    Tracker - Tracker mortgages are variable mortgage rate schemes, but instead of the interest rate you pay being based on your chosen lender variable rate 'it 'tracks' an index, such as LIBOR (London interbank offered rate), or more commonly Bank of England Base Rate. The Interest rate you pay is a set margin above or below the rate that is being tracked, depending on market conditions, and it changes as the rate moves. Currently, with bank of England Base rate so low, the margin is usually above that rate. With a Tracker rate your monthly mortgage payment increases if the rate being tracked increased and vice versa. At the end of the product period, the interest rate will usually revert to the lenders standard variable rate, which currently (December 2016) usually results in a higher monthly mortgage payment. There may be initial arrangement fees from the lender to set up this type of mortgage and early repayment charges if the loan is redeemed within the scheme period.

    Fixed Rate - A fixed rate mortgage fixes your monthly mortgage rate for a set period of time, usually between 1 and 5 years. At the end of this time, the interest rate will usually revert to the lenders standard variable rate. This type of mortgage is popular with clients who like to have stability in their mortgage outgoings for a given period of time. Unfortunately you will not benefit from any reduction in interest rates. There may be initial arrangement fees from the lender to set up this type of mortgage and early repayment charges if the loan is redeemed within the scheme period.

    Discount - A Discount Mortgage has an interest rate where a discount is applied to the lenders standard variable rate. As the lenders standard variable rate moves up or down the discounted rate moves up or down by the same amount. Discount rate mortgages are often offered for a set period of time, usually between 2 and 5 years. There may be initial arrangement fees from the lender to set up this type of mortgage and If you redeem your mortgage during the discount period you would normally have to pay a redemption penalty to the lender.


 Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

We will charge a broker fee of between £0 and £275, payable on production of mortgage offer. The amount we will charge is dependent on the amount of research and administration that is required.


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Gatehouse Insurance is a trading name of Andrew Sale. Andrew Sale is an appointed representative of First Complete Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN: 435779) for mortgage and non-investment insurance advice.

The Financial Conduct Authority does not regulate some forms of Buy to Let.