Open, honest, fee free Mortgage Broker, usually!

I’m proud to be a fee free Mortgage Broker for most cases. I don’t understand why some Mortgage Brokers are so cagey about fees and have minimal information about them on their websites. There isn’t anything I’d buy without knowing the price first.

So here are my fees, and see below for a bit of background on why I set them like this.


No fee
  • Employed or self-employed
  • Standard property
  • Good credit
Most Cases

Buying Scheme

  • Shared ownership
  • Help to Buy equity loan*
  • Right to buy
  • Meets standard criteria

Bad Credit, Non Standard & Complex

£245 - £795
  • Poor credit score considered
  • CCJs considered
  • Non standard construction
  • Complex incomes

I do not normally charge a fee for mortgage advice, however this will be dependent on your circumstances. When I do charge a fee it is typically £245 but could be up to £795.

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Why do I try to be a fee free Mortgage Broker?

It’s important to me that professional advice is accessible. In a world where you can bring up a list of mortgage options in a few minutes, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the one at the top of the list is the best one. It’s probably not by the way, you need to consider all this

By being fee free, most of the time, this removes an obstacle meaning I can give professional, regulated advice to people who might have arranged the wrong mortgage had they done it themselves.

There are some cases that take so much time in research I have to charge and I usually charge if you are using a scheme like the Help to Buy Equity loan .  I always let you know about any fees before they are incurred. 

How does a fee free Mortgage Broker get paid?

When a Mortgage Broker arranges a mortgage, they are paid by the lender, regardless of whether you are also being charged a broker fee. This amount is usually a set percentage of the mortgage amount. It’s often 0.035% of the total mortgage amount. Sometimes more, sometimes less. Most of the time this comes to enough for me not to need to charge a fee.

As I don’t have an expensive office to run, or pay estate agents or marketing companies to buy people’s details to get clients, I can keep my expenses very low.


How much do lenders pay Mortgage Brokers?

Typically, the lender will pay commission of about £3.50 for every thousand pounds borrowed. That’s £350 for every hundred thousand pounds you borrow. You’ll see exactly what fee the lender will pay your Mortgage Broker on your mortgage illustration.

The amount the lender pays is the same regardless of whether it’s being arranged by a fee free Mortgage Broker, or if you are paying a fee.

Does paying a Mortgage Broker fee affect what mortgages are available?

No. Even if I charged you a fee you would not have access to any more mortgages or lenders.

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Am I a fee free Mortgage Broker for every single case?

Occasionally people come to me with very complex circumstances. They may have bad credit, complex incomes, or other circumstances meaning hardly any banks will consider them for a mortgage. A lot of the time these people have already been turned down by a lender, and sometimes another Mortgage Broker too.

These cases require a lot more research into the client’s circumstances, and a lot more research into which lenders are willing to consider them. This takes a lot more time and unfortunately the lender doesn’t pay any more commission for this work.

In order to still help these people I need to charge them a fee to make it worthwhile. I could choose to send these people elsewhere and advertise myself as a Mortgage Broker who’s completely fee free, but where’s the fun in that? Instead, I just charge when I have to.

I charge for Help to Buy, shared ownership, and Right to Buy as the mortgage you need is a lot smaller than if you were not using this scheme. This means that the lender will pay me less, even though these cases are often more work.


Examples of non-free cases

I approach every case expecting it to be fee free. Whether you’re employed or self-employed, so long as you have decent credit score, and you are buying a normal house, don’t expect to pay a fee. The exceptions tend to be:

  • Contractors
  • CIS sub-contractors
  • Self employed with large changes in income
  • Odd homes, like flat roofs
  • Buying schemes
  • Right to remain issues
  • CCJs, arrears, low credit scores

The size of any broker fee would be proportional to the amount of additional work involved. Usually it’ll be £245 but could be up to £795. Most are at the bottom end of that range.

How to know for sure…

Just call me or WhatsApp me. We’ll talk about your situation, and I’ll be able to tell pretty quickly if you’ll need to pay or not.

Alex P
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Jamie was supportive all the way through my experience with my first time buyer application. Jamie responded very quickly and always had time for me. I would recommend Jamie 100% certainly helped me out and still helps me out even though the mortgage has gone through. Top quality service. Thank you
Kylie X
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100% recommend Jamie as a mortgage advisor. He is very rapid with responses and cares about his job and your interests and not just getting the job done. He really took his time and we built a good rapport making everything a really smooth process. He explained everything thoroughly and was always there if we had any questions. We will definitely contact Jamie for remortgaging. Thank you!!
Dan G
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Jamie was extremely helpful right from our first conversation. He listened and made sure he did all he could to get me a much better deal than what I was already on. He’s saved me £80 a month on my mortgage payments which is really a huge saving. A really professional and quick service - Within 2 days I had a new mortgage deal with no hassle as Jamie does all the leg work for you. I would definitely recommend for anyone looking to get a better deal, Jamie will definitely be able to get you that.
Reece L
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Brilliant service from Jamie. Had our re-mortgage sorted within a week. No pressure was put on us to re-mortgage with the option he felt best suited to us opposed to our preferred re-mortgage option, simply stated the facts. Overall nice, friendly and will definitely use again in the future.
Adrian B
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Jamie Thompson recently saved me £160 per month on my mortgage with no fees. I would recommend his friendly efficient and professional Services to Anyone looking for a mortgage or remortgage. Jamie has helped a number of our friends who have all commented on how good he is at what he does. Thanks Jamie.

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