Commission

What is Commission?

Commission is a fee paid by a financial institution to a Broker or intermediary in return for referring new business.

The number of fee-based Mortgage Brokers has grown rapidly in recent years. The idea with fees is that you pay these charges up front, so it's less likely that the Mortgage Broker is influenced by any commission from the mortgage they recommend. In other words, the advice is genuinely independent.

FCA regulations mean that a broker has to justify that they gave you the best deal available. They are supposed to be checked up on regularly and can lose their licence if found to be giving bad advice.

If paying a fee, after you've added all the letters and follow-up, you may find that paying by commission would have been cheaper. However, you can be certain that what was recommended really was in your best interests.

It is also possible to pay by a combination of fees and commission. The Mortgage Broker may be willing to set some of the commission generated against their fees, or refund some of their commission to you. This is often negotiable with the Mortgage Broker.

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