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Mortgage Brokers In Carlisle & Dumfries

Are you looking to get the most suitable mortgage rate for your unique circumstances from a mortgage broker near you?

Mortgage Advisors in Carlisle & Dumfries

One of our primary responsibilities as your mortgage broker is to conduct a thorough analysis of your financial position. This includes evaluating your income, expenses, credit history, and any other financial obligations to assess your borrowing capacity.


Following this, we will help you understand the various mortgage options available to you. This involves explaining the terms and conditions of different mortgage and homeowner loans, their interest rates, and any associated fees. We will provide you with a recommendation for a mortgage product that most suits your circumstances.

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Our brokerage firm is dedicated to helping clients secure their first home with ease. We offer comprehensive guidance throughout the entire mortgage process, whether you are based in Carlisle, Dumfries, or anywhere else in the country. Our award-winning service and 100% 5-star client record are a testament to our commitment to providing exceptional service. If you are seeking advice on a mortgage from a trusted broker, we are here to help. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you in securing your first mortgage.

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If you're looking to switch your current mortgage to a new lender, either to save money or to release equity, then you're likely considering a remortgage. Our team of experienced mortgage brokers, who specialise in the Carlisle and Dumfries areas, can assist you in finding the most suitable remortgage option for your specific requirements. Don't hesitate to get in touch with us today to learn more about how we can help you

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If you're in the market for a new home and need help securing a mortgage, we're here to assist you every step of the way. Our team of experts can provide a comprehensive review of your existing lender, including advising on any potential charges for breaking your current deal. We'll also search the whole of the market to ensure that you get the right deal for your mortgage. With our help, you can rest assured that the process of securing your mortgage will be as stress-free as possible.

Your Home (or property) may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage or any other debts secured on it.

Our Story

Richard Jennings, Owner of Richard Jennings Mortgage Services

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Founder & Managing Director

Richard Jennings Mortgage Services is a highly experienced and reputable mortgage broker based in Carlisle and Dumfries, with a proven track record of success in the industry spanning over two decades. Our founding mission was to provide our clients with a comprehensive range of options that are tailored to their specific needs, rather than being limited by what one bank can offer. We take pride in our achievements and have been recognised for our excellence with multiple awards. Additionally, we are proud partners of Cash For Kids. You can confidently rely on our expertise to guide you towards the most suitable mortgage solution that meets your unique requirements.

We are extremely proud of our continued success in winning awards for both our advice and customer excellence, you can view all our awards on our awards and press page

We are often featured in both local and national press, you can read all our press coverage and articles on our awards and press page

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Client Testimonials

The Word Is Out!

Since our founding client satisfaction has always remained a top priority through all the work that we do. All my team and I's hard work and dedication pays off when we get to see how satisfied our clients are with our services. Don’t take our word for it though, see for yourself what satisfied clients have to say about working with us.

Mr & Mrs Waters 

My husband and i had a dream to move to scotland, we achieved this during a pandemic with Richard's help, our first house buying experience in Scotland was vastly different from England but Richard helped every step and was on the end of the phone whenever we needed him. Two years have past and we didnt hesitate to contact Richard straight away. Months prior we chatted with him about the hike in mortgages but we were reassured Richard knew what was happening in the property and mortgage market. This time round our mortgage application was very quick from submit to offer, an excellent deal offered to us, this is down to Richards knowledge and experience. He asks the questions an underwriter will think of and ask so it doesn't delay the process. Fabulous customer service is provided along the way. We fully recommend Richard Jennings Mortgage Services.

Mr & Mrs Jameson

We can’t recommend Richard enough! He has worked so hard to find us a great mortage on our dream home when we didn’t think it was possible. He’s been there to answer all my silly questions, which he kindly reassured me weren’t silly. He talked us through it all step by step so we knew exactly what was going on and what we needed to do. He even took my calls whilst he was away on holiday. He has made this whole process stress free for us. It is very clear to see that not only is Richard great at his job, he loves his job and that makes a massive difference to the level of care you get. I would recommend him in a heartbeat and I look forward to him doing our mortgage renewal in a few years time. Thank you again for all your help!

Mr Sullivan

I would 100% recommend the services of Richard. As a first time buyer the process seemed quite daunting but Richard has guided me step-by-step through the process using his knowledge and experience. He is extremely dedicated sometimes responding out of hours to questions I had. He has helped find the best mortgage rate and package for my circumstances, a good solicitor and land surveyor. He continues to represent and support me as I move ever closer to exchange and completion. Thank you again Richard for your help and support.

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Advantages of Using Mortgage Brokers

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While considering the pros and cons of banks and brokers, it becomes evident that mortgage brokers offer several unique advantages. Primarily, we provide a broad range of products since they have access to 90+ mortgage lenders and thousands of mortgage rates. This allows us to tailor our advice and services to your specific needs and financial situations, unlike banks that can only offer their own products.

Furthermore, as mortgage brokers we can potentially save clients both time and money. We handle the legwork involved in securing a mortgage, from seeking out the right deals for our clients own unique circumstances to liaising with lenders, solicitors, and surveyors. This not only simplifies the process for you but also potentially speeds it up.

Another significant advantage is that we often have access to exclusive deals not available on the open market. This ability to source unique options can potentially result in substantial savings over the term of the loan.

Lastly, as mortgage brokers we pride ourselves on our personalised service. We work directly with clients, offering advice and guidance throughout the process, and our goal is to find the right mortgage product at the most competitive rate.


This level of commitment to individual needs often translates into high customer satisfaction as is reflected in our reviews across multiple platforms and in the awards we win.


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Featured Mortgage Blogs

  • What Is the Eligibility Criteria for Applying for a Fixed Rate Mortgage?
    To qualify, you'll need a good credit score, stable income, and a low debt-to-income ratio. Lenders also consider your employment history. It's not just about net worth, but your ability to make consistent payments.
  • Can I Switch to a Fixed Rate Mortgage From A Variable rate mortgage.
    Yes, you can switch from a standard variable rate to a new fixed rate. You can do this through requesting a remortgage, which is moving your mortgage from one lender to another. You can explore this more on our remortgage page. Alternatively it may be financially beneficial to remain with your current lender and seek a new product with them.
  • Are There Any Penalties for Late Payments on Fixed Rate Mortgages?
    Yes, there can be penalties for late payments. It's important to review your mortgage offer carefully, as terms may vary. If you are worried about your finances or struggling to meet your mortgage payments it is always advisable to contact your mortgage lender as soon as possible. Remember, your mortgage is secured against your home (or other property) and failing to maintain your payments can result in repossession.
  • Can I Remortgage Before My Fixed Rate Ends?
    Yes, you can remortgage before your current fixed rate deal ends. However, you'll likely face early repayment charges. It's crucial to weigh the costs of remortgaging against the potential savings. Your early repayment charges will be available to view on your mortgage offer, by speaking to your lender or liaising with your mortgage broker who can obtain these for you.
  • Are all mortgage brokers whole of market?
    When it comes to the range of products they offer, not all mortgage brokers are whole of market. Some brokers have limited access, which means they can't provide you with all the options that might be beneficial for you. They might only be able to offer the products from a select group of lenders. In contrast, whole of market brokers have access to a wider range of products from various lenders. They aren't tied to any specific lender, allowing them to provide you with the most suitable mortgage deal that fits your individual needs. Here's a quick rundown of what to expect from both types: - Limited access brokers mightn't provide a full spectrum of options, which could cause you to miss out on a better deal. - Whole of market brokers can offer a greater variety of mortgage products, increasing your chances of finding the perfect fit. - Brokers with limited access may speed up the mortgage process, but at the potential cost of a better deal. - Whole of market brokers might take longer to finalise your mortgage due to the wide range of options they explore, but it's worth it if you end up with a better deal.
  • Are there any risks to not getting advice from a broker?
    Skipping professional advice from a mortgage broker could expose us to certain risks. It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking we've got it all figured out. After all, we've got countless online resources at our disposal. However, without a broker's expertise, we're likely to encounter some challenges. There are several potential pitfalls we could stumble into: Lack of Access to All Options: Brokers have access to a wider range of mortgage options than we do as individuals. Without their guidance, we might miss out on a better deal. Risk of Overpaying: Without a broker's knowledge of the market, we could end up accepting a mortgage with higher interest rates or unfavorable terms. Complex Process: Navigating the mortgage process can be complex. A broker's expertise can streamline the process and reduce the risk of errors. Time-consuming: Searching for the right mortgage, negotiating terms, and handling paperwork can be time-consuming. Brokers can handle these tasks on our behalf, freeing up our time Regulatory Protection: If you do not take advice and the mortgage later turns out to have been unsuitable for you then you do not receive the same levels of consumer protection offered through the Financial Conduct Authority, Financial Ombudsman and Financial Services Compensation Scheme
  • When is the best time to get a mortgage broker?
    Given the potential pitfalls of navigating the mortgage process without professional guidance, it's crucial to determine the ideal timing to bring a mortgage broker into the picture. We believe the best time to engage a broker is at the very beginning of your home buying journey. Before you even start looking at properties, a broker can provide a clear understanding of your borrowing capacity, which can significantly streamline your property search. They'll assess your financial situation and give you a realistic idea of how much you can borrow. This can prevent the disappointment of falling in love with a property that's beyond your budget. Furthermore, when you're ready to secure your mortgage, a broker's expertise can prove invaluable. They can negotiate on your behalf, potentially securing better interest rates or terms than you could achieve alone. They'll also guide you through the paperwork, ensuring all necessary documentation is correctly completed and submitted. In essence, the earlier you involve a mortgage broker, the smoother your property purchase journey can be. They'll help you make informed decisions from start to finish, providing a pivotal role in securing your dream home.
  • What questions should I ask my mortgage broker?
    To ensure we're getting the best possible deal, it's crucial you ask your mortgage broker the right questions. First, you should ask about their experience and qualifications. It's important they've a deep understanding of the industry and the necessary credentials to back that up. Next, you must inquire about the types of mortgages they offer. Not all brokers offer all types of mortgages, so we need to ensure they can provide the home loan that suits our needs. You should also ask about fees. While we're often focused on the interest rate, it's just as crucial to understand all the fees involved.
  • Do you charge a fee?
    We charge a fee for our services, of £425, because we are confident we offer invaluable services to our clients. We act as the intermediary between yourself, as the borrower and the mortgage lender. In addition to this we will liaise with the estate agents involved and your conveyancers to speed the process along. As we are whole of market we have access to a wide range of lenders and mortgage products, including those that are not widely advertised. This means that we can often find loans with lower interest rates and better terms than borrowers would be able to find on their own. Overall, however, many clients as is seen from our reviews, tell us that the fee for our services was worth the payment for the time, lack of paperwork and stress we remove from the process. Obtaining a mortgage whether a first time buyer or an experienced portfolio landlord can be a stressful time, as our clients our goal is to remove this for you and make the process as streamlined as possible.
  • What is a first time buyer
    A first time buyer is a person who is purchasing a home for the first time. Many lenders offer special programs and incentives for first time homebuyers, such as a smaller deposit, fee incentives and better mortgage rates. In addition to this as a first time buyer you may be eligible to use your help 2 buy ISA's as part of your deposit. For first time buyers, the threshold for paying stamp duty is much higher. There are exclusions from being a first time buyer to be mindful off, typically for instance if you are buying with a partner who has owned a home before then you would normally not qualify for these benefits.
  • First Time Buyer in Scotland
    We offer a wide range of services to help first-time buyers across Scotland, including those in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Carlisle, Dumfries as well as other areas, to secure a mortgage. Our highly experienced mortgage brokers will work closely with you to understand your unique circumstances and help you navigate the complex mortgage application process. We can advise you on the most suitable mortgage product to fit your needs, provide you with expert guidance on how to improve your credit score, and help you understand how much you can borrow. Additionally, we offer support with the paperwork involved in the mortgage application process. Our goal is to make the process as stress-free as possible while ensuring that you secure the right mortgage product at the right rate for you. We understand that buying your first home can feel daunting, which is why our approach is focused on providing personalised guidance and support throughout the process. With our expert knowledge of the Scottish property market and close relationships with lenders, we are ideally placed to help you secure the right mortgage for your needs. We are committed to providing transparent advice and excellent customer service, and we work hard to ensure that our clients come away feeling confident and ready to take the next steps in their homeownership journey.
  • Do first time buyers pay stamp duty?
    Yes and no. Stamp duty is a tax paid on residential property purchases over a certain value in England and Northern Ireland. At present you can buy your first home up to a value of £425,000 without paying any stamp duty on this. As the rates of stamp duty can change before proceeding we would always recommend you visit the governent site to calculate your own stamp duty on potential properties to avoid incurring large unexpected bills later down the house buying process
  • Does a mortgage decision in principle guarantee a mortgage?
    No, a mortgage decision in principle is not a guarantee that a mortgage will be approved by the lender. A decision in principle, also known as a mortgage promise or agreement in principle, is a preliminary assessment of whether someone is likely to be approved for a mortgage, based on their income, credit score, and other financial factors. The assessment is typically based on a soft credit check, which does not leave a footprint on the person's credit report. While a decision in principle can be useful for indicating a person's borrowing power and giving them an idea of what they can afford, it is not a formal offer of a loan. A full mortgage application would still need to be made and assessed by the mortgage lender, who would consider additional information such as the property being purchased, the deposit amount, and the borrower's employment status. It's important to note that the decision in principle is not a guarantee of the interest rate, as this will depend on the lender's assessment of the full mortgage application. Additionally, a decision in principle is typically valid for a limited period of time, and if too much time has passed between the decision in principle and the full application, the lender may need to reassess the borrower's financial situation.
  • Do First Time Buyers Pay Stamp Duty in Scotland?
    In Scotland, first time buyers are exempt from paying the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) on properties up to £175,000. However, if the property is over £175,000, first time buyers will be required to pay LBTT on the portion of the property price that exceeds £175,000. We can help first time buyers understand their stamp duty obligations and guide you through the process of purchasing their first home in Scotland. We will provide personalised advice and support to ensure that first time buyers have a smooth and stress-free home buying experience.
  • What are the eligibility criteria for applying for a UK tracker mortgage?
    To be eligible for a tracker mortgage, you generally need to meet certain criteria. This includes having a good credit score, a stable income, and the ability to provide a deposit of at least 5% of the property value. The lender will assess your income and outgoings to determine how much they are willing to lend you. You'll need to provide documents such as payslips, bank statements, and proof of ID and address. The terms and conditions of each UK tracker mortgage may differ, and lenders may also consider factors such as age, employment status, and the property type and location.
  • Can a Tracker Mortgage Be Transferred to Another Property?
    Yes, you can transfer a tracker mortgage to another property. It's called 'porting'. You'll need to meet your lender's criteria for the new property and may have to pay a fee, so it's worth checking. Please refer to our homemover page for more information on porting.
  • What Happens to My Tracker Mortgage if the Bank of England Base Rate Drops to Zero?
    If the Bank of England base rate drops to zero, your tracker mortgage rate will also decrease. You'll see a reduction in your monthly payments as they're directly linked to the base rate, remember however that your mortgage tracker may have a collar linked to it. A mortgage tracker collar is a limit below which your rate will not decrease regardless of what happens to the Bank of England base rate. Full details on this can be found within our Tracker Mortgage Page
  • How Does the Early Repayment Charge Work With a UK Tracker Mortgage?
    If you decide to repay your tracker mortgage early, you'll usually face an early repayment charge. It's typically a percentage of the loan you're repaying, but the exact amount can vary based on your lender's terms, remember some lenders tracker products are available with no early repayment charges.
  • What happens to my tracker mortgage if the Bank of England base rate changes?
    Tracker mortgages are directly tied to the Bank of England (BoE) base rate, meaning that any changes to the base rate will affect the interest rate on your mortgage. If the BoE base rate increases, the interest rate on your tracker mortgage will also increase, which means that your monthly payments will also increase. On the other hand, if the BoE base rate decreases, so too will the interest rate on your tracker mortgage, ultimately resulting in lower monthly payments. For example, if you have a tracker mortgage with an interest rate that is set at 2% above the BoE base rate, which lets say is 3%, then you would pay a rate of 5%. Let's pretend the BoE base rate increases to 4%, you would now pay a rate of 6%, as the example product above is BoE base rate + 2% Conversely, if the BoE base rate decreased from 3% to 2%, your interest rate would decrease to 4%, as the product example above is BoE base rate + 2%
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