'Ask the Banker' - Akilah Simmons - HSBC Bank Bermuda
Akilah Simmons, Personal Banker, Retail Banking and Wealth Management at HSBC Bank Bermuda discusses what information the bank requires to get a mortgage and the pre-approval process, as well as discussing HSBC's new fixed-rate mortgages.
I am worried that interest rates might go up soon - does the Bank offer any fixed-rate mortgages or interest rate hedge products?
HSBC Bank Bermuda is currently offering a Fixed Rate Mortgage for new mortgages. This limited time offer will ensure that your payments will remain the same for the first five years. I encourage you to make an appointment with your Relationship Manager or a Personal Banker to discuss your eligibility. If you have an existing mortgage, we can offer to schedule you an appointment for a Financial Review to look at solutions that would best suit your needs.
Visit www.hsbc.bm/homesolutions to learn more about our Fixed Rate Mortgage.
I am a first time buyer - what information does the bank require from me to get a mortgage
and how long does the pre-approval process normally take?
Right now is a great time to be a first time home buyer! To ensure the pre-approval process runs smoothly, you should have the following:
Additional information required for your mortgage, once you find a home, will include:
- An appraisal of the property, with an appraiser on the Bank's approved list
- Signed Sales and Purchase Agreement
- Home Building Insurance for the property
- A lawyer to act on your behalf, whom is also on the Bank's approved list of law firms.