Low interest rates and the increase in the range of mortgage products over the past few years due to increased
competition have meant that there has never been a better time to review your existing mortgage arrangements, even if you have a poor credit history caused by previous unpaid debts or late payments.
To put it simply, there is a good chance you could save money by remortgaging, or raise extra cash to pay off debts, improve your home, buy a new car, or go on the holiday of a lifetime.
What is a remortgage?
Remortgaging means switching to a different mortgage deal. This could be with your existing mortgage lender, but more
often than not it will be with a different bank or building society. If you have credit problems, or have been turned down by a
mainstream mortgage lender, then a specialist adverse credit mortgage lender may be the answer.
In the past, many people never bothered to remortgage, but it looks like that situation is finally changing. According
to the Council of Mortgage Lenders, in January 2003 (for the first time ever) remortgages accounted for more than 50%
of the total monies advanced by mortgage lenders.
One of the most common reasons for remortgaging is to reduce costs. By switching to a lower interest rate you can either
benefit from lower monthly repayments, or keep the monthly repayments the same, thus repaying the loan quicker and reducing
the overall term of the mortgage.
Another reason to remortgage is in order to raise additional cash.
Due to the rapid rise in property values over the past few years, many people now have mortgages which are well below
their home’s current value. The difference between the property value and the mortgage debt is known as equity. The majority
of mortgage lenders will allow you to increase the size of the mortgage in order to tap into some of this equity. The cash
raised can be used for a variety of purposes, such as home improvements, holidays, a new car, or the consolidation of
In the current market, it is not uncommon for someone to be able to raise an additional £20,000 against their property
and still save money on their monthly repayments.
If you have equity in your home and have outstanding balances on credit cards, personal loans, or other borrowings then you could save money with a debt consolidation remortgage.
No move, no hassle
Unlike moving house, arranging a remortgage can be surprisingly hassle-free. There are no chains of buyers to worry about, so
the whole process can often be completed in a few weeks.
Counting the costs
In terms of costs there is no stamp duty to be paid, as you are not purchasing a property. Many lenders will pay some
or all of your valuation and legal fees.
In some cases
there may be an arrangement fee or booking fee from the new lender. There may also be redemption penalties on
your existing mortgage and you will need to take these into account when assessing how much money you could
save by remortgaging.
Your mortgage is probably your biggest single financial commitment, so it makes sense to spend some time ensuring
you always have the best possible deal. For a free no-obligation assessment of whether remortgaging is right for you,
please complete our online enquiry form and we will arrange for a mortgage consultant
to contact you, free of charge, for a no-obligation discussion.