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There are three main reasons for remortgaging:
To reduce your monthly repayments by securing a cheaper mortgage
To release some of the value in your property for other spending such as home improvements
If you are nearing the end of your current deal or paying the standard variable rate, it’s a good time to start thinking about remortgaging.
You should start thinking about remortgaging three to six months before your current deal ends. However, it’s worthwhile reviewing your mortgage regularly anyway to ensure it continues to best suit your needs.
You can switch your mortgage at any time, but be aware that you may have to pay Early Repayment Charges (ERCs) if you are still within the term of a specific mortgage deal.
It is vital that you compare your current deal with any you might consider switching to and look beyond the headline interest rate
The good news is there’s no Stamp Duty to pay. However, there may be a number of costs involved, including:
Product fees – these could be application and completion fees which will be a set charge or percentage of the loan amount. Some product fees can be added to the mortgage, others are payable when you make your mortgage application.
Legal fees – these fees will pay for a solicitor to cover conveyancing, surveys, arranging completion dates and the transfer of funds. Some lenders offer some products with no legal fees.
Valuation fees – you will also have to pay for a valuation of your property before your potential new mortgage provider will approve your application
Ask your current lender for a redemption quote (there may be a charge for this, so alternatively use your last mortgage statement). This will explain how much it would cost for you to pay off your mortgage, including any fees and charges that may apply. You will need to be able to borrow this amount from a new provider before being able to switch.
Shop around for the best deals
Speak to lenders directly and use comparison websites. If you don’t want to do the legwork yourself, you could use a mortgage broker such as Mortgage Advice Bureau who will search over 90 lenders to find the right mortgage for you.
When comparing mortgages, make sure you are comparing like for like:
You may need:
Your home will have to be re-valued. This usually involves your lender organising for a surveyor to visit, however, some lenders will simply undertake a desk top assessment or drive by valuation which doesn’t require a visit, but may still incur a fee.
A solicitor or conveyancer is needed to carry out the legal work. Either your lender will instruct one or if you wish to use your own, they usually insist that they are on their approved list. There is less legal work involved in remortgaging than when you buy a house and some lenders offer fees assisted legal work on some products.
You should already have insurance in place to protect your home. However, if you remortgage it’s a good time to review your cover, especially if the valuation indicates your property has increased in value. If you are borrowing extra money for home renovations or an extension, remember to make sure you have sufficient cover for both the buildings and contents of your new improved home.
It’s also a good time to review your future financial goals and plans for you and your family.
To book an appointment please call 01664 494100 or take a look at our Mortgage Advice Bureau website where you can also see the latest deals, access mortgage calculators, meet the team, get expert advice and much more.