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Before your existing mortgage deal comes to an end, its critical to start planning to remortgage. Whether its best to remortgage to another lender, product switch with your existing lender, get a new fixed-rate, borrow more money, pay money off, increase your term, decrease your term, add someone to the mortgage or take someone off!
There are lots of things to think about! But don’t worry, we will help you figure it all out.
As Devon independent mortgage brokers, we are only working for you wherever you are in the UK. At Barr Financial, we will ensure you get the best deal and save money along the way.
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What is a remortgage and why should I do it?
A remortgage is the process of changing your mortgage from one lender to another. You do not have to stick with one lender for ever! Infact it might end up costing you a lot if you do!
There are lots of reasons why you might want to do this and here are just a few:
- There might be much cheaper deals out there in the market place. The mortgage market is a competitive place and is always changing. Don’t ever assume, your lender is the always the best. They might have been in the past, but this doesn’t mean they will contnue to be.
- Your initial mortgage might be a special deal for a set period of time i.e. a 2 year fixed rate over a term of 25 years. Of course the mortgage is for 25 years, but your special fixed rate is only for 2 of those years. So at the end of the two year fixed rate period, you might not like the idea of being on the lenders variable rate, which can change at any time.
- Your mortgage costs might go up after the special deal period if you do nothing and revert to the lenders variable rate. Usually this is the case, but not always.
- You might want to review your options and borrow more money.
- You could change the term of the mortgage and aim to pay it off quicker. Or if money was tight, look to increase the term.
The point is simple, as your mortgage is likely to be your biggest debt you’ll ever have, its really important to always make sure you are always on top of it, reviewing your options, and making sure you’ve always got the best deal.
What is a product transfer and how is this different to a remortgage?
A product transfer is changing the mortgage deal, but keeping the same lender.
A remortgage is changing the mortgage deal and also changing the lender.
When your ciurrent mortgage deal comes to an end, your existing lender may be able to offer you a new mortgage product. For example if you had taken a 2 year fixed rate mortgage out, at the end of the fixed rate period, if you did nothing, you will revert to the lenders variable rate (which can and is usually higher than you are currently paying). However rather than letting this happen, some lenders may offer you a new deal, for example they could then offer you a 3 year fixed rate.
So whereas a remortgage is effectively doing the same thing (getting a better deal) but changing lenders to do so. A product transfer is doing this, but without swapping lenders.
The advantage of a product transfer is, there are no solicitors invloved, becuase you are keeping the same lender. Another benefit is there is no assessment or underwriting, provided you are not changing anything. If you are wanting to borrow more, change the term, bring someone else on the mortgage…anything different. Then the lender wil re-assess just like a new lender would.
In other words the product switch really comes into its own for ease (if ease is important to you) if nothing changes.
The disadbavtages of a product transfer over a remortgage, is quicte simply, there might be a much cheaper mortgage deal out there that could save you thousands of pounds.
So when you are considering your options, its vital to consider both and then see if one is more cost effective over the other.
Why is it a good idea to remortgage?
When you first take out a mortgage, don’t think this is the first and only time you need to do so.
A mortgage will be set for a term of i.e. 25 years and usually it will have a special deal period i.e. fixed for 2 years. In this example you will have a 25 year mortgage, with the benefit of having the security of knowing exactly what you will be paying for 2 years.
At the end of the 2 year fixed rate period, if you do nothing, you will revert to the lenders standard varioable rate (SVR), which can be and is often higher, than the special rate you had.
In addition when your special deal ends, remember it was fixed (in this example), and you probably wanted it fixed for a reason (having the security of knowing what the mortgage will cost, is a common reason for wanting a fixed rate), but when the deal ends, you will no longer have that security. You will be on an interest rate that can change and flucatuate at will.
So not only will the mortgage likely go up, you will also lose the security of knowing exactly what you are paying for the mortgage each month.
Remember when a mortgage is on the lenders standard variable rate (SVR) the lender can change their SVR rate at anytime, regardless of the bank of England base rate. You are in the hands of the lender.
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