A guide to remortgaging

Is remortgaging right for you?

Remortgaging means moving your mortgage to a new lender while staying in the same property. It’s a big decision to make, and our guide can help you consider if it’s right for you.

 

Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

  • Reasons to remortgage

    To save money

    You may be able to save money by remortgaging if:

    • interest rates have changed since you first took out your mortgage
    • your current mortgage deal is coming to an end
    • your mortgage is on a follow-on rate
    • the value of your property has increased

    To borrow more

    If you’re considering home improvements or a special purchase, remortgaging could help you raise the money you need by either borrowing more on your mortgage or releasing equity in your property.

    Borrowing more means your monthly payments could go up, so think carefully about whether you'll be able to afford the extra amount for the full mortgage term.

    Some people remortgage to consolidate their debts, but you may wish to get independent financial advice before doing this because your home will be at risk if you can’t meet the payments.

    Change in circumstances

    If your personal circumstances have changed – for example, if you’re starting a family or are earning more money – you may find that your current mortgage no longer meets your needs. By remortgaging you could change the features and terms of your mortgage to better suit your circumstances.

  • Steps to remortgaging

    1. Review your current mortgage

    It’s important to know the terms of your current mortgage before you consider other deals. For example, will your current lender charge you an exit fee for moving your mortgage? Or an early repayment charge? This could be thousands of pounds if your current mortgage deal hasn’t ended, so you need to weigh up whether you’d actually be better off by remortgaging. Check the documents you received from your current lender or contact them for details.

    2. Decide what you want from a new mortgage

    There are hundreds of mortgage deals available in the market, so you should take the time to consider what you want to achieve by remortgaging. Do you want to lower your monthly payments? Or have the flexibility to pay off your mortgage sooner? If your circumstances have changed, you may want to change the type of mortgage you have – eg, move from a variable rate to a fixed one so you can be confident of what your future mortgage payments will be.

    3. Work out how much you can borrow

    You can use a mortgage calculator to see how much you’d like to borrow and what your monthly payments may be.

    4. Consider the potential costs involved in remortgaging

    To make sure you’ll be better off financially by remortgaging, you should take into account all the costs that this could involve, for example:

    • Exit fee – your current lender may charge this to cover their administrative costs
    • Early repayment charges – you may need to pay this if your current mortgage deal hasn’t ended
    • Application fee – what your new lender may charge to set up your new mortgage. Also referred to as an arrangement, product or booking fee
    • Valuation fee – your new lender will need their own valuation of your property
    • Solicitor’s fee – you’ll need a solicitor to manage the transfer of your mortgage to a new lender

    You should speak to both your current and new lenders to find out exactly what fees may apply to you.

    5. Compare mortgage deals

    Once you know what you want from your new mortgage, and how much you can borrow for it, you can compare the mortgage deals available on the market. Comparison websites are helpful for this, or you can get professional advice from a specific lender or mortgage broker1.

    6. Complete an Agreement in Principle

    Once you know which lender you’d like to move your mortgage to, you should complete an Agreement in Principle. Within a matter of minutes you’ll be able to see whether the lender would be willing, in principle, to lend you the amount you want.

    7. Apply for your new mortgage

    Once you get an Agreement in Principle, you can apply for your new mortgage. As with your current mortgage, the application will involve providing information about your personal and financial circumstances, as well as details of your current mortgage.

    8. Next steps

    As with your current mortgage, your new lender will carry out a credit check to confirm your current circumstances and arrange for your property to be valued. A solicitor or conveyancer will need to be appointed to handle the transfer of your mortgage to the new lender. You may also want to take the opportunity to review your insurance needs, especially if your property has increased in value.

    Depending on the complexity of your remortgage, the entire process could take between 4 and 8 weeks.

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