A staggering £2.78 billion of interest is being paid by people on the wrong mortgage deal!
This is because according to latest research* 36% of UK homeowners are sitting on their lender Standard Variable Rate (SVR).
When you took out your mortgage there was a good chance that you were given an initial fixed term deal over 2,3 or 5 years. At the end of the initial fixed term you will usually have been switched automatically to the lender’s Standard variable Rate (SVR) of interest. The current average lender SVR is 4.40%.
If this is you there is a good chance your monthly mortgage payments are a lot higher than they need to be.
You are not alone. 4 million UK homeowners are in the same boat.
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Remortgaging your home is simple and if you are a homeowner with a mortgage it makes a lot of sense to review your monthly payments.
Why do people Remortgage?
The main reason is to keep monthly costs to a minimum.
1. Has your initial mortgage deal come to an end?
By switching to a better deal with a different mortgage provider, remortgaging could potentially allow you to benefit from lower interest rates and lower monthly mortgage repayments.
2. Are you looking to raise money?
By remortgaging you may be able to releasing equity in your home.
People often remortgage to provide money for:
- Home improvements
- New Kitchen
- New En-suite bathroom
- Consolidate other existing debts.
Remortgaging can be a good low cost way of paying for your new home project.
2018 set to be a strong year for remortgaging
2018 looks set to be another strong year for remortgaging after total remortgage lending in the UK topped £65.7 billion in 2016, according to research by conveyancing provider LMS.
This trend is likely to continue in 2018, with nearly a third of eligible homeowners planning to remortgage, as revealed in
The impact of Brexit is likely to affect the market and could well lead to rising inflation and a squeeze on family finances, making remortgaging to cut monthly repayments an attractive option.
If you are thinking of remortgaging, it is advisable to do so now as lenders are likely to start raising their rates throughout the year as the full impact of Brexit begins to be felt.
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How does a remortgage work?
Remortgaging essentially means switching from your existing mortgage to a new one. This can be with a new mortgage provider, or the same one you are already using.
People usually consider remortgaging because they think they can get a better deal and reduce their monthly repayments, or because they want to increase their borrowing.
There are usually several costs associated with remortgaging, typically including a valuation fee, administration fee and legal fee. Many (but not all) lenders will offer to pay these costs when you switch your mortgage to them to make remortgaging more attractive.
When to remortgage
Remortgaging is particularly popular at the moment as interest rates are low. Whether it will be a good idea for you to remortgage depends on a number of factors, including your goals and your personal circumstances.
However, in general, if interest rates are lower than you are currently paying on your mortgage, it may be a good time to remortgage. If interest rate are higher than you are currently paying, it may be better to look at other options, such as a second mortgage or a personal loan (if you aim is to borrow more).
If you are not sure whether now is the right time to remortgage, it is a good idea to speak to an independent mortgage broker who will be able to offer impartial advice.