Is it wise to remortgage your house?

Is it wise to remortgage?

If you are coming to the end of your current mortgage, then it makes sense to shop around for more competitive mortgage deals rather than automatically sticking with the same lender. However, you may want to jump ship earlier – but is that necessarily a wise move, and why would you bother?

Homeowners choose to remortgage for various reasons, such as to save money, release money or take advantage of more flexible terms. If you remortgage before your current deal expires, you can expect to pay an early repayment charge, so it requires careful consideration.

There are many benefits of remortgaging your home, whether it is to secure a better rate of interest, to raise money for home improvements, or to consolidate various loans. Here at Bliss Financial, we have produced a helpful guide on what to consider when remortgaging.

When it comes to remortgaging, we have years of experience to help make remortgaging work for you. To find out more, please get in touch.

What does it mean to remortgage?

A remortgage is when an existing homeowner transfers their mortgage to a new mortgage lender or to another deal from their current lender. This could be due to the current mortgage deal coming to an end, but it is possible to remortgage early, say if a cheaper rate of interest catches your eye.

Why do people choose to remortgage their house?

There are many reasons for remortgaging, so let’s take a look at the most common scenarios:

To release money

The most common reason people choose to remortgage their home is to carry out home improvements. This involves borrowing more money from a new or existing mortgage lender. This obviously involves an increase in monthly payments, so it’s wise to make a thorough assessment of your financial situation before you commit.

To save money

Many people remortgage simply to save money on their monthly outgoings by moving to a deal with a lower interest rate or one with flexible payment terms. This is usually at the end of their current mortgage deal, but it can be before – although this often involves paying an early repayment fee and an exit fee.

If you are on a standard variable rate (SVR) deal that’s coming to an end, then it makes sense to explore your options to secure the best deal available and minimise your monthly payments.

When you remortgage, it may also be an option to consolidate your other debts, i.e. add them to your mortgage, to either reduce monthly repayments or improve your credit score. But be cautious that you are really getting a better deal in the long term.

To change your mortgage term

Another reason to remortgage is to reduce or extend your mortgage term or to make overpayments if the original loan has restrictions placed upon it. Or perhaps you have an interest-only deal, and you want to take out a repayment mortgage to start reducing your debt.

To move to a more flexible mortgage

Perhaps you’re looking to take a payment holiday in line with a career break or becoming self-employed, but beware that this kind of mortgage product is likely to come with charges.

How often should you remortgage?

Usually, homeowners remortgage when their current mortgage deal is coming to an end. This is a process that can be started up to 6 months in advance of your current deal’s end date.

This could be every 2,3, or 5 years, depending on your deal. Usually, if you have a fixed-rate deal, your mortgage will have a specific end date, at which time you will be free to remortgage without exit fees.

What to consider before remortgaging

If you’re looking to find a better mortgage deal when your current deal comes to an end or exit your current mortgage before it is due to expire, it requires very careful consideration. Your mortgage adviser or broker can work with you to decide if switching supports your financial goals and that you are comfortable with the repayments on the new mortgage.

Here’s what to consider when remortgaging:

Early repayment charges

Some mortgage lenders charge ERPs as much as 5% of the loan, so you need to do your sums to decide if a move to a different mortgage deal is actually worth it overall.

House price and loan-to-value

Has your house value increased or decreased since you took out your mortgage? If it’s gone up, then it could be very beneficial to switch as your loan-to-value (LTV) rate will have reduced, meaning that you will qualify for lower interest rates.

LTV is simply the ratio between the size of the loan and the value of the property. The more you have to borrow, the higher your LTV. If it is very high, it’s less likely that you’ll find a more competitive rate. If it’s low, it’s likely you can access some of the best deals on the market.

Interest rates

It’s easy to get spooked when interest rates rocket, but unless you’re on a tracker mortgage, an increase in the Bank of England base rate doesn’t always mean you’ll get a better deal elsewhere. While the interest rate is likely to affect your current mortgage rate, it’s not always the case, so it’s best to check with your lender first.

Outstanding loan amount

If you have a small mortgage debt left, say under £30,000, it may not be worth switching to a new deal or new lender because the fees will likely outweigh the savings.

Personal circumstances

It goes without saying that whatever mortgage decisions you make should support your financial and life goals, not just for now but for the future.

Be sure you have a thorough understanding of your financial situation to ensure you can keep up with mortgage repayments if your situation (e.g. work, family, health) were to change.

Frequently asked questions about remortgaging your house

What fees are involved in a remortgage?

During a remortgage, you may be subject to various fees, such as legal fees, product transfer fees, valuation fees, early repayment charges, and broker fees. Many lenders will cover the cost of the legal work by offering a free legal service which keeps costs down for you.

A broker will usually charge for their advice and for the administration involved in the remortgage application process.

Is it best to negotiate with an existing lender?

Most lenders offer what is known as a retention product or a product transfer. This is usually a specific interest rate they offer to their existing customers to entice them to stay.

In a lot of cases, these offerings are not as competitive as taking a new deal with new lenders. However, if you decide to move to a new lender, it’s important to consider the associated fees, which may make it more cost-effective to stick with the same lender after all.

Do you need a reason to remortgage?

You do not need a reason to remortgage, but usually, there is a reason to trigger you to remortgage, like the end of your current deal or the need to raise money. In any case, it’s only worth remortgaging if it makes financial sense to do so. That’s where a mortgage broker can really help.

If you are looking to secure lower mortgage payments, raise additional money or secure a better interest rate on the same property, then a broker can research the whole of the market to find you the best deals available to you.

Can you be refused a remortgage?

It is possible to be refused a remortgage. You should consider a remortgage as a brand-new mortgage application. The only difference is that you already own the property in this scenario.

There are many things which can cause a mortgage application to be refused, like credit issues, house valuations (including negative equity), and your overall financial situation. A broker will ensure you fit a lender’s criteria before you apply to save unnecessary time and hassle.

Get in touch with Bliss Financial before you remortgage

Whilst we have hoped to have covered all things remortgaging in this blog article, please take a look at our frequently asked questions here:

Here at Bliss Financial, we have years of experience in guiding our clients through the remortgage process. We take a genuine interest in our clients’ lives and goals and have their best interests at heart. So whatever reason you have for remortgaging, we can find you the best deals to fit your circumstances.

We’re here to help. For a friendly chat about your remortgage requirements, please get in touch.

Further reading, see whether a fixed or variable mortgage is best for you.

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Amanda is the founder and owner of Bliss Financial. She has been helping clients with their mortgage and insurance needs for over 15 years. Her passion is to fully explore the options open to them and ensures the process is easy with no stress. She also specialises in helping clients invest in buy to let property and landlords.

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