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Should you remortgage?

Remortgaging allows you to find a better deal, reduce your monthly payments, and save money. But is now a good time to remortgage your home?

There could be many reasons for wanting to move your mortgage from one lender to another – and understanding these can help you decide if it’s the right time. 

5 reasons you may look to remortgage:

1. Your current mortgage rate is coming to an end

When your existing mortgage rate ends, you’ll usually move onto your lender’s standard variable rate (SVR). This can be more expensive than your current rate so your monthly mortgage payments may increase.

To avoid paying more, you could switch mortgage rates with your current lender or remortgage to a new lender in readiness for when your current mortgage rate finishes. Ideally, start researching your options at least 6 months beforehand, allowing time for your new deal or mortgage to start as your current one ends.

2. You want to find a better deal

You may find a lower rate that could reduce your monthly payments, meaning you could pay less interest over the term of your mortgage. A better deal for you could also mean finding one that allows you to overpay or change your mortgage term.

There could be other reasons to change your mortgage that are specific to you. You can speak to a mortgage advisor if you need help or support.

Remember, if you remortgage before your current deal ends, you may have to pay an early repayment charge (ERC) and other fees. If you decide to do this, make sure any potential savings outweigh any charges. Alternatively, you can avoid these fees by waiting until your current deal ends before remortgaging. 

3. You’re looking for a higher standard of service

If you’re not satisfied with your current lender, you may consider remortgaging to a new provider. For example, you may want:

  • Better communication
  • Easier access to your accounts
  • Higher standards of financial advice
  • Great customer service

It’s important to be happy with your mortgage provider. However, think carefully about when you move to a new lender, as there may be fees or charges to pay if you leave before your current mortgage rate ends.

4. You want to borrow more

You may want to borrow extra money against your property to make home improvements, for example. If your current lender is unable to increase the amount or offer you the deal you want, you could speak to another lender to see if they can help.

Remember, your payments could increase if you borrow more, so you need to be sure you can afford them.

5. The value of your home has increased

If the value of your home has gone up, you could benefit from a lower loan-to-value (LTV) ratio. 

Having a lower LTV could mean you are eligible for lower rates. You can contact your lender to find out what your LTV ratio currently is and, if it has changed, what new interest rate options are available. If your current lender is unable to offer you a suitable deal, you can then see what other lenders can provide.

When shouldn’t you remortgage?

Remortgaging is not suitable for everyone. It might also not be the right time for you. Here are some reasons why you might hold off remortgaging.

The remortgaging costs outweigh the savings

You need to think carefully about remortgaging and consider all costs before deciding if remortgaging is financially worthwhile for you. For example, if you need to pay an early repayment fee to leave your current deal, it may be worth waiting until your existing mortgage rate ends.

You’ve experienced credit problems

When remortgaging, your new lender will need to see proof of earnings and complete a full credit check to make sure you can afford the payments. Lenders are more likely to offer you a mortgage if they can see you’re reliable at borrowing and repaying money. 

If you’ve had credit problems, such as missed payments, since taking out your last mortgage, it can show up on your credit file and lower your credit score. You may want to wait and improve your credit score before applying.

Your circumstances have changed

Your financial situation may have changed since you took out your current mortgage. For example, if you’re in between jobs, this can affect whether your application is accepted. 

Given the unique situations that many people are in, there have been some changes to how affordability is assessed by mortgage providers. 

If your income has changed (or is likely to change soon), make sure you include this in your application.

Think carefully before securing other debts against your home.

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