Mortgage rates are now at record low levels, following two Bank of England rate cuts in March to bring the base rate down to 0.1%.
Borrowers on a tracker, discounted or variable rate mortgage may have already benefited from this rate drop, but those borrowers whose mortgage deal is nearing its end, or those currently on an uncompetitive standard variable rate (SVR), should review their situation as there are some very competitive products on the market, with potential savings to be had.
A remortgage is where you take out a new mortgage on a property you already own – either to replace your existing mortgage, or to borrow more money against your property. You should consider remortgaging if:
- Your current deal is about to end
- You are looking for a better rate
- You want to overpay, but can’t do this on your current mortgage
- You want to borrow more
- Your home has increased in value and your loan-to-value ratio means you can get a better deal.
Lenders have adapted
Due to uncertainty, many lenders initially reacted to the coronavirus crisis by restricting the products available, (particularly to those borrowers with a high loan-to value ratio) and remortgage applications faced operational constraints such as an inability to do physical valuations. However, optimism has started to return, with lenders reintroducing a wider range of products and adjusting their processes to overcome problems, for example by using automated ‘drive-by’ valuations.
In such a fast-changing environment, those who are considering remortgaging over the next few months would be well advised to assess their options now. Remortgaging can take around eight weeks, so it’s best to contact set the wheels in motion sooner rather than later.
Advice is essential
There are pros and cons to remortgaging and it won’t be right for everyone. The market is more complex right now and getting good advice is vital. We have expert insight and knowledge of the market. As well giving you advice on whether a remortgage is suitable, we will explain the costs, outline potential implications and guide you through the mechanics of remortgaging.
YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE