Save Money with Carefully Considered Remortgages
When homeowners consider remortgages of their properties, they are considering paying off a current mortgage by taking out a fresh mortgage using the property in question as security for the deal. The new mortgage is arranged for many different reasons, but most often to provide a fresh source of finance for home improvements, starting a business, or consolidating debts. Remortgages also commonly take place in order for a homeowner to take advantage of an improved interest rate being offered by another lender.
During the process of remortgages the homeowner will not usually be required to move home or take out a second loan the balance of the current mortgage is simply transferred from one lender to another, or to a different loan with the same lender.
However, both old and new lenders may demand additional charges, such as redemption and reservation fees. Homeowners may be subject to a penalty from the current lender, while the new one may demand an arrangement fee. Surveyor fees and the cost of conveyancing are also likely to become an issue again, because the new lender is going to want to assess the value of the property. Faced with this, it is important for anyone considering remortgages to carefully calculate whether the additional costs incurred are worthwhile or whether they negate the potential financial benefits.
Recent research has found that the number of homeowners taking out remortgages has significantly fallen over the past year. Paragon Mortgages released figures showing that in the last quarter of 2009, just 39 per cent of buy-to-let landlords had decided to switch to a different loan. This was explained as a reaction to low interest rates, which meant that landlords are increasingly opting to remain on their current lenders standard variable rate at the end of their current fixed-rate deal.
Nevertheless, it is also the case that many landlords are also unlikely to have the capacity to consider remortgages due to the dearth of buy-to-let deals which are available in the current economic climate especially as lenders tend to be demanding hefty deposits or equity stakes in the property.
Generally though, it is recommended that homeowners regularly review their mortgage arrangements and seek to save money and chase the most favourable terms wherever possible, tailoring them to fit their personal circumstances. By doing so, they may be able to use remortgages to save themselves hundreds or even thousands of pounds every year.
Save Money with Carefully Considered RemortgagesBy: Kim ChambersAbout the AuthorKim enjoys writing articles on various finacial related topics, including Mortgages and Different kinds of Insurance.(ArticlesBase SC #1742932)