Could now be the best time to remortgage?
Thu 25 Feb 2021
With interest rates at an all-time low, now could be a great time to review your current mortgage and consider if it’s the right time to remortgage. Here are our top tips to help you with your decision process.
Why should you consider a remortgage? Most people choose to remortgage to save money usually because they have come to the end of their current deal. But there could be other reasons, such as switching from a lender’s standard variable rate or to release equity from the property for home improvements.
Check out your current mortgage: Before you start the remortgage process have a look at your latest mortgage statement. This will show your balance, monthly repayment and details of your current rate. If you are coming to the end of your current deal, it’s important to act quickly before you move to a variable rate which could cost you more.
Shop around: Don’t feel you have to stick to your current lender – it’s worth contacting them in the first instance to see if they can offer a good deal but remember other lenders could have something even better.
Think about the overall cost: Use a mortgage repayment calculator to compare what your new monthly payments could be against your existing costs. Make sure that you also consider the various fees that could be incurred as part of the remortgage process, including exit fees from your current lender, legal (conveyancing fees), and arrangement and valuation fees for the new mortgage.
Consider your options: Think about what type of mortgage deal would best suit you. Your choices include a fixed rate, where payments will remain the same regardless of base rate changes, a variable rate, where your payments could go up and down, or a more flexible product that will allow you to make overpayments.
What features suit you: Alongside the rate, take time to look at the features and benefits of the mortgage deal – such as can you make overpayments or take payment holidays – to make sure that all your requirements are met.
Seek independent advice: You can research the market yourself but this can be very time consuming and complex. Consider contacting a mortgage adviser who can help you find the deals you qualify for and guide you through the process. Some mortgage advisers also have access to special deals that may not be available on the high street.
Here at Police Mutual, we introduce customers to a Mortgage Advice Service, provided by Tenet Mortgage Solutions Limited, and there is no charge for the advice.
To find out more and to book your fee-free appointment call the team at Tenet Mortgage Solutions Limited today on:
Important things you should know
PMGI Limited, trading as Police Mutual acts as an intermediary for the purposes of introducing its customers to Tenet Mortgage Solutions Limited, part of Tenet. You will not receive advice or any recommendation from Police Mutual. Such services will be provided by Tenet Mortgage Solutions Limited. Tenet Mortgage Solutions Limited will provide Police Mutual with information about the services you have received.
A mortgage is a loan secured against your home. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage. You may have to pay an early repayment charge to your existing lender if you remortgage.
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