If you’ve decided to stay in your current property instead of moving, then you should probably look to Remortgaging. Remortgages are where you switch to better rates on your current deal. As experienced Mortgage Advisors in Lincoln, this is something we may be able to help with.
The banks rely on their customers sticking with what they know and not shopping around. It’s not uncommon for there to be cheaper offers for you elsewhere, all you have to do is have a look at a price comparison website or contact a mortgage broker to compare deals on your behalf.
If you’ve had your mortgage for quite a long time, then you could be on a low Bank of England tracker deal. You may even be paying less than 1%. If this explains your situation, you might be thinking about leaving that mortgage where it is for now. However, your payments will increase when the base rate eventually goes up.
Subject to the usual affordability checks and assuming you have got equity in your property, then it is entirely possible to increase your mortgage for potential home improvements.
This can be a good investment if you use the money wisely. Often, we see customers do this to facilitate building an extension or converting their loft into an additional room.
You can borrow extra funds for most legal purposes, examples of this would be:
Remember by increasing your mortgage you will end up paying back more interest, so you need to be sure you are doing this for the right reasons.
It can be a bad idea to add debt to your mortgage, as you will end up paying back more interest overall by extending the term of your debts to make the payments lower.
You are also taking debt, which is not secured, and securing it on your home. This puts you at risk of repossession if you cannot afford repayments. Consolidating debts that you can afford or credit cards that are at 0% interest will almost certainly be the wrong thing to do.
However, if you need to reduce your monthly outgoings to avoid missing payments, (which could damage your credit rating), then it might be a possible option.
Often your current Lender will offer you a new deal to stay with them, they may call this a “Product Transfer” or “Retention” product. This isn’t necessarily guaranteed and sometimes you have to contact your provider directly to see what is available.
Some lenders allow you to make a product switch online without taking advice or providing further information/documentation.
Whilst it may be easier to stay with the same provider and switch products rather than put forward a new application to a different lender, you may find that you could save a lot of money by doing so.
Also, many Banks still offer preferential rates to new borrowers over existing ones. One day, Lenders will get their act together and realise that taking a more ethical approach would breed loyalty amongst their customers.