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When Is A Good Time To Remortgage?

Mar 7, 2008
Before asking when is a good time to remortgage, it's a good idea to understand why people remortgage. Very basically, the reason for remortgaging, or moving your mortgage from one company to another, is to save money.

Usually, the saving will be in the form of playing less per month in mortgage payments. If you do not save money by switching companies, there is generally no point in remortgaging if you do not make a substantial monthly saving.

Up until fairly recently, most people in the UK would stay with one mortgage company for the entire length of the loan. This was mainly because there really wasn't a lot of choice. Interest rates at banks and building societies were very similar. So, there was little point in moving the mortgage.

That has changed over the last few years, with vastly increased competition for mortgage business. Lenders are now far more competitive, and are far more willing to make 'special offers'. Something that was unheard of in mortgage circles 30 years ago.

When is a good time to remortgage? Often comes down to individual circumstances. If you are in need of perhaps an extension, because since you took out your original loan, you have had two children. Therefore you need an additional bedroom. This is when it is a good time to remortgage, for you, in those circumstances.

Remortgaging is not a particularly challenging procedure. These days brokers are well trained, and make it their business to keep up with all the latest interest rates, options, and offers that dozens of lenders, may have at any one time.

After some conversation and reviewing your paperwork, a broker should instinctively know which are the most suitable lenders to approach with your remortgage situation.

If you see an advertisement offering a mortgage rate that is lower than the one you are paying at the moment. You should at least make tentative enquiries about the details and requirements of the offer. The reason is very simple; saving half a percent on a mortgage may sound unimportant.

But consider this, if you shave just 100 off the cost of your mortgage per month, which is 1200 per year, if you still have 20 years to run on your mortgage that equals 24,000.

That could be a year's salary, which means you have to work one less year out of 20 to pay off your mortgage. If your boss said to you tomorrow, 'I'm give you a year's paid leave' you would jump at the chance. So why not jump at the chance of saving that amount of money.

So exactly, when is a good time to remortgage? One excellent point, at which you should definitely consider moving your mortgage, is at the end of a fixed deal with your existing mortgage holder. Where for example for the first three years, you paid a lower interest rate, but now, your agreement, says that you will have to pay a higher rate.

There is almost certainly a better deal, out there for you. The new mortgage may keep your pavements the same or even reduce them. That is definitely a good time to remortgage.

If interest rates are increasing, and you have a variable rate mortgage that you took out because at that time, it was a better deal than a fixed rate mortgage. You will now be paying more each month than you were at the start of your mortgage three years ago. Now may be a good time to change tactics and move to a fixed rate mortgage.

Remember that if you do not psychologically handcuff yourself to your lender, and to your mortgage. You will be free to shop around and find the best deal. You are not obligated to stay with the mortgage company, just because they were good enough to give you a loan a few years ago.

You have made your payments on time, you have been a good customer, if they wish to increase your payments, then you are free to look elsewhere for new opportunities

So, back to the question. When is a good time to remortgage? The answer is, whenever it suits you, whenever you feel you can get a better deal elsewhere or, you need cash to invest back into your home, or perhaps a different investment such as a buy to let property. A good time to remortgage is any time you feel he will be advantageous to you.
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Joe Kenny writes for Glitec.org, offering loans in the UK, visit them today for remortgages or for US residents, Rebuild for mortgages
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