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Helpful Remortgage Information That You Should Know

Aug 17, 2007
If you borrow money form a lender and pledge your home as security for the loan then this is commonly known as a mortgage. It is also often known as a home equity loan because it is secured against the equity in your home. The terms and conditions of the mortgage are set by the lender and they set such things as the manner in which you are to pay the instalments; when you have to pay the instalments; the term of the loan; the fact that the lender has the right to repossess your property should you default on the payments; and the interest rate. If you are not happy with any of the terms, in particular the one governing the interest rate that is to be applied to the loan then you should consider a remortgage.

A remortgage is where you take out a further mortgage, normally with a different lender, and use the proceeds of the new mortgage to pay off your existing mortgage. In this way you can often get better terms and conditions and in particular a lower interest rate.

If you built or bought your home with a mortgage and been paying a high rate of interest on it you may consider a remortgage. It could be that the loan market is offering lower interest rates in general or that you in particular are now able to get a lower rate of interest. This could be due to your credit score or rating having improved since you took out your mortgage. This is the time to remortgage and save huge amounts of money over the term of your loan. A lower rate of interest means a cheaper loan.

You may have more equity in your home now because real estate prices have gone up. You could consider a remortgage to allow you to use some of that extra equity to increase your mortgage. If you get a lower rate of interest you may be able to borrow more and still pay less per month.

If you do have spare equity in your home you may be able to do a debt consolidation remortgage. This is where you refinance your mortgage and increase the loan to enable you to not only pay off the existing mortgage but also your unsecured debts such as loans and credit cards. As you are using your house for collateral you are likely to be able to get a lower rate of interest than you the rate on the unsecured debt.

If you can afford to pay a bit extra per month you may consider a remortgage and reduce the term of the mortgage. If you reduce your mortgage term the mortgage will cost you a lot less. However, it will cost you more each month because you need to pay more of the capital each month to repay the loan over the shorter period of time.
About the Author
Shelley Green is the owner of http://www.mortgages-click.com, a site that specializes in Mortgages. Shelley Green is also the owner of Loans Click and Refinance Click.
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