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A re-mortgage is where you end your mortgage with your current provider and take out a new mortgage with a different lender.
It works by taking out a mortgage for your existing property with a new lender and using the proceeds to pay off your original mortgage.
Re-mortgage to save money
For lots of people in the UK, their mortgage is their largest monthly outgoing. So even a small change in the interest rate being paid could result in significant savings. Checking out deals from lenders other than your current provider could help you save money on your mortgage.
If the value of your property has gone up since you took out or last made a change to your mortgage, then the loan-to-value of your property may have reduced. This could mean you’re eligible for a lower rate than you’re currently on.
Re-mortgage for flexibility
We live in changing times, so you may want a mortgage that gives you the flexibility you need to help you through life’s ups and downs. If you mortgage to Lloyds Bank, you’d have the ability to make overpayments, or apply to take a break from paying your mortgage for a couple of months.
If so, you want to be ready to re-mortgage to a cheaper rate. Start looking around 14 weeks before your rate ends. If you are tied into an initial deal then you might have to pay an early repayment charge which can be huge, often 2-5% of your outstanding loan.