What is a mortgage?

A mortgage is a loan secured on your property. This gives the lender security so they can lend you the required amount at a low rate of interest. A charge is registered on the land registry until the loan is fully repaid.

What is the difference between a mortgage and a remortgage?

Mortgage is generally the term when you are buying your first property and do not already have a mortgage. Remortgage is generally used when one has a current mortgage which they are moving away from to go to a new lender.

Can you get a mortgage on any property?

Generally speaking yes, but an independent valuation is carried out before a lender will agree to lend. Specialist construction properties are not accepted by all lenders however your mortgage adviser will know where to place this sort of property.

How will lenders assess my income?

Different lenders will assess your income in many different ways, a mortgage adviser will be able to match your income to a lender that accepts it.

I’m not sure if I should switch my mortgage. Can you help?

In short, yes. While many mortgage lenders entice you with attractive introductory offers, your ongoing loyalty is rarely rewarded. Changing your mortgage provider could significantly cut your interest rate and reduce your monthly mortgage repayments. But, unfortunately, because there are so many misconceptions surrounding remortgaging, you might be put off doing so. That is where we can help out.

What are the benefits of remortgaging?

If you’re on a fixed-rate mortgage, you’ll typically get the same interest rate for three to five years, which keeps your mortgage repayment the same every month. But once the fixed term expires, you’ll be put on a higher standard variable interest rate. Since you’ll start paying more interest, your mortgage will become more expensive.

If the fixed term on your mortgage is about to expire, it’s a great time to shop around and see whether you could get a better interest rate. For best results, start your search for a new mortgage about 14 to 16 weeks before your fixed term expires. That way, there’ll be enough time for the paperwork to go through, which means you can transition from the fixed rate period on your current mortgage straight into your new mortgage.

Choosing a more flexible deal

Perhaps you’d like to be able to take a payment holiday, maybe you want to increase your monthly repayment amount but your current mortgage provider won’t let you. Whatever the reason, the chances are there’s a mortgage out there that’ll offer you this flexibility. Do keep in mind that nothing comes for free. In other words, the increased flexibility may be offset by a higher interest rate or additional fees.

Switching from an interest-only mortgage to a repayment mortgage

You don’t necessarily need to remortgage in order to switch from interest-only to a repayment mortgage. Repayment mortgages are less risky for your lender, so making the change shouldn’t be a problem. However, you won’t necessarily be getting the best deal out there. And since you’re going to change the terms of your mortgage anyway, you might as well have a look at what else is on the market.

How much does it cost to remortgage?

You can normally choose to pay the arrangement fee upfront or add it to your mortgage, but both have their downsides. If you pay the fee upfront, you risk losing it if your mortgage doesn’t go through. Conversely, if you add it to your mortgage, you’ll have to pay interest on it.

One of the main reasons to remortgage is that you can replace your current mortgage with one that has better terms and conditions. This can result in a lower interest rate, lower fees and lower monthly repayments.

Is there a credit check when re-mortgaging?

By looking at your credit file, a mortgage adviser can direct you to those lenders who are most likely to accept your application. This avoids a situation where you could be turned down by multiple lenders in a short span of time, which could damage your credit score.

Can I re-mortgage with bad credit?

It’s definitely possible to re-mortgage, even if you have bad credit. It’s likely the best possible deals probably won’t be available to you if you have bad credit and it’s likely your lender will want to charge a higher interest rate to offset the risk you might present. However, with some planning ahead, it’s perfectly possible to strike a reasonable deal.

How long does it take to remortgage?

On average the whole process takes around 4-6 weeks. Which is why you need to get in touch with us as soon as possible so we have ample time to find and secure the best deal for you. We do everything so you don’t have to.

I want to switch now. Can you help?

Remortgaging is a fairly straightforward process. The trick is to start early so you have enough time find the deal that suits you best.

Do I need independent Legal Advice?

In the vast majority of cases independent legal advice is not necessary. However, we review each client and if they are in a scenario where we believe independent legal advice is needed, we will support them in gaining access to a trusted 3rd party. Additional fees may apply. ​

How can I cancel my mortgage?

If you would like to cancel your contract with us, you have the right to cancel our Agreement within 14 days.

The cancellation period expires after 14 days from the day you signed our Agreement. Please let us know by post at Your Mortgage People, 2 Gloster Avenue, Fareham, Hants, PO155SH, by email to ymp.mortgageadmin@yourmortgagepeople.co.uk, or by using the Contact us option on this website.

If you want to withdraw from your mortgage after this time, please contact us using the same methods outlined above, however please be aware that any costs you have paid at this time are unlikely to be refunded.