Shared Ownership Remortgages

While the remortgage process may take some time to complete, it can often be worth the time and effort to secure a better deal on your loan. The main reason for this being the increase in your equity, through repayments on your current mortgage and, hopefully an increase in the property value. As lenders price their interest rate on the perceived risk in lending, the more equity the lower the interest rate. If your income has risen, then you may be able to access mortgage lenders that offer competitive rates, but may not be very generous on their affordability calculations.

The process can also go much more smoothly if you know what to expect. The following are the basic steps to applying for a new remortgage. The steps may change slightly, based on your specific situation and the requirements of your lender.

Finding a Mortgage Deal

First, talk to your current lender to get a redemption quote and find out what your options might be with that lender. Many banks and building societies offer better deals to current customers that are considering leaving. If you can keep your mortgage with the same company, it may save you both time and money in the remortgaging process. If your current lender doesn’t offer you the deal you want, you may like to speak to an IFA/Mortgage broker.

Even if you like the deal your current lender offers, it still pays to shop around to see what else might be available. When you begin to collect the rates at different institutions, be sure you are comparing like for like products. For example, if you are looking at a tracker mortgage, find out how the rate is calculated according to the Bank of England base rate and what the term is.

You also want to compare LTV (loan to value ratios) and fees associated with the loans to ensure you get the best deal overall. You will need to get a quote from your solicitor for the legal work involved, with some lenders offering “free legal fees” for remortgages or sometimes a “cash back”.  Please be aware that as more legal work is involved with Shared Ownership that you may well be asked to pay a supplement by the lenders legal advisers on the “free legal fees” option. They should not do any work on your behalf until you have agreed. You may be better taking the “cash back” and having your own solicitor do the legal work.

Once you have all the information in terms of rates, monthly payments and fees, you can work out the calculations to determine if remortgaging is worth the time, effort and expense.

The Application Process

The mortgage application process, when changing lender, is very similar to that of a new mortgage. You will need a mortgage statement for your current loan, pay slips and full details of your monthly credit repayments. You will also need to authorise the bank or building society to carry out a credit search to make sure you don’t have any late payments, defaults, or CCJ’s on your credit record. A valuation will be done on your property to ensure you have enough equity to qualify for the mortgage loan. Once the bank has all the paperwork and documentation it needs, the approval and underwriting process can begin.

You should advise your housing association that you are intending to remortgage, as they will need to agree and they may make a small administration charge.

Your remortgage application can take approximately four to eight weeks to secure. Your housing association will need to approve the new mortgage and ensure it meets their requirements too. Your solicitor should arrange for completion to take place on the day your current product expires and that you are free of any early redemption penalty charges.

Once legal completion has taken place, your mortgage will continue with your new lender. Make a note your new product expiry date and three months’ prior to this ending, the process can start again!

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