With mortgage rates so low, 2018 should be a great time if you want to remortgage or move house. But the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published research showing there are 800,000 people in the UK who could benefit if they switch to a cheaper mortgage. Most of these are people whose fixed rate has ended but who have stayed on their lender's variable rate for more than six months. And … [Read more...]
Articles about Mortgages
Mortgages are a "priority debt". If you are having difficulty paying the mortgage you need to take debt advice as soon as possible - the earlier you do this, the more options you are likely to have.
These pages list all Debt Camel articles about mortgages in date order. If you would prefer to see the most popular articles grouped by theme, looking at "problems getting a Mortgage", "problems if you already have a mortgage" and "interest rates", then look at the Mortgages and Debt page.
There are 800,000 mortgages in Britain who could gain by switching to a fixed rate, saving an average of £996 a year. That is the startling conclusion of new research from the mortgage regulator in May 2018. When a fixed rate mortgage ends, you have four options: do nothing - your mortgage moves to a variable interest rate with your current lender; get another fixed rate from your … [Read more...]
Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) helps people with the cost of their mortgage if they aren't working. It has been paid as a benefit since 1948, but in April 2018 this changed and now it is only given as a loan that is secured on your house. Here is the DWP leaflet describing the new loan: DWP SMI Factsheet (6 April). You may see LMI (loans for Morgage Interest) used as the new name for this, … [Read more...]
It sounds like common sense to say that if you have paid £900 rent a month for a couple of years then you can obviously afford a mortgage costing £900 a month. And if you live in London or the south-east, you will probably add that rents are so high you can't afford to save much for a deposit, so you need your good rental payment record to be taken into account in a mortgage application. This … [Read more...]
Mrs M asked: I have an interest-only mortgage of £91,000 with 11 years left, with no plan to repay it at the end. It was originally a repayment mortgage, but when I couldn’t afford the payments the bank suggested I switch to an interest-only mortgage. I went through with my bank an option to change to repayment but they didn’t accept me. Can I pay extra each month? Will it reduce the debt and … [Read more...]
In 2018 95% mortgages are back in fashion. After the 2008 crash, they almost completely vanished, with only a handful being available. But there are now hundreds of different deals to choose from. That's good news if you are a first-time buyer, or if you need to trade up to a larger house. Here are some points you need to watch out for. 95% of the value, not the price Say you have an … [Read more...]
A reader asked: My husband is now 33. When he was 18-20 he was a silly boy and got offered credit cards and loans from everywhere and he took them. Unfortunately he was ran up a £7K debt that he couldn't afford to pay back. He's obviously learned from his mistakes and has a good job, good income, no further debts or credit loans. Will his debt from his youth still affect him? His credit score is … [Read more...]
Ms F asked: "I have been in debt management for five years after my marriage breakdown. After an inheritance, I want to pay off my DMP as it will carry on for years. I could pay in full but my house needs some urgent work and my car is on its last legs. I asked about my credit score if I offer a partial settlement and was told this would show as partially settled on credit score file. Will I … [Read more...]
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), who regulates the mortgage lenders, issued an update in 2018 saying they are still concerned about the number of interest-only mortgages customers will not be able to repay at the end. It said: Since 2013 good progress has been made in reducing the number of people with interest-only mortgages. However, we are very concerned that a significant number of … [Read more...]
A reader asked: "We went to see a mortgage adviser to check if we qualify for a mortgage. We are first time buyers, me and my husband have 4 credit cards each and loans. Because we have a lot of debt, he advised us to go to our respective banks for debt consolidation by taking up a loan each to make one payment on all our debts. He said that was the best option for now. Also in that way we … [Read more...]