Should you Take Out a Secured Loan or Remortgage?

By: Reno Charlton

In the light of rising interest rates many homeowners in the UK have wondered whether it is worth looking into remortgages - not only to try and get a better deal on their borrowing but also as a way to raise additional finance.

Homeowners in the UK can often get some great deals on their finances, and as a homeowner you can therefore look forward to affordable borrowing and the various benefits that come with secured loans.

Each year many homeowners raise money against their homes, some by arrange a remortgage and borrowing extra on top of the balance of the old mortgage, and others by simply taking out a secured loan, which is taken out independently from the initial mortgage and is secured against the available equity in the home.

But how do you determine whether you should opt for a remortgage or a secured loan?

Well, your decision will be based largely on your circumstances. If you are unhappy with your mortgage provider or you feel that you could get a far better deal elsewhere, then a remortgage could be the way to go. For instance, you may have taken out a bad credit mortgage some years ago, and if your credit has improved you could find that you are now eligible for a more mainstream deal.

In cases such as these it could well be worth looking at a remortgage and taking a little extra in order to raise the finance that you need. However, you should remember that mortgage companies will often charge hefty penalties for closing the account early and moving to another lender, so you need to figure out whether a remortgage will still be worth it based on the amount that you will be charged.

If, on the other hand, you are quite happy with your existing mortgage and do not feel that you could get a better deal elsewhere then it is best to avoid the penalties and fees that can come with a remortgage, and opt for a secured loan instead.

A secured loan is a loan that is secured against the equity in your home, and with this type of loan you will continue to make repayments on your existing mortgage and will then also make repayments on your secured loan. The amount that you will be able to borrow on a secured loan will depend on the level of equity in your home.

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