Home Improvement Mortgage
As house prices have risen over the years, so have the costs of moving. Stamp duty in areas where house prices are high, can now run into the tens of thousands - putting many people off moving house altogether. But the reasons most people move to a new home remain - having children and needing more space, getting older and having different priorities for the space you have at home. These are things that happen to all of use, the rising cost of stamp duty notwithstanding.
As a result, many people are now choosing to make improvements to their existing homes rather than buying a new property that suits their needs. For the majority, it makes more sense to spend £40,000 on extending the kitchen and adding a bedroom than simply handing it over to the tax man.
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There are many ways to fund home improvements - and the best one for you will depend on a range of factors, including your age, stage and what sort of mortgage you're on at the moment.
What are the Options?
The most typical way to raise money to fund home improvements is to remortgage and take a bigger loan. This can be the cheapest option, as standard mortgage rates are usually the lowest.
If you've been in your home for a few years, it's possible that it has risen in value. You should also have been paying down your mortgage. Both of these factors mean that your loan-to-value ratio is likely to have come down. The lower the mortgage balance compared to the value of the property, the cheaper the mortgage rate.
Remortgaging with a bigger mortgage balance may therefore be possible without tipping you into a higher LTV bracket.
Another option is to take a further advance. This is similar to remortgaging, but you agree with your existing mortgage lender to take a loan for an additional sum to cover the building works on your home. This may be charged at the same rate as your mortgage or potentially a different rate.
The third option is to take a second charge mortgage. Second mortgages can be taken with the same lender or a different lender. The rate and terms of the second mortgage are different from the first. Second charges tend to be the most expensive of these three options and as well as the slightly higher rate, there are fees to consider.
Before agreeing which option could be right for you, we would look at all three and ensure that you are getting the best deal for your circumstances. For example, it might make sense taking a more expensive second mortgage to fund the improvements if you are currently on a very low lifetime tracker mortgage rate for your first mortgage, as remortgaging would mean you lose this and pay a higher rate on this portion of your loan.
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*APR = Annual Percentage Rate *ERC = Early Repayment Charge
*These figures are only illustrative. An assessment of your needs will be confirmed before a recommendation can be made. A Key Facts Illustration, which is personal to your circumstances, will be provided if a recommendation for a mortgage product is made.
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We avoid credit searches at the initial stages given that numerous credit searches will impact your ability to access cheap credit. It is clear that too many credit applications in a short period of time will impact your score and whilst it is important to shop around, formal applications for a mortgage can trigger rejections, as it gives the impression you may be desperate for credit. It is essential when making enquiries for any financial product, that the Company does not credit score you, until such time as you have agreed to make a formal application.
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Clients we assist tell us from the outset, they would like a guarantee of the amount they can borrow and our knowledge of specific underwriting policies within lenders, allows us to accurately estimate, exactly what is available.
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Capital Fortune are award winning London based mortgage brokers. We are based in the heart of London’s financial district near the Bank of England. We offer advice to first-time buyers, those moving house and to those looking to re-mortgage their existing deal to get a better mortgage rate.
We’re not tied to one lender so you can be sure we’ll get the best deal for you, from the bank or building society right for you.
We provide finance on both residential and Buy to Let property and can assist whether your looking to buy your first home, looking to re-mortgage or refinancing and restructuring your portfolio of buy-to-let properties. Our advisers are here to help.
We advise customers nationally from the Scottish Islands to the Isle of Wight and cover all the regions within the United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland.
Typically, we best assist clients with non-standard requirements and those we successfully help, generally face some sort of difficulty in the mortgage market. They seek not to be penalised for this difficulty and we look to secure them highly competitive, mainstream rates by asking our lenders to take an holistic view of their circumstances.
As expected, we offer all the usual mainstream products all standard mortgage advisers offer, but more importantly, we look to place cases of a more complex and specialist nature. This includes the self-employed, those with difficult income streams, contractors, unusual properties, foreign nationals, British ex pats abroad, overseas diplomats and those recently divorced.
We have long term relationships with nearly all the major UK lenders and have built strong trusted connections with lender underwriters at both a local and national level. Many of these key partners, prove the key to the success sometimes extending the parameters of their advertised lending criteria to assist our clients.
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