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Moving house with a mortgage

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Do you want to find out more about moving house with a mortgage? Then read on. As one of the most experienced removals companies in Bradford and Halifax, we have expert knowledge of the house-moving process. We can provide you with all the advice and guidance that you need. Whilst moving house when you already have a mortgage can seem difficult, there are steps you can take to ensure that you don’t have to miss out on the property you really want.

Can I port my mortgage?

Moving house with a mortgage

One option you may have is to port your mortgage. If your mortgage is ‘portable’, you might be able to take your mortgage deal and transfer it to another property. Whilst most mortgages are portable, some aren’t, and even if yours is, there’s no guarantee your lender will allow it. You could end up borrowing at a higher rate too. 

Keep in mind that if you do want to port your mortgage, you’ll need to reapply for the deal. You might not qualify if your circumstances have changed, for example, if you’re in a different job or you’ve taken on more debt, or if the lender’s criteria have changed. If you want to purchase a more costly property and need to borrow a larger amount of money, porting a mortgage can be even more difficult. 

Despite the potential problems with porting a mortgage, there are big benefits to consider. Porting your mortgage can be advantageous if leaving your current deal means you’ll face high early repayment charges. Whilst you may be charged by your lender to port your mortgage, it’s likely to work out less than the penalties you may need to pay for leaving your existing deal early.

How to port your mortgage 

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If your lender has agreed that you can port your mortgage, you’ll need to apply. The process is similar to applying for a new mortgage, which means you’ll need to undergo an affordability check. Your financial circumstances will be rigorously assessed. This will help the lender to ascertain that you can meet the monthly mortgage payments. You can expect your credit profile to be scrutinised too, so it’s a good idea to make sure that it’s healthy. You should try to build up a good credit rating to make your application more attractive to the lender.

Affordability rules for mortgages are stricter than ever. This means that if your financial situation has changed for the worse since you first applied for your mortgage, you may struggle to get your porting application approved. If you’ve changed jobs and you’re now on a lower income or you have more outgoings than before, your application may be declined. 

Keep in mind that lenders will also consider the type of property you want to buy. If you’re hoping to purchase an unconventional property, you may find it more difficult to port your mortgage. This is because lenders can be wary about lending on homes that may be harder to sell in the future.

How long does porting a mortgage take? 

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The porting process is usually quicker than many people expect, often taking around a month from the application. Once the application is approved, the mortgage offer is usually valid for around 90 days. That’s enough time for you to complete on your new house.

If you are able to port your mortgage, you’ll need to do is begin the process of selling your property. If you don’t get the ball rolling quickly, sellers might not take you seriously. What’s more, you’ll need to provide the address of the new property before you can get a mortgage offer. 

Should I remortgage?

If you can’t port your mortgage, you may want to consider finding a new deal by remortgaging. You can do this with your current lender or a different one. We strongly recommend talking to your existing lender or a broker to get advice on which route to take. 

Remortgaging with your existing lender 

Remortgaging with your existing lender may be an option when moving house with a mortgage. If you remortgage with your current lender, you’ll replace your existing mortgage, taking on a whole new loan. Whilst this can often help you get a better rate, it’s important to consider the extra costs you may be faced with. 

To leave your deal, an early repayment fee of 1-5% of the value of your mortgage is likely to be charged. How much you pay will largely depend on how long you have left to run on the deal, with the figure becoming lower the less time remains. On top of an early repayment fee, you may also be faced with an exit fee as well as arrangement and valuation fees on your new mortgage. The amount of fees can add up when remortgaging.

Remortgaging with a new lender

Another option available to you is to remortgage with a new lender. This may be beneficial if you can get a better rate elsewhere. However, keep in mind that you’ll still need to pay early repayment charges along with exit fees for leaving your mortgage mid-term. Whether you decide to port your mortgage or remortgage with your current or a different lender, it’s important to consider all your options carefully. Talk to your existing mortgage provider or a broker who can offer you expert advice. 

Contact us 

Now that you know your options for moving house with a mortgage, you may already be thinking about planning your move. Darvills is proud to be one of the top removals companies in Bradford and Halifax. So, why not get in touch to discuss your removal needs? You can call us on 01274 963 057 or 01422 747 036 to talk to one of our friendly and helpful team. Alternatively, you can send us a message via the website. We will contact you as soon as we can.

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