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When it comes to remortgaging, many homeowners may be confused about the role of a deposit, especially as it’s commonly associated with purchasing a property rather than refinancing an existing mortgage.

Understanding the Basics: What is a Remortgage?

Before we dive into the deposit question, let’s briefly clarify what a remortgage entails. A remortgage is the process of switching your existing mortgage to a new lender or renegotiating your terms with your current lender.

People typically consider remortgaging for several reasons, such as securing a better interest rate, a remortgage to release equity, or changing their mortgage type to suit their evolving financial needs.

The Role of a Deposit in Remortgaging

The good news is that, in most cases, you do not need to provide a deposit when remortgaging your property. Unlike purchasing a home, where a deposit is typically a prerequisite to secure a mortgage, remortgaging primarily involves the equity you’ve built up in your current property.

Leveraging Your Home Equity

When you remortgage, your home’s equity becomes an important factor. Equity is the portion of your property’s value that you own outright, and it increases as you make mortgage payments.

For instance, if your home is valued at £300,000, and your remaining mortgage balance is £200,000, you have £100,000 in equity.

The Loan-to-Value Ratio (LTV)

Instead of a deposit, remortgages are often determined by the loan-to-value (LTV) ratio. This ratio compares the amount you want to borrow to the current value of your property. To secure favourable remortgage deals, many homeowners aim for a lower LTV.

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Deposit for Specific Remortgage Situations

While most standard remortgages don’t require a deposit, there are scenarios where it might come into play:

Adverse Credit History

If you have a history of credit issues, lenders may require a deposit to reduce their risk.

Releasing Equity

If you wish to remortgage to release equity, and release a significant amount at that, lenders might require a deposit to reduce their exposure.

Additional Considerations

It’s essential to note that remortgaging involves various costs, including arrangement fees, valuation fees, and legal expenses. These costs should be factored into your decision-making process.

Speaking with a Mortgage Advisor

Navigating the world of remortgages can be complex, and the best course of action is to seek advice from a qualified mortgage advisor. They can assess your individual circumstances, help you determine the most suitable remortgage option, and guide you through the entire process.

In conclusion, in the majority of remortgage cases, you do not need to provide a deposit. Your existing equity and the loan-to-value ratio play a more significant role in the process.

That said, it’s important to take out expert remortgage advice with mortgage advisors who will assess your financial situation carefully, and explore your options to secure the best remortgage deal tailored to your needs.

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Malcolm Davidson

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Malcolm is one of the UK’s most well-known and respected Mortgage Advisors. He is passionate about providing a 5* customer experience and he has also trained and mentored dozens of fellow Advisors in a career that is now in its third decade.

In addition to his day to day duties as Managing Director, Malcolm still gives out mortgage advice and feels lucky that his job is also very much his hobby.

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