Rishi Sunak’s second Budget as Chancellor brought two pieces of welcome news for the property sector as the Government attempts to transform “Generation Rent” into “Generation Buy” to help stimulate the UK economy, namely the new 95% Mortgage Guarantee and an extension of the Stamp Duty Holiday.
The name of this scheme is misleading as not everyone that applies is guaranteed to be offered a mortgage, it is still subject to affordability and credit score. The “guarantee” itself is that the Government will ensure Lenders don’t stand a loss if they grant a 95% mortgage to a customer who then subsequently falls into arrears and is repossessed leaving behind negative equity.
This scheme should in theory give Lenders more confidence to lend even though the applicant only has a smaller deposit to put down. Of course, Lenders never want to repossess someone’s home unless it is the last resort, but if that happens then the new scheme would cover any shortfall.
Lenders have been worried about the prospect of home values decreasing so this measure should alleviate that concern although of course, the chances of negative equity occurring will naturally reduce should property prices increase as a result of these announcements!
The scheme is available to both 1st Time Buyers and Home Movers, it’s available on any property (not just new build) and will run until December 2022. Some major High Street Banks have already signed up to the scheme and it’s likely more will follow later on. It’s still a big challenge for Lenders to cope with the demand they are getting for mortgages due to the difficulties training and supervising staff working from home but they will want to offer as many of these mortgages as they can.
When the Stamp Duty Holiday was launched last year we all hoped life would be very much back to normal by the cut-off date of 31st March 2021 but things didn’t pan out that way as we know. Solicitors are struggling to keep up with the workload and if lots of chains had collapsed then it would have partly defeated the object of the exercise.
Therefore it was good to hear the scheme has been extended to 30th June for purchases up to £500,000 and 30th September for purchases up to £250,000.
The Government certainly sees the property sector as an area that can play a big part in our economic recovery and if you are looking to buy a home or remortgage this year please reach out and we will be happy to advise you.
At the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Government promised that all borrowers would be allowed a three-month mortgage payment holiday if they needed it. Most lenders followed the Government’s guidelines and did their best to help out their borrowers during these hard few months.
We feel that it is best, to sum up, what mortgage payment holidays are, what lenders are doing, and who can deliver you with help and advice through these next few months.
Mortgage payment holidays are an agreement entered into with your bank, building society or mortgage lender to defer your monthly mortgage payments for a set period. In this case, 3-months.
It does not mean you never have to pay the amount back, but the interest you defer gets added back onto the loan amount, while your capital balance will not decrease. In other words, your mortgage amount will increase slightly, and you will continue to attract interest on the whole amount.
When you are ready to continue the payments, this could mean that either your monthly payments recalculated at a slightly higher level or your mortgage term increases to some extent.
Most lenders will probably prefer not to extend your mortgage term as this could take you past their standard retirement ages, but the detail on this will follow in due course.
Dependent on your mortgage deal, you may be able to pay off a lump sum later in the year to bring your mortgage back to where it would have been.
Mortgage Payment Holidays are available both for those with residential or Buy-to-let Mortgages in Leicester, which means landlords also have assistance if rental payments are affected.
The full proposal is in detail below:
We would recommend speaking to your Mortgage Advisor in Leicester. They will asses your financial situation first before looking to defer your payments as your situation may not yet be pressing.
Approaching a Mortgage Broker in Leicester like us will allow you to explore all of your current mortgage options and could make things feel a lot less stressful.
For a customer, up to date with payments, not in arrears, and impacted by COVID-19:
In some cases, a mortgage payment holiday can harm your credit score, but most lenders have now said that for matters linked to the virus, they will ensure that this is not the case.
You must ask this question to your lender directly and record the response, including the date and the name of the person you are speaking to avoid confusion later. Different lenders are doing different things.
At first, everything seemed like it would remain the same, and you would still be able to make changes to your mortgages as usual. Leading to a change over in the last couple of days, and lenders have been asking borrowers to avoid making changes while you are within a mortgage holiday period. So, at the moment, they are not allowing mortgages and product transfers.
Borrowers nearing the end of their existing product could get compelled to move on to the higher lenders variable rate, which means that borrowers who act too early could find themselves on a mortgage payment holiday that accrues interest on a costly variable rate.
We would highly recommend speaking to your Mortgage Advisor in Leicester, and they will determine the best course of action based on your personal and financial situation. If possible, arranging your mortgage transfer first then asking for the holiday would seem to be the most sensible way forward.
At the moment, no Lenders have withdrawn mortgage offers; in fact, some are extending offers past the standard six-month expiration date.
You should not pull out of your purchase unless, for example, you are worried about losing your job as a result of Coronavirus. We are advising everyone to proceed as usual for now and “wait and see” – you are not committed to completing your purchase until contracts get exchanged.
In some cases, lenders can offer you a temporary switch to interest-only to reduce your monthly payments but not to add any further to the loan amount by still servicing the interest payments each month.
It may not be necessary to convert all your mortgage to interest only, and it may be that putting part of the mortgage on this basis could give you the breathing space you need.
People with savings may find that remortgaging onto an offset basis could give them a helping boost they were looking for, and they will be cutting down on their monthly payments while keeping hold of their savings.
For example, someone with a £400,000 loan and £100,000 in savings would only pay interest on £300,000. Meaning their monthly mortgage payments will massively be reduced.
For others, a straight remortgage to another lender, calculating the cost of any early repayment charges, may well be enough to ease the burden or simply extending the term of your mortgage.
If you still have any other questions on mortgage payment holidays or just want general Mortgage Advice in Leicester, give us a call today. We want to help you and your mortgage journey through these tough few months ahead. Speak to an experienced Mortgage Advisor in Leicester today.
Considering a Credit Card Debt Consolidation Mortgage loan may seem like an easy way of dealing with credit card debt.
If you are looking to do this you will be moving ‘unsecured’ credit card debt into a mortgage. You may be reducing your monthly repayments with a lower rate of interest into a single mortgage repayment.
But the lower interest rate and new loan (a mortgage) is not like credit card debt | an unsecured debt, a mortgage is secured against the home. Such a move should be considered in-depth and in detail before making any decision.
You also will probably be aware that you will end up paying back more interest because you are likely to be paying this back over a longer period of time.
However, by consolidating your debt into a mortgage you will be reducing your monthly outgoings, lowering your monthly repayments, which is usually the objective most people are seeking.
Debts can have been accumulated on credit cards or other loans due to home improvements. In most instances, this may also have increased the value of your home.
Other times it’s just that the debt has been outstanding for several years with additional expenditure in different areas and it can be hard to reduce this debt.
The alternative to consolidating your debts into a mortgage loan? You could consider taking out zero % credit cards and take the sensible step of looking for a new card when the zero % period ends.
However, it’s not guaranteed that you can always get a transfer and it’s when that happens that homeowners decide to take action.
Consolidate debts into a mortgage is frequently preferable and more manageable than paying a double-figure interest rate.
A debt consolidation loan in the form of a Remortgage in Leicester is not something most people would want to arrange without taking advice. With a broker you will benefit from the consumer protection which is in place and a suitable tailored mortgage will be recommended for you. Note that the Broker works for you and not the Lender so will ensure you get the right outcome.
The savings some people make are hundreds per month if they are carrying large debts and some people prefer to have everything within one monthly payment too.