Halifax remortgage (9 key points)
In this brief guide, we will cover Halifax remortgages and where you can obtain a Halifax remortgage.
Getting a Halifax remortgage
You may want to consider a Halifax remortgage if you currently have a Halifax mortgage and are considering remortgage to a better rate with Halifax. This is known as a mortgage product transfer.
You may want to get a Halifax remortgage:
To save money
Remortgaging to a better mortgage deal when your fixed-rate mortgage deal comes to an end could be an easy and straightforward way to save some money. This is especially true as most mortgage lenders will move you to their standard variable rate mortgage product which usually has a higher APR when your fixed-rate mortgage deal comes to an end.
You may also be able to save on interest charges on your current mortgage by overpaying your mortgage. You can see how much you may be able to save by using the Halifax overpayment calculator.
to release equity
You may also want a Halifax remortgage if you want to release equity. This could be the case if your property has risen in value and you now have considerable equity in the property which you now want to convert to cash so you can go on a holiday or fund other purchases.
To release equity with a Halifax remortgage you will simply get a mortgage which is bigger than the current balance you owe on your current mortgage. Your conveyancer will then pay you the balance that is left after your original mortgage balance has been paid off by your new remortgage lender.
To borrow more money
You may want a Halifax remortgage if you want to borrow more money. This is also known as a further advance if you have your original mortgage with Halifax.
Should you get a Halifax remortgage?
When considering whether to get a remortgage, you may want to consider if getting a Halifax remortgage is the best course of action. You may want to consider getting a mortgage broker who may be able to advise you on all the mortgage products available to you and if getting a remortgage is the right thing for you at this moment. It may be the case that waiting a few more months may give you access to better remortgage deals.
The mortgage broker may be able to assess more products than one mortgage lender and hence a Halifax remortgage may not be the best option as there may be other lenders out there who could offer you a better mortgage deal.
What is the Halifax remortgage process?
The Halifax remortgage process could take a few weeks and you may be required to have some of your documents ready to ensure the process runs smoothly.
Some of the documents you may require for your Halifax remortgage include:
3 months worth of bank statements
Your identification documents
Any utility bill from your current address
3 months worth of payslips
Your mortgage statement
Your mortgage redemption statement
Your P60 tax return
Your SA302 calculation form if self-employed
Your company accounts or self-employed accounts if self-employed
Accountant certificate for mortgage
To get your Halifax remortgage you won’t usually need to have any face to face meetings and everything can be done online or over the phone.
When getting a Halifax remortgage you won’t need to pay for most fees aside from a valuation fee for your property.
What mortgages can you get with a Halifax remortgage?
With a Halifax remortgage you don’t have to stick with Halifax if you already have your mortgage with them, you can remortgage to any other mortgage lender which provides you with the best deal.
The mortgages you can access when getting a Halifax remortgage are:
With these mortgages, the rates are fixed for a period of 2, 3 or 5 years and provides you certainty over your mortgage for that time frame.
Variable rate mortgages:
You can access a host of variable mortgages and this mortgages will have a variable rate which can be increased or decreased at any time by the mortgage lender. You will be informed before a rate increase.
Tracker rate mortgages:
You can access a host of tracker rate mortgages from various mortgage lenders. These mortgages will usually track the bank of England’s rate and will move in line with it, although it may not be the exact rate but rather a rate which will increase by the same point or decrease by the same point as the bank of England rate.
Buy to let mortgage
You may be able to access buy to let mortgages with up to 95% Loan to value (LTV).
Should you get a Halifax remortgage or make overpayments?
Your current mortgage may allow you to make overpayments. This may be more suitable than getting a Halifax remortgage but you should seek independent financial advice about this from a mortgage broker or any other suitable financial advisor. It may be the case that your current mortgage is already as good as it gets and you won’t be able to get a significantly better remortgage deal. In this case, one of your best options will be to simply make overpayments on your current mortgage.
Before making any overpayments you should ensure your current mortgage lender does not have any limitations or penalties on how you can make your mortgage overpayments.
Halifax ortgages may also allow you to make overpayments on your mortgage but there may be a fee for doing so and a limit on how much you can overpay your mortgage each year. You should check your key facts illustration for this or ask your mortgage adviser.
Does Halifax offer the best remortgage deals?
The remortgage deal you may be able to get with Halifax will depend heavily on what your current mortgage affordability is. If you are worried that you may not be eligible for a remortgage then you should speak to a mortgage broker who may be able to analyse your situation and let you know what remortgage deals you may be eligible for and how you may be able to improve your mortgage affordability.
One of the key factors in improving your mortgage affordability is your credit score.
You can check your credit score by signing up with one of the four credit bureaus: Crediva, Experian Equifax and Transunion or by signing up to services such as clearscore and checkmyfile.
To improve your credit score you should try the below:
Registering on the electoral roll
Getting a credit builder card
Getting a secured credit card
Getting a credit builder loan
Avoid missing credit repayments
Avoid making late payments
Can you get a Halifax remortgage with Bad Credit?
In reality, it is very hard to answer this question as it depends heavily on the type of bad credit you may have.
Halifax will consider this and let you know if you are eligible for their mortgage products. Using a bad credit mortgage broker with experience of remortgaging borrowers who have bad credit may help you.
Bad credit could include:
A debt management plan
A home repossession
Is Halifax a good mortgage lender?
As with all mortgage lenders, you will have to make up your own mind on if Halifax is a good mortgage lender or not.
Throughout our Halifax mortgage review, we didn’t find any reason to term Halifax mortgages as a bad mortgage lender.
You should also be aware that all mortgage lenders in the UK are regulated by the FCA and so they have to meet certain minimum standards. Mortgage lenders and all FCA regulated entities have to “treat customers fairly”.
If a mortgage lender doesn’t treat you properly then you may be able to claim compensation from the financial services compensation scheme.
How long does a Halifax remortgage take?
We considered how long the remortgage process could take with Halifax.
The remortgage process could take as long as 4 weeks but this is all dependent on your personal circumstances. If you are getting a remortgage on a non-standard construction property then you may find that it takes longer to get a remortgage.
This could also be the case if you have bad credit. You may need a specialist bad credit mortgage broker to assist you in finding a mortgage lender willing to offer you a remortgage.
If you are remortgaging from Halifax to another mortgage lender then you will need a redemption statement.
This is a document which your mortgage lender gives you to let you know how much you need to pay to settle your mortgage.
You may want to consider a few factors before requesting a mortgage redemption statement. E.g when will the last interest charge be placed.
Using a mortgage broker for your mortgage
Whilst writing up this guide, we considered the potential effects of using a mortgage broker and we concluded that using a mortgage broker to search for what mortgages you may be eligible for maybe a better use of your resources than simply applying directly to a mortgage lender like Halifax.
This is because mortgage brokers will have access to a host of mortgage products which make up a majority of the market from a long list of mortgage lenders. This in stark comparison to the few mortgage products each mortgage lender may offer.
In this blog, we discussed getting a Halifax remortgage. If you took out a government scheme when you got your initial mortgage deal then you should consider how this may affect your ability to get a remortgage.
If you need financial advice and you live in the UK then you could contact the Money Advice service over the phone or via chat for impartial advice.
You can also contact the debt charity “Step Change” if you are in debt and need help.