Remortgage surge expected to hit new build market

Remortgage surge expected to hit new build market

The recent surge in people remortgaging to improve their existing homes could hit the new build property market in 2017, according to The Mortgag Hut's Chris Schutrups.

He says property experts have been predicting a cooling of the market as a result of increased economic uncertainty, which has "been further evidenced by an increase in remortgage applications as more people sit tight and improve their existing home".

Chris added: “The next quarter will see the biggest ever number of people currently on fixed rate deals with their mortgage lender being switched over to the standard variable rate.


“Anyone who is looking to make some savings this year or to cut back on their outgoings will be looking at their mortgage very closely - it is usually the biggest expenditure any of us will ever make. And that amount of borrowing means slight changes in interest rates can have a big effect on monthly payments.

“Remortgaging is a really good strategy for anyone who is looking to save money, cut back on outgoings, or to make improvements to their home, and more people are recognising that they have to shop around to make sure they get the best deal they can.

“Uncertainty is fuelling this behaviour. I don’t think people are really that bothered by Brexit or the Trump effect - the truth is many people are feeling the pinch and have less money than they did have, and more people are concerned about their futures with cutbacks across the economy.

“With interest rates at a record low level they can only go in one direction and that is up. There is already some talk of that during 2017 so the chance to remortgage to a fixed rate and save money is looking increasingly attractive for borrowers.”

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Kelvin Lloyd
Kelvin Lloyd 09 Oct 2017

IT is up, to the Planners. If they will only give permission for bungalows on certain (suitable) sites, they will be built.

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maggie swift
maggie swift 09 Oct 2017

It's just the beginning of the shocking rise.

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maggie swift
maggie swift 09 Oct 2017

I have recently read that the bungalows can provide social housing for elderly residents in London.

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zoe glover
zoe glover 05 Oct 2017

Update! Worst company I have ever dealt with. Undervalued a Cambridge property by over 100k, wont take on any evidence of valuation including a RICS valuation done 3 years ago for the very same value...

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Paul Edwards
Paul Edwards 27 Sep 2017

Its nonsense articles such as this that make it harder to get clients to realise just how difficult the market is out there. When you see Rightmove and there are more 'price reduced' then 'new' most days...

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Tom Allen
Tom Allen 20 Sep 2017

Absolutely agree with you!

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RyanGeo
RyanGeo 18 Sep 2017

A sharp correction would be a less dramatic expression to use. That is already underway in certain sectors in Reading where I practice as Chartered Surveyor

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Identity theft is a thread for any profession. So,people should stay alarmed. I once take help from a letting agent and came to know that letting agents are taking every precaution to prevent fraudulent...

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Mark N.
Mark N. 30 Aug 2017

We have seen a surge in instructions over August and that should continue into September too.

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Christian Donovan
Christian Donovan 18 Aug 2017

The write-down on house values, combined with the fall in the GBP saddled the fund?s property portfolio with a 1.4% loss in the second quarter. The shocking amount of $240 million.

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Samantha Goodman
Samantha Goodman 11 Aug 2017

Interesting point of view.

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