A remortgage is the process of paying off one mortgage with the proceeds from a new mortgage using the same property as security. Often the purpose of switching is to secure a more favourable interest rate from a different lender.
The process of remortgaging does not usually involve moving home or taking out a second mortgage on the property; it is in effect the transfer of a mortgage from one lender to another.
There are four main reasons why you might choose to remortgage:
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Consider seeking advice from a qualified expert which will offer you extra protection and if the mortgage turns out to be unsuitable, you can complain to the Financial Ombudsman Service.
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Almost all firms offering financial services in the UK must be authorised by The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
You should only deal with a financial services firm that is authorised. If you deal with an unauthorised firm you will not be covered by the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) or Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) if things go wrong. You can check this by searching the FCA authorised register.
Unfortunately there are firms that operate without authorisation and some knowingly run scams like share fraud. If you are unsure check the FCA List of unauthorised companies.
To acces a 10 step guide to make sure you are dealing with an authorised firm, and to protect yourself from fraud and unauthorised activity, click here.
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