A Second Charge mortgage is a separate and additional mortgage to the homeowner’s main (or first) mortgage. They are loans which are secured against the borrower’s residential property, available only to homeowners in order to raise more money.
The lender will consider the value of the borrower’s home, less any mortgage owed on it. The difference between these two amounts is known as ‘equity’ and provides the lender with security against the loan. If for example, the home is estimated to be worth £300,000 and the amount remaining to be paid on the mortgage is £100,000, the equity is £200,000. In addition to the amount of equity that’s available, the lender will consider the borrowers’ ability to service both mortgages if interest rates were to rise.
When the property is sold, or the homeowner moves to a new home, the amount owing on the first mortgage must be repaid in full before anything is paid off the second mortgage.
Lenders usually charge a higher rate of interest on second charge mortgages than they do on first or main mortgages. The rate of interest (which may be fixed or variable) can also depend on the size and term of the loan, the homeowner’s credit rating and the amount of equity that exists in the home.
A MORTGAGE IS A LOAN SECURED AGAINST YOUR HOME OR PROPERTY. YOUR HOME OR PROPERTY MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE OR ANY OTHER DEBT SECURED ON IT. THE FINANCIAL CONDUCT AUTHORITY DOES NOT REGULATE MOST FORMS OF COMMERCIAL MORTGAGE AND MOST FORMS OF BUY TO LET MORTGAGE.
We offer a comprehensive range of mortgage products from across the market. We offer both first and second charge mortgages, but not deals that you can only obtain by going direct to a lender.
For those seeking to increase their existing borrowing, alternative finance options may be available and more appropriate for your needs. For examples, a further advance from your existing lender or an unsecured loan (e.g. a personal loan). For those seeking a ‘Retirement Interest Only Mortgage’, a ‘Lifetime Mortgage’ may be available and more appropriate for your needs.
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