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AFG LAW are solicitors who can advise on remortgaging a property. Once you have a remortgage offer ‘in principle’ you will need to then appoint a solicitor to deliver the remortgage conveyancing on your behalf. Mortgage lenders will insist that you instruct a solicitor. Conveyancing solicitors will make certain that the property has a sound legal title (i.e. that the deeds are in order), that you are fully advised about the new mortgage and that you have signed the mortgage documents properly.


Remortgaging a Property in Bolton and Bury


Why do I need a solicitor?

Lenders will require you to sign the mortgage paperwork in front of a solicitor to act as a witness. When the re-mortgage is completed, your solicitor must repay the old mortgage and register the new mortgage at the Land Registry.

What are the most common reasons for remortgaging a property?

The most common reasons for remortgaging would be to improve the interest rate or to release equity in your property. However, there may be other reasons:

  • divorce or partnership breakdown

Often a remortgage is necessary when a couple divorce or there is a partnership breakdown; the remortgage is done with the purpose of raising funds to buy out one of the owners of the property. If the names on the property deeds are to be changed at the same time as the remortgage then you will also require a ‘transfer of equity’. You may need to revise your will as well.

  • marriage or adding a partner to the mortgage

Upon marriage or entering into a partnership many couples decide to put the mortgage and the property into joint names; you may wish to add your partner to your deeds as well as your mortgage

  • second mortgage / secured / business loan on the property

If you want to repay the second secured loan out of the remortgage proceeds a solicitor will arrange this for you; if you aren’t repaying you’ll need to notify the new lender and get their permission for the second charge. You solicitor will also need to arrange a ‘deed of postponement’ to ensure that the second mortgage stays as a second mortgage.


How long will a remortgaging take?

This depends on what the new mortgage lender requires and how quickly they conduct the valuation and issue the remortgage offer. However, it typically takes somewhere between three and six weeks.

Once you instruct your solicitor they will be able to obtain your deeds, confirm identification, satisfy money laundering requirements and obtain a repayment statement from your lender.

After the mortgage offer is issued by the new lender they will send you the mortgage deeds to sign and return; when they have the signed mortgage documents your solicitor can arrange a completion date with the lender.

The new lender usually requires a working week’s notice to send the mortgage funds; from when you get your written remortgage offer it’s typically possible to complete within two to three weeks assuming there are no complications.


What happens after the completion of my mortgage?

Your conveyancing solicitor will pay off your old mortgage, send you any left‑over funds and register the new mortgage at the Land Registry. Once this is complete they will send you a copy of your title deeds and archive their file of your remortgage.

Contact AFG LAW conveyancing solicitors for remortgaging a property

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Contact property@afglaw.co.uk for further information or call us on 01204 920108.

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AFG were recommended to me by the agents selling my property, in the main I dealt with Elizabeth who was ever the professional, dealt with all matters quickly and answered any questions I had promptly. Elizabeth also kept me updated throughout the process for which I was extremely grateful. Thanks also to Dominique for dealing with the conveyancing so quickly , much appreciated. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend AFG.

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