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At John Charcol, we are constantly asked for advice by borrowers on what they should do when it comes to mortgages. As such, we created this section so that you can submit your questions to our experts. The answers are provided by a team of experts, led by our in house mortgage technical manager, Simon Collins, who has spent the last 10 years helping our consultants to place mortgage applications.
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Would you fix your mortgage before the budget or after the budget or does it matter?
Hi, We're currently coming to the end of our 2 year fixed rate (2.89%) with YBS. We're interested in a five year fixed (4.39%) with YBS on a £200k mortgage (23yrs to go) for the peace of mind and the fact that we have a 1 year...
My son has two houses .His first house has a mortgage on it His second house is paid for his mortgage company no longer want mortgage customers and have written to him saying if he does not go to a new company he will have to go...
I have a 3.99% 3yr fix of £550k that expires next June (2013). It has a 3% break fee so I can't really break it. I am looking for a 'forward fix' product that will allow me to essentially extend the fixed rate period at current...
I am currently on a SVR of 2.79% with my mortgage. I am paying 1/3 capital repayment and 2/3 interest only. I have £130,000 outstanding. I am now wishing to have a mortgage which is all capital repayment. I have been offered...
My fixed rate mortgage with Nationwide is coming to an end should I fix again or change to a variable rate
My 2 year fix is coming to the end @ 3.79% with Nationwide. They have offered me a new 3 year fix @ 3.49% or 5 year fix @ 3.79% with no fees apart from ERC of 5%. or they have a Tracker @ 2.59% above base for 3 years @ present...
Currenty I am coming out from fixed mortgage and now SVR applies to my mortgage which is 3.50% and I am getting an offer from other bank for a lifetime tracker 2.79% above base rate, 3.29% at the current stage, is it worth going...
We are currently with the Chelsea on a 5yr fixed rate of 6.19% which comes to an end next september. We have an ERC of 5% which would be £4205.04 and a discharge fee of £160. We would like to reduce our monthly outgoings. We have...
I am looking to hedge my mortgage, I am presently on a life time tracker at a very low margin over BoE base and so am looking at a cap or swap product that does not need involve remortgaging. I would like to hedge up to £500,000...
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