If you have been doing your research on the world of mortgages or more specifically have been having a look at what your potential options for taking out a remortgage in London, you may have come across the term “capital raising” before.
Understandably, some may be confused as to what capital raising actually is. Simply put, capital is money, which means that capital raising is the financial terminology for the act of raising money.
There are a variety of different ways that this can be achieved and it is used for all manner of reasons.
As a general theme amongst conversations we have with existing homeowners, is that they would not only like to remortgage, but they would like to do so as a way to release equity for things like home improvements, to gift a deposit or something else.
If you are not too sure what equity is; Equity is the difference between your remaining mortgage balance and the amount that the property is valued at.
If during your term your property has increased in value, rather than enquiring about a remortgage to release equity, you may have the option of utilising something called a further advance.
This type of mortgage allows homeowners to take out an additional mortgage on their property to borrow an additional amount, as a way to release a portion of equity they have built up over time.
Further advances are typically taken over longer terms and have lower interest rates than standard personal loans, though you will also have to bear in mind that you will not only be paying back your primary mortgage, but also this as well.
Both these mortgages are separate from one another, the further advance is not added onto the first mortgage. This is two individual mortgages with the same lender, on the same property, with their own interest rates.
This mortgage type is something that can be a really good option for homeowners who perhaps don’t wish to remortgage or are tied into a deal so can’t remortgage. Remember the risks though, one of which being that there will be a higher risk of repossession if you cannot keep up your payments.
A second charge mortgage is a little similar to a further advance, allowing you to once again having another smaller mortgage running alongside your existing one, allowing you to release some equity.
The biggest difference between a second charge and a further advance, is that second charges are actually with a different mortgage lender and also have different interest rates.
If you were in an unfortunate circumstance where you were faced with repossession, your initial mortgage lender will be paid back from your homes sale, with any funds remaining from that sale then going to the second lender (but again, only after the first mortgage lender is completely paid back).
There are quite a few different reasons as to why you may find yourself in the market for something that allows you to capital raise against your home.
Popular options for achieving this include to fund any home improvements you would like to make, such as an extension, new home office or maybe even loft/garage conversions. We also often hear people wanting to consolidate unsecured debts against their home **.
Other instances where a homeowner may look to capital raise, is to perhaps gift a deposit to their children so they can get onto the property ladder, to buy a second home/property (common with those looking to start with a Buy to Let in London), and to pay for larger purchases.
If you have any portion of equity sitting within your property and are in the market for a capital raising mortgage, then you could be most suited for a remortgage to release equity. Of course our trusted mortgage advisors in London will make sure this is right for you before proceeding.
Book your free mortgage appointment and we will review your case to determine the most appropriate course of action. If a remortgage isn’t right for you, there may still be an alternative that fits what you are looking to achieve.
If you are aged 55+ and have a property worth at least £70,000, you may find yourself better suited for the option of equity release in London.
To understand the features and risks of equity release, ask for a personalised illustration. Our typical advice fee is up to £1,495 only payable on completion.
A lifetime mortgage may impact the value of your estate and it could affect your entitlement to current and future means tested benefits. The loan plus accrued interest will repayable upon death or moving into long term care.
** With Debt Consolidation there are some risks to bear in mind. That is why we always recommend you speak with a qualified Mortgage Advisor in London, before you look at consolidating any unsecured debts against your property.
Last edited 15/09/2022