Brits underestimating potential pay rise from remortgaging

The remortgaging rush is expected to continue in 2017, with almost a third (31%) of eligible homeowners planning to cash in on low interest rates. One in four of those plan to act now and remortgage in January. The potential savings they could be making, however, are being underestimated by nearly half, according to a new report from TSB.

According to the survey of 2,000 homeowners, the average saving they expected to make from remortgaging their property was estimated at £49 a month. This compares with an actual average of £96 per month, or £2,300 across the life of a two-year fixed term on a £100,000 mortgage.

A third of people are planning to remortgage in 2017, with the majority (88%) doing so to free up monthly income, lock in at a fixed rate to better manage their money, or take advantage of the low interest rate environment.

Ian Ramsden, Director of Mortgages at TSB, said “Mortgage payments are often the biggest outgoing for many households. By remortgaging, homeowners stand to save up to £96 per month on average, which can make a huge difference to family finances. It could mean being able to afford a family holiday, carry out much needed home renovations, or simply help ease the pressures on household finances each month.”

TSB, which has witnessed a 27.5 per cent increase in remortgage applications in 2016 compared to 2015, has launched its Stay Nation Britain report to explore the outlook for remortgaging in 2017.

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