What do you know about second charge mortgages?

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

There still appear to be widespread misconceptions about what a second charge mortgage is, who can have one and how they can be used.

A secured loan by another name.

In years gone by, this type of finance was known as a “secured loan”, but as the mortgage and finance markets have evolved in recent years its formal title of “second charge mortgage” is now more commonly used; mainly because that is exactly what it is.

Not just for debt consolidation.

A second charge mortgage is a loan which is separate from the main or “first mortgage” somebody has against their property and can be used for a variety of purposes.

Although there are many ways the capital raised from a second charge mortgage can be used, in our experience, those who raise capital in this way (using either their residential home or a buy to let investment property as security) most commonly do so for debt consolidation, home improvements, raising capital towards the purchase of a further property or perhaps to provide a deposit for their children to get onto the housing ladder.

Property owners only.

There is then the question of who can access a second charge mortgage. As the title suggests, this type of finance requires security in the form of a second charge against a property, so is only available to property owners. Furthermore, it can only be considered where there is already a mortgage against the property being used. If there is no existing mortgage, then security for the capital raised will take the form of a first charge on the property and the application itself will then be dealt with as a traditional mortgage and not a secured loan.

Why take a second charge mortgage?

So why would somebody would take a second charge mortgage instead of completely remortgaging a property, given the interest rates and fees on a second charge can often be higher than those for a remortgage? In our experience, the most popular reasons for that are:

In summary, there are many circumstances where raising capital via a second charge mortgage may be preferable to a remortgage or further advance and a professional mortgage broker with the knowledge of both markets will be able to provide impartial advice in all the circumstances.

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