Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage
After you’ve got your mortgage there are still certain things that can change in your life. Things like redundancy, changing jobs, interest rate increases or even your fixed rate term coming to an end will affect your mortgage repayments. You might even be planning a break from work to start a family. All these events can have a major impact on your ability to make your repayments.
Your mortgage is a loan secured against your home. If you fall behind with your repayments then your lender might want to sell your home to get their money back. But this is the worst-case scenario. There are a number of things you can do to minimise the risk of this happening.
It can be a difficult time if you lose your job, or if you have a change in circumstances and you might not be able to meet your mortgage repayments. All lenders are keen to help you and will be able to show the options you have available, so contact them as soon as you can. At Clydesdale Bank, we’ll do whatever we can to help you assess your options. If you want to talk to us, call us on 0800 022 4313. You might look at extending your mortgage term or look at paying what you can for the short-term. These options will increase the amount of interest you owe, so always make sure you understand the implications of any actions you take.
There are a huge number of savings accounts available, all with different rates and features. Clydesdale Bank has a range of products. In this case you need to make sure you can access your money quickly. Often a savings account that has a long period before you can access your money will pay a higher rate of interest. This is important to consider as in the event of a change in your circumstances you may need your money quickly. Always read the small print.
You may have taken out mortgage protection insurance. This insurance could help with your mortgage repayments if your income has fallen due to an accident, illness or redundancy. This is no longer a product offered by the bank, if you want to consider taking insurance out when you agree your mortgage you can visit the government’s Money Advice Service website for free and impartial advice.
If your circumstances change and you find yourself struggling with repayments then look at your expenditure. The Money Advice Service website suggests cutting back on non-essential things like gym membership or magazine subscriptions which could help you save some money each month. You could also make sandwiches for lunch, rather than buying it, or cut down on coffees and other non-essential expenditure. You could even look at changing where you do your shopping to make savings each week. Lots of small changes can have a big effect.
You may be eligible for government assistance to help meet your interest payments. There are calculators (this link opens in a new window) on the government website that will help you see if you’re eligible for any benefits.
Make sure you plan ahead for rates increasing. You could look at an online calculator to show you how much you might end up paying if interest rates do increase.
Ensure you plan ahead to protect yourself and your home from changes in circumstance, such as losing your job or becoming ill.
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