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Millions of homeowners would be better off remortgaging to another lender

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With so many banks and building societies offering exceptionally low rates, millions of homeowners should consider switching to a new mortgage lender, according to research by Standard & Poor's. Their findings show that more than half of borrowers could save money by switching to a cheaper mortgage rate. Moneyfacts, the data comparison firm, says that the average standard variable rate is 4.87% and with best buy mortgage rates readily available below 2%, there are potentially huge savings to be made. This table may help you to decide how competitive your rate is:
Mortgage lender Standard variable rate
Abbey 4.74%
Alliance & Leicester 4.99%
Chelsea B.S 5.79%
C&G 2.5% (Pre - June 1, 2010) and currently 3.99%
Halifax 3.99%
Nationwide Building Society Old SVR 2.5% - New SVR 3.99%
Virgin Money 4.79%
Royal Bank of Scotland 4%
Scottish Widows 3.99%
Barclays/Woolwich 4.99%
  What rates are available?  Trinity Financial has access to some of the lowest rates in the market, for example, Halifax for Intermediaries is offering an impressively low two-year fixed rate at 1.89% and it has a £1,499 arrangement fee. The lender will pay the remortgage costs and the deal is available to a maxim of £1 million. For those looking for long term payment security, NatWest for Intermediaries has a five-year fix at 2.79% and it has a £995 arrangement fee. The maximum mortgage is £1.5 million. Tips to secure a better mortgage rate: 
  • Call your existing lender to find out what the lowest rate is that they will offer you to stay with them.
  • Research the market to find out if you can get a more competitive rate.
  • If you have savings, ask your bank how much money you need to pay off of your mortgage to qualify for a lower rate and a better loan-to-value banding.
  • If you are switching to another lender, ensure they are offering a contribution to the property valuation and legal fees.
If you would like help to switch to a lower rate, call Trinity Financial on 020 7016 0790. August 12, 2013
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