More Homeowners Face ReMortgage Hell as Lenders Pull 100% loans

Homeowners facing finance problems may be a step closer to repossession as mortgage lenders pull their 100% loans.Cheltenham & Gloucester Cut 100% mortgages

This means that for those who need to remortgage soon, not only are rising interest rates from sub prime lenders and falling or static house prices an issue, but they may now find that they are unable to remortgage to the full value to pay off their current mortgage with an existing lender.

If a property worth £100,000 was 100% mortgaged 2 years ago and has fallen in value even by a few percent, then this means that a new mortgage may only cover around £88,000 towards paying off the existing mortgage.

The result?

Many will be unable to remortgage, will fall into the dreaded negative equity not seen since the early 90s, and will be forced onto so-called standard interest rates with their current lender.

With some sub prime lenders this is 10% or more.

This news in from The Guardian online:

“Cheltenham & Gloucester will tell homebuyers today that they must put down a minimum deposit of 10% if they want one of its mortgages, as the clampdown on lending gathers pace. Meanwhile, Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest are withdrawing from offering mortgages for more than 95% of a property’s value.

C&G – owned by Lloyds TSB – is one of the biggest mortgage providers to rein in its lending in response to the credit crunch. The change means that a typical first-time buyer in London will have to stump up almost £25,000 to obtain one of the company’s home loans.

RBS/NatWest has already pulled out of offering mortgages above 95% through brokers; after March 7 this will also apply to branch-based home loan applications.”

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The Return of Negative Equity as House Prices Fall Again?

The Council of Mortgage Lenders has said that according to the information collected from their members that this December shows a fall in house prices in real terms, unprecedented since the early 1990s.

This is further bad news for those facing repossession.

Negative Equity Graph

Not only are the rises in inter bank lending interest rates causing problems for those on sub prime mortgages and those trying to remortgage, but the drop in house prices and fall in sales also means that for many homeowners the equity left in their homes is shrinking for the first time in many years, and heading towards the dreaded negative equity last seen in the lat 1980s.

Negative equity can occur when the amount of money mortgaged against the property is greater than the value of the property.

For those on an 85% mortgage it means that house prices need to fall 15% to allow that to happen.

But for the tens of thousands on 95% mortgages, it means that if your house was worth £200,000 and your mortgage was £190,000, it only takes a relatively tiny fall of £10,000 in the market value to put you in the negative equity bracket.

If you then face problems paying your monthly mortgage you will literally have run out of equity to remortgage.

For those on 100% mortgages acquired in the last 12 months ANY fall in prices can mean instant negative equity.