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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BBC Puts HSBC in Spotlight Over Aggressive Loan Tactics

From BBC News today

Banks ‘prey on customers in debt’

Some people are agreeing to make payments they cannot afford
Banks are being accused of pressurising customers who have financial problems to take out expensive loans to try to ease their debts, the BBC has learned.

Some banks are repeatedly telephoning customers to try to get them to take out costly loans, against the advice of debt charities.

Citizens Advice said it has received many complaints about the increasingly aggressive tactics being used.

Banks say interest rate charges are up to them.

HSBC bombard customers with loan offers

Continually telephoned

People find that even after they have been dealing with us they have found that they have been continued to be written to. They get aggressive letters and phone calls from their lenders
Peter Tutton, Citizens Advice

The BBC’s Breakfast programme has discovered some customers who have an agreed debt repayment plan with a debt advice charity are being put under pressure to take out loans, sometimes at a higher interest rate than they are already paying.

One HSBC customer, Simon Chandler, said that even though he had declined the bank’s offer of a “managed loan”, they had continually telephoned him to try and make him change his mind

The interest rate on the managed loan is 13% – double what he is paying at the moment.

He said: “I have had multiple letters from HSBC saying they want to help people in financial difficulty – when clearly they don’t.

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Bank of England Reduces Interest Rate But Will Sub Prime Lenders?

Let’s hope that the BoE reduction of one quarter of a percent interest rate will actually filter down to those who need it most?

Prime lenders like Halifax have already passed it on to their customers, but for those customers of sub prime lenders like Capstone, GE Money, Kensington, and the like, the results are unlikely to be so fast, and in some cases, not be a result at all.

Repossession House Keys

This is because many sub prime lenders are now actually bad risks themselves on the inter bank money markets where the interest rate is not set by the Bank of England and therefore reductions count little.

The irony is that the biggest repossessers are now themselves considered to have bad credit ratings. Poetic justice it may be, but they still have the power to charge some incredibly high rates and penalties which should see them in business for a long time to come.