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Survey shows widespread lack of awareness of second charge mortgages

15 December 2016

Our recent research has revealed the staggering lack of awareness of second charge mortgages; also known as secured loans, and suggests that homeowners could be missing out on a potential source of finance.

Based on a survey of 2,000 consumers across the UK who had, or were considering a mortgage, 79 per cent didn’t know what a second charge mortgage was.

Of the minority who were aware of second charge mortgages, 23 per cent didn’t understand the difference between this and a remortgage. 

Despite the changes in the regulation and promotion of second charge mortgages following the Mortgage Credit Directive, it appears that many homeowners still aren’t aware of the second charge offering. 

Pete Ball, chief executive of personal finance at Together, said: “For some, a second charge mortgage could be a better option than a remortgage, so it’s surprising that so many consumers are unaware of what they are and how they work.

“Following the changes to the second charge industry as a result of the MCD, brokers are now required to put forward second charge as an alternative option to remortgaging, but there needs to be greater public awareness of what a second charge mortgage means.

“We’ve seen continuing demand for this kind of loan, particularly when it comes to funding home improvements, and this could potentially increase further in light of Brexit. In the research we recently carried out we found that almost a fifth were less likely to move house as a result of the decision to leave the EU, although 35 per cent were planning some home improvement in the coming year, and second charge mortgages are often ideal of this purpose.”

Find out more about second charge mortgages.

 

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