Timing your home remortgage precisely is really important. If you wait too late you could fall onto the standard variable rate which could cost you a lot of money. The average time for a NatWest remortgage is 8 weeks.
In this guide, we will look at NatWest remortgage process, their timescales, and your overall mortgage renewal options.
The time it takes to remortgage will differ on a case-by-case basis, depending on a number of factors. We explain the perfect timeline for your remortgage with NatWest as well as few tricks to avoid paying too much and to help speed up the mortgage process.
Remortgage at the right time to avoid fees
Remember, if you decide to switch mortgage early, you may have to pay the early repayment charge of your current lender, or if your mortgage is with NatWest the NatWest mortgage early repayment charge. However, if you leave it too late, you will fall onto your lender’s standard variable rate (SVR) at the end of your mortgage term, and your monthly payments will be higher.
As such, it is wise to get some mortgage advice and start your remortgage journey around 3 months – 5 months before your existing NatWest mortgage deal is up. This way, you should be able to move onto your new mortgage just as your current NatWest mortgages fixed rate comes to an end.
You have the choice of different lenders when remortgaging, one of whom is the Natwest.
If Natwest is the mortgage lender you are considering for your next fixed-rate deal, keep reading to learn more.
NatWest Early Repayment Charges
Below is a table which lists the early repayment charge amounts for NatWest over the fixed and tracker rate terms.
An early repayment charge will be incurred on any overpayment that exceeds the annual 20% limit, which has increased from 10% in March 2023.
NatWest Overpayment Increase
NatWest mortgages have increased their overpayment limit from 10% to 20%, allowing customers to clear a higher portion of their mortgage without added expenses. NatWest will be sending letters to those who normally pay more than £500 per month or put down 8-10% of the balance each year to ensure everyone knows about this great option. This means that you can now take even bigger strides toward paying off your mortgage!🏠
|Rate Type Deal Period - (NatWest Early Repayment Charges)|
|2 year fixed||5 year fixed||2 Year Tracker|
This information is correct and true as of the 5th of December 2022. These charges are applicable on new mortgages with the lender and could be different for existing/historical mortgages.
It has been our observation that with the recent interest rate increases, sometimes it can make financial sense to pay the early repayment charge. In situations where it makes sense to pay the ERC, it is usually to grab a great fixed rate before it rises further. Sometimes the ERC will cost you less than waiting and end up with a rate that is higher and costs more in the long run. – Grant Humphries (Mortgage Adviser)
How to complete a NatWest Remortgage
If you want to remortgage with NatWest, you can do this by visiting their website. Using the tools available, you can get a quote for your next rate within minutes. If you like what you see, you can apply online for your new mortgage.
Alternatively, you can arrange to speak with a Natwest mortgage adviser. They will discuss the mortgage deals they have available and will answer any questions you have about changing to new mortgage rates.
Before you apply for a new mortgage, Natwest will give you a Natwest mortgage agreement in principle.
An Agreement In Principle is an indication of how much the lender will be willing to lend to you if you pass their affordability checks.
If you’re not happy with this agreement, you could approach another lender. If you are happy with the agreement, you will need to gather the paperwork needed before making your application.
Please note: While you may find some favourable Natwest mortgage deals, they may not be the best deals for your personal circumstances. Get in touch with a mortgage adviser at YesCanDo Money and we will compare Natwest’s deals with other mortgage loans on the market.
We have decades of experience arranging mortgages with NatWest and its been our observation that a remortgage with NatWest can be sped up by knowing their criteria and providing the correct information NatWest will need to be submitted at the same time as the mortgage application. Our mortgage advisors have evidence that 2 weeks can be saved on a Natwest remortgage by it being submitted correctly. – Stephen Roberts
When can I remortgage with NatWest mortgages?
You can remortgage with NatWest at any time, provided you have a good reason for doing so.
For example, you might choose to remortgage because…
- Your existing deal is coming to an end
- You want to benefit from a better mortgage rate
- You want to raise money for home improvements
- You want to benefit from more flexible mortgage terms
- You need to consolidate your existing debts with a remortgage or a loan that’s secured
- You are on Natwest’s standard variable rate mortgage
These are some of the reasons why you might want to remortgage with Natwest. To avoid a NatWest mortgage early repayment charge we advise you should remortgage around 3 months before your existing deal ends.
How do I know when my existing NatWest mortgage deal ends?
If you already have a NatWest mortgage and you want to stick with them or move to a new lender, you can check to see how long you have left on your existing deal by looking at your annual mortgage statement or the paperwork detailing your mortgage offer.
View your deals end date online
There is also an option on the Natwest website – ‘Manage my Mortgage’ – where you can get details of your mortgage, including the outstanding balance and the original mortgage offer with the end date. This is also the best time to check when your NatWest early repayment charges end and if you can start a NatWest mortgage renewal.
How long before my fixed rate ends can I remortgage NatWest?
According to the NatWest website, they will write to you approximately 3.5 months before your existing deal ends. This is the time when they consider you eligible for starting the NatWest remortgage process and getting a NatWest agreement in principle and then switching mortgages.
This is assuming you are with Natwest already. If you want to remortgage to them from another lender, you may be able to begin the remortgaging process earlier.
If you are with Nat West and you want to remortgage before you are eligible, you need to contact their NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland Mortgages Team for more advice. Be aware that there may be NatWest early repayment charges if you do decide to break your fixed term before you’re eligible to do so.
Does NatWest use mortgage affordability calculators?
Yes. Natwest will use a mortgage affordability calculator to determine how much they are willing to lend to you. You can also use their online calculators yourself if you want to see how much you may be able to borrow.
Does NatWest have the best interest rate?
Natwest offers competitive fixed rate mortgages but that doesn’t mean they have the best interest rate. For an up-to-date figure, you need to check their website and then compare the information you find with that given by other lenders.
The interest rate you are offered will depend on your financial circumstances so you might not be eligible for the best rate advertised. NatWest will initially carry out a soft credit check and later a full credit check against your credit file before determining the rate they offer you.
NatWest manage my mortgage
You may have been with NatWest for a few years and saying don’t I have to contact NatWest as NatWest manage my mortgage so what are my mortgage options? Our advice is why stick with just the NatWest remortgage rates? There are over 90 mortgage lenders therefore a mortgage broker can compare the Natwest mortgages available to what else is available on the mortgage market.
If a NatWest mortgage is best for you the mortgage broker will use a NatWest affordability calculator to make sure you will be accepted and then get you a Natwest mortgage in principle. Once you are happy they will then be able to get the application underway saving you a lot of time and then see it through to completion saving you a lot of stress!
Compare the mortgage market
But as there are over 90 different mortgage lenders in the UK and over 14,000 different interest rates and deals, you don’t have to settle for a Natwest mortgage renewal if you aren’t happy with their interest rate.
We have the tools available to compare deals quickly and have experienced mortgage advisers available to guide you on the best mortgage deal for somebody in your circumstances. If National Westminster Bank plc does offer the best interest rate, we will let you know.
Is there an easy way to remortgage?
Remortgaging isn’t always a straightforward process as lenders will check your credit history and commit to other financial checks before they agree to a remortgage deal.
If they don’t think you will be able to keep up repayments on your mortgage, you may be turned down. This is called affordability and it is calculated slightly differently from lender to lender.
Get help from a broker
Remorgaging can be stressful but it doesn’t need to be, this is why we recommend our services to you. Whether you’re considering NatWest mortgages or loan deals outside of the NatWest group, we are here for you.
One of our experienced mortgage advisers will give you sound mortgage advice on what you need to do to improve your chances of mortgage approval and will compare the market on your behalf.
If NatWest does offer the best loan-to-value (LTV) mortgage deal, a mortgage adviser from our team will help you with the NatWest mortgage application and will liaise with them throughout the remortgage process.
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At YesCanDo we have helped hundreds of NatWest customers with their NatWest remortgage as well as comparing their NatWest mortgage rate to other lenders’ mortgage rates and deals.
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Our expert team of mortgage advisers is here to help and give you the best mortgage advice, so get in touch with us if you would like to benefit from the best advice and deals.
Get The Best Remortgage Deal
A mortgage adviser from our team will carry out multiple searches into the mortgage market and we will then produce a mortgage illustration. If NatWest is the best lender for you, we will make sure you get the very best NatWest deal available.
Get lower repayments on your mortgage
If lower repayments are important to you, you should be open to switching lenders. We look at the whole market to list the best lenders available to you for both the lowest fee, lowest monthly payments and the overall value of the best available product deal to you.
We Organise The Mortgage Application
At YesCanDo Money, we do everything mortgage-related for you, we will apply online for your mortgage application. We will complete all the paperwork for you and will make sure your application is the best it can be to improve your chances of getting the best NatWest mortgage offers.
If you ever decide to move and sell your home, we will also liaise with your estate agents, solicitor, and other relevant parties to make the whole process as easy as possible for you.
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