Why do you need a conveyancer to remortgage?
Conveyancing refers to the legal transfer of a property from one owner to another. However, it can also be used to describe any legal work during the purchase or remortgaging of a house. It can be quite an overwhelming part of the remortgaging process with a lot to organise and coordinate, but it’s a legally required step.
Conveyancing is an essential part of remortgaging as it makes the new mortgage valid under law. However, conveyancing for remortgages differers slightly from first-time buying that we’ll explore in more detail below:
What is the remortgage conveyancing process?
When you decide to remortgage, your new lender will ask you to instruct a solicitor to take care of the legal work, or conveyancing.
Remortgage conveyancing is slightly different to when you first purchased your home, but it’s still necessary as solicitors are required to help with the legal side of things.
During the conveyancing process, a solicitor is acting on behalf of you and your new mortgage lender.
What does a remortgage conveyancer do?
Conveyancing involves several steps to legally secure your new mortgage. Below is a guide to the process that your remortgaging conveyancer will follow:
A solicitor will look at the details of your current mortgage and see if there are any exit fees or early repayment charges due. They do this by requesting and examining a redemption statement.
Your solicitor is required to check your ID and confirm your identity to protect against fraud and money laundering.
It’s important that you have an up-to-date and accurate valuation of your property before a formal valuation offer is given. Your solicitor will help you obtain this.
As with all significant legal processes, there’s a lot of fine print to read and terms and conditions to navigate. Your solicitor will check through the terms associated with your mortgage offer during the remortgage conveyancing process, before relaying these to you in a transparent and easy-to-understand manner.
Final checks at this stage will include a bankruptcy search to ensure you’ve never declared yourself bankrupt.
If everything is okay, you will then sign your new mortgage deed which leads to completion – this involves your solicitor receiving mortgage funds and using these to pay off your old mortgage and any other outstanding fees. The remaining money is then sent to you.
After your previous mortgage lender has discharged their mortgage, your solicitor will inform the Land Registry of the remortgage. Registering the new mortgage will then update the legal title for your home.
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