What Is A Second Charge Mortgage?

The Lending Channel
Date Published:06/09/2021

A second charge mortgage sometimes called a 'secured loan' or 'second mortgage', allows you to borrow money whilst leaving your existing mortgage in place. This is often done by using your property as security for the loan.

This makes it especially important that you keep up repayments, as while you will still own the property, you could risk losing it if you miss them.

Although second charge mortgages can be useful, they are not suited to everyone, so we always recommend that you seek the advice of a trusted mortgage broker before you make any big decisions.

How does a second charge mortgage work?

How does a second charge mortgage work?

A second charge loan is different from remortgaging, where you're reconfiguring your current mortgage deal. Your second charge loan exists on top of that first mortgage. They are two separate entities, and you have to make sure you keep up repayments on both. Essentially you will need to repay two mortgages simultaneously. 

A first mortgage is based on your credit rating, deposit, and income. As the loan uses your home as security, your suitability for a second-charge mortgage is determined by the amount of equity in your home.

Why might I take out a second loan?

Second mortgages are helpful for those who don't want to remortgage their property. This could be because you don't want to lose your current mortgage deal. You might be on low-interest rates already, and switching would mean paying more in the long run. 

It also might be because you'll incur a high early repayment charge or other hefty penalties for shifting away from your current mortgage at this time.

A second-charge loan can be helpful and quick if you need a chunk of money for something like home improvements.

Can I get a second mortgage?

Second-charge loans are only available to homeowners, although you don't have to live in the property.

Unlike a traditional mortgage, the lender will look at the equity you've built up in your home. This figure will determine how much you'll be able to borrow. To work out the capital you have in your home, you deduct the amount you owe from your mortgage from the overall house price.

The lender will then look at your finances to confirm that you can afford repayments on both loans.

How much can I borrow on a second-charge mortgage?

The amount you can borrow is entirely dependent on your financial situation.

Some lenders will let you borrow the total amount of capital you've accumulated on your property if you have a high income, although many cap it at around 75-80%. 

If you want to learn more about taking out a second mortgage, speaking with a trusted mortgage broker could help clarify things. Contact us today to see how we can help.

How much does it cost to take out a second mortgage?

As a second charge loan is seen as a higher risk than a traditional mortgage , the mortgage rates tend to be higher. This is also because when it comes to repayments, your first mortgage takes priority. For example, if your home were repossessed, your initial mortgage would be paid off first, meaning there's a chance the second loan might not get paid at all.

However, the interest rates can still be lower than an unsecured loan. Ultimately it will come down to a multitude of factors, including; your current financial situation, your credit rating, the re-payments made on your first mortgage, the second charge lender and of course the property itself.

What are the pros of taking out a second charge mortgage?

Second charge mortgages are not always the best option for everyone, but they do have a number of benefits to them. If you feel like a second charge mortgage is a feasible option for you, below are some of the main pros of taking out a second charge mortgage;

  • Able to borrow money without remortgaging your property; buy to let, or investment properties can also be used as security.
  • Most mortgage products have a fixed rate. An early repayment charge becomes payable if the debt is paid off before the specified expiry date. A second charge loan is a solution to avoiding charge (which can often amount to thousands of pounds).
  • As an 'asset-backed facility', a secured loan can offer much more flexibility than an unsecured loan. Terms range from 3 to 30 years, and you can borrow between £5,000 to £2,500,000.
  • An alternative to a personal loan , which might be challenging to access for some people (for example, the self-employed).
  • You'll avoid any early repayment charges that you would incur if you were to remortgage. 
  • Low credit scores acceptable on many second charge mortgage plans.
  • Repayments are calculated over a longer-term - this can help clients who have been declined a personal loan or have a bespoke loan requirement and need to keep their monthly cost down.
  • Interest-only repayment options are available with some lenders, which helps keep the monthly fees low. Even third charges can be sourced.

What are the cons of taking out a second charge mortgage?

Like any type of loan, a second charge mortgage comes with negative aspects that are important to be aware of before you make any decisions. These include;

  • Significant consequences for failing to keep up repayments - you could lose your home, making a second mortgage a bad choice if you are in any type of financial difficulty.
  • You need to pay off both loans in full before you move, potentially depleting your deposit.
  • You could end up paying more interest. The interest rate for the second loan is likely to be higher than your first mortgage.
  •  Must be comfortable paying off two loans at once, which of course raises your monthly repayments overall.

What are the alternatives to a second charge mortgage?

A few alternatives to second charge mortgages include:

  • Remortgaging your first home (often with a large early repayment charge included)
  • Taking out a personal loan
  • The use of your savings

If you need more options or advice on taking out a second mortgage, get in contact with The Lending Channel to see how we can help you.

How do I take out a second charge mortgage?

Many lenders and banks offer this loan to borrowers. They will look closely at your current finances and review the repayments made on your current mortgage. It's important to understand that applying for a second charge mortgage without a healthy application could impact any future mortgage applications you wish to make. 

Taking out a second charge mortgage is a big decision, and it's best to talk through your options with a mortgage specialist and really think carefully before securing any future loans.

The Lending Channel can offer free, expert advice and help you if needed every step of the way. If we agree that this loan is right for you, we can source you the best deals and help you with the application process.

How quickly will I be accepted for a second charge mortgage?

Generally speaking, you should have the money between three to four weeks. The clearance process for a second mortgage is usually quicker than a traditional mortgage. 

Being prepared with your application , property needs, and current finances will also help the process move along faster. The Lending Channel is a great place to start your journey as we can ensure that you have everything in order to successfully take out a second charge mortgage. 

Can I get a mortgage on a second property?

Yes, you can get a mortgage on a second property if you're able to adequately demonstrate that you can afford the repayments. The lender will evaluate this based on your financial records, credit rating and any other debts you may be paying off.

The kind of mortgage you need will depend on what you intend to use the property for. If you're keeping it for your own use, you'll need a second home mortgage. 

If you're looking to rent it out, you'll need a buy-to-let mortgage . You'll have to demonstrate to the lender that the rent you collect will be 25-30% higher than your mortgage repayments. Again, being prepared ahead of time with your application and having the relevant documents ready to present can help your application tremendously. 

The Lending Channel team would be more than happy to help you prepare for any such application and find you the second charge mortgage lender that is most likely to approve your loan.

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Always seek the advice of a reliable second charge mortgage broker

No matter your circumstances, The Lending Channel is here to help. We're experts in specialist mortgages for complex circumstances, and our years of experience has left us confident that we can assist you in whatever you need.

Contact our team today to find out everything you need to know about borrowing and second charge mortgages. 

The Lending Channel is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority ( FCA ) and an accredited member of the National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (NACFB).

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