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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Loans
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dunchorlerdunchorler Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Loans
Hello all,

I would appreciate some advice on our financial situation. When we purchased our first house in 2005, we took out a 125% mortgage. We have long since sold this house and purchase two other in the mean time. However, having paid off the 95% that was secured against our first house, we still have a hefty chunk (approx £27K) outstanding with NRAM which is unsecured. We are having to fork out about £250 per month (at about 9.7%) at the moment to pay it off and there are still 20 odd years left on it. Has anyone got any ideas of how to consolidate this - what is the best way? We did consider getting two personal loans over 7 years a couple of years ago but we had small children at the time and hence couldn't afford it. We now have a bit more disposable income so we're looking at getting rid of this debt. Any advice would be much appreciated.

Thanks.

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  • Kentish_DaveKentish_Dave
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    Pay extra each month, see if you can get some overtime, sell anything that you don’t need, and if you can get any 0% cards switch debt to those via spending on them and using the cash saved to pay off more of the debt.

    And don’t Let it get you down, you lived in a far nicer house than you otherwise could have, and had a chunk of money extra which you spent on things that you wanted at the time. As you knew at the time, you were choosing jam today over champagne tomorrow, and you always knew there would be lean times in the future. They have now arrived but it’s not a disaster, just time to tighten your belt a bit.
  • Gaz83Gaz83 Forumite
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    Look to refinance from another lender to see if you can get an APR better than 9.7%.

    Be warned though that consolidation loans don't tend to get the headline interest rates, as lenders have no guarantee you'll use the 'new' loan to pay off the 'old' one, and so will assess you on having, in your case, £54k of debt. Depending on your income you might not be eligible for a loan.
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  • ThrugelmirThrugelmir Forumite
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    dunchorler wrote: »
    We have long since sold this house and purchase two other in the mean time.

    No doubt you've benefited from the broader increase in house prices and low mortgage interest rates during this time. Was your choice to do so rather than prioritise the loan. Suggest you overpay by whatever you can scrimp together. As this will considerably shorten the remaining term.
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  • enthusiasticsaverenthusiasticsaver Forumite, Board Guide
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    Overpay the loan to get rid of it sooner.
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  • Kentish_DaveKentish_Dave
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    Also, if you have two properties, how are you trapped?

    Sell one.
  • meer53meer53 Forumite
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    Also, if you have two properties, how are you trapped?

    Sell one.

    They don't have two houses ? They've moved twice since the original loan, that how I read it anyway.
  • meer53 wrote: »
    They don't have two houses ? They've moved twice since the original loan, that how I read it anyway.
    Yes, I suppose it’s possible that they mean this.

    In that case it’s back to my first post, they spent their future earnings early so now have a few lean years coming to get back onto an even keel, if you’ll accept a mixed metaphor.
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