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    • DAE
    • By DAE 12th Aug 18, 9:07 AM
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    Options after a refurb
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    • 12th Aug 18, 9:07 AM
    Options after a refurb 12th Aug 18 at 9:07 AM
    I bought a property early last year. For the location and type of property I think we got a more than decent deal on it. It was a bit of a shabby place which helped us secure a good deal at the time.

    Long story short though, on moving in we had a huge problem with a leak. Anyway, some insurance and legal wrangling, but most of the repairs and renovations were thankfully covered by insurance/indemnity and we used the opportunity of tearing down walls etc to carry out a bit of a ground floor remodel which weíd have never undertaken under normal circumstances. After a year of hell we came out the other end in a pretty good shape with a nice fully refurbed house and a much better internal layout.

    Iíve been keeping an eye on the property market and as we live in a development I can get a good sense of what like for like properties are going for in various degrees of furbishment. Iíve seen properties that are similar to what ours looks like now going for as much as £40k to £50k more than we paid. Iíd even argue that our refurb puts our property ahead of most of these and we have other additional benefits such as aspect (and a bathroom window) that some of these donít benefit from.

    So the optimist in me thinks my property is probably worth at least £40k more than I paid but maybe even up to £60k and beyond.

    My question is, what are my options? I donít want to sell yet. But now the property is worth more do I have scope to play around with the mortgage? First time buyer so a total novice when it comes to these things. I just want to make sure Iím maximising the potential post refurb.
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    • ACG
    • By ACG 12th Aug 18, 9:27 AM
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    • 12th Aug 18, 9:27 AM
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    • 12th Aug 18, 9:27 AM
    Assuming you took out a 2 year fixed rate, you can remortgage (it may need to be to a new lender to take account of the increased value), they will base the rate on the new LTV/new value. Which will potentially mean you see a drop in rates.

    Some lenders will base the value on the purchase price plus general inflation in your area but chances are that will not help you significantly.

    If you are in a 3 year fix or longer, you would probably need to pay an early repayment charge to get out of the deal which will likely mean you are best holding fire.
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