- Patrick Maflin
The Bank of England base rate has remained unchanged at 0.5% since March 2009. This is the one of the lowest levels the base rate has been fixed at for this length of time. This presents an excellent opportunity for yacht crew who are looking to get a mortgage. The potential savings could be significant.
Why should I re-mortgage?
Seafarers have recently had a pretty bad time of it as regards getting a mortgage. This is partly down to new EU rules around Foreign Currency Mortgages (this includes you if you are not paid in Sterling). However, there are some sensible lenders who are still happy to lend to Yacht Crew:
We have seen them as well and we have tried to place Seafarers with these lenders. Result:
“Computer says No”.
We have been spending a lot of time recently picking up the pieces from lender refusals to lend to Yacht Crew. You work in a very “special” business which only certain lenders understand. A lot of lenders fall at the first hurdle of Euro or Dollar income but forget to tell you this at the start.
We have been involved in the placing of mortgage business since 1995 and have significant experience in placing seafarers with sympathetic lenders.
What might I achieve by re-mortgaging?
With rates as low as they are today and the prospect of further falls very soon. The result of a re-mortgage could be:
The mortgage market is complex, with a large number of potential lenders offering different rates with widely varying fees to get the rate. Add to that your foreign currency income, the fact that very few lenders understand your tax position and the benefits of living on board and you have a recipe for a hard time getting a loan.
“Headline Rates” are just that; “Headlines” designed to attract your attention and reel you in. The likelihood of you achieving these rates or even getting a mortgage at all being practically zero, “but as you earn stacks of cash we can introduce you to our “Personal Banker / Financial Adviser” to discuss a savings plan”!
What do I do now then?
Your mortgage is, for most people, the largest financial decision you will ever make. It is vital that professional advice is taken from a qualified and regulated Mortgage Adviser to make certain that the most appropriate mortgage is selected from the “whole of the mortgage market”, not just “here are 3 rates, you choose!” that you will get from WXYZBARSAN Bank plc.
An initial discussion costs you nothing but a little time. You could find that the savings are worth the effort.
So stop sitting on the fence, get off and get advice!