*Two thirds of April remortgagers took advantage of lower mortgage rates

*Almost half (42%) reduced their monthly payments

*More than one in five (21%) increased their loan size

Two thirds (66%) of homeowners remortgaging an existing property in April did so to take advantage of lower mortgage rates, according to research from LMS.

The property services company surveyed those opting to remortgage in the month of April and found that almost half (42%) did so to lower their monthly payment, some reducing them by as much as £500 (3%).

More than one in five (21%) increased the size of their loan – 14% did so by as much as £10,000. Releasing equity in their home meant that 16% were able to fund a home improvement, whilst 9% said they would use the extra capital to consolidate their existing debts.

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Andy Knee, Chief Executive of LMS, comments:

Homeowners choosing to remortgage currently are able to take advantage of some excellent rates from lenders, whether they choose to do so to free up some capital or to simply reduce their monthly mortgage burden.

The government’s Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS) has encouraged competition in the remortgage market and we expect to see more homeowners taking advantage of this over the coming months.

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