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damianyouell There may be times when you want to remortgage your home practically as soon as you’ve bought it – popularly called a day 1 Remortgage, because you are looking to take out a new mortgage on the property on or after the very first day you own it.

Day 1 remortgages are typically more difficult to arrange, with some lenders insisting that you own the property for at least six months – and preferably at least 12 months – before they will consider a remortgage, whilst some more specialist lenders may be comfortable to grant a genuine day One remortgage.

Our Guide to Day 1 Remortgages considers some of the reasons why you might need one, some of the hurdles that may be put in your way, and why you might want to turn to us here at Needing Advice for help in overcoming any obstacles.


Post Contents – 
Why may I need a Day 1 remortgage?

Why are some lenders reluctant to advance Day 1 remortgages?

Considerations when applying for a Day one remortgage

What is the maximum LTV I can expect?

Can I get a buy to let day one remortgage?

Next Steps



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Why may I need a Day 1 remortgage?

There are a number of reasons why you might want to mortgage a property almost as soon as you have bought it. Some of the most common are:

  • the purchase of a property with cash or the use of a bridging loan – which you might have done to beat off rival bidders in a competitive market, or at auction, for example;
  • you were gifted the property or inherited it and now have the opportunity to release at least some of its value through a remortgage; or
  • you might need to raise the extra cash through remortgaging the property in order to vary out repairs or improvements.

Why are some lenders reluctant to advance Day 1 remortgages?

The mortgage lending market is competitive, with a variety of different products gaining popularity at various times but falling out of favour as conditions change or more attractive products appear on the market.

Not all borrowers take advantage of the improved mortgage deals that may become available when the original one comes to an end. There are currently some 2 million borrowers, for example, who continue to pay at a standard variable rate, despite better deals being available, according to a report by the Independent newspaper on the 18th of April 2018 but a marked reaction to changes in the mortgage market has also resulted in a halving of the number of current interest-only mortgages in the past six years, according to a report by UK Finance on the 17th of May 2018. In some cases, buyers have been able to acquire a property at less than its market value, or by making a cash purchase, and then taking advantage of a remortgage at the full market value. Unsurprisingly, mortgage lenders consider this an abuse of the market and, for that reason, are reluctant when it comes to advancing Day I remortgages.

Considerations when applying for a Day one remortgage

In that climate of extreme caution with respect to advancing a Day one remortgage, therefore, you need to bear in mind that any lender is going to insist on: 

A remortgage calculated on the current value of the property;

  • if that value has been enhanced by further refurbishment works, evidence of the cost must be provided, or the loan will be based on the value indicated by the initial purchase price;
  • valuations are made according to standard pricing indices – with reference not only to the actual selling price, but also reflecting the prices of similar properties recently sold in the same neighbourhood;
  • Day 1 remortgages are typically unavailable following the purchase of a new-build property (one that is less than two years from its effective date of construction and has not yet been lived in) – since the true market value of a new-build home may be distorted by various discounts and incentives (such as fitted kitchens and bathrooms included in the price).

What is the maximum LTV I can expect for day 1 remortgages?

Because of the heightened risks and general reluctance on the part of lenders to advance Day 1 remortgages, the   maximum loan to value (LTV) you are likely to be offered is 75% – in other words, you are likely to need a deposit of at least 25% of the property’s current market value.

As with any mortgage application, however, the bigger your deposit – and, in this case, a deposit greater than 25% – the wider your choice of remortgage products and the better your chances of success in obtaining the advance.

Can I get a buy to let day one remortgage?

Landlords of buy to let property may have similar reasons to homeowners for seeking a Day one remortgage.

As far as lenders are concerned, the same reservations apply both to homeowners and landlords, but – subject to similar provisions and considerations – there is no reason why you may not seek a day one remortgage in the same way as any other property owner.

Next steps – Day 1 remortgages

Day 1 remortgages may offer a suitable way of raising necessary capital if you have bought property with cash or a bridging loan or have received the property as a gift or by way of inheritance. Such a remortgage may also offer a way of raising the funds you may need to complete the refurbishment of repair of a property you have recently bought.

Although many lenders are reluctant to advance a mortgage in such circumstances – and some refuse to entertain the notion of day 1 remortgages – there are specialist lenders from whom you may obtain the loan you are seeking.

Here at Needing Advice, we are well placed to help you identify these specialist mortgage lenders and assist in your successful application.

FAQs- Day 1 Remortgage

What is a day 1 mortgage?

A day-one remortgage is defined as a financial product that permits the remortgage of a residential property immediately after the purchase. In some cases, it could be within one day of completion, but it takes at least the first six months of ownership in most cases.

Can a day one mortgage reduce my monthly payments?

Yes, in some cases, a day-one remortgage could reduce the monthly payments If you are interested in day one mortgages you can contact us for Financial Advice.

Is there any effect of bad credit scores on day 1 mortgages?

Yes, there could be a negative effect on your bad credit history on your mortgage application; if you have a bad credit rating, it’s better to consult a whole of a  market broker before starting your remortgage application with a mortgage lender.

How to check my credit rating for a mortgage application?

There are various websites, including mortgage calculators, to check your credit rating, like Experian. You can also find blogs on improving your credit rating on these websites.

Which mainstream lenders provide the best mortgage rates on day one mortgages?

The mortgage requirement criteria vary from lender to lender for residential and commercial mortgages, it’s always better to contact mortgage advisers to get the best mortgage deal on your investment.

Is there a chance I can get a day 1 remortgage? Certainly!

There are many specialist mortgage lenders who can look for property history, current valuation and affordability and provide a competitive rate for day 1 mortgages. It’s important to speak to a mortgage broker about your options.

What are Day One Remortgages?

A day-1 remortgage is defined by the Mortgage Market Review (MMR) as “a mortgage which allows the borrower to remortgage their home without waiting until they move into the property.” This means that the mortgage can be taken out immediately after the purchase has been completed, usually within a few days. The process of obtaining this type of mortgage is known as a day-1 remortgaging. You can contact a specialist lender for such remortgages, if you still need help, you can always contact a remortgage broker to help you build the strongest remortgage application.

How Does a Day One Remortgage Work in Practice?

The remortgaging process is not different from normal remortgages, the only thing is that you have to prove you own a newly acquired property. As a new property acquisition won’t show at the land registry immediately, so in this case, you may need to contact a solicitor for expert advice.

What Factors Impact the Rates on a Day One Remortgage?

Lots of different factors will impact your interest rate, including whether the property is a listed building, and how many years the borrower has had the loan. Other factors include the age of the property, its location, and the amount of equity held in the property.

Can I Refinance My Existing Loan Before Moving Into My New Property?

If you already have an outstanding mortgage, then you cannot refinance it before moving into your new property. However, you can apply for a bridging loan to cover any shortfall between the sale price of your old property and the purchase price of your new property. Once you’ve sold your old property and received the proceeds, you can use them to repay the bridging loan. For any additional mortgage advice, you can contact our team of mortgage brokers, we can also help you with all types of residential mortgages.