By: Emma Eilbeck BA (hons) (3 Dec 12)
If you have not yet signed your mortgage offer and only have a decision in principle then you should be able to change your provider but it would be wise to act sooner rather than later. You will need to get new offer from a different provider as soon as you can so that you can still buy your property. As long as you have not signed anything it is not too late to change providers.
If you have signed your mortgage contract you can still get out of it but it is likely to cost you. When you sign up to a mortgage deal you will normally be fixed in for a period of time, such as two years, this is so the lender knows that they will be able to charge you a certain
amount of interest. If you break your contract early the lender will not gain as much interest from you. To compensate for this they could charge you what is known as an early payment charge.
If you are swapping to another lender your current lender will view this as you paying off your mortgage. Unless it is absolutely necessary you should try and stick with your mortgage lender until your current term ends. Early repayment costs can cost anything between a couple of hundred pound to a couple of thousand. It will depend what your mortgage contract says. You should be able to look at your mortgage contract and see if there is an early repayment charge. On top of this charge you will also have to go through the mortgage process again, so you will have to pay your legal fees and arrangement fees again.