The most common reason to remortgage is to save money. Most people shop around for a new lender at least once every 5 years. By doing this you can save massive amounts of money over the lifetime of the mortgage. Another reason to remortgage is to release some of the equity in the property. The equity is the difference between the value of the property and the outstanding mortgage balance. This is often the cheapest way to borrow large amounts of money enabling you to consolidate any other debt or to gave some capital for also any other reason. The reason why this is the cheapest way to borrow money is the interest applied to a mortgage is almost certain to be lower than a personal or secured loan. As the interest rate is lower the monthly and total repayment will almost certainly be lower.People often remortgage when buying a new or second home. What happens is the first or existing mortgage is paid off in full and replaced with the new mortgage. There are many things to consider when remortgaging. Firstly, check your existing mortgage to find out if there are any penalties for paying off the mortgage early. Almost all mortgages have early redemption penalties in the first few years. If the mortgage has been running longer the redemption period it should be cheaper to remortgage than raise the capital in another way. Check all the cost such as solicitor, valuation and agreement fees and this often add up. Once you have check all the fees out it is time to consider speaking to an expert and getting a quote to remortgage.