Dealing With Negative Equity

Negative Equity


Since the credit crunch first hit in 2008 and with the effects of the subsequent recession still being felt very strongly, the housing market has sustained one blow after another.

Where once house prices seemed to be caught in an ever-upward spiral, today many areas have plunged back to the price levels of 2006, resulting in a significant number of homeowners being caught in the trap of negative equity.

Negative equity occurs when the mortgage outstanding on a house exceeds the current market value of that property. For this reason, it tends to affect first-time buyers with smaller deposits the most, along with those who have recently remortgaged heavily to release equity. With a small deposit, even a slight percentage drop in the market can result in negative equity, making it nearly impossible to obtain remortgages or sell without making a loss.

There are ways to avoid the dreaded negative-equity trap however. If remortgages aren’t available to you with your current lender, look around to see if there are any available remortgages for people in your position. Just check the terms of your existing mortgage first, so that no penalties will be incurred if you change lenders. Remember too that negative equity is only a problem if you’re either looking to sell or investigating remortgages. If you can avoid selling, then do. If you can’t find a favourable remortgage, then investigate options to over-pay on your existing mortgage to build up your equity in your home. As get closer to 10% equity or more, you’ll find that the range of remortgages available to you opens up.

Most mortgage providers will allow regular over-payments up to a certain amount. Avoid going over this limit, though, as there may be penalties attached. Alternatively, it is often possible to reduce the mortgage term and so pay more each month without penalty. Just be aware that these payments will not be flexible. It may be that saving into an ISA and then making a lump-sum payment works for you. Speak to your mortgage lender to find out what is available and possible.

There are different ways to bring in extra income as you seek to boost your savings or pay down the mortgage. Taking in a lodger can be an option if your lender and insurance provider will allow it. Some have even resorted to renting out their homes and moving to smaller rental properties for the duration (again though, you must have permission from your lender.) Overtime, second jobs, cashback sites and budget shopping are all ways that households are using to increase their income and minimise costs, so don’t rule anything out.

Talking to your lender is key and, as a general rule, you should make contact before considering a way to avoid negative equity in your home. With three-million homeowners currently experiencing the problem, lenders are well placed to offer advice. There may be other options available, such as switching on to an interest-only mortgage for a period of time. If your mortgage lender sees you taking responsibility for your repayments, engaging with them proactively and not sticking your head in the sand, they are more likely to work with you in times of difficulty.

Another useful strategy is to take out income-protection or mortgage-protection insurance in case you lose your source of income. This will provide money to cover your repayments should the worst happen. However, as with remortgages, do shop around for the right policy, as prices and cover vary wildly.

Farm insurance schemes in UK

Are you a cultivator in UK? Do you fear that your yields are procuring very less money? Do you care for the future of your loved ones? Do you feel that an inflation could completely sweep you and your family off the feet? Well if you have a positive and affirmative nod to the above questions, all you need to do is enrol yourself in a farm insurance scheme and enjoy the multiple benefits that it comes with that guarantees a great future for your loved ones forever.

The most common is the arable farm insurance which covers your seed, fertilizer and chemical inputs without limit on value as part of the cover on your arable crops at no extra cost. The greatest benefit with this cover is that your crops are insured for their future market value and not the spot price of the day of the loss thus guaranteeing you even better and greater returns. The cover can also guarantee you substantial premium savings by getting you a cover on the basis of maximum value stored at any farm. This is applicable in case you have multiple farming locations. All vehicles, cars or even agricultural machines are covered under the vehicle fleet section of the policy.

If your farm is a mixed one with crops and livestock, then you are entitled to go for the mixed farm insurance policy, which along with the conditions for the arable crops that you produce, provides you with automatic insurance of livestock on any land in your ownership or occupation. The policy also interestingly covers the retailing of meat from your livestock in case you tend to go for the alternative. Don’t you worry if your livestock has caught any kind of disease, for the insurance covers livestock diseases of your animals as well.

The options for you in these insurance schemes are wide and plenty. For example, you can choose not to cover certain properties under your ownership. Choose the cover that you want and eliminate the things that you don’t want to come under the plan. Personal accident cover is given to those self-employed farmers who become unable to cover due to the accident. The benefits of such plans can boost your life in case such an accident occurs. All the insurance policies in the country have been designed to include product and public liability, damage to crops being treated, failure of chemicals to perform its action, crop striping, environmental clean-up costs in public liability and incorrect agronomy advice leading to the failure or damage to the concerned crops. You should remember that farm insurance has the capability to accommodate other kinds of insurance schemes such as safeguarding your farmhouse and building under the home insurance, protecting the fleet of your vehicles under the motor insurance and even the insurance of your livestock.

If you have not taken farm insurance yet, then it’s time to do it now. With such attractive premiums and mortgages, one simply cannot resist taking one.