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Looking Negative Equity property deals? Check this software

If you are looking for repossessed houses for sale or looking for Negative Equity property deals you should know

In this new era, house prices are likely to fall, which means buyers with high LTV mortgages could find themselves with assets worth less than they borrowed.

Using´s negative equity engine you can build a list of 250 properties in negative equity in less than an hour, it previously would take me a full week working 3-5 hours a day to do the same while manually going through Rightmove! It’s absolutely brilliant!

Negative equity engine is one of many feature that this software platform for property investors or property deal sourcers have.

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BTL & HMO Deal Analyser

Say goodbye to all your property spreadsheets. For each deal, will calculate the cash flow, without the need for a spreadsheet or a calculator. Work out your maximum offer, including any costs, Stamp Duty, profits, or even if you have to leave money in the deal.

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Now, let’s go back on what to do if your home is under negative equity.

What to do if you are the owner and your house is on negative equity

Equity is the value of the property less any money that you owe that is secured against it and so negative equity is where the property is worth less than the mortgage you have on it.

So, for example, if you bought a property for £100,000 and have a mortgage on the property for £90,000 and that property is now worth £80,000, the amount you owe of £90,000 is £10,000 less than what it is worth, so you would have a negative equity of £10,000.

If you are a selling a property with negative equity, you will need to discuss the sale with your mortgage lender as you cannot sell the property at a price lower than the money you owe on it unless you have a mechanism to pay the money back. If you try to do so the lender can prevent you from selling during the conveyancing process.

With changes in the market and a general rise in property prices, a negative equity situation may not be permanent and so you may not be stuck forever.

If you want to sell and get out of the negative equity trap you could consider:

  • Paying off some of the loan before you sell, using other savings, so that the loan is less than the property value and the property no longer in negative equity
  • Taking a loan to cover the shortfall between the sale price and the loan value, the risk here is that the cost of the loan may be high
  • Make improvements to your home to raise its value, thus reducing the amount of negative equity.
  • Stay put and wait for the market to improve, so the value of the property increases and the negative equity reduced
  • Get consent to rent out your property and then rent a property for yourself in a lower priced area to give you the opportunity to save some money to pay down the debt. Mortgages for landlords are generally more expensive than an owner-occupier mortgage so there may be additional costs if your lender gives you ‘consent to let’.

If, however, you need to sell, the first thing would be to speak to your lender as they may agree for you to do so, particularly if you are in a situation where your home might otherwise be repossessed. There may be specific requirements, such as using an approved agent to sell it and you would need to provide them with evidence as to the market value.

There are some negative equity mortgage products which will allow you to carry the shortfall over to a new home and slowly repay the debt, but these are generally expensive and only available where you have a specific reason to move, such as relocating for a new job.

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