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Types of mortgage explained

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Choosing a mortgage can be confusing. With different types of products and rates available, where do you start?
In this section we clearly explain the different types of mortgages in order to help you work out what is best for you.

How fixed rate mortgages work
You choose a number of years to fix your rate for – usually two, three or five. For this fixed period, your monthly payments will stay the same. After your fixed rate period you move onto the Standard Variable Rate (SVR).

A fixed rate mortgage might suit you if:

  • you prefer to know exactly what you need to pay month to month during the fixed rate period.

Pros
With a fixed rate mortgage you can budget for a set period of time.

If the Bank of England base rate goes up and you’re still in your fixed rate period, your monthly payments won’t increase.

You can overpay up to 10% each calendar year (January to December) on your fixed rate loan amount without paying an early repayment charge.  A minimum payment of £500 applies.

Cons
If the Bank of England base rate goes down and you’re still in your fixed rate period, your monthly payments won’t decrease.

If you repay or want to move your mortgage during the fixed rate period, you’ll most likely pay an Early Repayment Charge.

How tracker rate mortgages work
You choose a mortgage with an initial rate period and during this period your rate tracks above the Bank of England base rate. The initial rate period is usually two or three years and after that you move onto the Standard Variable Rate (SVR).

A tracker rate mortgage might suit you if:

  • you think the Bank of England base rate will stay low or get lower but, in the event it did increase, you would be able to cover any increase in your monthly mortgage payments

  • you think you might want to make unlimited overpayments on your mortgage to be mortgage-free quicker. The minimum overpayment is £500.

Pros
If the Bank of England base rate goes down during your initial rate period, your payments for your tracker rate mortgage will go down too.

You can make unlimited overpayments on our tracker rate mortgages without paying an early repayment charge. A minimum payment of £500 applies.

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Cons
As the rate tracks above the Bank of England base rate, if the base rate increases so will your monthly payments. You need to be comfortable your budget will allow an increase in your monthly payment.

How Lifetime Tracker mortgages work
With a Lifetime Tracker mortgage your rate will track above the Bank of England base rate for the life of your mortgage term.

A Lifetime Tracker mortgage might suit you if:

  • you don’t want to ever look for a new mortgage deal again

  • you think the Bank of England base rate will stay low or get lower but, in the event it did increase, you would be able to cover any increase in your monthly payments

  • you think you might want to make unlimited overpayments on your mortgage to be mortgage-free quicker. The minimum overpayment is £500.

Pros
If the Bank of England base rate goes down during your mortgage term, your payments for your tracker rate mortgage will go down too.

You can make unlimited overpayments on our lifetime tracker rate mortgage without paying an early repayment charge. A minimum payment of £500 applies.

Cons
As the rate tracks above the Bank of England base rate, if the base rate increases so will your monthly payments. You need to be comfortable your budget will allow an increase in your monthly payment.

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YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE.

 

All applications are subject to status and our lending criteria. This means that the amount we will lend you will depend on your individual circumstances, the type of property and the amount you borrow. For example, we may require a higher deposit if you are buying a flat or a new build property.

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Frequently asked questions

  • We'll be able to give you an idea of how much you could borrow. You can also find out what type of mortgage you'd like and how much it's likely to cost. We won't be able to make you a formal offer until you've gone through a full mortgage application and we've carried out a valuation on the home you want to buy.

  • Our tariff of mortgage charges shows our current charges. We send a copy of our current tariff of mortgage charges each year with the annual mortgage statement.

     

    What is your account fee?
    The account fee is the fee for managing your mortgage account and also includes closing your mortgage account when your mortgage ends. It only has to be paid once during the life of your mortgage on your property. You can pay it on completion, or it can be deferred until the end of your mortgage. Please note the fee won’t increase throughout the life of your mortgage on your property.
     

  • You only pay back the interest with each monthly payment so at the end of your mortgage term you still owe the amount you borrowed when you took out the mortgage.

    It's important to have a suitable plan to repay your interest only mortgage when it ends. Customers often have a savings or investment plan, make overpayments, or may sell and downsize their home or even sell other assets. If you have an interest only mortgage, it's important to check the suitability of your repayment plan regularly and call us if you feel your plan is not on track.

  • With this option you're guaranteed to pay off your entire mortgage by the end of the term, provided you don't miss any payments.
    The amount that you pay each month is made up of capital and interest and is calculated to repay all of your mortgage by the end of the term.

  • Can't find what you are looking for? Find more on the mortgages FAQs page.

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