Types of Mortgage
A mortgage is one of the most significant financial commitments you will undertake in your lifetime. It represents a long-term loan that allows you to purchase a property while spreading the cost over several years. Selecting the right mortgage is crucial as it can have a substantial impact on your monthly payments, overall financial stability, and even your ability to achieve other financial goals.
By understanding the various types of mortgages available, you can make an informed decision based on factors such as interest rates, repayment options, and affordability. This knowledge will empower you to select a mortgage that aligns with your financial situation, preferences, and long-term goals, providing you with peace of mind and financial security.
Here’s a brief summary of the types of mortgages we provide:
Fixed Rate Mortgage
With a fixed rate mortgage, your interest rate remains unchanged for a set period, typically two to five years. This allows you to plan your budget effectively, knowing that your monthly mortgage payments will remain consistent during the fixed term.
Variable Rate Mortgage
A variable rate mortgage, also known as a tracker mortgage, follows the Bank of England’s base rate or a specified index. This means that your interest rate can fluctuate over time, potentially resulting in changes to your monthly payments. It’s important to consider your risk tolerance and budget flexibility when opting for a variable rate mortgage.
Discounted Rate Mortgage
This type of mortgage offers a discounted interest rate from the lender’s standard variable rate for a certain period. It provides potential savings during the discounted period, after which the interest rate typically reverts to the lender’s standard variable rate.
An offset mortgage links your savings and current accounts to your mortgage. The balance in these accounts is offset against your mortgage debt, reducing the interest you pay. This can help you pay off your mortgage faster or reduce your monthly payments.
An Interest-Only Mortgage means you only pay the interest on the mortgage balance each month. This type of mortgage can be risky, as you’re not paying off any of the capital, but it can be a useful option for those with irregular income or who need to keep their monthly payments low.
If you’re interested in purchasing a property for investment purposes, a buy-to-let mortgage is designed specifically for landlords. This type of mortgage considers the rental income potential of the property as well as your personal income.
Help to Buy Mortgage
The Help to Buy scheme is a government initiative that aims to assist first-time buyers and home movers. It offers support in the form of equity loans and mortgage guarantees, making it easier to get onto the property ladder or move to a new home.
At our firm, we take pride in helping clients find the perfect mortgage solution. Our experienced advisors are here to guide you through the process, ensuring you understand the options available and helping you choose the mortgage that best suits your individual circumstances and aspirations.