Discount Rate Mortgage Deals
Discount rate mortgages are a type of variable interest rate where a discount is applied on a specific interest rate – usually the lender’s SVR (Standard variable rate). Depending on your specific deal, the discount can be applied for two, three or five years.
Some lenders offer a lifetime discounted rate which lasts for the entirety of your mortgage.
Because discount rate mortgages are a type of variable interest rate, your payments could go up or down, depending on the lender’s SVR. Once the discount ends, you’ll more than likely be placed on the lender’s SVR.
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What are the pros and cons of discount rate mortgages?
Many buyers are attracted to discount rate mortgages because they have the term “discount” in their title. And whilst they have some perks, there are some drawbacks too.
One of the benefits of having a discount rate mortgage is that when interest rates are low, your monthly payments will be lower. The flipside is that your payments could rise if interest rates rise. Some lenders also have an interest rate collar which means your monthly payments can only go so low.
Discount rate mortgage arrangement fees can often be less compared to other types of deals. But something else to consider is that discount rate mortgages often come with an Early Repayment Charge, which will come into effect if you pay off your mortgage early or remortgage with another lender during the introductory period.
Are discount rate mortgage the best value?
This really depends on every person’s individual set of circumstances. The term “discount” sounds like a great deal but that doesn’t mean that they are in fact the cheapest deal on the market. Because discounted mortgages have variable rates, they don’t offer the same payment security as say a fixed rate mortgage. So what seems like a good deal to begin with may not be in 3-5 years. That’s why it is so important to speak to a professional mortgage adviser before you commit to a rate.
Thinking of remortgaging?
Remortgaging allows you to switch provider or mortgage products to save you money and to suit the changing requirements of your lifestyle.
Before remortgaging, or before you decide to remortgage with your existing provider, it is essential to speak with an independent mortgage expert.
Our online mortgage calculators have been designed to help you with the most common mortgage questions such as ‘how much can I borrow?’ and ‘how much will it cost?’
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A fixed rate mortgage charges a set rate of interest for a predetermined period. Once this period is over, the interest rate usually revers to the lender’s Standard Variable Rate (SVR).
Trackers are a type of variable rate mortgage which see interest rates rising and falling based on the Bank of England’s base rate. However, unlike traditional variable rate mortgages, a tracker mortgage doesn’t have to match the Bank of England’s rate exactly. Instead, the rate the borrower is charged is likely to be a little above the base rate.
An offset mortgage links the borrower’s savings to their mortgage balance. By choosing an offset mortgage, homeowners can reduce the amount of interest charged and potentially pay off the mortgage sooner.
A cashback mortgage pays the borrower an upfront lump sum. This can enable them to pay for a costly expense such as home furnishings, a car or university tuition fees. The rate paid tends to be based on the bank's Standard Variable Rate (SVR).
A discount rate mortgage offers borrowers a reduction on the lender’s Standard Variable Rate (SVR) for a set period of time. The rate can fluctuate and so although the borrower will repay less than the SVR, their repayments could rise or fall.
A variable rate mortgage sees the interest owed rise or fall depending on the base rates set by the bank. When the base rate is low, borrowers may benefit from extremely low mortgage repayments. However, if the base rate increases, so too will the amount borrowers are expected to pay in interest.
When a homeowner has an interest only mortgage, they won’t pay traditional mortgage payments each month. Instead, they’ll only repay the interest that is due. At the end of the mortgage term, the homeowner will be expected to pay the property’s value in full.
A capped rate mortgage offers similar security to a fixed rate mortgage. The rate payable will be capped for the duration of an agreed upon period of time. During this time, the rate may rise or fall in line with market fluctuations, but it will never exceed the capped rate.
As a result, a capped rate mortgage enables borrowers to benefit from falling rates without placing strain on their budget as a result of unaffordable increases.
First time buyers
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Buying a second property can be an extremely exciting process. Whether you’re still paying off the mortgage on your home or you own it outright, we’ll help you find the most affordable mortgage for your second property.
Remortgaging can be a great way to save money each month, reduce your mortgage term and free up cash for some of life’s greatest adventures. With our help you can learn everything there is to know about remortgaging.
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Whether you’re looking to expand an existing rental property portfolio or you’re becoming a landlord for the first time, you’ll need a buy-to-let mortgage. We’ll guide you through the process and help you find a mortgage that enables you to maximise your investment returns.
Obtaining a mortgage when you’re self employed may seem challenging, but with our help you can gain access to the loan you need to purchase your ideal home. We’ll walk you through the whole process from the initial affordability check right through to completion.
Are you looking to buy a property using the shared ownership scheme? We’ll help you find a great mortgage deal so you can buy a share in your chosen property with as little fuss as possible. Here you can find out whether you qualify for a shared ownership mortgage and learn about the various advantages.
Thinking of remortgaging?
Before remortgaging, or before you decide to remortgage with your existing provider, it is important to speak with an independent mortgage expert.
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