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Trackers mortgages are a type of variable rate mortgage. Unlike other variable mortgages, the amount of interest paid is influenced by the Bank of England Base Rate.
Although tracker mortgages follow the base rate, they don’t necessarily match it. Instead, they tend to be a ‘margin’ above. Usually, each mortgage provider will add an extra percentage on top of the interest rate. For example, the mortgage provider may choose to charge the Base Rate plus 1.00%. So if the base rate is set at 0.5%, the interest rate charged will be 1.5%.
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What are the advantages of tracker mortgages?
Perhaps the key benefit of tracker mortgages is that if interest rates fall, so will the monthly repayments. And since introductory tracker rates can be among the lowest variable interest rates on the market, you could secure a great deal from the start.
A tracker mortgage could also see you paying lower arrangement fees and smaller early repayment charges. In some cases, lenders will allow their customers to switch to one of their fixed mortgages if rates go up, without the need to pay early repayment costs.
What are the disadvantages of tracker mortgages?
If interest rates go up, your repayments will rise. This could see your monthly outgoings increase significantly, forcing you to reassess your budget and make cutbacks elsewhere. To ensure you’re able to afford repayments in the event of an interest rate rise, you lender is likely to conduct several financial checks.
When the introductory rate period ends, you may automatically be moved onto a different rate offered by your lender. This is likely to be higher than the amount you paid at the start of your contract.
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.
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Thinking of remortgaging?
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