Fixed, variable and tracker mortgages are pretty self explanatory by their name, but the name 'discount' mortgage leaves a lot to be desired! I know what discount means when I go shopping, but is it the same when I apply for a mortgage? And if it is, do I really want my mortgage discounted and will I miss out on any trimmings by getting said discount?
A discount mortgage is just another, variable rate mortgage; the 'discount' part is that you will receive a discount from your lenders SVR (Standard Variable Rate). So if your lender's SVR is 5% and your discount rate is less 1% you will be paying a 4% interest rate on your mortgage. This is the same ratio if the lender's current SVR increases to 6%, your mortgage interest rate will also increase 1% to 5%.
What determines the lender's SVR, that you will be discounted on, is the lender. It isn't determined on how the Bank of England base rate changes. So if the Bank of England base rate goes up by 1% your lender can choose to:
Sounds like a great deal, doesn't it? But with any great deal there are some draw backs to some people in certain circumstances.
Discount mortgages can be offered at an initial rate for 1-2 years, 3-5 years or in some cases a 'lifetime'. Once the initial rate is up you will automatically switched to your lenders SVR which may be a big hike in your monthly repayments. Set a reminder in your calendar to review your mortgage and the mortgage market at least 3-6 months before you initial rate finishes, allowing you time to shop around for a better deal.
There is not one mortgages which is a 'fix all' solution and making sure you shop around the deal which fits your circumstances the best now and in the future is your best bet for finding the right mortgage for you.
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