We’ll let you compare mortgages by type, which include either fixed or variable rate mortgages. The interest rate paid for variable rate mortgages is determined by the lender, which means the interest rate and payments can go up or down. For fixed rate mortgages, the rate is set at an agreed amount, for a set period of time and only changes at the end of the initial agreement.
Fixed rate mortgages:
Fixed rate: With this type of mortgage, the interest on your mortgage is fixed at a set interest rate for an agreed period of time, varying from 1-10 years. This type of mortgage could be good if you need to stick to a budget, as it’s fixed.
Variable rate mortgages:
Tracker: This type of mortgage has an interest rate that is tied to the Bank of England base rate. The mortgage changes with the base rate. Most trackers have terms of two or five years, but you can get lifetime (also known as term) tracker mortgages.
Discount: Another type of variable mortgage, discount mortgages differ from trackers in that they are not tied to the Bank of England base rate. Instead, they are linked to the lender’s standard variable rate (SVR), normally over one to five years. Discount mortgages could be great as monthly repayments could fall as well as rise, but are a little more complex and unpredictable compared to trackers.
Standard variable rate (SVR): This is the long-term rate of interest that mortgage lenders will be charged once their fixed or introductory discounted or tracker period ends.
Fixed or variable:
Offset: Probably the most complicated option, offset mortgages link your savings to your mortgage debt. With this type of mortgage, you don’t earn interest on your savings - instead, your money is set against your mortgage so that you pay less interest on the debt. Available with fixed or variable rates, offsets are great for paying off your mortgage quickly. They also offer a bonus benefit for those in the higher or top tax brackets, as you don’t pay tax on your savings.