We’ll let you compare mortgages by rate type, which include:
Fixed rate: With this type of mortgage, the interest rate stays the same throughout the period of the mortgage. A period normally lasts between one and five years, but you can get ten year fixed rates. This type of mortgage could be good if you need to stick to a budget, as it’s predictable. However, it may not be so great if mortgage base rates go down, leaving you paying over-the-average.
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 (aka term) tracker mortgages. Trackers could be an attractive option as their rates tend to be lower than those on fixed rate mortgages. However, you need to be prepared for shifting repayment amounts.
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.
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 your mortgage off 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.