The offset mortgage market appears to be growing fast, largely because of appealing to a wider market audience than ever before.
How could an offset mortgage benefit you?
An offset mortgage offsets your savings against the cost of your loan, thereby reducing the level of interest you have to pay and potentially cutting down the repayment period for the loan. Offset mortgages were once the preserve of the rich, but having the ability to offset savings against your mortgage loan could now benefit many homebuyers.
What are the positives of offsetting your mortgage?
The basic premise of an offset mortgage is to offset the borrowers’ savings against their mortgage loan. In theory, this then reduces the balance remaining of the mortgage, and also lowers the level of interest payments required. In the past, offset mortgages have been criticised for not being flexible, but this is all changing. Many offset deals now allow borrowers to be flexible with their mortgage repayments.
What types of deals are typical of offset mortgages?
Most offset mortgages are fixed at a lower rate for a fixed period, followed by a reversion to a tracker mortgage rate, usually base rate plus a small figure. These are often set for the lifetime of the loan, and allow borrowers to pay a competitive rate of interest without having to worry about remortgaging.
How are offset mortgages changing?
It is likely that in the future offset mortgages will become even more flexible, allowing borrowers to overpay and underpay on their mortgages, as well as take repayment holidays. Furthermore, the future could see offset mortgages become more complex. Flexibility options could include the ability to link up to three savings accounts to the offset mortgage, and also to include the savings account of willing relatives or friends. For instance, parents could choose to offset some of their savings against their children’s mortgage, reducing their child’s mortgage payments.
Why doesn’t everyone have an offset mortgage?
Despite the face that offset mortgages are becoming more attractive to a wider range of people, borrowers should be aware that they do not suit everyone. For instance, those people with small or zero savings may find other mortgage products more suitable.
How should I find out more about offset mortgages?
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