Typically, you’ll find that the highest interest rates come with long-term fixed-rate mortgages. This is why it sometimes may be best to fix your mortgage in short term.
Even though a short term fix could potentially save you money further down the line, you’ll have to frequently review and renew your mortgage because of it. When you’re remortgaging in Coventry, depending on how the economy is and what deals are available on the market, you may be able to access a good rate during every point of remortgaging.
At the point of remortgage, you may end up finding a better deal than your previous, or you could end up being on one that’s a little more expensive, you’ll never know until you start looking!
If you’re looking to fix your rate for longer than 2 years, you may be better at looking for products with a fixed term between 3 and 5 years.
As a mortgage broker in Coventry, we’ve found that the most popular fixed-rate products are in 5-year terms. These deals are neither too short nor too long. A 5-year term will also add the security of constant monthly payments for the foreseeable future.
There’s really only one negative to fixing into a 5-year term. Overall, your payments may work out more expensive than if you had taken out a 2-year product and then a 3-year product, but not by much.
If you wanted to take out a fixed-rate mortgage for even longer, for example, a 7 to 10-year fixed-rate product, you may need to try and approach specialist lenders as there are a limited number of these deals on the market. By choice, these deals aren’t the most popular of choices amongst home buyers and owners. This is down to the length of the term. Also, you won’t get much flexibility whilst being fixed into a mortgage with a long term; they may also come with expensive setup fees and rates.
You also need also consider the additional fees that come with remortgaging. Be aware of costs such as booking and arrangement fees. Usually, a booking fee will be charged upfront, whereas an arrangement fee will be charged upon completion. You may get the option to incorporate these fees into your mortgage payments, this will not only increase your payments each month but also increase the total amount paid for the fees as their costs will increase due to the interest.
Did you know that if you have the funds in place to so do, you can pay off some of your mortgage early? If you want to remortgage now rather than waiting till the end of your term, you can pay off your fixed-term total and remortgage early.
However, if you choose to do this, it’s likely that you’ll be charged with an ERC (early repayment charge). This is because you are tied into a deal for a set period of time, so paying it off early and remortgaging will cost you. You should continue if you are okay with paying the ERC.
Your ERC total is taken from a percentage of the amount that you still owe on your mortgage, not your term. For example, if you have £200,000 left on your mortgage, you may get something like a 2% ERC which is £4,000. If a current deal is available on the market that is better than your current one, it may be more beneficial for you to take the ERC and remortgage early as the product may go.
As a mortgage broker in Coventry, we always advise not to chase ‘headline’ deals. You should know that more often than not, the deals with the lowest rates come with the highest arrangement and setup fees.
For further fixed-rate and remortgage advice in Coventry, please get in touch today. We have helped 1000s of customers secure competitive fixed-rate products in the past, and we want you to be next!
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