There are also several terms used to describe the interest you pay on a mortgage, and the key terms are as follows:
Standard Variable Rate (SVR)
The SVR is the lenders standard rate. With a variable rate mortgage you are normally able to switch lenders at any time without being penalised. If you start a mortgage with a different type of interest repayment for an agreed term, once the term finishes you will go back to the Lenders SVR.
A fixed rate mortgage allows you to repay interest at a fixed rate, irrespective of any base rate fluctuations. In other words your monthly repayments will remain the same every month for a time period agreed between you and your lender. Fixed rate mortgages often have slightly higher repayment charges so you need to be sure this is suitable for you for the foreseeable future. Furthermore, the lender may also charge a ‘booking/arrangement fee’ to apply for this type of mortgage.
A tracker mortgage will track any movement in the Bank of England Base rate, so you will benefit from any falls in interest rates, but will also have to pay more each month should the rates increase.
The discount mortgage rate is another variation of the standard variable rate. It provides a discount from the lenders SVR for a fixed period of time. The interest rate still fluctuates, meaning your monthly repayments may differ slightly from month to month, but the discount remains constant.
You should ask your adviser to explain these in more detail, or ask for an illustration.
THE FINANCIAL CONDUCT AUTHORITY DOES NOT REGULATE SOME FORMS OF MORTGAGES AND ISAs.
YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE.
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