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Posted On: September 8, 2022
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Updated On: February 6, 2024

How Many Different Types of Mortgages Are There?

For someone getting a mortgage for the first time, it might not be obvious but there are many different types of mortgages. There are lots of factors to consider when choosing a mortgage and everyone’s individual circumstances will determine what type of mortgage is best for you. All mortgages work in the same way, in the simplest way, you pay back what you borrow plus interest.
Here are a few different mortgage options and how they work.

Repayment Mortgage:

With a repayment mortgage you pay back the capital (the amount borrowed) and the interest on the loan each month. This is the most common mortgage type in the UK. Your monthly payments are usually fixed for a period, usually 2 or 5 years. If you keep up your monthly payments eventually you will own your own property outright.

Interest Only Mortgage:

With an interest only mortgage you only pay back the interest on the loan each month and not the capital. You will have to make sure you can find another way to repay the capital at the end of the mortgage term, usually through the sale of the property. At the end of the term the original loan amount must be paid in one lump sum. In recent years interest only mortgages have become much less common.

Tracker Mortgage:

On a tracker mortgage the interest rate is set at a certain percentage above the Bank of England base rate. For example, if the base rate is 1% and your tracker mortgage has an interest rate of 4%, then your actual interest rate would be 5%. There is one main advantage of a tracker mortgage and that is they usually start off with a lower interest rate. However, once the term is over the interest rate will revert to the lenders standard variable rate.

Fixed Rate Mortgage:

A fixed rate mortgage has an interest rate fixed for a period of time, usually 2 or 5 years. The main benefit of this is that your monthly repayments will stay the same during this time even if interest rates rise. However, like a tracker mortgage once the fixed rate comes to an end you will be put on the lenders standard variable rate, which could be higher.

Bad Credit Mortgage:

A “bad credit” mortgage is like a regular mortgage, except they are likely to come with high interest rates and there could be a lower limit on how much you can borrow. This is because having a lower credit score can be viewed as someone who is high risk by the lender. You might be asked to come up with a larger deposit of at least 20-25% rather than 5-10%.

Retirement Interest Only Mortgage:

This type of mortgage is aimed at older borrowers who may struggle to get a mainstream mortgage due to age limits. With a retirement interest only mortgage you repay the interest on your loan monthly. You don’t have to repay the capital until you die or go into long-term care. Then your home is sold, and the lender is repaid from the proceeds. When applying for a retirement interest only mortgage you are not subject to the same affordability checks. Lenders will just check if you can afford to repay the interest, not the capital you have borrowed.

There are still many more mortgage options out there, such as…

  • Equity Release
  • Buy-to-let mortgages
  • Capped-rate mortgages
  • Discount mortgages
  • Flexible mortgages
  • Guarantor mortgages
  • Joint mortgages
  • Offset mortgages
  • Standard variable rate mortgages
  • 95% mortgages

Here at Agentis we understand everyone’s circumstances are different, that is why we take the time to understand everyone’s individual situation and help advise you on the best mortgage to suit you. Get in touch today!