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A mortgage rate – or mortgage interest rate – is the amount of interest you’ll pay on the money you borrow to buy a property. The rate on your mortgage is shown as a percentage. For example, you may have an interest rate of 4% per month.
Mortgage rates are often linked to the national interest rate, but they’re not the same thing.
Mortgage rates are the interest rate you’ll be offered as part of your mortgage deal. Lots of things can affect which mortgage rate you are offered:
Here’s how the mortgage rate is set for five common mortgage policies.
Fixed Rate Mortgage
As the name suggests, the mortgage rate for fixed mortgages stays the same for a set time period.
This is usually between one to five years. It means you pay the same percentage of interest on your monthly repayments during that time.
Variable Rate Mortgage
The interest rate on a variable rate mortgage can change during your policy. It means your payments can go higher or lower each month. These are not linked directly to the base rate, but can be influenced by changes to it.
A tracker mortgage is a type of variable rate mortgage that is linked directly to the Bank of England base rate. As the base rate rises or lowers, so do your repayments.
Capped mortgages have a set limit on the mortgage rate applied to your deal. This means your repayments won’t go over a certain amount each month. Your rates could also drop if interest rates drop, so you’ll pay less.
The rates for offset mortgages can be either fixed or variable. The mortgage is linked directly to your savings, which are used to reduce the amount of interest paid on your mortgage.
Use our mortgage interest rate change calculator to work out how much your monthly payments could be if your interest rate changes.
Every lender will consider different criteria, but these are some of the common elements they’ll look at when deciding which interest rate to offer.
Your credit score influences the mortgage rate you’re offered, as it shows your track record of paying off loans and whether you’re likely to keep up with your mortgage repayments.
The money you borrow when you take out a mortgage is worked out by taking away your deposit from the purchase price of your new home. A higher deposit gives a better loan to value ratio. A better loan to value ratio means you’ll probably be offered lower interest rate deals.
Length of the mortgage term
If you choose a mortgage that’s repaid over a shorter period, you may have higher monthly payments, but pay less interest.
Mortgage rates are usually set in line with the base rates and national interest rates, which are set by the Bank of England and other financial institutions.
These are set by the Bank of England. Mortgages linked to base rates can see repayments change, depending on the Bank of England’s decision to change the base rate. This rate only applies to variable mortgages. Find out more about the base rate here.
Lenders tend to change their mortgage rates based on national interest rates. But many lenders will take lots of factors into account when offering an interest rate for a mortgage.
How often can rates change?
The rates on variable mortgages can sometimes change. The Bank of England monetary policy committee usually meets every six weeks to discuss the base rate, though doesn’t always change it.