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The best mortgage for you will depend on a few different factors - such as your income, your eligibility with lenders and plans for the property.
A mortgage is a big and costly commitment, so learn about your options and seek independent advice.
You’re a first-time buyer if you’ve never owned a property in the UK or anywhere else in the world. The mortgages available to you will be the same mortgages available to someone who’s moving home. There are a few mortgage deals with special incentives specifically for first-time buyers, but these won’t necessarily be more suitable for you.
The minimum deposit you have to provide is 5%, but some lenders will expect 10% or more.
A buy-to-let mortgage is a mortgage you take out on a property that you intend on renting out. Buy-to-let mortgages come with higher interest rates than residential mortgages, because they’re riskier investments for lenders.
Typically, you’ll need at least 25% in deposit for a buy-to-let mortgage. There are a few lenders that offer LTVs (loan-to-values) higher than 75% but these tend to be specialist cases, which means you’ll need to consult a broker.
Remortgaging is where you change to a new mortgage with a new lender but stay in/keep the same property. Remortgage products are the same as the normal mortgage products that would be available to you if you were buying a new property.
The same is also true if you wanted to remortgage a buy-to-let property; the products available to you will be the same as the products that would be available if you were purchasing a new buy-to-let property.
The minimum deposit you’ll have to provide is 5%, however it’s likely you’ll have more equity in your property than 5% by the time you remortgage and therefore will provide a greater deposit. Nonetheless, it is possible to take out a remortgage with an LTV of 95% if you were raising capital on your property.
You’ll fall under the category of moving home if you currently own a main residence but want to sell it and purchase a new one. The mortgages available to you will be the same as the mortgages available to a first-time buyer, but you may not have access to the special incentives that come with some first-time buyer mortgages.
Most lenders require at least 10% in deposit but there are some that will accept 5%.
A commercial mortgage is a mortgage that’s secured against a commercial property, like an office building or block of flats.
The minimum deposit you’ll have to provide for a commercial mortgage is 25%, but a lot of borrowers will typically put down 25% - 40%.
If none of the above options apply to you, or your situation is a little more complicated – e.g. you’re an expat or self-employed – then you may require a specialist mortgage.
The minimum deposit you’ll need will depend on your situation and the kind of mortgage or loan you require. Find out what kind of specialist mortgage you need.
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If you use a high street lender – like a bank – they’ll only be able to offer a mortgage product from their range. We’re an independent mortgage broker with access to every lender on the market, which means we regularly have access to exclusive deals.
The general rule is that residential mortgages with LTVs of up to 60% have the lowest interest rates, because they’re very secure investments for the lender. The borrower has a large amount of equity in their property from the outset and the mortgage is secured on their home, which means they’re more likely to keep up/prioritise their monthly payments.
Nonetheless, residential mortgages are completely different from buy-to-let mortgages and what you need will depend on the type of buyer you are and the property you’re purchasing.
There’s no one bank or lender that offers the cheapest mortgage rates. Rates change all the time, not to mention the fact that a single lender’s products will vary.
The size of your deposit does affect the mortgage rates available to you. A bigger deposit will often give you access to lower rates. This is due to the fact that, the more you have in deposit, the lower the LTV and the lower the risk for the lender should you fail to keep up payments on the mortgage. If the risk is lower than the lender can charge at a lower rate of interest.
Some high street lenders will let you apply for a mortgage online, but this could result in you missing out on a better mortgage deal. It’s always worth speaking with an expert over the phone as you can ask questions and receive advice about the different options available to you. If you do want to speak with an adviser, simply call us on 0344 346 3672.
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It’s worth pointing out that there are other factors you need to consider besides the interest rate, when looking at mortgages. The mortgage term, loan-to-value and affordability will all impact the products available to you.