A tracker rate mortgage is a type of variable rate mortgage that follow the movements of another rate. The most common tracker rate mortgage follows the Bank of England Base Rate. Tracker mortgages don't exactly match the rates they track, but are at a usually offered at a set margin above that rate. For example if the base rate is 0.25% and your mortgage deal is offered at 1.5% over base your mortgage rate will be 1.75%. Tracker deals are usually available over a fixed period of time, for example 2- 5 years. After this time if you don't remortgage you'll be moved you're your lender's standard variable rate. However, you could opt for a lifetime tracker, which follows the base rate throughout the entire term of your mortgage.
Before opting for a tracker rate mortgage it's important to speak with an independent mortgage expert. Our advisers at John Charcol will be able to assist you in understanding what would happen if rates did rise and assess whether you would be able to afford for your monthly mortgage repayments. If you couldn't then we'll help suggest a mortgage better suited to your needs.
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