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A Quick Guide To Interest Only And Repayment Mortgages

Taking out a mortgage is a big decision, especially when there are more than one type to choose from, so understanding the difference between them is crucial. Read on to learn the main differences between an interest only and a repayment mortgage.

What is the difference between an interest only and repayment mortgage?

With a repayment mortgage, you’ll make monthly payments that cover both the loan and the interest, gradually reducing the amount that you owe. Consistent payments over a term (the mortgage term, often between twenty five and forty years) will eventually lead to repayment of the loan and full home ownership, potentially creating a valuable asset.

In contrast, interest-only mortgages involve lower monthly payments that address the interest charges only. However, you’ll still owe the original borrowed amount at the term’s end. To fully own your property, you must repay the entire balance using cash, savings or selling the property and downsizing if you have enough equity.

Is it better to overpay on an interest-only or a repayment mortgage?

On a repayment mortgage, overpayments will reduce the principal loan balance, and pay off the loan earlier and hence save you interest. On an interest-only mortgage, overpayments will reduce the capital balance, the loan amount, however this may not be enough to repay the loan by the end of the term and so is a more risky strategy.

Is it better to have an interest only or repayment mortgage?

Interest-only mortgages might seem cheaper at first, but they end up being more costly overall, and demand a strategy to settle the principal at the end.

In contrast, repayment mortgages involve higher monthly payments, but they repay the entire loan at the end of the loan term, and lead to full property ownership upon full guaranteed repayment providing all payments are made.

Which mortgage is best repayment or interest only?

Repayment mortgages result in full property ownership at the end of the term with no concerns about losing your home through repossession or having to sell in later life because you have not repaid the loan. An interest-only mortgage solely pays the interest on the borrowed amount, with the repayment of the principal amount deferred until the end of the mortgage term, hence you will need another strategy to repay the loan. Which one is best will depend on your personal circumstances that a qualified mortgage adviser will be able to inform you. Repayment is best where full property ownership is required, interest only is usually better usually suited to investment properties where they are not your principal home and can be sold if required.

Are interest-only mortgages cheaper than repayment?

An interest-only mortgage will result in lower monthly payments. However, the loan must be settled upon the term’s conclusion, which can often result in a higher overall expense because the capital amount is not being reduced over the term. .

Repayment mortgages usually have higher monthly costs but they’ll lead to full mortgage repayment and lower overall expenses, eventually resulting in full property ownership.

Can I switch from an interest only mortgage to repayment mortgage?

If you have an interest-only mortgage, or a portion of it is interest-only, transitioning to a capital repayment mortgage could be an option if it is affordable to ensure repayment of the loan.

This shift entails the repayment of both the borrowed capital and the interest. By converting your entire mortgage to capital repayment, you’ll have completely repaid it by the end of the term, providing you make the necessary and agreed repayments.

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