Can I change my mortgage to interest-only?
Changing from a fixed-rate mortgage to an interest-only mortgage could be a way to lower your mortgage payments, but is it the right choice? Find out the pros and cons of switching to an interest-only deal.
An interest-only mortgage is a type of loan where you only pay the interest charges each month, without making any contributions towards the capital amount borrowed. This means that at the end of the mortgage term, you’ll still owe the full amount borrowed, which is typically paid through the sale of the property or other means.
Reasons you may choose to change your mortgage to interest-only:
To reduce your monthly mortgage payments: When only paying the interest, your monthly mortgage payments will be significantly lower compared to a repayment mortgage, which includes both interest and principal repayments. This can provide immediate relief if you’re facing financial constraints or looking to free up additional funds for other purposes.
If you’re anticipating a substantial increase in income or a financial windfall in the near future: When paying only the interest during the initial period, you can allocate funds elsewhere and invest in other ventures, with the expectation that you will be able to pay off the capital balance later.
The downsides to switching to an interest-only mortgage
You will not be building equity in your home through regular principal repayments: This means that the amount you still owe will be substantial and could potentially affect your ability to access affordable credit in the future or limit your options for remortgaging or moving to a new property.
You may find it challenging to repay the entire borrowed sum at the end of the mortgage term: You should have a robust repayment strategy in place to ensure you will be able to settle the outstanding balance when the time comes. Relying on the sale of your property to repay the mortgage carries its own risks, as property values can fluctuate, and there is no guarantee that it will be enough to cover the debt.
While an interest-only mortgage can save you money in the short term by reducing your monthly payments, you should carefully consider the long-term implications.
Before making any decisions, you should speak to a mortgage adviser who can assess your individual circumstances and provide personalised guidance based on your financial goals. If you decide to go ahead with the switch to an interest-only mortgage a broker can help find you the right deal.
Important info & marketing claims
You may have to pay an early repayment charge to your existing lender if you remortgage. Your savings will depend on personal circumstances.
Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.
*The savings figure of £420 is based on Better.co.uk remortgage customers in October 2023. Read more on our marketing claims page.
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