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Understanding Interest Only Mortgages

Jan 11, 2008
There are currently around 6 million homeowners who have an interest only mortgage. This type of mortgage means that the monthly repayments that you make are just taken off the amount of interest that the mortgage accumulates. The capitol which you borrowed must be paid back when the mortgage has run its terms.

The interest only mortgage seems to be very popular with those who are house buying for the first time. Recent research showed that the amount of first time buyers taking out an interest only mortgage rose to 18%. The mortgage could be popular because the rates of interest are usually a lot lower than a repayment mortgage. Due to this it is the only type of mortgage that many starting out first time in buying can afford.

However while low rates of interest are a good thing the down side is that when the term of the mortgage comes to an end you will still owe the same amount of money that you started out owing. If you do not have a means of paying this then of course you would have to take out another loan.

Lenders have perhaps become a little lack with this type of loan because years ago you would have to be able to prove to them that you had means of repaying the capitol at the end of the mortgage. Today you can take out an interest only mortgage and having to find the capitol is only mentioned on the bottom of the mortgage agreement.

Ideally those taking out this type of mortgage should have some form of investment that they are able to fall back on and so use it to repay the capitol of the loan. While the interest only mortgage does give the cheapest rates of interest over the long term it is one of the dearest types of mortgage.

If you want to be sure that you can own your home at the end of the mortgage arraignment then you have to have a repayment mortgage, unless of course you already have the means by way of an ISA. This means that part of the monthly repayment goes towards the interest and the other part towards the capitol. If you have an interest only mortgage then you should consider changing a part of it to a repayment mortgage or start saving money in an ISA account.

If you want to check out the rates of interest that come with interest only mortgages then go with a specialist website. You can get several quotes together on one page which makes comparing quotes easy and quick. You also have to take into account the small print of any loan you are considering as this is where you can find the added costs. Costs such as set up fees can vary widely from lender to lender so it is worthwhile choosing a mortgage with low costs or costs that have been waivered. The small print can include valuation fees and a lump sum payment if you should want to switch mortgages within s certain time frame of taking out the mortgage.
About the Author
Jason Hulott is Business Development Director at Mortgages service, PolarMortgages. Visit Polar Mortgages now for more information about UK mortgages and remortgages.
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