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Mortgage jargon made easy

You’ll hear many terms during the mortgage process that you may not understand. A confused buyer cannot be a happy one. With the amount of jargon, you encounter on the way, buying a house can get a little frustrating.

Mortgage jargon made easy

In this blog we have chosen some common terms in the mortgage world that tend to boggle the mind – so if you don’t know your variable rate from your fixed rate, this is the list for you!

Mortgage Types – there are a few different types of mortgages that you can consider depending on your situation.

  • Repayment Mortgage: You pay a part of the capital and interest monthly. By the end of the mortgage term, (usually around 25 – 30 years) you will have paid the entire loan and own your home outright. This is by far the most common type of mortgage. When buying a property for living, most people will apply for a repayment mortgage.
  • Interest only Mortgage: You cover only the interest per month and the full amount of loan is still pending at the end of the term. The majority of interest-only mortgages demand just interest payments for a set length of time, usually five, seven, or ten years. After that you must start paying interest as well as a part of the principal.
  • Pension mortgage: A pension mortgage is an interest-only loan with a personal pension as an extra investment plan. A personal pension is a stock market investment providing tax relief and growth that is tax-free.
  • Buy to let mortgage – A mortgage taken out to buy property to rent out to tenants. The deposit for a Buy to Let mortgage will usually be higher and these are generally interest only.
  • Cashback mortgage – Some lenders are trying to encourage borrowers to get a morgate by paying them lump sum when they take a mortgage. These are so called cashback mortgages and, as the name implies, they reward you with money merely for taking out the loan. It is usually between £200 and £1,000 paid before of after the first mortgage payment.

Interest Types – Interest rates make the mortgage industry complex and competitive and are possibly the most important criteria in your mortgage decision.

  • Base rate- A rate of interest set by the Bank of England.
  • Variable Rate- The interest rate can go up and down at the lender’s discretion.
  • Tracker rate – This is the base rate plus a percentage. The tracker interest rate follows the base rate as it fluctuates. When the base rate is low, as it has been for several years, tracker mortgages are an excellent alternative.
  • Fixed Rate – The rate of interest remains fixed for a specific period. After which the arrangement reverts to the SVR. This is the most popular kind of mortgage as it offers security in case the base rate goes up.
  • Standard Variable Rate (SVR) – A standard variable rate mortgage is what you’ll be transferred onto when a fixed, tracker or discount deal comes to an end. Standard variable rates are generally higher than the rates offered by other types of mortgage.
  • Discount Rate – the interest rate is pegged at a set amount below the lender’s standard variable rate (SVR) for either a set period (e.g. two or five years) or for your whole mortgage. The amount you pay could change very often.

Fees and charges – Mortgages cost more than just the interest and the capital.

  • Arrangement/product/booking fee- this is the amount charged by a lender to set up the mortgage for you. It is usually due when the loan application is completed and may be added to the loan.
  • Early repayment charge– This will levy if you decide to pay the remaining amount of loan before the mortgage term is completed. Typically, the charges range from 1–5% of the value of the early repayment. Not all lenders have an early repayment fee.
  • Survey/Valuation fee- The mortgage provider will conduct a survey to assess the value of the property you intent to purchase to make sure it’s worth the amount you wish to borrow. Your lender might waive this fee on some mortgage deals.
  • Broker’s fees – fees payable to the broker for their services in helping you find the right mortgage.

Other Key Terms

  • Stamp Duty – This is the Stamp Duty Land Tax and is levied on any transaction that involves exchange of property.  If you’re looking to buy your first property, move home or buy to let  you will be charged Stamp Duty based on the value of the property. Current rates you can check on
  • Loan to Value- Essentially the size of the loan borrowed compared to the value of the property. So, if you borrow £180,000 to buy a home worth £200,000, the LTV is 90%. You are borrowing 90% of the value of the house.
  • Remortgage- this is a common process for mortgage holders and means a new mortgage application for your existing property, with the same or a new lender. Remortgaging happens for a variety of reasons including to release equity from a property, to consolidate debts, or to take advantage of a more favourable mortgage rate.
  • Negative equity- When the value of your loan exceeds your property value. This is usually caused by falling property prices.
  • Deposit- in the current market you cannot get a loan for 100% of the property price. You need to deposit at least 5% of the property price in most cases the deposit will be 10% to 15% of the property price.
  • Mortgage deed- A legally binding document that mentions the terms of your mortgage and shows the transfer of property. it shows that the person who owns the home transfers the ownership to the lender as security for the mortgage.

Now that you know these terms, you are equipped with the basic knowledge to understand the mortgage world. If you have any questions about mortgages and would like to apply for one, contact us today!

Extend Finance nor The Right Mortgage Limited can’t provide advice regarding Personal Pensions, Pension planning or investment planning advice. You must seek independent financial advice from a suitably qualified professional financial adviser who may charge you for advice.
Your Home (or property) may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage or any other debts secured on it. Conveyancing services and some forms of Buy to Let mortgages are not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

About Author

Mariusz studied in Poland and the UK and graduated in both banking and logistics. He has worked in the finance sector for many years and since 2017 he has been professionally advising clients on insurance products and mortgages.

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