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A mortgage is one of life’s biggest financial commitments. Mortgage options can be complex, but the most fundamental choice is between a fixed or a variable rate.
With a variable rate mortgage, repayment costs can rise or fall over the term of the mortgage in line with changes in the base rate set by the ECB or in your lender’s charging policy. You can pay extra off your mortgage, extend your mortgage term or top up your mortgage without incurring penalties.
A fixed rate mortgage guarantees your repayment level for the duration of the fixed rate term. Fixed rates are typically priced somewhat higher than the current standard variable rate. During the fixed rate period, you will face penalties if you want to switch lenders, move to a variable rate, re-mortgage or pay off all or part of your mortgage. At the end of a fixed rate term, mortgages are usually switched back to the standard variable rate.
Our mortgage cost comparisons allow you to evaluate both variable and fixed rate mortgages options and see your likely repayment amounts under each type.
There is no right or wrong option selecting between a variable or a fixed rate mortgage. The right choice is the mortgage best suited to your needs and circumstances, and these may change over time. The interest rate figures shown will allow you to compare similar mortgages from different providers. A mortgage with a high interest rate will cost more than a mortgage with a low interest rate.
Please note that all figures contained in the mortgage cost comparisons are indicative estimates only. They do not take individual circumstances into account and you should always contact the mortgage provider directly for exact repayment details before making a decision.
Please also note that the monthly repayment figures do not include mortgage interest relief.