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Mortgage basics

There are several terms used to describe the interest rates you pay on a mortgage, and the key terms are as follows:

Standard Variable Rate (SVR) – The SVR is the lenders standard rate. With a variable rate mortgage you are normally able to switch lenders at any time without being penalised. If you take out a mortgage that has a fixed, tracker or discounted rate once the set period of time ends the loan will usually revert to the Lenders SVR.

Fixed Rate – A fixed rate mortgage allows you to repay interest at a fixed rate, irrespective of any interest rate fluctuations. In other words your monthly repayments will remain the same every month for a time period agreed between you and your lender.

Tracker – A tracker mortgages usually tracks any movement in an index specified by the lender, this for example could be the Bank of England Base Rate for a set period, so you will benefit from any falls in interest rates, but will also have to pay more each month should the rate increase.

Discount – The discount mortgage rate is another variation of the standard variable rate. It provides a discount from the lenders SVR for a set period of time. The variable interest rate still fluctuates, meaning your monthly repayments may differ slightly from month to month, but the discount remains constant.

Surveys – There are many different surveys available when buying a property. Although a basic survey may be the cheapest option, a more comprehensive survey could uncover some issues that could be used in the negotiation process. The link below highlights the key differences between the surveys on offer.

Which survey?

Please note, this is a guide and you should always consult the surveyor to confirm what is included.

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