Firstly, how many types of mortgages are out there for home buyers? There are lots of different mortgages available to those looking to buy a home, with them all being unique and featuring both pros and cons to each.
Throughout this article, we are going to focus specifically on the tracker mortgage, how it could work for you and why it is popular amongst homebuyers. Please bear in mind that a mortgage deal is only as good as the situation it is paired up with, so it may not necessarily be the best option for you.
As an example of this, you could take out a tracker mortgage initially, only to later realise that you would much rather prefer fixed payments (a fixed-rate mortgage). At this point it would be too late to switch as you are locked into a contractual agreement.
As a trusted and experienced mortgage broker in Newcastle, this is why we always recommend getting prepared and doing research prior to the process, and why you would benefit greatly from expert first time buyer mortgage advice in Newcastle.
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So, the burning question, what exactly is a tracker mortgage? Well, if you were on a tracker mortgage, your interest rate would follow alongside the Bank of England’s base rate and with an additional percentage usually added on top from your lender. Your lender cannot choose this rate, as this is set externally and will have to be followed.
To use an example, the Bank of England’s base rate could be 1% and your lender would have to put on another set amount of say 1%. So, depending on the Bank of England’s percentage, your interest rate will always remain at a percentage just above it.
A tracker mortgage works out really well if the Bank of England’s rate is currently at a lower rate. It will generally sit around 0-1%, however, it will gradually go up and down all throughout the year.
Back during the credit crunch in 2007-2008, the market crashed, so the interest rate skyrocketed. The highest that the percentage ever went up to was round about 5%. When you factor in the percentage that your lender would be adding on top, you could’ve ended up with a whopping 6% interest on your monthly mortgage repayments.
On the flip side, back in March 2020 at the beginning of the coronavirus, the mortgage market had a similar scare when the Bank of England’s rate decreased by a large amount, dropping a down to 0.1%. If you were on a tracker mortgage during this time, it was highly likely that you would’ve also dropped down to a 1.1% interest rate.
Of course, throughout this time period, you couldn’t pick up a tracker mortgage as in truth, the mortgage rates would’ve been far too good to be true. Ultimately lenders are trying to turn a profit, not lose out on their money. As of July 2021, we’d say it’s still fairly difficult to obtain a tracker mortgage, especially one that’ll suit your financial circumstances.
The tracker mortgage has both positives and negatives to it. This mortgage type relies massively on the economy, so if the market is performing badly and the Bank of England’s rate is high, a tracker mortgage is definitely not the best mortgage for you to get. On the other hand, if the situation is that the economy is performing well with a low Bank of England base rate, a tracker mortgage is certainly one to be favoured.
There are lots of different types of mortgages available to budding first time buyers in Newcastle, it’s just finding the one that is right for your circumstances. Before you dive into any mortgage deals, we highly recommend that you speak to a trusted mortgage advisor in Newcastle about your potential options. They will try and find you the most competitive deal for your personal and financial circumstances.
If you are a first time buyer in Newcastle, we believe our mortgage advice service will be greatly beneficial to you. We have been working within the mortgage industry for over 20 years now and have expert knowledge on the various types of mortgages available, able to cater your case as a first time buyer to a specific mortgage type.
We are also available for anyone who is looking to remortgage or move home in Newcastle. We believe that you will find our mortgage advice service invaluable. As a dedicated and caring mortgage broker in Newcastle, we will work alongside you from start to finish, offering a helping hand throughout your mortgage journey.