In 2022 there are 1.1 million interest-only mortgages, with an average time until the mortgage ends of 9 years. The FCA has warned: Many of these borrowers may be less well- placed to repay their mortgages. When an interest-only mortgage ends, you have to repay all the amount you borrowed. You can't just carry on paying the interest. The money to repay it can come from three sources: … [Read more...]
Articles about Mortgages
Mortgages are a "priority debt". If you are having difficulty paying the mortgage you need to take debt advice as soon as possible - the earlier you do this, the more options you are likely to have.
These pages list all Debt Camel articles about mortgages in date order. If you would prefer to see the most popular articles grouped by theme, looking at "problems getting a Mortgage", "problems if you already have a mortgage" and "interest rates", then look at the Mortgages and Debt page.
Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) helps people with the cost of their mortgage if they aren't working. It was paid as a benefit from 1948, but in 2018 this stopped. SMI is now only given as a loan that is secured on your house, see the gov.uk page on SMI. But this loan is VERY cheap and you don't have to make any repayments to it, so this is not as bad as it sounds. How much help does SMI … [Read more...]
If your fixed mortgage has ended, or will soon, you could face a large increase in your mortgage payments. Most mortgages revert to their lender's Standard Variable Rate (SVR) when a fix ends. That is bad news because SVRs are higher than new fixes. Some lenders use a different term, such as "Follow On Rate", but SVR is the most common. In late 2021, the average SVR was 2% higher than a new … [Read more...]
A reader, Mr D, asked: My partner and I have a combined income of £56,000, We have a deposit of £28,000 (inheritance) and are looking to become first time buyers at a price of £230,000. We have defaulted debts that are being paid off, and previous history of payday loans from over 2 years ago from a time when our financial situation was much more difficult. The defaults are about 18 months … [Read more...]
A reader asked: "A friend said not to pay my defaulted debts off but save money towards a deposit for a mortgage - is this a good idea?" It's often unwise to rely on friends for debt advice... They may be guessing, their situation may have been quite different from yours, or they may be assuming what happened to them years ago is still useful today. And in this case, the friend may know … [Read more...]
The Coronavirus mortgage rules which gave mortgage payment breaks have now all ended. But many people are not "back to normal". The good news is that there is still help you can get - but it is dependant on what you can get agreed with your lender. You can't just claim it automatically, as you could with the mortgage payment breaks. This article looks at what you can do when you can't … [Read more...]
95% mortgages vanished with the pandemic At the beginning of 2020, this article started by saying "95% mortgages are back in fashion". It pointed out many more 95% mortgage offers there were compared to a few years ago. The interest rates were a bit higher than a mortgage with a 10%5 or greater deposit. But with the pandemic, mortgage lenders ran scared, concerned that house prices may fall … [Read more...]
Here are some questions I have seen recently about how long it takes to improve your credit score for a mortgage: I was foolish with credit cards for years but now I am determined to buy a house - how long will this take? My credit score is dreadful. My new partner has a good credit record and we want to get a mortgage. I have a poor credit rating but I have now inherited a deposit. How … [Read more...]
A reader asked about applying for a mortgage when she is in a Debt Management Plan (DMP): "I have been in a DMP for 8 years and still have 6 to go as I still owe £16,000. With hindsight, I should have gone bankrupt! My parents will give us a 20% deposit in 2021, but they don't know about my debts so I can't use their money to end the DMP. Will I be able to get a mortgage?" I've written before … [Read more...]
Ms F asked: "I have been in debt management for five years after my marriage breakdown. After an inheritance, I want to pay off my DMP as it will carry on for years. I could pay in full but my house needs some urgent work and my car is on its last legs. I asked about my credit score if I offer a partial settlement and was told this would show as partially settled on credit score file. Will I … [Read more...]