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Barclays
Max LTV 60%:
Fixed to 31/07/22
Initial rate
1.09%
then 3.59% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£476
Scheme fees
£999
Annual cost
£6,214
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £999
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
2% until 31/07/22
Other info
Exit fee £80
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.09% and then on a variable rate of 3.59% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £476 and 276 payments of £619. The total amount payable would be £183,267 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£57,268) and fees (£999). The overall cost for comparison is 3.3% APRC representative.
Max LTV 60% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 3.3% APRC
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HSBC
Max LTV 60%:
Fixed to 30/09/22
Initial rate
1.14%
then 3.54% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£479
Scheme fees
£999
Annual cost
£6,248
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £999
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
2% reducing to 1% until 30/09/22
Other info
Exit fee £0
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.14% and then on a variable rate of 3.54% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £479 and 276 payments of £616. The total amount payable would be £182,511 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£56,512) and fees (£999). The overall cost for comparison is 3.2% APRC representative.
Max LTV 60% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 3.2% APRC
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Leeds
Max LTV 75%:
Fixed to 31/10/22
Initial rate
1.14%
then 5.29% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£479
Scheme fees
£1,999
Annual cost
£6,748
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £1,999
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
3% reducing to 2% until 31/10/22
Other info
Exit fee £199
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.14% and then on a variable rate of 5.29% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £479 and 276 payments of £729. The total amount payable would be £214,699 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£87,700) and fees (£1,999). The overall cost for comparison is 4.4% APRC representative.
Max LTV 75% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 4.4% APRC
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Leeds
Max LTV 65%:
Fixed to 31/10/22
Initial rate
1.15%
then 5.29% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£480
Scheme fees
£999
Annual cost
£6,255
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £999
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
3% reducing to 2% until 31/10/22
Other info
Exit fee £199
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.15% and then on a variable rate of 5.29% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £479 and 276 payments of £729. The total amount payable would be £213,699 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£87,700) and fees (£999). The overall cost for comparison is 4.4% APRC representative.
Max LTV 65% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 4.4% APRC
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Natwest
Max LTV 60%:
Fixed to 30/09/22
Initial rate
1.15%
then 3.59% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£480
Scheme fees
£995
Annual cost
£6,253
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £995
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
2% reducing to 1% until 30/09/22
Other info
Exit fee £0
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.15% and then on a variable rate of 3.59% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £479 and 276 payments of £619. The total amount payable would be £183,335 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£57,340) and fees (£995). The overall cost for comparison is 3.2% APRC representative.
Max LTV 60% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 3.2% APRC
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Virgin Money
Max LTV 65%:
Fixed to 01/11/22
Initial rate
1.16%
then 4.34% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£480
Scheme fees
£1,495
Annual cost
£6,510
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £1,495
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
1.5% until 01/11/22
Other info
Exit fee £50
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.16% and then on a variable rate of 4.34% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £480 and 276 payments of £666. The total amount payable would be £196,831 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£70,336) and fees (£1,495). The overall cost for comparison is 3.7% APRC representative.
Max LTV 65% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 3.7% APRC
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Natwest
Max LTV 60%:
Fixed to 30/09/22
Initial rate
1.17%
then 3.59% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£481
Scheme fees
£993
Annual cost
£6,266
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £995
Valuation fee £248
Other fees £0
Cashback £250
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
2% reducing to 1% until 30/09/22
Other info
Exit fee £0
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.17% and then on a variable rate of 3.59% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £480 and 276 payments of £619. The total amount payable would be £183,357 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£57,364) and fees (£993). The overall cost for comparison is 3.2% APRC representative.
Max LTV 60% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 3.2% APRC
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Barclays
Max LTV 60%:
Base +1.08% for 2 years
Initial rate
1.18%
then 3.59% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£481
Scheme fees
£999
Annual cost
£6,276
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £999
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed?
Early Repayment Charge:
None
Other info
Exit fee £80
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a variable rate for 2 years at 1.18% and then on a variable rate of 3.59% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £481 and 276 payments of £619. The total amount payable would be £183,387 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£57,388) and fees (£999). The overall cost for comparison is 3.3% APRC representative.
Max LTV 60% No Early Repayment Charges
Overall cost for comparison 3.3% APRC
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Coventry
Max LTV 50%:
Fixed to 30/09/22
Initial rate
1.18%
then 4.49% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£481
Scheme fees
£999
Annual cost
£6,276
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £999
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
2% reducing to 1% until 30/09/22
Other info
Exit fee £125
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.18% and then on a variable rate of 4.49% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £481 and 276 payments of £676. The total amount payable would be £199,119 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£73,120) and fees (£999). The overall cost for comparison is 3.9% APRC representative.
Max LTV 50% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 3.9% APRC
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Barclays
Max LTV 75%:
Fixed to 31/07/22
Initial rate
1.21%
then 3.59% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£483
Scheme fees
£999
Annual cost
£6,296
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £999
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
2% until 31/07/22
Other info
Exit fee £80
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.21% and then on a variable rate of 3.59% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £483 and 276 payments of £619. The total amount payable would be £183,435 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£57,436) and fees (£999). The overall cost for comparison is 3.3% APRC representative.
Max LTV 75% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 3.3% APRC
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Skipton
Max LTV 60%:
Fixed to 31/10/22
Initial rate
1.21%
then 4.64% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£483
Scheme fees
£995
Annual cost
£6,294
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £995
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
2% reducing to 1% until 31/10/22
Other info
Exit fee £95
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.21% and then on a variable rate of 4.64% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £483 and 276 payments of £686. The total amount payable would be £201,923 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£75,928) and fees (£995). The overall cost for comparison is 3.8% APRC representative.
Max LTV 60% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 3.8% APRC
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Coventry
Max LTV 65%:
Fixed to 30/09/22
Initial rate
1.23%
then 4.49% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£484
Scheme fees
£999
Annual cost
£6,310
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £999
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
2% reducing to 1% until 30/09/22
Other info
Exit fee £125
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.23% and then on a variable rate of 4.49% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £484 and 276 payments of £676. The total amount payable would be £199,191 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£73,192) and fees (£999). The overall cost for comparison is 3.9% APRC representative.
Max LTV 65% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 3.9% APRC
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Natwest
Max LTV 70%:
Fixed to 30/09/22
Initial rate
1.23%
then 3.59% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£484
Scheme fees
£993
Annual cost
£6,307
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £995
Valuation fee £248
Other fees £0
Cashback £250
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
2% reducing to 1% until 30/09/22
Other info
Exit fee £0
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.23% and then on a variable rate of 3.59% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £484 and 276 payments of £619. The total amount payable would be £183,453 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£57,460) and fees (£993). The overall cost for comparison is 3.3% APRC representative.
Max LTV 70% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 3.3% APRC
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Natwest
Max LTV 70%:
Fixed to 30/09/22
Initial rate
1.24%
then 3.59% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£485
Scheme fees
£995
Annual cost
£6,315
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £995
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
2% reducing to 1% until 30/09/22
Other info
Exit fee £0
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.24% and then on a variable rate of 3.59% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £484 and 276 payments of £619. The total amount payable would be £183,455 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£57,460) and fees (£995). The overall cost for comparison is 3.3% APRC representative.
Max LTV 70% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 3.3% APRC
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HSBC
Max LTV 70%:
Fixed to 30/09/22
Initial rate
1.24%
then 3.54% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£485
Scheme fees
£999
Annual cost
£6,317
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £999
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
2% reducing to 1% until 30/09/22
Other info
Exit fee £0
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.24% and then on a variable rate of 3.54% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £484 and 276 payments of £616. The total amount payable would be £182,631 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£56,632) and fees (£999). The overall cost for comparison is 3.3% APRC representative.
Max LTV 70% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 3.3% APRC
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HSBC
Max LTV 75%:
Fixed to 30/09/22
Initial rate
1.24%
then 3.54% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£485
Scheme fees
£999
Annual cost
£6,317
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £999
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
2% reducing to 1% until 30/09/22
Other info
Exit fee £0
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.24% and then on a variable rate of 3.54% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £484 and 276 payments of £616. The total amount payable would be £182,631 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£56,632) and fees (£999). The overall cost for comparison is 3.3% APRC representative.
Max LTV 75% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 3.3% APRC
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West Brom
Max LTV 60%:
Fixed to 30/09/22
Initial rate
1.24%
then 3.99% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£485
Scheme fees
£499
Annual cost
£6,067
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £999
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £500
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? £1k p/m
Early Repayment Charge:
2% reducing to 1% until 30/09/22
Other info
Exit fee £195
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.24% and then on a variable rate of 3.99% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £484 and 276 payments of £644. The total amount payable would be £189,859 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£64,360) and fees (£499). The overall cost for comparison is 3.6% APRC representative.
Max LTV 60% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 3.6% APRC
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Barclays
Max LTV 60%:
Base +1.14% for 2 years
Initial rate
1.24%
then 3.59% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£485
Scheme fees
£999
Annual cost
£6,317
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £999
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed?
Early Repayment Charge:
None
Other info
Exit fee £80
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a variable rate for 2 years at 1.24% and then on a variable rate of 3.59% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £484 and 276 payments of £619. The total amount payable would be £183,459 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£57,460) and fees (£999). The overall cost for comparison is 3.3% APRC representative.
Max LTV 60% No Early Repayment Charges
Overall cost for comparison 3.3% APRC
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Leeds
Max LTV 75%:
Fixed to 31/10/22
Initial rate
1.24%
then 5.29% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£485
Scheme fees
£999
Annual cost
£6,317
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £999
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
3% reducing to 2% until 31/10/22
Other info
Exit fee £199
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.24% and then on a variable rate of 5.29% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £484 and 276 payments of £729. The total amount payable would be £213,819 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£87,820) and fees (£999). The overall cost for comparison is 4.4% APRC representative.
Max LTV 75% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 4.4% APRC
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Natwest
Max LTV 75%:
Fixed to 30/09/22
Initial rate
1.24%
then 3.59% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£485
Scheme fees
£993
Annual cost
£6,314
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £995
Valuation fee £248
Other fees £0
Cashback £250
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
2% reducing to 1% until 30/09/22
Other info
Exit fee £0
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.24% and then on a variable rate of 3.59% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £484 and 276 payments of £619. The total amount payable would be £183,453 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£57,460) and fees (£993). The overall cost for comparison is 3.3% APRC representative.
Max LTV 75% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 3.3% APRC
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Barclays
Max LTV 70%:
Fixed to 31/07/22
Initial rate
1.25%
then 3.59% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£485
Scheme fees
£999
Annual cost
£6,324
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £999
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
2% until 31/07/22
Other info
Exit fee £80
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.25% and then on a variable rate of 3.59% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £485 and 276 payments of £620. The total amount payable would be £183,759 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£57,760) and fees (£999). The overall cost for comparison is 3.3% APRC representative.
Max LTV 70% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 3.3% APRC
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Leek United
Max LTV 75%:
Fixed to 30/11/22
Initial rate
1.25%
then 5.19% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£485
Scheme fees
£1,095
Annual cost
£6,372
Fees and charges
Booking fee £100
Arrangement fee £1,395
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £400
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
2% reducing to 1% until 30/11/22
Other info
Exit fee £0
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.25% and then on a variable rate of 5.19% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £485 and 276 payments of £723. The total amount payable would be £212,283 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£86,188) and fees (£1,095). The overall cost for comparison is 4.8% APRC representative.
Max LTV 75% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 4.8% APRC
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Natwest
Max LTV 75%:
Fixed to 30/09/22
Initial rate
1.25%
then 3.59% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£485
Scheme fees
£995
Annual cost
£6,322
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £995
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
2% reducing to 1% until 30/09/22
Other info
Exit fee £0
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.25% and then on a variable rate of 3.59% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £485 and 276 payments of £620. The total amount payable would be £183,755 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£57,760) and fees (£995). The overall cost for comparison is 3.2% APRC representative.
Max LTV 75% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 3.2% APRC
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Barclays
Max LTV 70%:
Base +1.16% for 2 years
Initial rate
1.26%
then 3.59% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£486
Scheme fees
£999
Annual cost
£6,331
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £999
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed?
Early Repayment Charge:
None
Other info
Exit fee £80
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a variable rate for 2 years at 1.26% and then on a variable rate of 3.59% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £485 and 276 payments of £620. The total amount payable would be £183,759 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£57,760) and fees (£999). The overall cost for comparison is 3.3% APRC representative.
Max LTV 70% No Early Repayment Charges
Overall cost for comparison 3.3% APRC
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Coventry
Max LTV 50%:
Fixed to 30/09/22
Initial rate
1.28%
then 4.49% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£487
Scheme fees
£999
Annual cost
£6,345
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £999
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
2% reducing to 1% until 30/09/22
Other info
Exit fee £125
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.28% and then on a variable rate of 4.49% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £487 and 276 payments of £677. The total amount payable would be £199,539 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£73,540) and fees (£999). The overall cost for comparison is 3.9% APRC representative.
Max LTV 50% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 3.9% APRC
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Halifax
Max LTV 60%:
Fixed to 31/08/22
Initial rate
1.28%
then 3.59% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£487
Scheme fees
£1,195
Annual cost
£6,443
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £995
Valuation fee £200
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
2% reducing to 1% until 31/08/22
Other info
Exit fee £0
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.28% and then on a variable rate of 3.59% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £487 and 276 payments of £620. The total amount payable would be £184,003 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£57,808) and fees (£1,195). The overall cost for comparison is 3.5% APRC representative.
Max LTV 60% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 3.5% APRC
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TSB
Max LTV 60%:
Fixed to 31/08/22
Initial rate
1.29%
then 3.59% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£488
Scheme fees
£995
Annual cost
£6,350
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £995
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
2% reducing to 1% until 31/08/22
Other info
Exit fee £0
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.29% and then on a variable rate of 3.59% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £487 and 276 payments of £620. The total amount payable would be £183,803 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£57,808) and fees (£995). The overall cost for comparison is 3.3% APRC representative.
Max LTV 60% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 3.3% APRC
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HSBC
Max LTV 60%:
Fixed to 30/09/23
Initial rate
1.29%
then 3.54% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£488
Scheme fees
£999
Annual cost
£6,185
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £999
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
3% reducing to 1% until 30/09/23
Other info
Exit fee £0
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 3 years at 1.29% and then on a variable rate of 3.54% for the remaining 22 years would require 36 payments of £487 and 264 payments of £611. The total amount payable would be £179,835 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£53,836) and fees (£999). The overall cost for comparison is 3.1% APRC representative.
Max LTV 60% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 3.1% APRC
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Barclays
Max LTV 60%:
Fixed to 31/07/23
Initial rate
1.29%
then 3.59% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£488
Scheme fees
£999
Annual cost
£6,185
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £999
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
3% until 31/07/23
Other info
Exit fee £80
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 3 years at 1.29% and then on a variable rate of 3.59% for the remaining 22 years would require 36 payments of £487 and 264 payments of £614. The total amount payable would be £180,627 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£54,628) and fees (£999). The overall cost for comparison is 3.2% APRC representative.
Max LTV 60% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 3.2% APRC
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Leek United
Max LTV 60%:
Fixed to 30/11/22
Initial rate
1.29%
then 5.19% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£488
Scheme fees
£595
Annual cost
£6,150
Fees and charges
Booking fee £100
Arrangement fee £895
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £400
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
2% reducing to 1% until 30/11/22
Other info
Exit fee £0
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.29% and then on a variable rate of 5.19% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £487 and 276 payments of £723. The total amount payable would be £211,831 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£86,236) and fees (£595). The overall cost for comparison is 4.8% APRC representative.
Max LTV 60% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 4.8% APRC
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Coventry
Max LTV 75%:
Fixed to 30/09/22
Initial rate
1.30%
then 4.49% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£488
Scheme fees
£999
Annual cost
£6,359
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £999
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
2% reducing to 1% until 30/09/22
Other info
Exit fee £125
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.30% and then on a variable rate of 4.49% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £488 and 276 payments of £677. The total amount payable would be £199,563 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£73,564) and fees (£999). The overall cost for comparison is 3.9% APRC representative.
Max LTV 75% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 3.9% APRC
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Yorkshire BS
Max LTV 65%:
Fixed to 31/08/22
Initial rate
1.30%
then 4.49% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£488
Scheme fees
£1,675
Annual cost
£6,697
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £1,495
Valuation fee £180
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
2.5% reducing to 1.5% until 31/08/22
Other info
Exit fee £90
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.30% and then on a variable rate of 4.49% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £488 and 276 payments of £677. The total amount payable would be £200,239 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£73,564) and fees (£1,675). The overall cost for comparison is 3.8% APRC representative.
Max LTV 65% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 3.8% APRC
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Cumberland
Max LTV 60%:
2.78% discount for 2 years
Initial rate
1.31%
then 4.09% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£489
Scheme fees
£1,329
Annual cost
£6,531
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £999
Valuation fee £330
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
1% reducing to 0.5% for 2 years
Other info
Exit fee £125
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a variable rate for 2 years at 1.31% and then on a variable rate of 4.09% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £488 and 276 payments of £651. The total amount payable would be £192,717 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£66,388) and fees (£1,329). The overall cost for comparison is 3.8% APRC representative.
Max LTV 60% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 3.8% APRC
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Bank of Ireland
Max LTV 60%:
Fixed to 31/08/22
Initial rate
1.32%
then 4.09% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£489
Scheme fees
£1,495
Annual cost
£6,621
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £1,495
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% pa
Early Repayment Charge:
3% reducing to 2% until 31/08/22
Other info
Exit fee £195
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.32% and then on a variable rate of 4.09% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £489 and 276 payments of £651. The total amount payable would be £192,907 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£66,412) and fees (£1,495). The overall cost for comparison is 3.7% APRC representative.
Max LTV 60% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 3.7% APRC
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Yorkshire BS
Max LTV 75%:
Fixed to 31/08/22
Initial rate
1.33%
then 4.49% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£490
Scheme fees
£1,675
Annual cost
£6,718
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £1,495
Valuation fee £180
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
2.5% reducing to 1.5% until 31/08/22
Other info
Exit fee £90
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.33% and then on a variable rate of 4.49% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £490 and 276 payments of £677. The total amount payable would be £200,287 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£73,612) and fees (£1,675). The overall cost for comparison is 3.8% APRC representative.
Max LTV 75% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 3.8% APRC
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Coventry
Max LTV 65%:
Fixed to 30/09/22
Initial rate
1.33%
then 4.49% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£490
Scheme fees
£999
Annual cost
£6,380
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £999
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
2% reducing to 1% until 30/09/22
Other info
Exit fee £125
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.33% and then on a variable rate of 4.49% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £490 and 276 payments of £677. The total amount payable would be £199,611 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£73,612) and fees (£999). The overall cost for comparison is 3.9% APRC representative.
Max LTV 65% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 3.9% APRC
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Santander
Max LTV 60%:
Fixed to 02/10/22
Initial rate
1.34%
then 3.35% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£491
Scheme fees
£649
Annual cost
£6,211
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £649
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
3% until 02/10/22
Other info
Exit fee £225
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.34% and then on a variable rate of 3.35% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £490 and 276 payments of £605. The total amount payable would be £179,389 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£53,740) and fees (£649). The overall cost for comparison is 3.0% APRC representative.
Max LTV 60% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 3.0% APRC
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First Direct
Max LTV 60%:
Fixed for 2 years
Initial rate
1.34%
then 3.54% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£491
Scheme fees
£490
Annual cost
£6,132
Fees and charges
Booking fee £490
Arrangement fee £0
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? Unlimited
Early Repayment Charge:
3% reducing to 2% for 2 years
Other info
Exit fee £0
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.34% and then on a variable rate of 3.54% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £490 and 276 payments of £617. The total amount payable would be £182,542 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£57,052) and fees (£490). The overall cost for comparison is 3.2% APRC representative.
Max LTV 60% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 3.2% APRC
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TSB
Max LTV 75%:
Fixed to 31/08/22
Initial rate
1.34%
then 3.59% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£491
Scheme fees
£995
Annual cost
£6,384
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £995
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
2% reducing to 1% until 31/08/22
Other info
Exit fee £0
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.34% and then on a variable rate of 3.59% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £490 and 276 payments of £620. The total amount payable would be £183,875 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£57,880) and fees (£995). The overall cost for comparison is 3.3% APRC representative.
Max LTV 75% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 3.3% APRC
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TSB
Max LTV 60%:
Base +1.24% to 31/08/22
Initial rate
1.34%
then 3.59% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£491
Scheme fees
£995
Annual cost
£6,384
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £995
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed?
Early Repayment Charge:
None
Other info
Exit fee £0
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a variable rate for 2 years at 1.34% and then on a variable rate of 3.59% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £490 and 276 payments of £620. The total amount payable would be £183,875 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£57,880) and fees (£995). The overall cost for comparison is 3.3% APRC representative.
Max LTV 60% No Early Repayment Charges
Overall cost for comparison 3.3% APRC
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HSBC
Max LTV 60%:
Base +1.24% for 2 years
Initial rate
1.34%
then 3.54% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£491
Scheme fees
£999
Annual cost
£6,386
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £999
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed?
Early Repayment Charge:
None
Other info
Exit fee £0
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a variable rate for 2 years at 1.34% and then on a variable rate of 3.54% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £490 and 276 payments of £617. The total amount payable would be £183,051 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£57,052) and fees (£999). The overall cost for comparison is 3.3% APRC representative.
Max LTV 60% No Early Repayment Charges
Overall cost for comparison 3.3% APRC
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Skipton
Max LTV 60%:
Fixed to 31/10/22
Initial rate
1.34%
then 4.64% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£491
Scheme fees
£995
Annual cost
£6,384
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £995
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
2% reducing to 1% until 31/10/22
Other info
Exit fee £95
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.34% and then on a variable rate of 4.64% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £490 and 276 payments of £687. The total amount payable would be £202,367 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£76,372) and fees (£995). The overall cost for comparison is 4.1% APRC representative.
Max LTV 60% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 4.1% APRC
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Post Office
Max LTV 60%:
Fixed to 31/08/22
Initial rate
1.37%
then 4.09% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£492
Scheme fees
£1,495
Annual cost
£6,655
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £1,995
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £500
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
3% reducing to 2% until 31/08/22
Other info
Exit fee £195
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.37% and then on a variable rate of 4.09% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £492 and 276 payments of £651. The total amount payable would be £192,979 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£66,484) and fees (£1,495). The overall cost for comparison is 3.8% APRC representative.
Max LTV 60% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 3.8% APRC
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Natwest
Max LTV 60%:
Fixed to 30/09/22
Initial rate
1.37%
then 3.59% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£492
Scheme fees
£993
Annual cost
£6,404
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £995
Valuation fee £248
Other fees £0
Cashback £250
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
2% reducing to 1% until 30/09/22
Other info
Exit fee £0
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.37% and then on a variable rate of 3.59% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £492 and 276 payments of £620. The total amount payable would be £183,921 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£57,928) and fees (£993). The overall cost for comparison is 3.3% APRC representative.
Max LTV 60% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 3.3% APRC
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Halifax
Max LTV 60%:
Fixed to 30/09/22
Initial rate
1.38%
then 3.59% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£493
Scheme fees
£1,199
Annual cost
£6,514
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £999
Valuation fee £200
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
2% reducing to 1% until 30/09/22
Other info
Exit fee £0
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 2 years at 1.38% and then on a variable rate of 3.59% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £492 and 276 payments of £620. The total amount payable would be £184,127 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£57,928) and fees (£1,199). The overall cost for comparison is 3.2% APRC representative.
Max LTV 60% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 3.2% APRC
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Barclays
Max LTV 60%:
Fixed to 31/07/25
Initial rate
1.38%
then 3.59% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£493
Scheme fees
£999
Annual cost
£6,115
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £999
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
5% until 31/07/25
Other info
Exit fee £80
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 5 years at 1.38% and then on a variable rate of 3.59% for the remaining 20 years would require 60 payments of £492 and 240 payments of £604. The total amount payable would be £175,479 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£49,480) and fees (£999). The overall cost for comparison is 2.9% APRC representative.
Max LTV 60% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 2.9% APRC
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HSBC
Max LTV 70%:
Base +1.29% for 2 years
Initial rate
1.39%
then 3.54% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£493
Scheme fees
£999
Annual cost
£6,421
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £999
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed?
Early Repayment Charge:
None
Other info
Exit fee £0
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a variable rate for 2 years at 1.39% and then on a variable rate of 3.54% for the remaining 23 years would require 24 payments of £493 and 276 payments of £617. The total amount payable would be £183,123 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£57,124) and fees (£999). The overall cost for comparison is 3.3% APRC representative.
Max LTV 70% No Early Repayment Charges
Overall cost for comparison 3.3% APRC
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HSBC
Max LTV 70%:
Fixed to 30/09/23
Initial rate
1.39%
then 3.54% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£493
Scheme fees
£999
Annual cost
£6,255
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £999
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
3% reducing to 1% until 30/09/23
Other info
Exit fee £0
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 3 years at 1.39% and then on a variable rate of 3.54% for the remaining 22 years would require 36 payments of £493 and 264 payments of £612. The total amount payable would be £180,315 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£54,316) and fees (£999). The overall cost for comparison is 3.1% APRC representative.
Max LTV 70% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 3.1% APRC
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HSBC
Max LTV 75%:
Fixed to 30/09/23
Initial rate
1.39%
then 3.54% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£493
Scheme fees
£999
Annual cost
£6,255
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £999
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
3% reducing to 1% until 30/09/23
Other info
Exit fee £0
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 3 years at 1.39% and then on a variable rate of 3.54% for the remaining 22 years would require 36 payments of £493 and 264 payments of £612. The total amount payable would be £180,315 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£54,316) and fees (£999). The overall cost for comparison is 3.1% APRC representative.
Max LTV 75% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 3.1% APRC
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HSBC
Max LTV 60%:
Fixed to 30/09/25
Initial rate
1.39%
then 3.54% (variable)
Monthly repayments
£493
Scheme fees
£999
Annual cost
£6,122
Fees and charges
Booking fee £0
Arrangement fee £999
Valuation fee £0
Other fees £0
Cashback £0
Flexibility
Overpayments allowed? 10% p/a
Early Repayment Charge:
5% reducing to 1% until 30/09/25
Other info
Exit fee £0
Basic legals Payable
Representative example A mortgage of £125,000 payable over 25 years, initially on a fixed rate for 5 years at 1.39% and then on a variable rate of 3.54% for the remaining 20 years would require 60 payments of £493 and 240 payments of £601. The total amount payable would be £174,819 made up of the loan amount plus interest (£48,820) and fees (£999). The overall cost for comparison is 2.8% APRC representative.
Max LTV 60% Early Repayment Charges apply
Overall cost for comparison 2.8% APRC
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When compiling our first time buyer best buy tables we compare the best first time buyer mortgage rates from across the UK market, including deals that are exclusive to us. It's important to remember that the best first time buyer mortgage deals are not necessarily about getting the lowest mortgage rate possible, you also need to take into account all the fees and charges associated in setting up your new mortgage deal.

By choosing L&C to find your next first time buyer mortgage deal our advisers will research the market for you, looking at criteria, set up fees and the rate to help you compare the best first time buyer mortgage deal for your circumstances, saving you time and effort. Our best buy tables above show you the first time buyer mortgage deals currently available, both fixed rates and variable rates, whether you are looking to purchase or remortgage to a better deal.

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Finding the right mortgage as a first time buyer

Getting onto the property ladder can seem daunting unless you have the right advice and guidance.

You’ll need to work out if you’re eligible for a mortgage and how much you can borrow, as well as which type of mortgage to go for and how much it’s going to cost you.

The good news is that it’s easy to get started with your first mortgage with L&C’s online Mortgage Finder. All you need to do is enter your details, including how much you want to borrow and how big a deposit you’ve got to put down and the Mortgage Finder will show you all the deals you are likely to qualify for.

Why apply for your first mortgage with L&C?

Applying for your first mortgage with L&C can help save you time, money and hassle.

  • Our online Mortgage Finder allows you to start your mortgage journey on your desktop or mobile device, either at home or on the go.
  • You’ll need to provide information such as the purchase price of the property you’re considering buying, how much you want to borrow, and how long you want to repay your mortgage over.
  • The Mortgage Finder will give you a list of personalised results in real time, which will show you all the deals you might be eligible for.
  • Once you’ve sent us your completed Mortgage Finder, you’ll get your ‘Decision in Principle’ by email. If we need to check anything, one of our expert advisers will give you a call to confirm your details and fill in any blanks, before sending you a Decision in Principle certificate. This will give you an indication of how much you might be able to borrow before you submit a mortgage application and receive a formal mortgage offer.
  • Our advice won’t cost you a penny. Like all other brokers, we receive a payment from the lender when the mortgage completes, but we choose not to charge our customers a fee on top of this. You’ll pay no more applying through us than you would going directly to the lender on the same deal.

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Lending criteria & eligibility

You must be aged at least 18 to apply for a mortgage as a first time buyer.

When you submit your application, lenders will look closely at how much you earn. They will also want to know about all your outgoings, such as any loan or credit card repayments, and the amount you spend on things like travel, food and utilities. If you can reduce unnecessary outgoings before you make an application, it could boost your chances of being accepted.

They will check your credit history too, which shows how you’ve managed debts in the past. If you’ve been late with or have missed any payments this might have affected your credit score and may mean your mortgage application is refused. You can find out about this in our guide How does your credit score affect your ability to get a mortgage?

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We offer the best mortgage options for first time buyers

There are lots of different mortgage options to choose from, so it’s worth weighing up the pros and cons of each before deciding which one to go for.

  • Fixed rate mortgages. As the name suggests, with a fixed rate mortgage your interest rate won’t change for the term of the deal. You can typically lock into a fixed rate mortgage for anything between two and ten years, although sometimes even longer deals are available. Fixed rate mortgages usually appeal to first time buyers who want peace of mind that their monthly payments won’t change, whatever happens to interest rates.
  • Tracker mortgages. Tracker mortgages are variable rate mortgages and usually track the Bank of England base rate, plus a set percentage. The main advantage of a tracker deal is that when rates are falling you will benefit. However, when rates start to rise, so will the cost of your payments.
  • Discounted mortgages: Discounted mortgages are also variable rate deals, typically offering a discount from the lender’s Standard Variable Rate (SVR). This rate can change over time if the SVR goes up or down.
  • Capped rate mortgages. Capped deals are again variable rate mortgages, so the rate and your payments can move up or down over time, but there is a cap or ceiling which the rate cannot exceed. This can provide peace of mind that your monthly payments won’t increase beyond a certain point during the term of the deal, even if rates keep rising.
  • Parental support mortgages. Several lenders offer first time buyer mortgages which enable parents to use their savings to help their children get onto the property ladder. Parents usually commit to putting a percentage of the first time buyer’s property value into a savings account held with the lender for a few years. Other lenders may allow parents to borrow extra on their mortgage to gift to children as a deposit.

Find out more about the various kinds of mortgage you can choose from in our guide Different types of mortgage explained.

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Choosing your first mortgage

Before you choose your first mortgage, there are a few initial steps you need to take.

  1. Find out how much you can borrow. The amount you’ll be able to borrow will depend on your income and outgoings, and how much deposit you have to put down. Our How much can I borrow? calculator can give you a quick idea of the likely mortgage amount you can borrow.
  2. Work out how big a deposit you can afford to put down. You’ll usually need to save a deposit of at least 5% of the property value. However, if you’re able to save more than this, you’ll have access to a wider range of mortgages at more competitive rates, as lenders will consider you a lower risk.
  3. Factor in other costs. Remember that as well as saving a deposit, you’ll also need to save up for the other costs of buying a home, such as legal fees and moving costs. Fortunately, when it comes to Stamp Duty, there is help available for most first time buyers in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland in the form of first time buyer relief. You can read more about this here.
  4. Understand the key differences between the different mortgage types. It’s worth getting to grips with how different types of mortgage work so that you can pick the right deal to suit your needs. For example, if budgeting certainty is a top priority, you might decide a fixed rate mortgage is best for you, but if you don’t mind your monthly payments moving up or down over time, you might prefer a variable rate deal.
  5. Calculate how much your repayments will be each month. Your mortgage needs to be affordable, so you’ll need to make sure your monthly payments aren’t going to be too much of a financial stretch. The longer your mortgage term, the less your monthly payments will cost, but the more interest you’ll end up paying back overall, and vice versa. Use our How much will my mortgage cost? calculator to help you find out the cost of your mortgage.

Remember too that if you’re struggling to get onto the property ladder, there are Government schemes available that may help.

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Start your online search for a first time buyer mortgage

Hopefully you’ll now have a clearer idea of which type of mortgage you want and the sort of information lenders will want to see when you apply for a mortgage.

Whether you want a fixed or variable deal, our online Mortgage Finder searches over 90 lenders’ deals on your behalf, which means finding and applying for your first time buyer mortgage needn’t involve filling out lots of mortgage enquiries for different mortgage providers.

Our experts will advise you on the best deal for you, and once you’ve applied for your mortgage, you can then track your application online 24/7 so you know exactly how it’s progressing.

Begin your online mortgage journey using our Mortgage Finder.

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First Time Buyer FAQs

What is a first time buyer mortgage?

First time buyer mortgages are designed to help those who are trying to get onto the property ladder. They might be available to people with only a small deposit (typically 5% of the property value) to put down, or they might offer cashback to help cover costs.

Find out more about first time buyer mortgages

The loan to value ratio is a term used by lenders to express how big a mortgage they are prepared to offer you in relation to the value of the property you are buying. For example, if a lender offers a first time buyer mortgage with a 95% LTV, this means they will lend you up to 95% of the property value.

100% mortgages used to be more widely available to first time buyers, but today most lenders now require a minimum deposit of at least 5%.

There are deals available which don’t require first time buyers to have a deposit, but parents or other family members must usually agree to put down a percentage of the purchase price of the property into a savings account, or provide other security for the mortgage.

A 95% mortgage allows you to borrow 95% of the property value.

You therefore need to save a 5% deposit to qualify. For example, if you’re buying a property costing £200,000, you’ll have to put down a deposit of at least £10,000.

The most common costs associated with getting a first mortgage are:

  • Mortgage arrangement fees (sometimes charged by lenders )
  • Legal fees
  • Valuation fees

However, sometimes lenders offer to cover some of these costs, so depending on which deal you choose, you may not have to pay all of these. Read our guide to the costs of buying a house to find out more.

There are several Government schemes available to help first time buyers get onto the property ladder. The Help to Buy equity loan scheme in England, for example, enables first time buyers to put down a 5% deposit, and the Government will then lend a further 20% (40% in London) of the property price interest-free for the first five years.

There are also schemes to help first time buyers save up a deposit, such as the Lifetime ISA, with the Government topping up contributions made into these accounts by 25%. Find out more about how these schemes work in our Guide to government schemes for first time buyers.

A minimum 5% deposit is usually needed to buy your first home. However, if you can save more than this, you’ll have access to a wider range of mortgages at more competitive rates. Find out more about deposits in our guide How much deposit do I need to buy a house?

With a repayment mortgage, you pay back some of the capital you owe as well as interest each month. An interest only mortgage, as the name suggests, involves only paying back the interest. The capital must be repaid at the end of the mortgage term, so it’s essential to have a clear plan as to how you’ll save up enough to do this.

Finding the right mortgage for you can be challenging, especially with so many different deals to choose from. A mortgage broker can advise you on the available options and help you find the best deal based on your individual circumstances. They’ll also help you through the application process, ensuring everything runs smoothly. Learn more in our guide What does a mortgage broker do?

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