Most people with a mortgage would like to pay this off sooner rather than later. Standard repayment mortgages usually come with a term of 25-years, however there are now lenders offering longer terms of 30 years or more. This means that after 25 years or the duration of your mortgage term, your mortgage will be repaid to the bank or building society and you will own your home outright.
You can pay off your mortgage early by either overpaying on your mortgage or reducing your mortgage term. Over-paying during the earlier parts of your mortgage term will have a greater effect on reducing your overall mortgage costs. This is because the sooner you make payments, the sooner your mortgage balance reduces and the less in interest that accrues.
When you overpay your mortgage, this can reduce your mortgage term potentially by months and even years. Remember to check if your mortgage allows you to make overpayments, in some cases your lender may limit how much you can overpay in any 12-month period. If you exceed this limit, they make you pay an early repayment charge.
You can choose to reduce your mortgage term at the time you are due to remortgage. If you try to do this part the way through a mortgage deal you may find you will incur a penalty for changing the terms of your mortgage and will need to complete a new mortgage affordability assessment.
Our video below outlines the simple steps you can take to pay off your mortgage early. We've also provided more information below in our five steps to get mortgage free.
You could be paying out more than double in interest each month than you can earn from your savings accounts. If your savings earns less interest than the amount you pay on your mortgage, then you will save more money by using these to pay-off your mortgage balance. However, you should make sure that you keep the equivalent of at least three month’s salary as an emergency fund. The table below shows that if you have £15,000 in savings at 1% this will earn you £150 in interest in 12-months, compared to an interest cost of £492 for the same amount on your mortgage.
|Balance||Savings gross interest at 1% per year||Mortgage interest at 21.5% in one year|
All calculations assume that interest is calculated and applied annually. Mortgage interest figures are maximums based on what you could pay on an interest-only mortgage over a 25-year term.
You could reduce your mortgage interest costs by remortgaging. If your mortgage does not have an early repayment charge and your new remortgage does not include a fee, then all you need to check is that your interest rate is lower to know that you will save money. If there is a fee then you will need to look at the total cost of borrowing including this fee. Our mortgage charts include this for you so you can compare easily. Alternatively, if you have an early repayment charge, then you should calculate the cost of this compared to how much you could save when taking a remortgage at a lower rate of interest. You may also find that your mortgage balance has reduced and that you can now remortgage to a lower LTV, for example, usually you can get much better remortgage rates at 75% LTV compared to 80%.
When you remortgage you can see the impact of changing the term on your monthly repayments. You should aim to make these affordable but also at the shortest term you can manage.
A mortgage broker can help you find the shortest mortgage term at which the mortgage payments will still meet a lender’s affordability rules.
An offset mortgage has a savings account linked to your mortgage, the money held in your savings account is used to reduce your mortgage balance and thereby the total mortgage interest charged.
Usually you can choose whether to have this saving reflected in lower mortgage payments or a shorter term. If you wanted, you could also overpay and save even more money.
You can reduce your mortgage costs by paying fees up front then these and avoiding having interest added to these.
You should always pay off other more expensive debt before looking to overpay or reduce your mortgage term.
Read our guide to getting to debt free.
Some fixed rate mortgages offer flexibility when it comes to overpayments, typically allowing homeowners to overpay by up to 10% of the total balance of the mortgage per year. You may have to pay a penalty if you go over this, and if you pay off your mortgage completely you will likely be hit with an Early Repayment Charge.
You should check with your mortgage lender or broker before overpaying, or check section 11 of your Mortgage Offer for more details.
You do not need to wait for your remortgage date to start making overpayments. As long as your mortgage product allows overpayments without penalty you should start these as soon as you want. If you want to reduce your mortgage term this will change your monthly mortgage payment and as a result your lender will want to run a new affordability check to make sure this remains affordable. This in effect means you are applying for a new mortgage, so should only be done if there are no early repayment clauses on your current mortgage.
No. Your money repays a portion of your mortgage balance – you save mortgage interest instead.
You're not liable for any tax on interest you save on your mortgage. Only if you earn interest on your offset savings – which is unlikely – will you have to pay tax, and then solely on any interest earned over your Personal Savings Allowance.
Because you aren't physically repaying your mortgage, you don't have to pay any Early Repayment Charges.
Your savings remains separate to your mortgage and can be withdrawn depending on the terms of the account.
You should check with your mortgage lender if your offset mortgage allows withdrawals.
The first £85,000 of your offset savings are covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.
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