Buying your first property can be a daunting task. The sheer variety of mortgage products means it can be hard to compare your options to find the best offers.
Based on a first time buyer with a 10% deposit and looking to buy a £200,000 property over 25 years and looking to fix the interest rate assuming the first time buyer expects the base rate to rise in the future.
Assuming any fees are paid up front, and not added to your mortgage (where the interest will be charged on the fees and may add hundreds of pounds to the overall cost of your mortgage).
Short fixed rate deals
Yorkshire Building Society has the most competitive fixed-rate deal for first time buyers. It charges 2.49% until October 2018. There is no fee and £250 cashback on completion. Repayments are £807 a month, and £19,118 over the first two years. The standard variable rate is 4.74%, which would push repayments to £1,008 if our buyer doesn’t remortgage (or rates don’t change).
Alternatively, if buyers are willing to pay an up-front fee it’s possible to get a sub-2% fixed rate mortgage with a 10% deposit. The Nottingham Building Society has the lowest fee (£999), and the rate is fixed at 1.99% until January 2019. This mortgage costs £762 a month and £19,287 over the first two years. Watch out for the eye-watering 5.74% Standard Variable Rate, which will bump repayments to £1,102 after the fixed rate period.
Longer fixed rate deals
If you want to lock in a rate for longer, you’ll need to pay a £200 monthly premium, roughly, to access the longest ten-year fixed-rate deals.
Nationwide, charges 3.99% with no initial fee. Monthly repayments are £949, so this deal costs £22,776 over the first two years. The SVR is 3.74%, so repayments will actually fall to £933 a month, in 2026, assuming the base rate doesn’t change, though it’s quite likely it will during the next decade.
The Bank of Ireland’s five-year 3.14% fix has no fees and £500 cashback. That’ll cost £867 a month and £20,308 over the first two years. After two years the variable 4.24% rate will push repayments to £954.
For buyers who are willing to risk a rate rise (or gamble on a further rate cut), the Leek Building Society lends at 1.89% for two years, at a rate that tracks its SVR (5.19%). That costs £753 a month and £18,072 over two years, as there are no up-front fees. Buyers will have to find almost £300 a month more to cover mortgage payments when the SVR kicks in.