Frequently Asked Questions

Generally speaking, to compare mortgages by type, they are either fixed or variable rates. For variable products, the interest rate is determined by the lender. For fixed products, the interest rate is set for an agreed period of time.   

The interest rate remains the same throughout the period of the deal. If you opt for a fixed rate, you’ll have the security of knowing exactly how much your mortgage will cost you for a set period of time.

The interest rate on a tracker mortgage is linked to the Bank of England base rate. So if the base rate changes, your mortgage rate will change too.

Trackers aren’t the only type of variable mortgage, discounts are another. However, unlike trackers the interest rate isn’t linked to the Bank of England base rate. Instead, it’s linked to the lender’s standard variable rate and this is a significant difference because lenders can change this even if there has been no change in the base rate.

A standard variable rate is a type of mortgage interest rate that you are most likely to go onto after finishing an introductory fixed, tracker or discounted deal.

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