Offset mortgages growing in popularity
Rising interest rates along with soaring property prices have seen many different types of mortgages increase in popularity recently.
Also, according to recent reports offset mortgages have also increased in popularity over the past year, with the offset mortgage market growing by nearly 50 percent last year. Around 170,000 offset mortgages were taken out in 2006, and according to the Council of Mortgage Lender this figure represented 7 percent of all new mortgage lending.
An offset mortgage offsets the interest that the borrower paying on the mortgage loan against interest that is earned on savings, and according to Intelligent Finance, which is one of the major offset mortgage providers in the UK, offset mortgages are ideal for those with savings that equate to around 8 percent or more of the total value of their property. According to other officials these mortgages can also be ideal for those that get paid large bonuses or commissions.
The offset mortgage market has been steadily growing over recent years, and the popularity of this type of mortgage has been reflected in nearly £30 billion worth of offset mortgages being taken out last year.
According to industry experts there are now over 250 offset mortgage products available. Those interested in taking out an offset mortgage, as with any other type of mortgage, should take the time to compare a range of products from different providers in the offset mortgage field, as interest rates, terms and conditions, and other areas can vary from one lender to another.
Those interested in these mortgages should also bear in mind that there can be fees involved in setting up the mortgage, and borrowers may be tied in to the offset mortgage for a set period of time, and these factors should also be looked into.
4th July 2007
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