Should you get a mortgage from Halifax?

1853Halifax was first founded.

Halifax is one of the UK’s largest mortgage lenders, and was awarded the Best Overall Mortgage Lender award by YourMortgage in 2017.

Halifax was founded as a building society in 1853, before becoming a public limited company in 1997 and becoming part of Lloyds Banking Group in 2009.

Halifax mortgage deals are available to a wide range of people, but they generally won’t lend to you if you have particularly bad credit.

See how they compare to other mortgage lenders:

Is Halifax a good mortgage lender?

3,907Upheld complaints received by the financial regulator.

Halifax is part of Lloyds Banking Group, so we looked at Lloyds’ customer complaints record between July and December 2017. During this period the Financial Conduct Authority (the financial regulator) received 3,907 officially upheld complaints from Lloyds mortgage customers, including Halifax customers.1 That’s around 0.2% of customers and is slightly lower than the 0.4% average across major lenders.*

*This number of customers served by this lender isn’t publicly available so we’ve estimated this figure based on market share and average house price in the UK.

How long does a Halifax mortgage application take?

22 daysAverage speed of Trussle customer’s mortgage application with Halifax.

Between July 2017 and July 2018, the average speed that Halifax processed a Trussle customer’s mortgage application was 13 days.* That’s a lot quicker than the 18-day average across all the major lenders we’ve submitted applications to.

Bear in mind that the speed of application will vary depending on your own personal circumstances and the lender’s present day-to-day performance. In some cases, applications can be approved by the lender within 24 hours, while some can take weeks or even months. This can also be impacted by the quality of application submitted, which is why you may want to consider using a mortgage broker. The average quoted speed therefore may not reflect your own experience.

*This number of customers served by this lender isn’t publicly available so we’ve estimated this figure based on market share and average house price in the UK.

How much could I afford to borrow from Halifax?

5 xMaximum annual income.

Halifax could lend up to a maximum of 5 times income before tax, depending on your circumstances.

These details were last updated on 13th July 2018.

Current mortgage rates from Halifax

Lowest 2 year fixed rate


Initial rate:
2.04%
Annual Percentage Rate of Charge (APRC):
3.70%

Based on securing a mortgage of £136,200 over a 25 year term. Reverts to SVR after initial 25 month period, costing £707.13 per month for 275 months. Total amount payable is £209,320.77 including interest and fees. This deal was last updated on 17th July 2018.

Lowest 5 year fixed rate


Initial rate:
2.04%
Annual Percentage Rate of Charge (APRC):
3.30%

Based on securing a mortgage of £136,200 over a 25 year term. Reverts to SVR after initial 61 month period, costing £724.61 per month for 239 months. Total amount payable is £201,898.17 including interest and fees. This deal was last updated on 17th July 2018.

Current Standard Variable Rate


Standard Variable Rate (SVR):
3.99%

This rate was last updated on 17th July 2018.

Current mortgage deals from Halifax

First-time buyer

Lowest true cost deal


Lowest initial period true cost deal:
£19,821.00
Monthly payment:
£784.84
Upfront fee:
£200.00
Initial rate:
2.17%
Standard Variable Rate (SVR):
3.99%
Annual Percentage Rate of Charge (APRC):
3.70%

Reverts to SVR after initial 25 month period, costing £943.90 per month for 275 months. Total amount payable is £279,554.77 including interest and fees. This deal was last updated on 12th July 2018.

Remortgage

Lowest true cost deal


Lowest initial period true cost deal:
£14,248.75
Monthly payment:
£579.95
Upfront fee:
£0.00
Initial rate:
2.04%
Standard Variable Rate (SVR):
3.99%
Annual Percentage Rate of Charge (APRC):
3.70%

Reverts to SVR after initial 25 month period, costing £707.13 per month for 275 months. Total amount payable is £209,120.77 including interest and fees. This deal was last updated on 16th July 2018.

Frequently asked questions about Halifax mortgages

This information was last updated on 16th July 2018.

How much am I able to overpay on a Halifax mortgage?


It depends whether you want to pay off your mortgage early or simply reduce your monthly mortgage payments, as well as what type of mortgage you have with Halifax.

Whatever your circumstances, it’s best to check the terms of your own mortgage deal. If you have any questions, get in touch with Halifax directly.

When is my first mortgage payment to Halifax due?


Halifax doesn’t set a standard date for first payments. They’ll contact you shortly after they’ve released your mortgage funds to let you know when to pay your first instalment.

You’ll be able to pay by Direct Debit, standing order, or by using a debit card. Debit card payments will need to be handled over the phone or in branch.

How long does Halifax give me to complete my property purchase?


If you don’t complete the purchase of your property within six months of applying for your mortgage with Halifax, your mortgage offer will expire.

If it looks like you won’t be able to buy your property in time, you might be able to apply for an extension. Otherwise, you’ll have to reapply from scratch.

Will my funds be released on the completion date?


Yes, Halifax will release your mortgage funds the day you take ownership of the property. So you should be able to pick up your keys and start moving in immediately.

The date you complete your purchase will need to be agreed between your solicitor and the seller’s solicitor. This will happen after you’ve signed a contract and paid your deposit for the property.

Does Halifax offer online banking?


Yes, meaning you can view your mortgage balance and interest rate online at any time.

Before you can use the Halifax online banking portal, you’ll need to register. As well as viewing your current mortgage balance, you’ll be able to see all of your sub-account balances for an in-depth breakdown.

What will happen after my current mortgage deal is over?


Halifax will let you know you need to change your mortgage. You may then be able to switch to a new deal online, as long as:

  • you don’t need any advice
  • you don’t need to change your mortgage size
  • you aren’t changing your mortgage term
  • you don’t have an interest-only mortgage

In all other circumstances, you’ll have to call Halifax, or visit a Halifax branch, to move over to a new deal. If you don’t remortgage to another deal, you’ll drift onto their Standard Variable Rate (SVR) deal which usually increases your monthly payments.

What insurance does Halifax require me to have?


Just buildings insurance, to cover the bricks and mortar of your property, plus any fixtures and fittings.

They recommend you also take out contents insurance, but they don’t require you to. You’ll often find contents and buildings insurance included in a single package.

Halifax have no requirement for customers to take out life insurance or critical illness cover.

Did Halifax sell PPI to mortgage customers?


Yes, but they stopped doing so in July 2010. So there’s no chance you’ll be sold PPI alongside your mortgage if you chose Halifax today.

PPI pays out money to help cover monthly repayments on a loan, credit card, or mortgage if certain events prevent you from making payments yourself. The events covered depend on the terms of the PPI. If you think you were mis-sold PPI by Halifax, you can follow their complaints process.