2 year fixed mortgages
Learn all about 2 year fixed rate mortgages, and how to find the best 2 year fix
What is a 2 year fixed rate mortgage?
With a 2 year fixed rate mortgage you pay the same interest rate on your mortgage for 2 years.
So every month for 2 years you pay the same amount for your mortgage.
Changes in interest rates, such as the Bank of England base rate, will not affect your mortgage.
You can also get longer fixed rate mortgages, such as 5 year fixed and 10 year fixed.
Should I get a 2 year fixed rate mortgage?
2 year fixes are good if you do not want to commit to one rate for too long.
But there are reasons for and against getting a 2 year fix.
you’ll know exactly what you’ll pay every month for the 2 year fixed term
your payments will not increase if interest rates go up during your fixed period
2 year fixes are usually cheaper than longer term fixed mortgages
any interest rate cuts during your fixed period will not reduce your mortgage
fixed rate deals can often have early repayment charges
you could pay more over the fixed period than if you had a variable rate mortgage and interest rates were low
it’s still quite a short term, so if you remortgage after the 2 years you may have to pay more fees
Should I get a 2 or 5 year fixed mortgage?
Choose a 2 year fix if:
you do not want to commit to a mortgage rate for too long
you want to know what you’ll pay every month for 2 years
you plan to stay in your home for at least 2 years but might move after this time
you might want to remortgage after 2 years
Choose a 5 year fix if:
you want security for longer than 2 years
you do not expect your financial situation to change over the next 5 years
you intend to live in the same home for at least the next 5 years
you do not plan to remortgage within the 5 year fixed term
How to get the best 2 year fixed rate mortgage
When looking for the best 2 year fixed rate deal you should consider all the costs involved.
Low interest rates
The best 2 year fixed rates will have lower interest rates. But these lower interest rates are usually only on offer to those who put down a larger deposit.
If you put down at least a 20% deposit you’ll be able to access a wider choice of deals with better rates.
When looking for the best 2 year fixed rate deal you should always consider the fees.
Mortgages can have with lots of different fees and charges.
Look out for a setup fee or arrangement fee which can be up to £2,000. It's often around £1,000.
And if you remortgage or move house during the 2 year fixed term you may have to pay an early repayment charge.
If you remortgage every 2 years these fees can add up.
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