Mortgage types explained
Which mortgage type is right for me in my current situation? What are the different mortgage types? These are the questions you need to answer before taking out a mortgage.
With a fixed-rate mortgage, you commit to a set repayment term (between two and ten years), during which time the interest rate remains the same. With interest rates currently being so low, this type of mortgage is particularly attractive, especially those with long terms.
The Libor mortgage has a fixed term (three to five years) and an interest rate that tracks market rates, being adjusted every three to six months. This is the best type of mortgage if you want to benefit from low interest rates, but it can be risky in the long term.
This mortgage has no fixed term and can be terminated at any time providing the required notice is given. The interest rate is adjusted periodically to reflect market changes. This mortgage type is highly flexible but therefore more expensive.
Special types or special conditions
Many banks offer their own special mortgage types, such as cheaper first-time buyer mortgages, mortgages with incentives for environmentally friendly buildings (Minergie mortgages) or reduced rates for households with children (family mortgages). These are just a few of the most prevalent ones.
The mortgage types described above can be combined with each other in any way you wish – in accordance with the lender.