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What is an Offset Mortgage & When may it be right to consider one?

An offset mortgage is a type of mortgage where the borrower also has a savings account linked to the mortgage account.

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The balance of the savings account is then used to offset the outstanding balance of the mortgage, reducing the amount of interest that the borrower has to pay. 


For example, if the borrower has a mortgage balance of £100,000 and a savings balance of £20,000, the interest will be calculated on £80,000 instead of £100,000. This can result in a significant reduction in the total interest paid over the life of the loan. 


Offset mortgages can be useful for borrowers who have a significant amount of savings and want to reduce the amount of interest they pay on their mortgage. They can also be useful for borrowers who want to pay off their mortgage faster. By using their savings to offset the mortgage balance, they can reduce the length of the loan and become mortgage-free sooner. 


Another benefit is that you still have instant access to your cash savings, should you need them, but you are benefiting from the offset. 


It’s important to note that offset mortgages tend to have higher interest rates than traditional mortgages, so borrowers should compare the total cost of the loan including interest rates and fees to ensure that the offset mortgage is the right choice for them. 


Some individuals may consider an offset mortgage when they have a high disposable income and they have a good amount of savings. It could also be a good option for those who expect their income to fluctuate, or for those who plan on making extra payments in the future. It is always recommended to seek professional financial advice to make sure that an offset mortgage is the right choice for you and your specific financial situation.


At The Mortgage Branch, we are here to help you secure the most suitable mortgage for you, whatever your situation.


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