With mortgages, it’s important to recognise that not everyone’s situation is the same and, in some circumstances an interest only mortgage product may be more suitable for a client.
With an interest only mortgage product, you’ll make monthly payments that will consist of purely interest, no capital will be repaid during the term.
At the end of the interest only mortgage term, you’ll be asked to repay the full loan amount back as a lump sum, you’ll need the funds available to do this.Speak to an Advisor - It's Free!
If you are considering getting an interest only mortgage, it’s important to seek trusted advice from a reputable mortgage broker as there are lots of considerations.
Due to the higher risk involved, not all mortgage lenders have interest only mortgage deals available, and those that do have strict criteria to meet along with more vigorous underwriting.
Usually, the characteristics of an interest only mortgage borrower is they are a high earner, often with a large pension pot, a good credit score, has various investments/assets, and has a large deposit to put down as security.Speak to an Advisor - It's Free!
Interest only mortgages work by allowing you to pay a monthly payment of just interest therefore keeping the cost of the mortgage to a minimum.
No capital is repaid during the term of an interest only mortgage, at the end of the term, you’ll be required to repay the full loan amount in one lump sum or risk repossession.
Providing interest only mortgage advice for:
Our Customers Love Us
2000+ 5-Star Reviews
They were great when handling our mortgage application even though it was a bit different to the normal one. Highly recommended
3 days ago
The team at UK Moneyman have been excellent, really informative, providing sound advice with no judgement and supporting the best possible way forward for myself. I would definitely use the team again, they’ve made the whole process simple and...
2 weeks ago
Great company to work with, very helpful and excellent communication. Chris and Jo did a great job with our application. I highly recommend.
2 weeks ago
Excellent speedy service and always available to work around the best times for us, including calls at weekends
1 month ago
Having dealt with Leo previously I knew I would be getting a brilliant service and a good deal.
1 month ago
Very helpful.Quick response to any questions or concerns. Selected the right product to meet our requirements.
1 month ago
We went to the Moneyman to start with regarding a new mortgage only which went really smoothly and everything was explained in simple terms at our request Malcom made it feel at ease . Once i had the confidence with them we asked them to help with...
1 month ago
Jenna was very quick to sort out my mortgage, it was very straight forward and easy.
1 month ago
UK money man are excellent and have walked me through every stage of both the initial mortgage process and the remortgage two years later, couldn’t recommend them enough!!
1 month ago
Matt Collinson and Meghan Robinson were absolutely wonderful. Provided updates, always avaliable and dealt with our mortgage so quickly! We had a mortgage offer within 2 and a half days and they sorted it all. Absolutely over the moon and would...
1 month ago
So fast and brilliant services which surprised us and the agent by receiving the mortgage offer less than one week. Malcolm is very responsive
2 months ago
We used UK Moneyman for our first mortgage back in 2021. When it came to remortgaging, we confidently used their services again. Chris has been fantastic at reassuring us around the changes in interest rates and explaining everything clearly. Meghan...
2 months ago
The whole team at UK Moneyman have been so friendly and helpful, whilst also providing an excellent service and securing me a mortgage offer really quickly. Even when there were questions and changes, they went over and above to help and always came...
2 months ago
Fantastic service from Tom Bowes
3 months ago
Excellent service, great communication & highly professional
3 months ago
Malcolm and Meghan did a great job with my application which due to a chain breaking down had to be done for two different properties, was kept informed throughout and they made me aware of changes in the market i didn't know about. Would happily...
3 months ago
Matt and Wendy worked tirelessly and creatively to reach a great mortgage outcome for me in what was a less than straightforward journey. The commitment and advocacy was fist class and communication, always excellent. Matt really earned his broker...
4 months ago
I'm very happy with the services UK Moneyman have been providing during my buying process so far. I'm a first-time buyer so it was very important to me to have a mortgage broker who could answer all my questions in a timely and professional manner....
4 months ago
Great team who works to get you exactly what you need, they made the whole process smooth and painless, so I would highly recommend them.
4 months ago
I honestly couldn't have asked for a better service with UK Moneyman! I have been working with Charlie and Wendy! They have been SO helpful throughout the whole process and so supportive, never a hassle for them when I've been bombarding them with...
5 months ago
Your current mortgage lender will start writing to you well in advance of your interest only mortgage ending. If you haven’t got the lump sum available to repay the loan in full, it’s important to leave enough time, 6-12 months is ideal, to plan and to get another mortgage in place.
If so, we can explore your options which include a remortgage to a new lender or a more specialist mortgage such as a RIO mortgage (retirement interest only) or equity release mortgage plan.
The options available to you to stay in your property will depend on your age, current and future income, credit score, property type and loan to value. If you are looking to sell or downsize at this time, your current mortgage can be repaid using your equity.
We have both regular mortgage brokers who can help along with a more specialist later life mortgage team to explore every option available to you.
If you are an older borrower, you can read more about your mortgage options here:
With an interest only mortgage deal, you’ll pay a monthly payment every month, like a regular mortgage.
However, unlike a regular mortgage, you will not be repaying any capital. The amount you owe your mortgage lender will be the same at the end of the mortgage term.
An interest only mortgage is classed as high risk and more affordability and criteria checks will be undertaken by the lender.
For some security, you can fix your interest only mortgage rate also, typically over 2, 3 or 5 years.
There is also a range of later life mortgage products available including a retirement interest only (RIO) mortgage product and equity release options which can be used for either a new property purchase or remortgage.
As a mortgage broker, it’s important to us that you get professional advice for your individual situation.
Book your free mortgage appointment with one of our mortgage advisors today.
When you apply for an interest only mortgage the lender will want to know what your “repayment strategy” is, how you will pay back the capital sum at the end of the term.
In many instances, if you are a higher earner and have investments and/or a good-sized pension pot in the background, you’ll stand more chance of being accepted. This will also apply to clients with property portfolio or business owners.
You’ll need to evidence a robust mortgage repayment method for 100% of the loan amount by the end of the term. This will usually be from a pension lump sum, inheritance or cashing in an investment.
Whether an interest only mortgage is a good idea or not depends on your individual financial situation and goals.
For some borrowers, interest only mortgages can be a useful tool for managing their finances and achieving their objectives, while for others, it may not be the best option.
The main advantage of interest only mortgages is that the monthly payments are lower than with a traditional repayment mortgage.
This can be helpful for borrowers who need to manage their cash flow or have other financial goals, such as investing or saving for retirement.
Additionally, some borrowers may be able to invest the money they save on monthly payments, potentially earning a higher return than the interest rate on their mortgage.
There are also risks associated with interest only mortgages. If the value of the property decreases, the borrower may end up owing more than the property is worth, making it difficult to sell or refinance.
Overall, whether an interest only mortgage is a good idea for you depends on your financial goals, circumstances, and whether it could be a financial risk to you.
It’s important to carefully consider the pros and cons of interest only mortgages and to seek expert mortgage advice before deciding.
Yes, it is still possible to get an interest only mortgage, but the criteria for obtaining one may be stricter than it was in the past.
Mortgage lenders may require a higher deposit or equity in the property, and borrowers will need to provide evidence of a credible repayment plan for when the interest only period ends.
This repayment plan could include the sale of the property, investments, savings, or other assets. Additionally, borrowers may need to demonstrate a steady and reliable source of income to support their ability to repay the mortgage.
It is important to speak with a qualified mortgage advisor to assess your eligibility for an interest only mortgage and to explore other options that may be more suitable for your financial circumstances.
The criteria for interest only mortgages can vary between lenders, but generally, borrowers will need to have a good credit score, a reliable source of income, and a substantial deposit or equity in their property.
Mortgage lenders will also typically require the borrower to have a clear and realistic repayment strategy in place for when the interest only term ends, such as investments or a sale of a property.
The borrower will need to demonstrate that they can afford to make the monthly interest payments and that they have the means to repay the full loan amount at the end of the term.
Additionally, some mortgage lenders may have age restrictions for borrowers, and some may only offer interest only mortgages for certain property types or purchase purposes.
It’s important that you speak with a qualified mortgage advisor to understand the specific criteria and requirements for an interest only mortgage.
Yes, it is possible to release equity on an interest only mortgage through various means. One way to release equity is through remortgaging to a new interest only mortgage with a higher loan-to-value (LTV) ratio or via a further advance mortgage with your existing lender.
Depending on your age other products may be more suitable such as retirement mortgages, a longer-term regular mortgage, interest only or repayment depending on your affordability.
Alternatively, you could consider equity release products such as a lifetime mortgages, which allows you to release equity without making any repayments until you sell the property or pass away.
Firstly, there are lots of products available on an interest only basis from age 50, so if you are an older client looking to explore your mortgage options then it’s always best to speak with an independent professional later life mortgage broker for a recommendation.
Your mortgage broker will consider your personal situation, presently and in the future along with your objectives to recommend the best way forward.
A lifetime mortgage should always be considered as a last resort before all other mortgage types have been discounted for one reason or another.
The mortgage lenders are being very proactive in this later life space at the moment and there are some brilliant products now available to our older clients.
Yes, it is possible to pay off interest only mortgages early. It’s best to wait until you’re out of your fixed rate deal to make any large lump sum payments as there may be early redemption charges to pay. Double check with your lender here as they all have slightly different rules when it comes to both regular and lump sum overpayments.
Making overpayments when you can can be a good strategy to help reduce the overall amount of interest paid over the life of the mortgage.
By making extra payments towards the capital balance, borrowers can reduce the amount owed and pay off the mortgage faster.
It is important to note, however, that some mortgage lenders may present you with an early repayment charge for paying off the mortgage before the end of the term, so borrowers should check with their mortgage lender before making any extra payments.
It’s also important to ensure that any extra payments are applied to the principal of the loan and not just to future interest payments.
Whether you are employed or self employed you’ll need to evidence your income to prove to your lender that you can afford your new mortgage. Self employed mortgages are available on an interest only basis.
You’ll need to evidence your income with the various documents that apply to you and how your company is set up such as your SA302s, tax returns, payslips, p60, company accounts etc.
Typically, interest only mortgage customers are high earners with a big deposit available to put down, thus reducing the risk for the lender. Maybe they have saved up big pension pots, have a large inheritance coming soon or have alternative investment such as shares or a property portfolio.
It may be possible to get an interest only mortgage when you have bad credit registered against you, however, it’ll be harder and there’ll be more hoops to jump through.
Bad credit mortgages are available for borrowers with county court judgements (CCJ), defaults, and missed payments etc.
Whether you will qualify for a bad credit mortgage will depend on the level of your income, what the bad credit was and how when it was registered and the amount of deposit you have available.
The bigger your income and deposit the better your chances are of being accepted. Also, the more historic and smaller the bad credit is that is registered against you will help.
The most popular type of bad credit lending is getting a mortgage with a CCJ. With an experienced mortgage broker on your side it is usually possible to help get accepted for an interest only mortgage.
Term Interest Only (TIO) mortgages are a type of mortgage where the borrower only pays the interest on the loan for a fixed term, usually between 5 and 25 years.
This means that the monthly payments are lower than those of a repayment mortgage, but at the end of the term, the borrower will need to repay the full amount borrowed.
TIO mortgages are often attractive to borrowers who have a specific financial goal in mind and need to manage their monthly expenses carefully.
For instance, if someone needs to save for their child’s education, they might choose a TIO mortgage with a term that aligns with their saving goals.
However, it is important to note that TIO mortgages can be riskier than repayment mortgages, as the borrower is not reducing the loan balance over time.
This means that the borrower must have a solid plan in place to repay the full amount at the end of the term.
Retirement interest only (RIO) mortgages are a type of interest only mortgage designed specifically for older borrowers who have retired or are nearing retirement.
Retirement interest only mortgages are designed for older borrowers age 55+ and can be joint or in a sole name. RIO mortgages are part of our later life lending products that we have available and can be a good alternative to an equity release plan for the right applicant/s.
Instead of making monthly payments on the principal, the borrower pays only the interest on the loan each month. Typically, the mortgage is repaid when the borrower passes away or moves into long-term care.
For borrowers with significant equity in their property, RIO mortgages can be an attractive option. They can use the equity to supplement their retirement income, pay off debts, or make home improvements.
That being said, RIO mortgages may have slightly higher interest rates compared to other mortgage types, and the borrower may not be able to borrow as much as they could with a traditional mortgage.
RIO mortgages are a suitable option for those who are looking to downsize and move to a smaller property or need to move into long-term care. The borrower can use the proceeds from the sale of their property to repay the mortgage balance.
It’s worth noting that RIO mortgages can also provide an option for borrowers who don’t want to sell their property, but still want to access the equity to help fund their retirement.
Using a mortgage broker to help you get an interest only mortgage can be a smart decision. As a mortgage broker, we have access to a wide range of mortgage lenders and mortgage products, including those that are not available to the public.
We are also able to provide expert mortgage advice on the different types of mortgages available, their pros and cons, and how they might suit your specific financial situation.
Part of our job is to identify the mortgage lenders that are likely to be more flexible in their lending criteria, as well as helping you to prepare the necessary documentation to support your mortgage application.
It is our mission to save you time and money, and can help to ensure that you are well-informed and well-prepared throughout the entire mortgage application process.
Book your free mortgage appointment online and speak with a mortgage advisor today.
Book your appointment early in the morning, late in the evening or on the weekend.
Your initial mortgage appointment is completely free.
Your case manager will be by your side throughout the whole mortgage process.
We will be open and honest with you throughout the whole process.
Beyond your mortgage, we want to help you find appropriate insurance products tailored to your circumstances.
Our job is to try and find a deal that suits your personal and financial situation.
With a combination of our experience and knowledge, we will guide you through the whole process.
We prioritise customer service, we want you to feel comfortable and secure at all times.