Pete Mugleston | Mortgage AdvisorPete has been a mortgage advisor for over 10 years, and is regularly cited in both trade and national press.
Updated: 31st May 2019* | Published: 31st May 2019
We are contacted by lots of people every week wanting to know how to find the best interest rate on an offset mortgage and how to compare a range of offset mortgage deals.
Speak to one of the expert advisors we work with. They have access to the whole of the market as well as the best offset mortgage rates in the UK, and they can work with you to get the ideal offset mortgage account for your needs.
So, what is the best offset mortgage deal in the UK? Read on to find out how a borrower with your needs and circumstances can get the best rates...
What affects offset mortgage rates?
Offset mortgage interest rates are mainly determined by how much of a risk a lender sees you as. This largely comes down to your perceived creditworthiness and ‘affordability’, plus the size of your deposit, among other factors.
Lenders tend to reserve the best offset mortgage rates for borrowers with clean credit and large deposits, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t get a great deal if you have some bad credit, or a smaller deposit. There are many variables the lender will take into account - and the mortgage market is large.
Wondering if your affordability might be a barrier? Get in touch and we’ll connect you with the expert advisors we work with - they may be able to find a lesser-known lender who’s perfect for you.
What are the current offset mortgage rates?
We’re often asked questions like this, and we always tell customers that citing a specific mortgage rate is pointless. Interest rates tend to fluctuate and can change at the drop of a hat - so it’s more useful to know how to go about getting the best rates on the market.
Getting the best value offset mortgage comes down to two things: having access to the whole of the market and meeting the eligibility requirements at the lender offering the top deal.
The advisors we work with can provide you with access to the entire market if you make an enquiry, and you can read on to find out more about the eligibility criteria for offset mortgages.
Can I get the best offset mortgage rates if I have bad credit?
This could well be possible, but keep in mind that the lowest offset mortgage rates will likely be harder to come by if you have any bad credit on your file.
That said, landing a cheap offset mortgage with adverse is by no means impossible, as there are specialist lenders who deal with customers with all kinds of credit problems every day. These bad credit lenders are flexible enough to take the age and the severity of the credit issue into account, as well as how closely you meet their other eligibility requirements.
The advisors we work with have access to every bad credit lender on the market, and they can introduce you to the provider best positioned to offer you favourable rates on an offset mortgage - make an enquiry to speak with one of them over the phone today.
What else affects my chances of getting favourable offset mortgage quotes?
If you’re looking for the best offset mortgages on the market, your chances of success will likely increase if you meet the general lending criteria around the following factors...
Some lenders simply won’t lend to anyone above the age of 85, or 75. A minority won’t impose an upper limit, provided you can make a strong case that you’ll be able to make your payments.
The type of property you want to buy
Where your property is, and what it is made of can be a deciding factor on whether a lender wants to offer you an offset mortgage. Many of them are wary of certain properties (such as timber frame constructions) that they deem ‘non-standard’.
Your income type, and how much you make
Lenders are most comfortable with people who make a large income through a conventional PAYE salary. If you’re self-employed or have multiple income streams, a lender may be put off by what they deem as ‘non-standard’ income.
That said, some lesser-known and private lenders specialise in working with the self-employed and people with complex incomes. The advisors we work with can help you find these lenders.
Whether you already own property
If you’re already paying the mortgage on another property, lenders will want to know that you’ll be able to make two sets of payments.
How do I find the best offset mortgage deals?
You could very well do your own offset mortgage comparison by trawling through every lender on the phone or online.
The problem with this, however (aside from the sheer amount of time and effort involved), is that the best deal may come from a lender that doesn’t advertise its rates online - or through a lender who deals exclusively with intermediaries (also known as ‘broker-only’ deal).
An easier and more thorough way to compare offset mortgages would be to speak to an expert, whole-of-market broker who regularly finds this kind of mortgage for people (people just like you).
A great broker can help you to track down the best product and cheapest offset mortgage rates for your exact circumstances - whilst making the application process as straightforward as it can be.
We can help you find an offset mortgage at the best rate
The experts we work with have their fingers on the pulse of the market and know exactly where to find the best offset mortgages. If it’s out there, and you’re eligible, they can help you get it.
Call Online Mortgage Advisor today on 0800 304 7880 or make an enquiry here. Then sit back and let us do all the hard work in finding the broker with the right expertise for your circumstances. We don’t charge a fee and there’s absolutely no obligation or marks on your credit rating.
*Based on our research, the content contained in this article is accurate as of most recent time of writing. Lender criteria and policies change regularly so speak to one of the advisors we work with to confirm the most accurate up to date information. The info on the site is not tailored advice to each individual reader, and as such does not constitute financial advice. All advisors working with us are fully qualified to provide mortgage advice and work only for firms who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. They will offer any advice specific to you and your needs. Some types of buy to let mortgages are not regulated by the FCA.Think carefully before securing other debts against your home. As a mortgage is secured against your home, it may be repossessed if you do not keep up with repayments on your mortgage. Equity released from your home will also be secured against it.
Pete, an expert in all things mortgages, cut his teeth right in the middle of the credit crunch. With plenty of people needing help and few mortgage providers lending, Pete found great success in going the extra mile to find mortgages for people whom many others considered lost causes.
The experience he gained, coupled with his love of helping people reach their goals, led him to establish Online Mortgage Advisor, with one clear vision – to help as many customers as possible get the right advice, regardless of need or background.
Pete's presence in the industry as the 'go-to' for specialist finance continues to grow, and he is regularly cited in and writes for both local and national press, as well as trade publications, with a regular column in Mortgage Introducer and being the exclusive mortgage expert for LOVEMoney. Pete also writes for OMA of course!
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