Remortgage to cut your monthly payments

26 May 2020

Cut your mortgage payments with our weekly guide to the best remortgaging deals




A bank or building society often offers introductory ‘teaser’ rates to new customers, either at a lower variable rate, or a fixed rate for an introductory period.

Once this is up, your monthly payments can rocket as your deal will likely revert to your lender’s standard variable rate (SVR) – which is usually much higher. 

Moneywise is here to search the market each week to find the most competitive deals for you, whether you’re looking to fix for a longer period or take out a variable rate product. The products on this page are our Moneywise Best Buys - the top remortgage deals around.

Our example mortgage hunter is looking to remortgage on their £200,000 property and will be looking to borrow £100,000 over 15 years – so they’re looking for a 50% loan to value (LTV) deal. Our buyer has decided to pay fees up front to avoid being charged extra interest. 

Best fixed rate remortgage deals

Moving to another mortgage provider will involve going through its application process and affordability criteria. Fixing you mortgage will protect you from future interest rate rises but you may incur fees in the process. Do your homework and make sure a new deal is worth it. 

The West Brom, up to 60% LTV, 1.84%
Fixed until 30 September then reverts to SVR (currently 3.99%)
This is a 1.84% product, fixed for two years. Monthly payments are £636 for a total annual cost of £7,384. There are no fees to pay. 

Remortgage and lock your rate

At the moment it’s still relatively cheap to fix your mortgage repayments for the longer term. The best deals are available for well under 3%. However, monthly repayments are much higher than shorter fixes, so it only makes sense if you expect rates to rise in the next few years.

HSBC, up to 60% LTV, 1.59%
Fixed until 30 September 2025  then reverts to SVR (currently 3.54%)
The rate is 1.59% and comes with no fees. The monthly repayments are £625 for an annual cost of £7,498.

TSB, up to 60% LTV, 2.19%
Fixed until 31 August 2030 then reverts to SVR (currently 3.59%)
If you're willing to lock in for 10 years then this deal from the TSB comes with a 2.19% rate. The repayments will be £652 per month, or £7,827 on an annual basis. 

Variable rate remortgages

If you think the Bank of England’s base rate is likely to stay the same or fall then a variable rate could be best for you. However, if these rates rise at any time you could be left out of pocket.

Leek United Building Society, up to 80% LTV, 1.40%
3.79% discount for two years , then reverts to SVR (currently 5.19%)
Leek currently offers the cheapest variable rate deal, currently at 1.40% for two years. This mortgage comes with no scheme fees and cashback of £400 for an annual cost of £7,345.

Best interest-only mortgage deals

If you’re looking for interest-only options, remember the rules are now a lot stricter and you’ll need to show a well-thought out plan for repaying the capital at the end of the mortgage. Monthly repayments are much lower than with capital repayment, but you'll pay more interest on an interest-only mortgage in the long run. 

Not every provider will lend on an interest-only basis, so if you’re looking for one it’s best to speak to a mortgage broker. Our mortgage tool can help you get a feel for the rates on offer. 

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First published on 29 July 2015