What is the most suitable mortgage term for first-time buyers?

first time buyers choosing a mortgage term

Searching for your dream home as a first-time buyer is an exciting journey. Yes it takes time, but the feeling of finally being able to put all your hard-earned savings towards a place you can call your own is blissful. Along with the thrill, there can also be moments of stress and uncertainty as you make your way through the various legal checks and find a good mortgage deal.

As a first-time buyer, you might find yourself overwhelmed by the array of mortgage terms available. Each option has its own impact on your monthly repayments, the overall interest you’ll pay and your financial situation.

A mortgage term is the length of time you agree to pay back your mortgage when you first get it. In the UK, the most common first-time buyer mortgage terms are around 25 to 35 years, giving buyers the right balance of time and interest. However, they can be as little as 15 years or as long as 40.

We weren’t always taught these things at school, and it’s perfectly normal to have questions. That’s where Bliss Financial, first-time buyer mortgage brokers, come in. In this blog, we discuss the various mortgage terms, their benefits and drawbacks and how you can make the right decision for your future. Take a break from your endless scrolling, grab a cup of tea and let us help you find the best deal for your first home.

What mortgage terms are available to first-time buyers?

First-time buyers have several mortgage term options available, typically ranging from 15 to 40 years. Lenders mainly do this to cater to people’s financial needs, lifestyles, and plans.

Traditionally, a 25-year mortgage term was the standard option for many homebuyers. It struck the right balance between manageable mortgage repayments and a fairly reasonable overall interest cost.

But are they becoming a thing of the past?

With the surge in house prices and excessive borrowing costs, we are beginning to notice more and more people opting for longer-term mortgages. In fact, a recent article from The Guardian mentioned that over the past three years alone, over 1 million mortgages extending beyond the state pension age have been taken out.

With such a broad range of mortgage deals, you may wonder which one is right for you.

Each mortgage length has its own set of benefits and drawbacks. It’s wise to research them carefully and talk to a mortgage broker like Bliss Financial to discover the one that works best for you.

Take a look below at some of the benefits and drawbacks of different mortgage terms:

15-20 year mortgages

Pros Cons
Pay off your mortgage quickly  Higher monthly payments
Significantly less interest over the life of the loan Less financial flexibility
Build equity faster

25-30 year mortgages

Pros Cons
Lower monthly payments Higher interest rates
Makes homeownership more affordable More interest over the length of the loan compared to lower terms
More financial flexibility Repaying for a longer period

40 year mortgages

Pros Cons
Significantly lower monthly repayments Significantly higher interest over the full loan term compared to shorter mortgages
Access to higher loan amounts Take longer to build equity
Less common

What is the average length of a first-time buyer’s mortgage?

With an unpredictable mortgage market and less-than-appealing house prices, many first-time buyers are having to choose longer mortgages to borrow the funds they need. In the UK, the average length of a first-time buyer mortgage is 32 years.

What to consider when choosing a mortgage term

Choosing the most suitable mortgage term as a first-time buyer involves more than just picking a number of years. You should think about which term would best fit your current lifestyle, finances, and future plans.

How long do you plan to stay in your new home? Are you looking to recoup the money you invested or minimise your monthly payments?

Monthly repayments

Your monthly repayments are directly affected by the term length. Shorter mortgage terms mean you’ll have higher repayments but lower overall interest, while longer terms mean lower repayments with more accumulated interest.

With such an unpredictable housing market, longer-term mortgages may be a much more affordable option for first-time buyers, particularly to start with. A longer-term can help you get onto the property ladder more easily and affordably, and you could even make overpayments in the future to reduce the overall interest.

Interest rates

Your mortgage interest rate will vary depending on the term length. Shorter loans tend to have lower interest rates, but the monthly costs can be quite a hit to the wallet, while longer loans are the opposite.

Then, there are fixed rates and variable rates, which also affect the monthly payments. Fixed-rate mortgages offer more stability by locking you in at a specific rate for 2, 5, or even 10 years before transferring you to the lender’s standard variable rate. Variable-rate mortgages are a little more unpredictable but sometimes offer lower interest rates.

You shouldn’t just stop once you get your mortgage, though. You should always be considering your situation and looking to move on to better, more affordable options when the time is right.

Career stability

While it’s important to consider every aspect of the mortgage, you should also focus on your own financial situation. If you have a stable career with predictable income, you’ll likely feel more comfortable repaying your mortgage and may even be able to stretch to a higher payment for a shorter term. However, if you are self-employed or your income fluctuates, then lower payments might be more achievable for now.

Future plans

Are you planning to stay in your home for many years to come? Or is this new house a stepping stone to your forever home?

A shorter mortgage could help you build equity in your home faster. This means that when you come to sell the property, you’ll likely gain back more money after repaying the mortgage. But, if you’ve already found your dream home, then a longer mortgage lets you enjoy your home for years to come with the comfort of lower repayments.

Looking for mortgage advice? Contact Bliss Financial Solutions

At Bliss Financial, we work hard to make sure that buying your first home is a happy and stress-free experience. We put you at the heart of everything we do, aiming to make you feel comfortable and confident as we explore your mortgage options together.

We’ll be there every step of your mortgage journey, from finding the most suitable mortgage lender to ensuring you get the best rates.

When choosing a mortgage term, it’s also important to consider the type of mortgage that best suits your needs, such as a repayment or interest-only mortgage. We’ll be able to help you understand the different types of mortgages you can get as a first-time buyer and find the best one.

Please get in touch for a friendly chat about your mortgage requirements.

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