Best mortgage deals for first-time buyers

Each week, Moneywise reviews the market to show you the best variable and fixed rate deals currently available for high loan to value (LTV) borrowers.

Remember that once any fixed rate period ends the mortgage will revert to a standard variable rate (SVR), so make a note in your diary and switch to a cheaper deal when that happens.

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Our example first-time buyer has a 10% deposit and is looking to buy a £200,000 property over 25 years. For ease of comparison, we’re assuming any bank or building society fees are paid up front. Otherwise interest will be charged on the fees, which will add hundreds of pounds to the overall cost of your mortgage.

Fixed rate deals

Yorkshire Building Society, up to 90% LTV, 2.49%
Fixed until 30 April 2019, then reverts to SVR (currently 4.74%)

This deal from the Yorkshire comes with £250 cashback. Repayments are £807 a month, which is £9,657 a year over the first two years. 

Post Office Money, up to 90% LTV, 2.59%
Fixed until 30 June 2019 then reverts to SVR (currently 4.24%)

With £500 cashback on offer, the Post Office's two-year is available at a competitive 2.59%. This will cost £816 per month, £9,673 per year over two years.

Longer fixed rate deals

Atom Bank, up to 90% LTV, 1.99%
Fixed until 30 June 2022 then reverts to SVR (currently 3.75%)

Atom Bank offers a five-year fix at a rate of 1.99%, although there are fees of £1,120. This will cost £762 per month, giving a total annual cost of £9,369. Atom's mortgages are only available through a mortgage broker.

Leek United Building Society, up to 90% LTV, 2.55%
Fixed until 30 June 2022 then reverts to SVR (currently 5.19%)

For those looking to fix for a longer period the Leek offers a 2.55% rate, fixed until June 2022. This mortgage costs £812 a month - £9,981 per year over the fixed period - and comes with £995 in fees.

Nationwide, up to 90% LTV, 3.89%
Fixed for 10 years then reverts to SVR (currently 3.74%)

Many 10-year fixes are also available if you're willing to fix for longer. If you’re comfortable paying a upfront £999 product fee, Nationwide offers a long fix with a rate of 3.89%. This will involve monthly repayments of £939 and an outlay of £11,408 per year.

Variable rate mortgages

Hinckley & Rugby Building Society, up to 90% LTV, 2.24%
3.4% discount for term, then reverts to SVR (currently 5.64%)

For buyers who are willing to risk a rate rise (or gamble on a further rate cut), Hinckley & Rugby Building Society offers a 3.4% discount on its SVR. There is no cashback incentive and there is an upfront product fee of £999 payable. The annual cost is £9,459.

Larger deposits

Hanley Economic Building Society, up to 80% LTV, 1.64%
Fixed until 28 February 2019 then reverts to SVR (currently 4.94%)

The building society offers a two-year fixed rate up to 80% LTV at 1.64%. There are no fees with this mortgage. The monthly repayments on a £150,000 advance are £610, equivalent to £7,435 a year.

Platform, up to 75% LTV, 1.84%
Fixed until 31 July 2019 then reverts to SVR (currently 4.74%)

There are no upfront fees and £250 cashback sweetens this deal. Monthly repayments are £624 so the effective annual cost is £7,439. Remember, Platform products are only available through a mortgage broker.

Interest-only 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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