Compare our best fixed rate mortgages

A fixed rate mortgage has an interest rate that is fixed for a set period of time, which is typically between 2 and 5 years, although some lenders may offer longer terms. Fixed rate mortgages protect you against interest rate increases for the duration of the fixed term, meaning that your monthly mortgage payments remain the same throughout, even if the Bank of England base rate goes up. Compare our best fixed mortgages, or read our guide on fixed rate mortgages to learn more.

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Our best fixed rate mortgages

  • Monmouthshire Building Society 2 Year Fixed mortgage

    Initial rate 2%. APRC 4.2%. Set-up fees £0
  • Lloyds Bank 2 Year Fixed mortgage

    Initial rate 2.03%. APRC 3.6%. Set-up fees £999
  • AIB (NI) 2 Year Fixed mortgage

    Initial rate 2.12%. APRC 3.7%. Set-up fees £0
  • Leek United 2 Year Fixed mortgage

    Initial rate 2.15%. APRC 4.9%. Set-up fees £995
  • Monmouthshire Building Society 5 Year Fixed mortgage

    Initial rate 2.15%. APRC 3.4%. Set-up fees £0
  • AIB (NI) 5 Year Fixed mortgage

    Initial rate 2.18%. APRC 3.4%. Set-up fees £0
  • Barclays 2 Year Fixed mortgage

    Initial rate 2.19%. APRC 3.4%. Set-up fees £999
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    Monmouthshire Building Society

    2 Year Fixed

    Initial rate

    2%

    APRC

    4.2%

    overall cost for comparison

    Set-up fees

    £0

    Monthly payment

    £720.55

    for 24 months

    Lloyds Bank

    2 Year Fixed

    Initial rate

    2.03%

    until 28-02-2023

    APRC

    3.6%

    overall cost for comparison

    Set-up fees

    £999

    Monthly payment

    £723.04

    for 24 months

    AIB (NI)

    2 Year Fixed

    Initial rate

    2.12%

    until 28-02-2023

    APRC

    3.7%

    overall cost for comparison

    Set-up fees

    £0

    Monthly payment

    £730.53

    for 24 months

    AIB (NI)

    2 Year Fixed

    Initial rate

    2.12%

    until 28-02-2023

    APRC

    3.7%

    overall cost for comparison

    Set-up fees

    £0

    Monthly payment

    £730.53

    for 24 months

    AIB (NI)

    2 Year Fixed

    Initial rate

    2.12%

    until 28-02-2023

    APRC

    3.7%

    overall cost for comparison

    Set-up fees

    £0

    Monthly payment

    £730.53

    for 24 months

    Leek United

    2 Year Fixed

    Initial rate

    2.15%

    until 31-03-2023

    APRC

    4.9%

    overall cost for comparison

    Set-up fees

    £995

    Monthly payment

    £733.03

    for 24 months

    Monmouthshire Building Society

    5 Year Fixed

    Initial rate

    2.15%

    APRC

    3.4%

    overall cost for comparison

    Set-up fees

    £0

    Monthly payment

    £733.03

    for 60 months

    AIB (NI)

    5 Year Fixed

    Initial rate

    2.18%

    until 28-02-2026

    APRC

    3.4%

    overall cost for comparison

    Set-up fees

    £0

    Monthly payment

    £735.54

    for 60 months

    AIB (NI)

    5 Year Fixed

    Initial rate

    2.18%

    until 28-02-2026

    APRC

    3.4%

    overall cost for comparison

    Set-up fees

    £0

    Monthly payment

    £735.54

    for 60 months

    Barclays

    2 Year Fixed

    Initial rate

    2.19%

    until 31-01-2023

    APRC

    3.4%

    overall cost for comparison

    Set-up fees

    £999

    Monthly payment

    £736.38

    for 24 months

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    Representative example:

    If you borrowed £170,000 payable over 25 years, with an initial fixed-rate for two years at 2.39%, your monthly payments would be £754.32 for 24 months. This would then revert to a standard variable rate (SVR) of 4.53% for the remaining 23 years, costing £932.76 per month for 276 months. The total amount payable over the full term would be £276,082.62, including fees and interest.

    Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

    What is a fixed rate mortgage?

    A fixed rate mortgage is a home loan that charges a fixed level of interest for a certain period. Fixed rate mortgages usually last for 2, 5 or 10 years.

    This means your monthly repayments are guaranteed to stay the same during that time, regardless of changes to the Bank of England base rate.

    Fixed rate mortgages give you more financial security than variable mortgages. Because you know that your monthly repayments will always be the same, you can plan your finances more easily.

    Fixed mortgages are usually a little more expensive than a variable discount mortgage or a tracker mortgage.

    How to find the cheapest fixed rate mortgage

    In general, the best fixed rate mortgage is the one with the lowest interest rate and set-up fee.

    To find the cheapest fixed rate mortgage, you should compare the total cost of the mortgage over the complete fixed term. A mortgage with the lowest interest rate may not be the cheapest option if it comes with a large set-up fee.

    If you're looking for a specific fixed rate mortgage duration, use these pages to compare the best fixed rate mortgages:

    Fixed vs. variable rate mortgages

    The alternative to a fixed rate mortgage is a variable rate mortgage. With variable mortgages, the interest rate – and thus your monthly repayments – could go up or down every month. Here are the most common types of variable rate mortgage:

    • Variable mortgages are based on the bank or building society’s standard variable rate (SVR), which usually follows the Bank of England’s base interest rate. This is the rate your mortgage will revert to once your fixed rate or discount-rate deal has ended and is usually very costly.
    • Tracker mortgages are explicitly linked to the Bank of England (BoE) base rate. A tracker mortgage might have an interest rate of 2%, plus the BoE base rate of 0.75%, for a total of 2.75%. If the base rate goes up by another 0.5% your mortgage’s interest rate would then be 3.25%, and your monthly repayments would increase accordingly.
    • Discount rate mortgages are based on a lender’s SVR, but with a discounted initial period. So, if the discount rate is 2% for two years, you’ll pay 2% less than the lender’s SVR for that amount of time. For example, if the SVR is 5%, you’ll pay 3% – and if the SVR increases to 5.5%, you’ll pay 3.5%. When the discount period ends, you’ll be put on the lender’s SVR.
    • Capped mortgages are variable mortgages with an upper cap to your monthly repayments, providing an element of security in a similar way to fixed rate mortgages. However, unlike fixed rate mortgages, if interest rates go down so do your monthly repayments. This type of mortgage is pretty rare.

    You can use our mortgage comparison tool to compare fixed and variable rate mortgages. The cheapest discount rate variable mortgages can offer lower interest rates than the cheapest fixed rate mortgages.

    Should I get a fixed rate mortgage?

    There are advantages and disadvantages of fixed rate mortgages, so it’s important to consider both before deciding whether a fixed rate mortgage is the best option for you.

    Think about how long you plan to stay in the property and whether you need the option to move before the end of any fixed term. This is important as if you don't have a portable mortgage, you can be charged hefty exit fees if you move house, but the trade-off is that if you try to remortgage before the end of the fixed rate period, you will likely be hit by an early repayment charge that can cost thousands of pounds.

    Fixed rate mortgage: Pros

    • Mortgage fixed rates provide certainty Most first time buyers opt for fixed rate mortgages because it provides security and peace of mind. When you take out a fixed rate mortgage, you know the exact payment amount that you will make every month for the duration of the mortgage term. This can help with budgeting and managing your finances.

    • Long term fixed mortgage rates can protect from economic upheaval Most often, lenders will offer 2, 3, and 5 year fixed terms although occasionally, select lenders may offer fixed rate mortgages for a maximum of 10 years.

    Fixed rate mortgage: Cons

    • Long term fixed rates can be costly The longer the fixed rate mortgage term, the higher the interest rate will be. This means that monthly mortgage repayments will be less with a 2 year fix than with a 5 year fix.

    • Fixed rate mortgages can be inflexible When you take out a fixed rate mortgage, you’re essentially locked into the deal for the fixed period. If the base rate drops, you’re stuck paying the same rate and you might end up paying a lot more than you would have done on a tracker mortgage or a discounted mortgage.

    How to compare fixed rate mortgages

    If you’re looking for a fixed rate mortgage, make sure you fully educate yourself, and try to think long-term when making your decision: will your personal and financial situations be the same 2 or 5 years from now?

    Consider how much flexibility the mortgage offers, for example, some fixed rate mortgages let you overpay a certain amount each year (usually up to 10%) without an early repayment charge, but most providers will penalise you for overpaying too much.

    Fixed rate mortgage FAQs

    What happens when my fixed rate period ends?

    You’re automatically moved to the lender’s SVR, which will likely be a lot higher than your fixed rate (currently around 5%). Your monthly repayments will increase accordingly.

    Can I pay off my fixed rate mortgage early?

    You can, but be sure to check the details of your mortgage: most lenders will levy an early repayment charge (ERC) if you switch to another lender during your fixed rate period. The ERC can be thousands of pounds on a big mortgage.

    Can I move house with a fixed rate mortgage?

    Yes, you can take your mortgage with you when you move house - but only if you have a portable mortgage. Most mortgages today are portable mortgages. You may still have to pay valuation, conveyancy and home survey fees - but you won't have to pay an early repayment charge (ERC) which can be very expensive.

    What's the difference between mortgage term and product term?

    The mortgage term is the total amount of time that it will take to repay the complete mortgage debt. After the mortgage term you will own your property outright. The mortgage term is usually between 25 and 40 years.

    The product term, also known as the promotional period or fixed term, is a shorter period of time where the mortgage lender usually offers you a reduced introductory interest rate. Most mortgages have a product term of between 2 and 5 years.

    At the end of the product term, you can remortgage to a new deal to keep your interest rate low.

    Is the lowest fixed rate mortgage always the best deal?

    No. The interest rate is the most important factor when working out the cost of a mortgage, but there are other costs that you must consider. Arrangement, booking, and setup fees can cost thousands of pounds. Do the maths and work out whether a lower interest rate is really cheaper after you include all the fees.

    If you regularly remortgage every couple of years, those fees can become a significant cost, especially if you add them onto your mortgage debt and start paying interest on them.

    Where can I find the best current fixed mortgage rates?

    To find the best fixed rate mortgage option for you, you can use the mortgage comparison table at the top of this page.

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    Last updated: 22 October, 2020