Habito to offer life-time deals to customers

fixed mortgages

Products will be available to borrowers with deposits as low as 10% and Habito plans to add 5% deposit deals to its product offerings in early summer

New 40-year fixed mortgages are set to enter the market, raising the prospect of home owners not needing to find a new deal again.

Broker Habito is set to stir up the lending market with new 10 year rates, with plans to offer 40-year fixed deals to first-time buyers (FTBs), home movers and people looking to remortgage in England and Wales this month.

The “Habito One” deals will be available from Monday, March 15.

Products will be available to borrowers with deposits as low as 10% and Habito plans to add 5% deposit deals to its product offerings in early summer.

Habito said there will be no early repayment charges (ERCs) or exit fees for the duration of the mortgages.

This will allow customers to lock into a particular rate, giving them certainty over their payments and safeguarding against future possible interest rate spikes, while still having the flexibility to switch or move home.

Monthly repayments will stay the same throughout the lifetime of the mortgage, removing the cycle of re-mortgaging every two to five years as well as the fees that often come with taking out a new mortgage.

Daniel Hegarty, founder of Habito said: The vast majority of us on a mortgage that’s fixed for two to five years are effectively trapped in a system that doesn’t fit our financial future or our home-buying habits.

Worse still it demands that we continually switch to a new product before we get stung by a higher rate. This cycle is costly, time consuming and repetitive – roughly £1,000 each time up to 10 times over the length of the mortgage, he said.

Habito said that while the long-term fixed rate mortgage model is new for the UK, it is more commonplace in some other countries.

Its new deals come with a £1,995 product fee. Customers only pay product fees when they take a Habito One mortgage or increase their borrowing.

Rates start at 2.99%, fixed for the full contractual term of the mortgage.

A borrower with a 10% deposit could get a Habito One mortgage at 4.39% for up to 15 years. With a 40-year deal, the rate would potentially be 5.35%.

Rachel Springall, a finance expert at Moneyfacts.co.uk, said there are more than 100 mortgage products on the market currently which last for a decade.

Most of the present deals out there tie in customers with early repayment charges for the duration of the deal, but there are some from TSB which will permit borrowers to exit after the first five years, she said.

But Springall added customers who choose the deal should not simply switch and sit tight.

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