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What are the risks of an interest only mortgage?

Disadvantages of Interest Only Loans
Rising mortgage rates increases risk if it's an ARM. Many people spend extra money instead of investing it. Many cannot afford principal payments when the time arrives and many are not disciplined enough to pay extra toward the principal. Income may not grow as quickly as planned.

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Simply so, is an interest only mortgage a good idea?

In short, interest-only mortgages are a bad idea for nearly all homebuyers. An interest-only mortgage is likely to tempt you into buying more house than you can really afford, and once your payment goes up, you'll end up in a world of financial hurt. You're much better off sticking with fixed-rate loans.

how can I get out of an interest only mortgage? Ways of repaying an interest-only mortgage

  1. Downsize property.
  2. Extend your mortgage term.
  3. Remortgage to a lower rate and overpay.
  4. Use other savings and investments.
  5. Release equity.
  6. Ask your children for financial assistance.

Correspondingly, what happens when interest only mortgage ends?

If you have an Interest Only mortgage, your monthly payments have been paying the interest but have not reduced your loan balance (unless you have been making overpayments to purposely reduce the balance of your mortgage). This means that at the end of your agreed mortgage term, you need to repay your loan in full.

How easy is it to get an interest only mortgage?

To get an interest-only mortgage, most lenders want you to have an LTV ratio of 75% or lower, some will go up to 80% and a few will go to 85% which means you must put down a deposit of 15%.

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