Fixed Rate Mortgages explained
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Lending criteria, terms and conditions apply. Over 18s only and Republic of Ireland residents only. Mortgaged property must be in Republic of Ireland. Security, buildings insurance and life cover required.
If you choose one of our fixed rate mortgages, it may make budgeting and planning ahead a little easier as the repayment amount is fixed for an initial term
- You can choose to fix your rate for 2, 3, 4, 5 or 7 years
- Our rates can vary depending on the loan to value of your mortgage
- During this period, your monthly mortgage payments will stay the same, even if interest rates go up or down
- You can make overpayments on your fixed rate mortgage. An Early Redemption Charge is due if you repay all or part of your mortgage before the end of the set fixed period, however you can make an overpayment of 10% of your outstanding fixed rate balance each year without incurring an Early Redemption Charge.
What happens after the fixed rate period ends?
We will write to remind you your initial fixed term is coming to an end, you can choose to either:
- Let your rate switch to our flexible Standard Variable Rate. As Standard Variable Rate is not linked to the European Central Bank (ECB) base rate, the rate can increase at any time even if there is no change in the ECB base rate.
- Choose another fixed rate mortgage for a set period of time. You may have to pay an arrangement fee, depending on the mortgage you choose.
Who can choose a fixed rate mortgage?
- Our fixed rates are available to both new and existing Ulster Bank mortgage customers
- They are perfect for anyone who likes to know exactly how much they need to pay each month
If you choose a fixed rate mortgage:
Warning: You may have to pay charges if you pay off a fixed rate loan early.
Early Redemption Charge
If you pay off a fixed rate mortgage before the end of the agreed fixed period or change to another interest rate before the end of the agreed fixed rate period, an early redemption charge will be applied. This charge will be either an amount calculated using this formula or six months interest, whichever is lower:
Redeemed amount x (R - R1) x Time remaining in days until the end of the fixed rate period) divided by 360.
In this formula:
Redeemed amount means the estimated average loan balance between the time of the proposed repayment or interest rate conversion and the end of the relevant fixed rate period, assuming that no such repayment or interest rate conversion takes place and that all scheduled repayments of the loan are made by the borrower under the terms specified in the loan offer. Where a lump sum repayment is made, redeemed amount shall mean the amount of the lump sum repayment.
R means the interest rate available to the lender for funds placed in the money market on the start date of the relevant fixed rate period for the duration of the relevant fixed rate period.
R1 means the interest rate available to the lender for funds placed in the money market on the date of the proposed early repayment, lump sum repayment or interest rate conversion for the remainder of the relevant fixed rate period. The rate applied is based on the remaining fixed rate term of the mortgage, rounded to the nearest month if less than one year or to the nearest year if greater than one year.
Time means the number of days from the date of early repayment, lump sum repayment or interest rate conversion to the end of the relevant fixed rate period.
Six months interest is the estimated interest that would be payable in the six months following the proposed repayment or interest rate conversion.
In the example below, a customer took out a 5 year fixed mortgage at a rate of 5.00% on 1st January 2014. On 4th January 2015, the mortgage outstanding was €100,000 and the customer opts to break out of the fixed rate. The breakage cost calculation is:
Redeemed Amount = €87,832.42
R (Market rate on 1st January 2014) = 2.849%
R1 (Market rate on 4th January 2015) = 1.713%
Time = 1,457 days
Breakage Calculation = (Redeemed Amount x (R-R1) x Time) divided by 360 = (€87,832.42 x (2.849% - 1.713%) x 1,457)/360 = €4,038.22
Six Months Interest = €2,500
Therefore, in this case the customer would be charged the lesser amount of the six months interest i.e. €2,500.
When your fixed rate mortgage expires you can revert to the Standard Variable Rate or any other mortgage product that you may be offered at this time. As Standard Variable Rate is not linked to the European Central Bank base rate (ECB), the rate can increase at any time even if there is no change in the ECB base rate.
If you choose a variable interest rate loan:
Variable rate loans: The payment rates on this housing loan may be adjusted by the lender from time to time.
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