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April Mortgages to launch Dutch-style mortgages with fixed rates that fall over time

Updated 14 February 2024

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Lisa-Marie Voneshen

April Mortgages plans to launch a new Dutch-style mortgage in the UK.

The new mortgage type will launch in April and will be for aspiring first-time buyers with up to a 5% deposit.

The interest rate on Dutch-style mortgages falls as the homeowner pays off more of the loan.

So, if you have a loan-to-value (LTV) of 95%, which means the value of your mortgage is 95% of the value of your home, and you pay off enough to reduce it to 90% LTV, your mortgage will be switched automatically to one with a lower rate if it’s available.

While this is already possible with traditional mortgages, you have to remortgage for a lower rate, which can be costly and time-consuming.

“We believe this is a fairer way to approach mortgage lending, and it addresses the key objections often raised by brokers around early repayment charges (ERCs) and product lock-ins,” said Tim Hague, commercial director at April Mortgages.

Who is April Mortgages?

April Mortgages is new to the UK market and currently offers remortgages for those with at least 85% LTV in their home.

The company is part of the largest independent asset manager of Dutch residential mortgages, DMFCO, which has offered 100,000 loans via its mortgage brand Munt in the Netherlands.

While April Mortgages is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), you have to apply for a mortgage with them via a broker.

Unbiased can connect you with a regulated mortgage broker to help you find the best deal. However, it’s worth checking if they offer deals from April Mortgages if you’re looking for a Dutch-style mortgage.

Fixed-rate mortgages with April Mortgages start at 4.99% and last between five and 15 years.

An application fee of £195 and valuation fees, based on the value of your property, apply, as well as legal and completion costs.

April Mortgages allow overpayments of any size. The company also allows you to move house or repay your mortgage without any ERCs as long as the money used is from your savings.

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About the author
Lisa-Marie Voneshen is a Senior Content Writer at Unbiased. She is an award-winning journalist with nearly a decade of experience writing and editing content across various areas, including personal finance and investing.