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What is a 95% mortgage?
A 95% mortgage would allow you to borrow up to 95% of the purchase price of the property you want to buy, and the remaining 5% would be made up of your deposit.
Only needing a 5% deposit could help you get on the property ladder sooner.
The lowest mortgage interest rates are reserved for borrowers with large deposits of around 40% or more, but there are still plenty of competitive deals for buyers with just 5% to put down.
Just be aware that a smaller deposit does mean that your choice of mortgages will be more limited.
Should you continue to save for a larger deposit?
If you can put down a bigger deposit on a property you’ll find that you have a wider choice of mortgages with lower interest rates. So if you can wait, it could be worth taking the time to save up a bit more.
But if you are renting at the same time as saving up for a deposit, you may feel like you’re wasting money, and you’d prefer to get on the property ladder as soon as possible. And if house prices were to rise, you could find it takes you even longer to save up enough of a deposit.
It’s important to consider all the options before deciding whether to put down a 5% deposit, or whether to wait and continue to save.
Can you get a 95% mortgage?
Banks and building societies will take your income, your outgoings and your credit score into account when it comes to deciding how much they’re prepared to lend you. This will influence whether they offer you a 95% loan-to-value or LTV mortgage, or whether the maximum LTV they’re prepared to loan you will be less.
You can take a look at our mortgage calculator to get a good idea of how much a bank would be willing to lend you.
Choosing the right 95% mortgage for you
When choosing a 95% mortgage, you’ll need to decide whether you want to take out a fixed rate or variable rate loan.
Fixed rate mortgage
A fixed rate mortgage usually lasts between two and five years and means you won’t have to worry about interest rates rising and your monthly payments going up. But if you want to get out of the deal before the fixed term ends, you’ll probably have to pay an early repayment charge - ERC.
Variable rate mortgage
When it comes to variable rates, you have the choice between tracker mortgages, which follow the Bank of England base rate, and discount mortgages, where the interest rate offers a discount on the lender's standard variable rate or SVR.
A 5% deposit and Help to Buy
The government’s Help to Buy equity loan scheme can be a great helping hand for those who are struggling to raise a deposit that’s bigger than 5%.
The Help to Buy scheme can make it easier for first-time buyers and home movers to buy a property with a 5% deposit, and the government will then loan you up to an additional 20% of the house value - or 40% if you’re buying in London. The scheme can only be used for new-builds and the loan is interest-free for the first five years.
The Help to Buy shared ownership scheme can also give you the chance to buy a share of your home and pay rent on the remaining share with a low deposit.
Visit the government’s site to find out more about Help to Buy schemes and to see if you qualify.
Comparing 95% mortgage quotes
You can compare 95% mortgage quotes from different providers, and you can also see your monthly mortgage payment breakdown for each deal by using MoneySuperMarket’s mortgage comparison tool.
Enter your borrowing requirements, the length of time you want to borrow for, and the value of the property you’re looking to buy to see what the LTV percentage would be.
The mortgage quote results will then show you the maximum LTV each lender is prepared to offer you, and the type of mortgage available, plus any extra fees you’d need to pay. You can then see if a 95% mortgage would be right for you.
It’s important to remember that the comparison tool doesn’t take into account your financial situation or your credit history, and any LTV or interest rates you’re offered when you come to apply for a mortgage may be different.