Interest Only

Planning today means less worrying tomorrow

Time flies, so while the end of your mortgage term might seem a long way off, it’ll be here before you know. By the end of your mortgage term, your loan needs to be repaid in full so it is important to have a clear plan in place to make sure you can achieve this.

Why you need a plan

If you have an Interest Only mortgage with us (whether part or fully Interest Only), this means your monthly payments are paying off the interest but will not pay off the loan itself, and this can leave you in a very difficult position.

Your home may be repossessed if you do not pay the full amount on the date agreed. You can also be taken to court to recover any additional shortfall if the sale price of your property does not cover the loan.

Our Interest Only Review Programme will support you every step of the way

To be in the best possible position when the time comes to repay your mortgage, it is vital you keep track of your repayment plan and review it regularly, so if your circumstances change or a shortfall occurs, you can react swiftly and keep you on track with your repayments. There are a number of ways we can help develop your plan to check it’s on track, which is why you may have received a letter or a call from us. Whether you’ve been contacted or not, there’s no need to worry. What is important, is you get in touch, so we can chat through all the options available to you. Don’t wait, call us today.

If you don’t have a plan

Speak to our specialist team today. They can help you develop a repayment plan that’s right for you and guide you through the options that fit in with your circumstances.

If you do have a plan

You may be worried your repayment plan won’t be enough to repay your loan, so we’ll look at your current plan, review the options and ensure any shortfall is covered in time.


Share your plan with us

We are here to help, so it’s important you let us know what plans you have in place to repay your mortgage.
Call 0330 159 6613 8.30am - 5.30pm Monday – Friday, or download and complete our simple Repayment Plan Form. Please send this to Whistletree, PO Box 655, Durham DH1 9LX.

Your options

Selling your home

If you plan to pay off your original loan by selling your home, you need to ensure all the sums add up. Make sure you know when the right time is for you to sell and what financial situation you will need to be in to secure your next property. This could mean buying another house or moving into rented accommodation.

You must consider the effect any drop in the value of your property might have on the sale price you can achieve. House prices won’t necessarily rise during the remainder of your mortgage term and you could be forced to sell during a dip in the market. If you sell for less than you planned, you could be left with a shortfall on the amount you owe.

It could also take longer to sell your property than you anticipated so you need to keep an eye on the pace of the housing market in your area.

If you are planning to sell, talk to us about your plans. We can help make sure you’re fully prepared to get the most from your sale and are in the best place possible to buy another property or move into rented accommodation.

Using savings or investments

If your plan is to pay off your mortgage using savings or investments (such as an endowment or pension) it is important that you review them at least once a year to make sure they’re on track. This is vital in the current economic climate – as interest rates remain low and stock market performance can be volatile. Otherwise, you could reach the end of your mortgage term and find yourself with less than you need.

If you’re planning to use an endowment or pension to pay off your loan, it’s important that you review your statements regularly. Your statement should show if there might be a shortfall in the amount you’re expecting. If this is the case, don’t worry, there are several ways you can plan to address this. Call us and we will talk you through your options.

Switching all or part of your mortgage to repayment

With an Interest Only mortgage, your monthly payments only cover the interest on the current balance owed. Your payments are not reducing the balance of the loan you originally borrowed. However, you can opt to pay off the loan balance gradually, over the full term of your mortgage, rather than in a single payment at the end. You can do this by switching to a Repayment mortgage.

With a Repayment mortgage, as long as you stay on track with your monthly payments your mortgage will be completely paid-off at the end of the term, so you will eventually own your property outright.

Switching to Repayment will increase your monthly payments, but the additional amount could be less than you think. Our Repayment Calculator will show you how much you would need to pay each month, or you can call us to discuss.

Switching a part of your mortgage to repayment

If a full switch to a Repayment mortgage costs too much each month, then you may consider changing just part of your mortgage to Repayment, whilst keeping the remainder as interest only. This is called a Part and Part mortgage.

The increase in your monthly payments will be less than with a full switch to repayment, so this option could be more affordable. And if your financial situation improves in the future, you can always increase the portion of your mortgage on repayment, and 'step up' your monthly payments to increase the amount of your loan that you will gradually be paying off.

With a Part and Part mortgage, whilst you will not pay off your entire loan over the term of your mortgage, you will reduce the balance you owe. This could help if you are facing a shortfall from your savings or investment plan, or if you eventually sell your property in the future for less than you expect. Alternatively, if you are thinking of remortgaging to another lender, reducing your balance could be beneficial as this might help you increase the equity in your property and potentially give you more remortgage options.

Please contact us to discuss how Part and Part may work for you. We can then provide you with details of how much extra you would have to pay each month.

Make Overpayments

Making overpayments can be a great way to improve your financial position. Each overpayment reduces your mortgage balance and therefore the interest you are charged over the term of your mortgage. Even small overpayments can add up and make a big difference to the total amount of interest that you will pay.

If you can't afford to make regular monthly overpayments, you can always just do this as and when you want to. For example in those situations when you might find yourself with surplus cash, an extra bonus or some spare savings.

Use our online Overpayment Calculator to see the positive effect even a modest overpayment can have on your mortgage, or call us to start taking advantage now.