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Mortgage for 40 YEARS: Desperate home-buyers are bombarded with deals

A mortgage for 40 YEARS: More desperate home-buyers are being bombarded with deals that will leave them repaying until they are in their 60s

  • Over half of mortgages have option which extends repayment to 40 years
  • 71 per cent of mortgages can now last until the borrower is 75 years old 
  • Companies offering worse longer-term loans because buyers cannot pay off in traditional 25-year window
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Families who are desperate to get on the housing ladder are being bombarded with offers for 40-year mortgages.

More than half of all mortgage products now have this option – compared to only 36 per cent five years ago. It suggests buyers are having to take out loans so big they cannot repay them within the traditional 25-year limit.

However, this could leave borrowers still paying off debts into their 60s – when previous generations were retired and mortgage-free.

And about 71 per cent of mortgages can now last until the borrower is 75 years old.


40-year mortgage plans could leave borrowers still paying off debts into their 60s – when previous generations were retired and mortgage-free


Someone borrowing £200,000 over 25 years would repay £897 a month or £269,170 in total. If the same amount was borrowed at the same rate for 40 years, repayments would be lower at £660 a month or £316,587 in total.

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Lengthening a mortgage term means the loan is paid back more slowly, reducing the size of monthly bills. But it is also more expensive in the long run as interest mounts up. For example, someone borrowing £200,000 over 25 years would repay £897 a month or £269,170 in total. If the same amount was borrowed at the same rate for 40 years, repayments would be lower at £660 a month or £316,587 in total.

Darren Cook, from financial experts Moneyfacts, which carried out the research, said: ‘The longer a borrower extends their mortgage term, the older they will be when they have finally repaid their mortgage.


About 71 per cent of mortgages can now last until the borrower is 75 years old

‘An extended mortgage term may go beyond pension age – so it is imperative that these borrowers consider their options and attempt to make provisions if their personal circumstances change.’

Property prices now stand at an average £231,000, according to the Office for National Statistics, while the typical worker earns just £29,600. In London and the South East they are even higher, with average prices of £474,000 and £327,000 respectively.

It will now take a first-time buyer in their late 20s an average of 18 years to save up for a deposit, says the Resolution Foundation think tank. This is up from three years in the 1990s.

A record 56.2 per cent of borrowers are now taking out loans equal to more than three times their annual income – £82,500 for an average single earner or £165,000 for a couple.

One in nine new borrowers is a singleton taking out a mortgage over four times their annual pay, says banking trade body UK Finance.

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