Fixed-rate or mixed mortgage: which should I choose?

Main features of and differences between fixed-rate and mixed mortgages
A mixed mortgage loan (mixed mortgage) combines the features of a fixed-rate mortgage loan (fixed-rate mortgage) with a variable-rate loan (variable-rate mortgage). When considering the benefits of choosing a mixed or fixed-rate mortgage, it is best to evaluate three main factors: interest rate, term and monthly repayments.
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Interest rate

A fixed-rate mortgage always has the same interest rate which does not vary over the term of the loan. This way the monthly fee is guaranteed to be the same even when market interest rates increase or decrease.

With a mixed mortgage a fixed rate is applied in the first years. For the rest of the term, it works like a variable-rate mortgage, whereby the interest rate will consist of a fixed differential plus a reference rate (usually the Euribor). This causes the amount of the monthly repayment to increase or decrease in accordance with the fluctuations in the reference rate. This means that, in practice, it is a variable mortgage with some special conditions during the first years.

Term

Fixed mortgages usually have a shorter repayment term than mixed or variable mortgages.

A mixed or variable mortgage allows greater flexibility, as financial institutions usually offer a longer repayment term to pay off the loan.

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Monthly payment

With a fixed-rate mortgage the fee is always the same for the life of the loan. The amount does not increase or decrease. The amount that was initially established will be that charged every month.

With a mixed mortgage you pay the same fee for the first years while the loan functions like a fixed mortgage. During the rest of the term, it will be a variable-rate mortgage and the amount of the monthly repayment will depend on the value of a reference rate (Euribor). During this period, the interest rate of the mortgage is usually updated every six months based on the Euribor.

In the case of mixed mortgages, financial institutions usually offer a higher interest rate during the first years of the loan, and a more competitive interest rate during the rest of the term. This usually makes the amount of the monthly repayments higher during the first years of the loan than during the years in which a variable interest rate is applied.

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