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The benefits of switching your mortgage rate

Did you know that you could save money by switching your mortgage from your current rate?

Many people assume that once their mortgage is set up, it's set in stone. But actually, switching to a new rate could help to reduce your monthly repayments and save you money in the long run.

So, how do you go about it? Here are some key steps to help you get started…

When should you switch your mortgage rate?

You can switch your mortgage rate at any time. However, for most people the best time to explore this option is when their introductory rate is due to expire.

Many banks will offer fixed rates for a 5 year period, after which you will be moved onto a variable rate which may incur higher monthly repayment costs. This is a good opportunity to explore your options and switch to a new rate that may offer better terms.

Fixed vs variable mortgage rates

A fixed mortgage rate is guaranteed to stay the same for an agreed period of time - usually 5 years. You know exactly how much you will need to repay each month, which can help you to keep your finances in check.

A variable mortgage is set to the current market rate, which can go up or down depending on external factors such as national and global economic performance. 

Steps to switching your mortgage rate

Switching your mortgage rate doesn't need to be a difficult process. If you're unsure, speak to one of our mortgage specialists who can talk you through the steps and help you decide if the time's right to switch.

1. Finding a new mortgage rate that suits you

When choosing a new mortgage rate, it helps to think about the main benefits you want to get out of making the transfer. These could include:

  • reducing your interest rate

  • a fixed interest rate that gives you more certainty about how much you'll need to repay each month

  • greater flexibility and the ability to pay your mortgage off faster without incurring early repayment charges[@repayment-charges]

2. Making the switch

If you already have a mortgage with HSBC Bermuda and you want to move to a better value rate, the process is usually quite simple. Our mortgage specialists can explain your options and guide you through the process.

If you're switching from another bank, there may be a few additional steps. Our mortgage specialists will ask you to provide any required documents. You may also need to engage a lawyer to help facilitate the transfer.

As a first step, book a consultation with a member of our mortgages team, who can walk you through your options and discuss how you want to proceed.

3. Confirm your new mortgage rate

Before your mortgage switch, we'll tell you the mortgage rate we're offering you. You should discuss this carefully before confirming the switch with HSBC. 

How much does it cost to switch your mortgage rate?

There may be some costs involved when switching mortgage rates. For example, if you're planning to leave a fixed-rate mortgage before the fixed term ends, you may have to pay an early repayment charge. That's why timing is so important to make sure a mortgage switch offers you the best value for money.

How long does it take to switch your rate within HSBC?

Once you've decided to switch your mortgage rate, it can be processed relatively quickly. For example, at HSBC we're usually able to switch your mortgage rate within 7-14 working days.

However, this may vary depending on your current lender - and it may take longer for more complex payments.

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