Length of Mortgage

Our current 3 year fixed term ends in September so we are looking at new rates. Our old rate was 1.94%.
The mortgage term was 30 year, so we now have 27 years remaining -
If we get a new deal, what is more cost effective over time - is it best to keep a 27 year term, and pay overpayments, or switch to a lower term of 20 years, and have the monthly payments be higher.
I imagine it depends on the interest rate. At the moment we can make overpayments so think keeping 27 years is best, so we can vary our OPs and have a lower monthly outgoing. Do you agree, or does anyone think a 20 year term is best so the mortgage is over faster..?

Thank you 


  • longway2golongway2go Forumite
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    If you are paying the same amount I do not believe it will make any difference. If you shorten the term you will contractually be committed to more a month so not as flexible should you wish to reduce payments. The other point to keep in mind is the flexibility of the product and how much can you actually OP as this could restrict you. 
    Mortgage Aug 2019 161,000 :eek::eek::eek:Nov 2019 156,500:T Jan 2020 153,122:T, Apr 2020 149,500, Apr2021 139, 675, Oct 2021 136,823, Dec 2021 136,120🙂EF 0/12,000 (0%)😕 (5062.44 was ERC), Jan 2023 128,650. Our Mortgage is never going to be as high as it is today. :jOnwards and downwards to a better life for our family. :jJust keep swimming
  • RolandtheroadieRolandtheroadie Forumite
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     After around 6 years of overpaying the same amount every month, we took 5 years off our 13 year remaining mortgage a couple of years ago, paying a bit less overall. 
    Change in circumstances meant it was now possibly going to leave us a little bit stretched. We were 2 years into a 3 year fix.
    Contacted our lender (Nationwide) and applied to extend the mortgage term. They done this with no problems and no fees. 
    At the time of reducing the term, my thought was I'm more likely to make the payment due rather than deciding whether to over pay or not. 
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