Mortgage calculator – How UK mortgage lenders calculate your mortgage payments

How interest is charged

Mortgage lenders use a number of different methods for charging interest,Mortgage calculator – How UK mortgage lenders calculate your mortgage payments Articles these methods fall into one of three categories: –

Daily interest charging.
Monthly interest charging.
Annual interest charging.

Annual interest charging

The most simplest of these is the annual interest charging method, this is certainly the oldest method adopted by lenders. Interest is charged at the start of the year based on the mortgage balance figure. This interest amount is then divided through the 12 months of the year for each payment for an interest-only mortgage or combined with capital for each payment if a full repayment mortgage.

Interest-only calculation

Monthly payment = (balance x rate)/12

So with a balance of £100,000 and a rate of 6.5%: –

Monthly payment = (100,000 x 0.065)/12

Monthly payment = £541.67

Full repayment calculation

Monthly payment = [[rate x (balance x (1+rate)^term)]/(1-(1+rate)^term) ] / 12

so with a balance of £100,000 and a rate of 6.5%: –

Monthly payment = [[0.065 x (100000 x (1+0.065)^25)]/(1-(1+0.065)^25) ] / 12

Monthly payment = £683.18
Monthly interest charging

With monthly interest charging, the annual interest rate is first divided by 12 to establish a monthly interest rate. This new monthly interest rate is then applied to the mortgage balance to calculate a monthly interest charge for each payment on an interest-only mortgage or combined with capital for each payment if a full repayment mortgage.

Interest-only calculation

Monthly payments = balance x (rate/12)

So with a balance of £100,000 and a rate of 6.5%: –

Monthly payments = 100000 x (0.065/12)

Monthly payments = £541.67

Full repayment calculation

Monthly pay rate (mrate) = rate/12

Monthly payment = [mrate x (balance x (1 + mrate)^(term x 12)]/[1-(1+mrate)^(term x 12)]

so with a balance of £100,000 and a rate of 6.5%: –

mrate = 0.065/12

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Monthly payment = [0.0054 x (100000 x (1 + 0.0054)^300]/[1-(1+0.0054)^300]

Monthly payment = £675.21

As you can see there are benefits to having a monthly interest charged mortgage over an annually charged one if your mortgage is a full repayment mortgage as this example shows a saving of £8 per month.
Daily interest charging

Many mortgage lenders in the UK have now adopted daily interest charging methods, this method is far more complicated and many lenders have their own rules on how they calculate daily charges of interest. Therefore for the purpose of this article the following method will be used, this should provide a guide to how much savings can be made with a daily interest charging method. In order to calculate the daily rate of interest we start with the annual interest rate and divide this through by 365.25 days (0.25 being the leap year). We must then multiply this by the days in any particular month. However you do not make mortgage payments every single day so these charges are rolled up and charged to you on a monthly basis. The main benefit with daily interest charging comes when you make over-payments reducing your mortgage balance immediately benefiting from lower interest being charged. Daily interest charging is often used with flexible mortgages, offset mortgages and current account mortgages as these present huge benefits to the borrower.