14 Aug 2022

What is a break fee, and when can it apply?

Mortgage Discharge Fees

If you are interested in getting a home and a mortgage, you should familiarise yourself with the phrase ‘break fee’. Not everyone has to pay a break fee and not all lenders will put one in their contracts. When you sign for a mortgage, you sign a legally binding document that comes with terms and agreements both parties must follow, including you and the lender.

Typically, with a fixed-interest loan, you will pay a fixed interest rate that is low and consistent over a small period of time (on average it is three years). After the term is complete, your mortgage is subject to a variable interest rate and it changes. If at any time during the fixed-interest rate you get the funds to repay the entire loan or a large part of it, you can repay it, but you may have to also pay a break fee.

This also applies to broken contracts and refinancing. Some lenders consider refinancing a mortgage, even with the same lender, as a breach of the contract and will charge you the fee. The fee depends on the interest you still owe on the leftover terms.

Break Fees and Applications Conclusion

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