Arranging masses of Interest only mortgages seems like a dim and distant memory, but 25 years on from the endowment boom there are still around 4 million of them around.

In some cases, the endowments have long since been cashed in to pay for a holiday / car / outstanding debt, but no attempt has been made to repay any of the capital.

Lenders have for a long time been trying to tempt / coax / shove clients away from interest only and on to a repayment mortgage, but different lenders have very different ways of dealing with those clients who cannot or will not change.

For example, one lender who has hit my radar charges 5% to interest only borrowers whilst offering nearer 2% to others. It would appear that some lenders are applying the same rules to everyone regardless if they have a suitable repayment strategy to pay off their loans or not.

Unfortunately, most interest only mortgage holders are over 50 and their mortgage options are more limited, for example only recently some of the smaller building societies have reduced their mortgage cut off ages from 75 to 70.

When borrowers come to the end of their fixed rate period, lenders tend to use this as an opportunity to apply their new interest only rules. We have had a steady stream of calls from worried borrowers who have seen their payments increase overnight by anything up to £350 a month.

I would advise anyone who is worried about being on interest only to speak to their existing lender to see if they can come to an arrangement to start repaying their capital. If your lender cannot come to a manageable arrangement, then speak to an Independent Mortgage Adviser who will be able to look at the whole market to see if another lender has a more manageable solution.

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