Mortgages: fixed or variable rate?

Raymundo LarraĆ­n Nesbitt, June, 11. 2018

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By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Director of Larraín Nesbitt Lawyers
11th of June 2018


This question is hardly a good pick-up line – please don’t embarrass yourself, or me, trying it out – you will likely get slapped! However, you will surely be asking it yourself if you need a mortgage to finance your new bolthole under the sun.

With the recovery of the property market, more buyers will be asking themselves this question over the next years.

This blog post is going to explain why – at this particular moment in time – fixed rate is the superior option and why you should opt for it.


Fixed-rate mortgages


  • Security. You know exactly how much you will be paying every month. Interest rates are at their lowest point historically in the Eurozone. The only way is up now. If you pick a variable interest rate, you are going to be paying more and more every month which is going to add to your stress levels and mess up with your budget. Interest rates reached 5% in the peak. So paying, for example, a 2% fixed interest now is reasonable.
  • Cheap. Fixed rates are at their nadir. The moment interest rates rise again in the near future, fixed rates will also rise in tandem. You won’t see again for a long time the great offers that are now available on the mortgage market.
  • Shielded. Market volatility won’t affect you. You are going to pay the same fixed quota every month over the next 20 years regardless of Brexit, Italexit, Russian political meddling, Korean nuke boy, Trump's tantrums and whatnot.


  • Fixed rates are higher in the short-term than variable ones.
  • Variable rates would allow you to repay the loan earlier.
  • You pay more interests at the start.


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