Metro Bank, Virgin Money, Tesco Bank: are their mortgages any good?

Metro BankNew mortgage lenders like Metro Bank, Virgin Money and Tesco Bank are putting out some good deals. And they might be easier to get than other similar deals.

Metro Bank, Virgin and Tesco are some of the newest entrants to the mortgage market, and banking in general.

Let's take a look at how these new mortgage providers' products compare to each other, and the rest of the market.%VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%
Metro Bank
Metro Bank has made a big impact in its short existence as the first new high-street bank in more than 100 years. It appears to be living up to its promises of delivering an extremely good customer experience with ground-breaking service.

It offers five different two-year fixed and tracker mortgages, and one five-year tracker mortgages.
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Some of the main points:
  • Prices range from around 3% to 3.7%.
  • You have to pay a booking fee of £1,000 "on application". That should worry you, but if you apply in branch and get the bank to approve it simultaneously, that doesn't have to be a problem in itself.
  • You pay the normal, hefty, early-repayment charges for leaving during the deal period.
  • Free valuation and legal fees.
  • You can get a mortgage up to 80% loan-to-value (LTV).
  • You need to have a Metro Bank current account, which pays you no interest.
Virgin Money
Virgin's mortgages still haven't been rebranded from Northern Rock. Like most mortgage lenders, it offers a confusing array of them, but I've picked out some of the better ones for the comparison table below.

All its mortgages are two-, three- and five-year fixes, or two- and three-year trackers. Five-year fixed mortgages are the most rational choice right now, but "rational" does not necessarily mean they'll work out cheaper over the period. No one knows what will be cheaper. You can read some of the reasons longer deals are more rational in There are only two mortgages worth buying.

The prices are competitive and better than Metro Bank's if you want a low LTV, but not so competitive if you need a high LTV mortgage.
  • Some of the main points:
  • Prices range from around 2.9% to 6.4%.
  • I estimate fees are typically £1,500*, although the lender offers mortgages with no fees and higher interest rates, which could work out cheaper for smaller mortgages.
  • Normal, hefty, early-repayment charges.
  • Overpayments of 10% per year allowed.
  • You can get a mortgage up to 90% LTV.
About Tesco's mortgage deals
This supermarket requires no introduction, so I'll cut to the chase.

It offers two-, three- and five-year fixes, and two-year trackers. I've tried to pick a good selection in the table below. Similar to Virgin, there are equivalents with much lower fees, but these naturally come with higher interest rates.

Tesco's five-year deals are the best, but its two-year deals are more patchy.

Some of the main points:
  • Prices range from around 2.9% to 4.6%.
  • I estimate fees* are typically £1,000 for remortgagers and £1,400 for buyers.
  • Free valuation and legal fees for remortgagers.
  • Normal, hefty, early-repayment charges.
  • Overpayments of 20% per year allowed.
  • You can get a mortgage up to 80% LTV.
How they compare to the market
In my research, the rest of the market usually had better deals in all categories and all LTVs, as you can see from the tables below. However, scan the tables for the LTVs relevant to you, and you'll see that some of the deals from the new banks are only more expensive by a few hundred pounds, usually because of the fees.

The big surprise was Tesco Bank's five-year fix at 70% LTV. In my search, I couldn't find a cheaper similar mortgage elsewhere, based on a £150,000 property.

Some of the competition comes from small lenders, so they have little to lend out. This means that, even if they offer cheaper deals, you might have a better chance with one of the new guys. A broker could help you, without you having to apply individually.

Two-year deals

Lender

Type of deal

Interest rate

Max LTV

Estimated fees*

Principality BS

Fixed

2.79%

60%

£1,000-£1,160

Virgin

Fixed

2.89%

60%

£1,500

Santander

Fixed

2.99%

70%

£1,000

Tesco

Fixed

2.99%

70%

£1,000-£1,400

Metro Bank

Tracker

3.09%

60%

£1,000

Virgin

Fixed

3.15%

70%

£1,500

Metro Bank

Tracker

3.19%

70%

£1,000

Tesco

Tracker

3.19%

75%

£1,000-£1,400

Coventry BS

Tracker

3.25%

80%

£1,250.00

Metro Bank

Fixed

3.35%

70%

£1,000

Metro Bank

Tracker

3.39%

80%

£1,000

Tesco

Fixed

3.39%

75%

£1,000-£1,400

Metro Bank

Fixed

3.65%

80%

£1,000

Tesco

Fixed

3.79%

80%

£1,000-£1,400

Tesco

Fixed

3.89%

80%

£1,000-£1,400

Virgin

Tracker

4.09%

80%

£1,500

Virgin

Fixed

4.19%

80%

£1,500

Hanley Economic BS

Fixed

4.29%

90%

£600.00

Virgin

Fixed

5.89%

90%

£1,500

Five-year deals

Lender

Type of deal

Interest rate

LTV

Estimated fees*

Tesco

Fixed

3.39%

70%

£1,000-£1,400

Virgin

Fixed

3.49%

70%

£1,500

Metro Bank

Tracker

3.69%

80%

£1,000

Tesco

Fixed

3.79%

75%

£1,000-£1,400

West Brom BS

Fixed

3.89%

80%

£1,250.00

Virgin

Fixed

4.58%

80%

£1,500

Tesco

Fixed

4.59%

80%

£1,000-£1,400

Nottingham BS

Fixed

4.74%

90%

£300

Virgin

Fixed

6.29%

90%

£1,500

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