A 95% loan-to-value (LTV) mortgage is where you put down a 5% deposit, and the remaining 95% is borrowed from a mortgage lender.
95% LTV mortgages became less common following the housing market downturn, but schemes like Help to Buy [link] mean that these loans are increasingly available again.
A 95% mortgage can seem attractive to first-time buyers in particular, because the capital needed for the deposit is far lower than with most other mortgage deals. However, these mortgages may also have higher interest rates and have a higher initial set-up fee (or lending charges) than other mortgages. You may also be subject to more stringent lending criteria with a 95% mortgage than if you could put down a larger deposit.
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