The number of people worried about their finances – and mortgages in particular – has been revealed by a study by Confused.com.
The price comparison site surveyed borrowers on their attitudes towards remortgaging and the current mortgage market in the UK.
It found almost nine in 10 respondents had remortgaged in the past five years, with more than a third of Brits remortgaging due to their current fixed rate deal ending.
Three in 10 survey respondents were “excited” about the potential benefits of remortgaging. But more than one in five (22.7 per cent) respondents reported feeling anxious or worried about switching to a new mortgage deal. This was slightly higher for men than women (24.1 per cent versus 21.9 per cent).
More than half (52 per cent) of those questioned were worried about potentially higher interest rates, while 30 per cent were worried about the current economic climate.
About three quarters (75 per cent) of people who took part in the survey told researchers they were more concerned about mortgage rates and housing than five years ago. A small minority (6%) of respondents reported they were “dreading” the process of remortgaging.
More than four in five (83 per cent) respondents reported that their concerns impacted their mental health, with 16.3 per cent reporting “significant” effects. Males were more likely not to report that their concerns affected their mental health (20.6 per cent) compared to women (15.3 per cent).
Around two in five (39.4 per cent) survey respondents had sought therapy or counselling for their mental health due to their concerns surrounding mortgage rates and housing. This was significantly higher for women (49.6 per cent) than men (19.4 per cent).