Longer fixed-interest mortgages more popular in the Netherlands
In March 2016, the majority of Dutch households (52%) opted for a fixed-interest period of between five and ten years.
Another 20.5% preferred a fixed-interest period of more than ten years. The remaining new mortgages contracted had fixed-rate periods of up to one year (15%) or between one and five years (12.5%).
The preferred fixed-interest period has increased over the past years The percentage of Dutch households opting for a fixed-interest period of ten years or more was significantly higher in 2015 (16%) than in 2014 (6%).
The number of newly contracted mortgage loans with a fixed-interest period of five to ten years also increased, from 39% to 52%.
The preference for longer fixed-interest periods for new residential mortgages has been higher with households in the euro area than with Dutch households for some time now.
Almost half (47%) of the households in the euro area opted for a fixed-interest period of ten years or more. Another 22% chose a fixed-interest period between five and ten years. A fixed-interest period between one and five years was opted for by 10%, and 21% preferred a fixed-interest period of up to one year. ■