The Saron (former Libor) mortgage is a mortgage model that is particularly attractive in times of a stable or falling interest rate environment. The interest rate of the Libor mortgage is calculated from the Libor interest rate and a margin. The margin is calculated differently depending on the financial institution and is based on the individual creditworthiness of the customer. In principle, the Libor mortgage is a fixed-rate mortgage with a short term of a few months, for which the interest rate is adjusted at defined intervals. If you as a customer opt for the Libor mortgage, you have the choice of the intervals at which this interest rate adjustment is to be made. Typically, a Libor base of 3, 6 or 12 months is available. A Libor mortgage contract is usually signed for a fixed term of between 2 and 6 years. Within this term, most banks offer a switch to a fixed-rate mortgage.
In recent years, the Saron mortgage has been the most favorable form of financing on average. In addition to this resounding argument, there are nevertheless several things to consider as a mortgage borrower:
- The Saron mortgage is subject to short-term interest rate fluctuations.
- There is no planning security
- Normally, the Libor mortgage offers lower interest rates than a fixed-rate mortgage
LIBOR becomes SARON
Libor (London Interbank Offered Rate) is the rate at which banks lend money to each other. There are no actual transactions behind Libor, only agreements that the banks make among themselves. This lack of transparency has made Libor vulnerable to manipulation in the past. The Saron (Swiss Average Rate Overnight) is based on executed transactions and is therefore much more resilient and transparent. From January 1, 2022, the interest rate for money market mortgages in Switzerland will no longer be determined by Libor, but by Saron. As a result, the Libor mortgage will be renamed the Saron mortgage from the end of 2021 at the latest.
The Saron has already been in use by the SNB since 2009, but was not used as the prime rate for money market mortgages. Nevertheless, it has always remained at about the same level as Libor in recent years. Most experts expect this to remain the case, at least in the medium term. For Libor customers, therefore, the changeover will hardly bring about any noticeable changes.
HYPOHAUS will work with you to determine your personal mortgage profile. The HYPOHAUS mortgage profile helps you as a customer to find out whether the mortgage model of a Libor mortgage is suitable for you. Depending on the profile that results from the nine structured questions, HYPOHAUS recommends the appropriate mortgage model.