Setting Financial Goals for the New Year

As we approach 2024, financial resolutions become a top priority for many. In the dynamic landscape of the UK mortgage market, where the outstanding value of all UK residential mortgage loans reached £1,655.5 billion at the end of 2023’s second quarter [1] – understanding and strategically planning your mortgage-related goals is more crucial than ever. This article aims to help you set achievable financial goals for the upcoming year.

Understanding Your Current Mortgage Situation

Before setting new goals, it’s crucial to evaluate your current mortgage situation. Are you on a fixed-rate or variable-rate mortgage? How many years are left on your mortgage? What is the current interest rate, and how does it compare to the market rates? Answering these questions is the first step in understanding where you stand and what needs to be improved.

Setting Achievable Mortgage Goals

Once you have a clear picture of your current mortgage situation, it’s time to set realistic goals. These could include:

  • Reducing the Mortgage Term: By increasing your monthly payments, you can shorten the mortgage term and save on interest in the long run.
  • Switching to a Better Rate: Keep an eye on the market trends. If interest rates are dropping, consider remortgaging to a better rate.
  • Overpaying Your Mortgage: If your mortgage terms allow, overpayments can significantly reduce the total interest paid and shorten the mortgage term.
  • Building a Mortgage Buffer: Aim to save an amount equivalent to a few months of mortgage payments. This can be significant in financial emergencies.
  • Reviewing Mortgage Protection Insurance: Ensure your insurance cover is adequate, and consider updates or changes if your circumstances have changed.


While setting goals like reducing mortgage terms or switching rates can be beneficial, it’s important to be aware of potential risks. For example, remortgaging could come with additional fees or penalties, and switching to a variable rate can lead to higher payments if interest rates increase. Carefully weigh these factors before making changes to your mortgage.


Creating a Personalised Mortgage Resolution Plan

Embarking on a new year is an ideal time to create a personalised plan for your mortgage. This plan should reflect your financial situation, goals, and current economic landscape. A well-structured plan can help you stay focused, make informed decisions, and adapt to any changes in your circumstances or the wider financial environment. Below is a checklist to guide you through creating a comprehensive and effective mortgage resolution plan:


Checklist for Your Mortgage Plan:

Review Your Mortgage Terms and Conditions:

  • Understand your current mortgage interest rate and terms.
  • Check for any penalties or conditions on overpayments or switching.


Assess Your Financial Situation:

  • Analyse your monthly income and expenditure.
  • Calculate how much you can realistically afford to overpay or save.


Market Research:

  • Stay informed about current mortgage interest rates and trends.
  • Consider speaking to a financial adviser for expert advice.

Remember, the mortgage market is subject to variability. Strategies that are effective today might need to be adjusted tomorrow due to changing economic conditions. It’s important to remain flexible and responsive to market trends, ensuring your mortgage strategy continues to align with your financial goals.


Set Clear Goals:

  • Be specific about what you want to achieve (e.g. reduce the mortgage term by 5 years, save £5,000 for a mortgage buffer).


Plan for Adjustments:

  • Prepare for potential changes in interest rates or personal circumstances.
  • Have a flexible approach to adjust your goals as required.


Regular Review and Adaptation:

  • Schedule a bi-annual review of your mortgage and financial situation.
  • Adapt your plan as needed based on your reviews.


The Economic Landscape and Mortgage Trends

Understanding Inflation and Interest Rates

Inflation is a key economic indicator that can directly impact mortgage rates. 

During 2023, the UK experienced a significant shift in inflation rates. In October, the inflation rate was recorded at 4.6%, a decline from the previous two months’ rate of 6.7% [2]. This variance in inflation plays a substantial role in how lenders determine mortgage interest rates. When inflation changes, interest rates often reflect the increase or decrease. 

Understanding and keeping on top of these trends is vital for effectively planning and managing your mortgage in the current economic climate. It highlights the importance of regularly reviewing your mortgage arrangements and considering fixed-rate options or overpayments to mitigate the impact of fluctuating interest rates.

The economic climate can dramatically influence mortgage strategies. For instance, in a potential recession, you might prioritise securing a fixed-rate mortgage to guard against rising rates, while continued inflation might require different approaches, such as building a larger mortgage buffer.

Government Policies and Interventions

Government policies, such as changes in stamp duty, housing subsidies, or mortgage relief programs, can also impact the housing market. These policies can make buying a home more affordable or, in some cases, lead to increased demand and higher prices. A notable example is the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) reliefs, part of the Growth Plan 2022, which will end on 31 March 2025 [2]. Without further stamp duty relief implemented in the 2023 Autumn Budget, the end of these reliefs may have an impact on the housing market and potentially affect decisions related to buying or selling properties.



In a world of economic uncertainties, setting and achieving mortgage-related financial goals in the New Year is more important than ever. By understanding the broader economic context, making informed decisions, and preparing for future changes, you can navigate the mortgage landscape competently and set the stage for long-term stability.

Effective mortgage planning is an integral part of broader personal finance management. Aligning your mortgage goals with your financial objectives, such as retirement planning or building savings, ensures a comprehensive approach to financial stability and long-term success.

Remember that you don’t have to navigate your mortgages alone. Our team of expert advisers are here to provide personalised, tailored advice that aligns with your unique financial situation and goals. Whether it’s fine-tuning your mortgage plan, exploring new opportunities, or simply seeking reassurance, we’re here to guide you every step of the way. Contact us today to turn your 2024 mortgage resolutions into reality.



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[1] Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) – Commentary on Mortgage lending statistics Q2 2023.


[2] Statista – Inflation rate for the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in the United Kingdom from January 1989 to October 2023.


[3] – Stamp Duty Land Tax — temporary increase to thresholds.