Beware of penalties for long term fixed rates

I have read an article warning borrowers about the pearls of taking 5 and 10 year fixed rates with high early redemptions penalties (ERP). Read here if interested. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/personal-banking/mortgages/beware-fixed-mortgages-high-exit-fees-brokers-warn/ I agree with the article that a degree of caution is require when selecting a long term fixed rate. A lot of customers may think that they will be staying put in their homes but what if there is a big job promotion, a job loss, or more children. read more

Mortgage Price War is Over

I have read an article expressing the doom and gloom of the current interest rate raise expressing how not only the base rate raising to .50% but also how the fix, tracker and discount rates have also climbed. Here is the article if you would like to read http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-5077957/End-line-sub-1-mortgage-rates.html What does this mean in real terms for most us leaving in Scotland? Around £8.00 more per month. That’s right £8.00 Does this mean that our customers should read more

NOW IS THE TIME TO FIX YOUR MORTGAGE

Two factors are coming together to make right now a crucial moment for homeowners to review their mortgage. Firstly, extreme competition between lenders mean rates are keener than ever. Secondly, the Bank of England’s leading Bank Rate is expected to rise as early as November. This would cause mortgage rates to rise in turn, and so the window to secure a best-ever deal will close. While the initial increase is expected to be small – a doubling of Bank Rate from 0.25pc to 0.5pc – it would be the first in more read more

How young homebuyers are walking into debit

I just finished reading the Daily Mail (Money Mail Section Sep 20th 2017) According to the article, young home buyers are taking on billions of debit just as interest rates are about to rise. The article also stated that more than £35 billion of fixed home loan deals will come to an end in the next 2 months and these borrowers will then be moved onto a variable rate deals. Folks. The article was very negative and did a lot to try and scare the public but gave little in the way of solution or advice. It is read more

New regulation on how much you can borrower on a mortgage

Such "reversion" rates are often the same as the lender's standard variable rate, or SVR. According to Ray Boulger of John Charcol, the broker, SVRs can currently be as high as 5.75pc. This could mean that some banks are forced to stress test at a very high rate of 8.75pc. Stringent new rules on mortgage affordability could force borrowers to prove that they could afford repayments almost twice as high as the expected monthly cost of their loan. The Bank of England announced the beefed-up rules on affordability or read more

Another prediction of a mortgage rate increase

Mortgage borrowers are well-placed to weather base rate rises over the next couple of years, according to the UK Finance mortgage board. The board, formerly the Council of Mortgage Lenders, says the UK could see a rate rise within 12 months. UK Finance says most borrowers are likely to “withstand rate increases higher than anything that is likely over the next couple of years”. The UK Finance mortgage board says many borrowers on fixed rate mortgages would clearly be immune from rate rises, at least for up to two read more

Bank are charging higher mortgage fees. SURPRISE SURPRISE!!!

Despite mortgage rates continuing to fall, fees on fixed rate mortgages are rapidly increasing and are now approaching a four-year high, according to Moneyfacts research. The average fixed rate fee now stands at £1,018, reaching its highest point since August 2013 when average fees then dipped to £1,005. Since the summer of 2013 fees steadily fell, averaging at £886 in July 2014 before climbing back to £929 in July 2015 and £986 in July last year. Charlotte Nelson, Finance Expert at Moneyfacts, said: “With read more

The mortgage market is improvement and the government want to stop it

Mortgage lending is bouncing back as the slowdown in the housing market appears to be at an end. Prices slid earlier this year but buyers are back - a total of 121,464 mortgages were issued last month, reversing some of the falls in April, according to the Bank of England. More than half of those loans went to people purchasing homes. By value total mortgage debt rose by £3.5bn, the fastest pace in more than a year. As a result, mortgage lending grew by 2.9pc on the year, accelerating a touch from the levels seen in read more

Bank of England TO KEEP BASE RATE AT .25%

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee has voted by a majority of 5-3 to maintain Bank Rate at 0.25%. Three members, Kristin Forbes, Ian McCafferty and Michael Saunders, voted to increase Bank Rate by 25 basis points. The meeting is Forbes' last before she completes her three-year term on the committee at the end of this month. Reasons for an immediate increase in Bank Rate included inflation reaching 2.9% in May, above the MPC’s expectation, and pay growth has moderated further from already subdued read more

A third of interest only mortgage to mature by 2020

Over £50 billion worth of interest-only mortgage capital is due to be paid off by 2020, according to research from Leeds Building Society. This figure represents just over 450,000 interest only mortgages in the UK and is more than one-third of the total outstanding UK interest-only mortgage stock, currently standing at 1.6m mortgages. Almost 136,000 interest-only mortgages are due to mature this year alone, with a value of almost £16 billion. Richard Fearon, Chief Commercial Officer of Leeds Building Society, read more