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Mortgage rates starting to edge up on base rate rise speculation

5th August 2015 Print

With recent indication that the Base Rate could rise in a matter of months, several lenders have started to hike their mortgage rates. Therefore those looking for a new mortgage should make the most of the current offers now before it’s too late, urges MoneySuperMarket.

Since Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney, suggested just a few weeks ago that rates could rise by the turn of the year, some of the best mortgage deals have become less favourable. For example, First Direct offered 1.49 per cent at the start of July on its best price two-year fixed, this now sits at 1.69 per cent.

Analysis from MoneySuperMarket reveals there are still some great mortgage offers available, but interestingly, 65 per cent loan to value (LTV) mortgages are now cheaper than 60 per cent LTV mortgages on average. The current average 60 per cent LTV rate across fixed, variable and discount mortgages is 2.23 per cent, while the average 65 per cent LTV rate is 2.08 per cent. So for example, someone borrowing £150,000 over 25 years would pay less back over the promotional period on YBS’s 65% LTV two year fixed rate of 1.07% (fee £1,545) than on Post Office’s 60% LTV two year fix at 1.05% (but with a higher £1,995 fee).

Cost matters

Recent findings from MoneySuperMarket shows two-fifths (39 per cent) of people who have moved in the last two years underestimated the associated costs by £5,000. This is a huge additional outlay, which means securing a good mortgage deal is crucial to help save money.

Dan Plant, consumer expert at MoneySuperMarket said: “It’s prime time for those looking for a mortgage as there are still some great deals on the market – even if it’s a bit bizarre that you can currently get a cheaper deal with a smaller deposit. However, the recent rate rise speculation is starting to make providers cautious, and this is being reflected in their offers.  We know choosing a mortgage can be confusing but if people can do it now, they avoid the risk of rates rising over the next few months. Many lenders allow mortgage holders to reserve rates available now for up to six months for a small fee, so even those who still have some time left on their current deal can benefit.

“As always, prospective buyers need to think about the long term and work out the total cost of the mortgage, including both rates and fees, before committing to a deal. While 65 per cent LTV mortgages are better than the 60 per cent LTV deals at the moment, consumers should be wary of a rate rise and make sure they can afford the repayments if they suddenly shoot up, should they choose a variable rate mortgage.”