Following on from the Bank of England Governor's recent comments on a Sunday TV programme, and in fact some time beforehand, the rumour mills are rife trying to guess when we will see a Bank of England base rate rise. The economy is so buoyant that it needs a little slowing down, apparently! I was recently in attendance at a seminar in which five notables gave their views on when the increase may occur and the general consensus was that it could be later this year and, if not, then most definitely in the first quarter 2015.
With this in mind, have you checked your rate and product recently? Now might be the time for a review. However, be wary that your local bank of building society, in some cases, are taking up to four weeks to see customers! Some are a number of days behind on underwriting. And the most bizarre scenario we had this week was from a surveyor. They were happy to visit the property to carry out the normal mortgage lender valuation. However, they were also required to carry out a homebuyers report, a more in-depth survey for the customers benefit and, to great concern, they could not conduct this at the same time and would have to return, possibly four weeks later. Frustrating for the customer who wanted to buy quickly. Generally the whole market is incredibly busy yet the current staffing levels just can't cope.