Lenders have been actively looking at their offerings this week and loosening their criteria, positively. As I have said before, I think in the run up to the end of the year, we will see a number of attractive deals launched by lenders who want to build up their pipelines ahead of, what will be, a very demanding 2016.
First Time Buyers have been in the spotlight as both Nationwide and
focus on the higher 'loan to value' market. These products cater for those
looking to purchase their first property who have a deposit as small as just 5%. Santander's
products will be launched later in the month, but Nationwide's are an
attractive proposition with starting rates sub 4% and £500 cash back to help
towards the costs involved in arranging a mortgage.
Interest only mortgages have also come back on to the lenders radar. NatWest has confirmed it will offer interest only mortgages to customers who earn over £100k per annum and who have an 'acceptable' repayment strategy. So, this may not be open to everyone, but it is positive that lenders are looking for gaps in the market in which to attract more business.
This also shows in recent figures released from the Bank of England confirming that lenders approved more mortgages in July, than in any month since January 2014. This amounted to 11,766 approvals, up 8% compared to July 2014.
And finally, do you look at your financial budgets frequently? A report from well known credit referencing agency Equifax has suggested that over 78% of mortgage people surveyed are not currently budgeting for a rate rise. We all know rates will rise, even though the Bank of England base rate was held for the seventy eighth consecutive month this week, but nobody knows when this will happen. Many people asked did not know how much a rate rise would cost them on a monthly basis, despite many respondents believing rates would rise over the next twelve months!