26 November 2015

Two million sitting on a Lenders Standard Variable Rate!

New lenders will be a key part of the mortgage market in 2016.  A number of lenders have applied for authorisation from the regulator and a number of others have contacted AToM with regards to re-launching in to the market place.  It's a buoyant market and lenders can see growth in 2016, especially whilst rates remain low. 

With this in mind, it still amazes me how many people do not change their mortgage.  HSBC have recently suggested that over two million borrowers in the UK market are sitting on a lenders standard variable rate (SVR) in excess of 3%.  In fact, the average lenders SVR is sitting around 4.82%, whilst the market continues to enjoy record low rates.  Short term fixeds are commonly around the 1.25% mark with five year deals circa 2%.  This makes it worthwhile to review your options and see if you can save money.

Remortgaging away from your current lender should not be looked upon negatively!  Many lenders will cover the cost of surveying your property, as well as covering the legal fees in transferring your mortgage from one lender to another.  But most of all, you should think of number one as this could save you money on your monthly budgets and, subject to terms and conditions, this can only be a good thing. 

In other news, Halifax is changing its income multiple to a flat 4.75 times sole or joint incomes.  For loans over £500k, this remains at 4 times income.  I suspect we will see some other lenders follow suit in to the new year and the lender will still require a full affordability assessment to be carried out.  However, this is pretty generous and many customers still believe they can only get 3-4 times income, so 4.75 times income, especially joint incomes, might be an eye opener for some!

Finally, outside AToM we have a box offering free ‘Property Today’ papers.  This is a good gauge to the local market and how interested people are in properties each week.  Last week, we ran out in a couple of days.  Possible signs of a buoyant local market (despite low stock levels), or just a lot of people keeping an eye on things?  Who knows…

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