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16 Nov 2019

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The world of mortgages one year on

Michelle Slade, analyst at Moneyfacts.co.uk, comments:

“One year ago the financial world changed completely as the credit crunch took hold. Today the world of mortgages is a completely different place.

“The standard factors which usually determine the rates at which mortgage rates are set, including bank base rate, swap rates and Libor rates are all much lower than this time last year, yet the rates on offer are much higher.

“As house prices continue to fall and the risk of default increases, the lenders are pricing more for risk and as a result these standard factors are not quite as influential on the rates as they once were.

 

August 2007

August 2008

Total number of products

13,027

3,748

Average 2-year fixed

6.56%

6.90%

Average 3-year fixed

6.54%

7.13%

Average 2-year tracker

6.39%

6.58%

2-year fixed average fee

£803

£964

2-year tracker average fee

£1,024

£1,063

Average max LTV

90%

80%

Number of 100% plus mortgage lenders

11

0

Number of 100% mortgage lenders

33

2

Number of lenders offering self-certification mortgages

44

21

Number of lenders offering interest only mortgages

86

73

Number of lenders offering fee free mortgages

38

25

Number of sub prime lenders

37

13

Source: Moneyfacts.co.uk 11.8.08

“There does not appear to be a single aspect of the mortgage market that has not been unfavourably hit.

“Over time the mortgage market should continue to improve from its current position. The number of products will steadily increase and rates will lower with increased competition between lenders. However, it will be a while before lenders regain a healthy appetite to lend with the maximum LTVs on offer largely determined by the future decline in property values.

“With all the above said it is highly unlikely that we will ever get back to the same levels that we were at a year ago.

 

Moneyfacts Group
Moneyfacts is the UK’s leading independent provider of personal financial information and our data is used and trusted throughout the financial industry. 

 

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