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16 Nov 2019

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Tracker mortgages fail to make reappearance

Last week, the Bank of England slashed the base rate again in an attempt to kick start the economy, but after three strikes by the committee, it is clear that we have seemingly reached a dead-end on the industry’s favourable response to it.

Tracker Rate Mortgages

 

5 November 2008

3 December 2008

11 December 2008

Total number of residential mortgages

2,321

2,201

1,754

Base Rate

4.50%

3.00%

2.00%

LIBOR

5.56%

3.71%

3.24%

Average 2 year tracker

6.17%

5.16%

4.31%

Difference between average & Base Rate

1.67%

2.16%

2.31%

Average 2 year tracker LTV

74% (Max 90%)

67% (Max 75%)

68% (Max 75%)

Number of 2 year trackers

68

53

13

Source: Moneyfacts.co.uk 11.12.2008

 

Darren Cook, Mortgage Expert at Moneyfacts.co.uk, comments:

“Following the latest base rate cut, the average rate for a new 2 year tracker rate mortgage has only reduced by 0.85%, with the door of opportunity closing fast for new borrowers with only 45 tracker rate products available overall.

“As happened after November’s base rate cut, new tracker rate mortgage deals quickly disappeared from view, but this time around they have failed to return to the market, mounting speculation that mortgage providers have strong views and expectations that base rate will be cut again.
 
“A week after the one percentage point reduction to base rate, only 1 in 10 mortgage providers have reduced their Standard Variable Rate by the full amount, 11 providers have reduced by less than 1 per cent, leaving 76 providers still to announce their intentions.

“Predictably, we have now reached the point where Banks and Building Societies have decided on which side of their balance sheet they are willing to support. There is now a reluctance to cut rates in the fear that saver’s deposits might begin to move elsewhere.

“I would be surprised if we see many more announcements this time around and if a further base rate cut materialises early in the New Year, I foresee an even lesser impact on new mortgage borrowing.  

 

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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