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13 Dec 2019

Go Direct Personal Finance News  2009

Standard Variable Rate increases gather pace

Since April 2009 the Bank of England has kept base rate on hold at 0.50%, but since that time eight mortgage providers have increased their standard variable rate (SVR).

Lender

Date of Change

Change

Nationwide BS

30 April 2009

New Standard Mortgage Rate of 3.99% launched and to be used as revert-to rate on all new mortgage deals (30th April 2009). All deal taken out on or before 29th April 2009 will continue to revert to previous rate, currently 2.50%

Ipswich BS

15 June 2009

SVR increased by 0.50% to 5.49%

Skipton BS

3 August 2009

Collared applied to SVR for all new mortgages at 4.50%. All deals taken out on or before 2nd August 2009, continue to revert to previous rate, currently 3.50%

Scottish BS

21 August 2009

SVR increased by 0.25% to 5.29%

Cambridge BS

9 November 2009

SVR increased by 0.59% to 4.59%

Accord Mortgages

22 November 2009

SVR increased by 0.65% to 5.99%

Marsden BS

1 January 2010

SVR increased by 0.46% to 5.95%

Mansfield BS

11 January 2010

SVR increased by 0.35% to 5.59%

Source: Moneyfacts.co.uk 6.1.10

 

Highest SVRs

Lowest SVRs

Lender

SVR

Lender

SVR

Chesham BS

6.45%

Cheltenham & Gloucester

2.50%

PI

6.00%

Cheshire BS

2.50%

Stroud & Swindon BS

5.99%

Derbyshire BS

2.50%

Nottingham BS

5.99%

Nationwide BS

2.50%
(deals taken out on or before 29/4/09)

ITL Mortgage

5.99%

Lloyds TSB Scotland

2.50%

Newcastle BS

5.99%

Bank of Ireland (NI)

2.99%

Accord Mortgages

5.99%

Coutts & Co

3.25%

Source: Moneyfacts.co.uk 6.1.10

Darren Cook, Spokesperson for Moneyfacts.co.uk commented:

“Many borrowers have reverted to rates as low as 2.50%, which means that remaining on a SVR is an attractive option for many.

“The latest remortgage approvals figures continue to show record lows as borrowers continue to stay on a revert-to rate rather than move on to a new deal.

“There is little or no incentive for borrowers, particularly those with little or no equity, to find a new deal when in all likelihood they will have to pay a higher rate.

“By increasing the SVR, lenders are actively trying to encourage borrowers to find a new mortgage deal, but many are unlikely to act until a significant base rate increase is a real possibility.

“In recent months providers have been forced to increase savings rates in order to raise funding in a very competitive market. Increasing the SVR may be the only way some can offset this cost.

“The momentum to increase SVRs appears to be gathering pace and now that a few have taken the step, it is highly possible others will follow.”

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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