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4 Jul 2020

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Tracker mortgage rates rise, but are not cause for concern yet

Julia Harris, Mortgage Expert at Moneyfacts.co.uk – the money search engine, comments:

“With Abbey starting the ball rolling, the last three days we have seen a surge by some of the big named lenders raising interest rates on their variable mortgages (for new customers) by up to 0.25%.

Provider

Rates increased by:

Abbey

By up to 0.15%

Bank of Scotland

Selected rates by 0.10%

BM Solutions

Selected rates by up to 0.20%

Halifax

Selected rates by 0.10% / 0.20%

CHL

All trackers withdrawn, awaiting replacements

Royal Bank of Scotland

Variable for term products by 0.25%

Standard Life

Selected rates by 0.20%

Moneyfacts.co.uk – the money search engine

“Our research teams process on average 600 requests per month from mortgage lenders to make changes to their product ranges, so it’s not unusual to see mortgage rates moving during periods of base rate stability.

“While lenders could be hedging against the possible uncertainty in the mortgage market, there could also be many other reasons underlying these changes. Lenders frequently reprice their mortgage portfolios dependent on their current strategy within the mortgage market, whether they want to increase or decrease market share. They may have been predicting base rate rising to 6% before now and factored this into their pricing plans.

“These charges should not spark fear that the sub prime crisis has hit the UK prime market. It’s causing unnecessary worry, which can only make the situation worse. It’s far to early for the crisis to have reached the prime market, with tracker mortgages often financed from the lender’s balance sheet, and only a few known lenders reliant on the current volatile LIBOR market. If the provider remains liquid, the UK housing market stable and arrears low, there is no immediate concern.

“With many fixed rates falling, the mortgage market is being pulled in different ways by many market forces. If we start to see more significant and prolonged increases, or standard variable rates begin to rise, then it may be a sign that the market is suffering at the hands of its investors.”

 

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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