Mortgage deals are hitting record lows as lenders compete against each other to have the cheapest rates. The last week has been typical of recent times with new, lower offers appearing almost every day.
On Monday Tesco bank mortgages have cut their deals by up to 0.5 per cent, while on Tuesday it was the turn of Chelsea and Norwich & Peterborough – both owned by Yorkshire building society – to cut rates by up to 0.4 per cent and 0.6 per cent respectively.
Nationwide acted on Wednesday by reducing deals by up to 0.5 per cent, and yesterday Lloyds cut rates by up to 0.25 per cent and the Halifax – also part of Lloyds Banking Group – made a 0.6 per cent reduction. What’s going on? Should borrowers be snapping up these new deals or waiting for even better offers?
“We are currently seeing lenders outbidding each other to offer the lowest possible deal on the market to grab the headlines,” said Charlotte Nelson of the data provider Moneyfacts. “This is because many lenders are preparing for the eventuality of a base rate rise and looking to gain new customers now in a hope of recouping any losses that will occur later on.”
Mark Harris, chief executive of the mortgage broker SPF Private Clients, agrees. He said: “With mortgage rates already at record lows, it is hard to see how they could get any cheaper. But swap rates are falling and lenders are keen to do strong volumes of lending before any uncertainty surfaces around the general election.”
He believes it is only a matter of time before five-year fixes fall below 2 per cent. “These really are astonishing rates and anyone in the market for a fixed rate over the next few months will be spoilt for choice.”
‘Today’s prices have never been bettered in modern times and given that a base rate rise is inevitable at some point, it is unlikely they will be surpassed in the years ahead.
‘Lenders have begun the year with a strong appetite for growth, and newcomers are going head to head with established names to launch attractive new deals.’
Bank of England data shows that a typical two-year fix has dropped from 2.37 per cent to 2.01 per cent over the past 12 months.
Would you move your mortgage for £1,000? Lloyds offers new big incentive for remortgages and first-time buyers
Lloyds Bank has launched a cashback offer to tempt people with remortgages and first-time buyers.
The bank, recently dealt a blow to borrowers by imposing restrictions on its Help to Buy mortgages, is offering £1,000 cashback on two-year fixed rate remortgages or up to £700 for first-time buyers.
However, as is often the case with such eye-catching deals, the rates are not the keenest on the market, on top of which you will need one of its current accounts to get the best deals.