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UK Capped Rate Mortgage Deals Analysis

Housing-Market / Mortgages Jul 25, 2011 - 05:50 AM GMT

By: MoneyFacts

Housing-Market

In the last two years the number of capped mortgage deals has increased from just one to 39.

Lenders such as Coventry Building Society, first direct, The Mortgage Works and Woolwich from Barclays are currently offering capped mortgages.


Capped mortgages work in a similar way to variable rate deals, but have a ceiling that the mortgage rate will not increase above.

To pay for the security of the cap, mortgage rates on capped deals are typically around 0.50 basis points higher than the equivalent variable rate deal.

Term

Lowest Variable Rate

Lowest Fixed Rate

Lowest Capped Rate

Cap Level

Amount base rate would have to increase during the term to hit the cap

2 Years

1.90%

2.55%

2.49%

4.39%

1.90%

3 Years

2.29%

3.15%

2.68%

3.98%

1.30%

5 Years

2.75%

3.89%

3.20%

5.99%

2.79%

Source: Moneyfacts.co.uk 25.7.11

Michelle Slade, spokesperson for Moneyfacts.co.uk, comments:

“Moneyfacts figures show a three-fold increase in the demand for new mortgages since November 2009, as borrowers become twitchy about when rates will start to rise.

“Capped rate mortgages appeal to borrowers who want to benefit from a variable rate deal when rates are falling, but worry if rates start to rise sharply.

“While capped rate mortgages are a good idea in principle, in the current market borrowers are unlikely to ever hit the cap and would likely be better off opting for a variable rate deal.

“Recent figures show the UK economy is not recovering as well as the Monetary Policy Committee would like and bank base rate is predicted to remain at its current level until next year, when it is only expected to rise very slowly.

“Borrowers opting for the variable rate deal from ING Direct at 1.90% would have to see rates rising by more than 2.49% – an increase that is highly unlikely - during the two year period for the capped deal to be a better option.
 
“If borrowers are concerned about the effect of rising rates on their mortgage repayments then the security of a fixed rate deal would represent a better option.”

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