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UK Mortgage 90% LTV Fixed Rate Deals Hit Record High

Housing-Market / Mortgages Sep 25, 2017 - 03:53 PM GMT

By: MoneyFacts

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While many of the record low mortgage rates launched on to the market are reserved for those with a sizeable deposit, the latest research from moneyfacts.co.uk shows that the higher loan-to-value (LTV) market is going from strength to strength, seeing not only a significant drop in rate but also the number of two-year fixed rate deals on offer hitting an all-time high.


Charlotte Nelson, Finance Expert at moneyfacts.co.uk, said:

“This is great news for borrowers with small deposits who have felt almost ignored by the market, as not only have rates at 90% LTV fallen to an all-time low, but the number of two-year fixed rate mortgages available has seen a 29% increase in just one year.

“A lot of the boost in deals could be down to the fact that borrowers may be under the impression that a 95% LTV deal is a rare occurrence, opting to save a little bit extra to put them into the next LTV band instead, and this extra demand is now being catered for.

“With lending at higher LTVs now more the norm, the 90% tier has become a key target for lenders who are looking for a new avenue in which to compete and stand out from the crowd, as other parts of the market start to become saturated.

“The 90% LTV bracket is often considered for first-time buyers, but many borrowers who took out a 95% LTV deal a few years ago could now be starting to weigh up their options for remortgaging into this section of the market. Providers who don’t want to lose a chunk of their mortgage book therefore have to up their game by not only offering better choice but also lower rates.

“It is not all positive news, however, as borrowers looking for a 95% deal will find that the choice remains small, with the number of two-year deals available standing at 89 today. They will also find the rates are significantly higher, with the average two-year fixed rate at 95% LTV standing at 4.16%. This means borrowers opting to save the extra cash for a 90% LTV deal will be rewarded greatly with a substantial 1.53% difference in rate, making them £122.28 a month or £1,467.36 a year better off*.

“While more choice is only a good thing, it is more important than ever for borrowers to shop around and consider the true cost of the deal to ensure they get the best possible option. Anyone unsure should seek the support of a financial adviser.”

* Based on a £150,000 mortgage over a 25-year term on a repayment-only basis.

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