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UK Average Two-year Tracker Mortgage Interest Rates Fall

Housing-Market / Mortgages Jun 11, 2018 - 12:30 PM GMT

By: MoneyFacts

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Moneyfacts UK Mortgage Trends Treasury Report data (not yet published) shows that the average two-year tracker rate has fallen for the third consecutive month to reach 1.92%, the lowest it has been since the base rate rise back in November


Charlotte Nelson, Finance Expert at Moneyfacts, said:

“The average two-year tracker rate has fallen yet again, decreasing by 0.08% since March 2018 and marking a drop of 0.02% on a monthly basis, to now stand at 1.92%. This is the third consecutive monthly reduction and is the lowest average two-year tracker rate the Moneyfacts UK Mortgage Trends Treasury Report has seen since the base rate rise in November 2017.

“Previously, providers were opting to almost ignore the tracker sector of the mortgage market with rates and product numbers starting to stagnate. However, since competition in the fixed rate market has reached new heights, providers have started considering the variable rate sector as a new avenue in which to attract borrowers.

“The two-year variable tracker market is significantly smaller than its fixed counterpart, so any change, particularly with some of the best deals, can have a swift impact on the average rate. However, not only has the average rate reduced, the number of two-year tracker deals has increased, rising from 222 at the start of the year to 246 deals in June.

“Despite this small resurgence, demand for such deals is likely to be relatively low, particularly with a base rate rise looming on the horizon. However, the average two-year tracker rate is still considerably lower than the average two-year fixed rate, which stands at 2.52% this month.

“While times are uncertain it is easy to see why these comparatively low variable rates would be attractive to borrowers, particularly if they have large enough equity in their home that would ensure they’re not as affected by a rate rise if one occurred. However, any borrower considering a variable rate as an option will need to weigh up all the pros and cons before entering a deal.”

Best Buys and true cost scenarios available upon request.

The Moneyfacts UK Mortgage Trends Treasury Report, out later this week, provides an in-depth monthly review of today’s changing mortgage trends, including all the relevant facts on the UK’s residential and buy-to-let markets.

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