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Rates continue to drop at lower loan to values

There have actually been so many new rates announced over the last two weeks it hasn’t been possible for me to talk about them all. Suffice to say if you are remortgaging or buying your first or second property rates across the board have dropped by as much as 0.3%. Arrangement fee’s also seem to be reducing slightly as well with several of our broker best buy products now having arrangement fee’s below £600 against an average fee of £999 for most headline rates a few weeks ago.

Swap rates have dropped significantly since the massive drop in BBA LIBOR over the past two months and this has helped to fuel cuts in fixed rates, however there still seems to be a general lack of movement on rates at higher loan to values for borrowers looking to remortgage. Fixed rates at 85% loan to value for example continue to sit around the 5.99% mark with little movement.

It will be interesting to see who makes the first move on this market of higher loan to value remortgage borrowers if indeed there is any drop at all, it seems almost as if the pot is so big that banks are scared to dip their toe in the water in case they get swamped. It certainly can’t be claimed that a remortgage at 85% is a greater lending risk than a purchase at the same loan to value yet you could get a much better rate if you were buying at this ltv.

Mortgage Advisors will be keeping their eyes peeled for changes on these higher LTV products and hopefully the news that interest rates are likely to remain low in the long term will help to drive swap rates down further and one of the big banks into releasing some decent remortgage rates for those with little equity. And if you’re listening a 95% purchase product wouldn’t go amiss either!

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