Mortgage Costs Are at a 2 Year High, Could the Base Rate Be About to Rise?

In November 2017, rates rose for the first time in a decade, and now the rumours are swirling once again with many experts reporting this week that they predict the UK base rate will increase again very soon. So, should prospective home buyers act quickly?

Will Mortgages Become More Expensive Soon?

According to The Guardian, the average homeowner with a £175,000 loan is now paying £44 a month more now than last autumn. In fact, rates on mortgage deals have reached their highest levels in two years.

The average mortgage rate has risen 0.25% in the last month, with the average two-year fixed mortgage rate now at 2.5% (the highest since July 2016).
This comes as many lenders increase their prices in advance of a predicted interest rate rise next month. Comparison site uSwitch has carried out research which found lenders have recently increased their rates, with Barclays being one of the most active by changing 60 products.

So, why the increase? Well, there is a meeting of the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee next month and, with predictions that the base rate will raise another twice by 2020, many industry insiders are claiming there will be a further base rate rise from 0.5% to 0.75% as a result of this get together.

Should You Fix Your Mortgage Now?

If the base rate does rise next month, then mortgage rates will likely increase very quickly to keep in line with this. If you’re currently on a standard variable rate (SVR) this could mean substantially more each month.

So, although next month’s rise is not a cert, if you’re coming to the end of your current loan period or are looking to purchase your first home, it may be safer to act sooner rather than later.

As Managing Editor, Guy Anker, has been quoted saying:

“With rates on the up it’s vital anyone coming to the end of a fixed or tracker introductory deal – or who is paying their lender’s potentially expensive standard variable rate – checks if they can save by remortgaging and locking in a cheap deal while they last. While rates are rising, they are still extremely cheap historically.

“The risk is that by waiting, rates go up even further, especially if the base rate rises in the coming weeks or months.”

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Article By Mark Hughes

April 25th, 2018

Mark has 15 years’ experience within the financial industry working for high street banks and specialist brokers and now focuses on Bridging finance and Second charge loans.

He would describe his style of brokering as being heavily based on knowledge and efficiency.

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