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High mortgage rates could hit borrowers with large deposits

High mortgage rates

The cost of a typical two-year deal for homeowners with a 35 per cent deposit is now at an eight-year high, according to data analysts Moneyfacts

Homeowners have benefited from the cheapest mortgages on record as rates tumbled during the pandemic.

But the era of ultra-low deals could be closer to coming to an end – particularly for borrowers with larger deposits.

The cost of a typical two-year deal for homeowners with a 35 per cent deposit is now at an eight-year high, according to data analysts Moneyfacts.

Average mortgage rates have also risen for the first time in four months.

The mortgage price war came to a halt last month amid speculation the Bank of England (BoE) was preparing to raise interest rates to keep a lid on spiralling prices.

In the event, the base rate was held at 0.1 per cent. But banks and building societies have been pulling their cheapest offers at an astonishing pace – and this in turn has pushed up the overall cost of two and five-year deals.

A typical two-year fixed rate for borrowers with at least 35 per cent equity in their home is now 2.5 per cent, up from 2.11 per cent just last month and 1.99 per cent two years ago.

This is the highest average two-year rate for borrowers in this lending bracket since 2013, says Moneyfacts.

The average five-year deal in the bracket has also jumped to 2.7 per cent, from 2.32 per cent in October and 2.18 in November 2019.

Mortgage rates for borrowers with larger deposits had plummeted to record lows over the summer as banks fought for their business.

But this left lenders little wriggle room to absorb rising costs, so these rates are now rising faster.

Those with smaller deposits already pay higher rates because they are viewed as riskier, so it will take longer for rate rises to filter through.

Important:

This article is for information purposes only.

Please remember that financial investments may rise or fall and past performance does not guarantee future performance in respect of income or capital growth; you may not get back the amount you invested.

There is no obligation to purchase anything but, if you decide to do so, you are strongly advised to consult a professional adviser before making any investment decisions.