Number of 95% LTV mortgage deals at two-year high

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The number of 95% loan-to-value deals rose to 361, the highest since May 2022, when 369 deals were available

The availability of 95% LTV mortgage deals has reached its highest level in more than two years, according to the product data provider Moneyfacts.

The number of 95% loan-to-value deals rose to 361, the highest since May 2022, when 369 deals were available. Overall product choice rose to 6,658 options, the highest since February 2008, which had 6,760 options.

The average shelf-life of a mortgage product doubled to 30 days from 15 days the previous month. The lowest shelf-life recorded was 13 days in July 2023.

Moneyfacts’ latest UK Mortgage Trends Treasury Report has also revealed a fifth successive month of rate hikes for two- and five-year fixed mortgage rates.

The average two-year fixed mortgage rate rose by 0.02%, and the five-year fixed rate rose by 0.03%.

Between the start of June and the start of July, the average two-year fixed rate increased to 5.95%, and the five-year fixed rate to 5.53%. The average two-year fixed rate is 0.42% higher than the five-year equivalent, while the average two-year tracker variable mortgage rate remained stable at 5.94%. The standard variable rate (SVR) dropped marginally to 8.17%, just below the record high of 8.19% in late 2023.

Borrowers who have a limited deposit may be pleased to see an increase in the number of mortgages available at 95% LTV this month, reaching a two-year high, said Rachel Springall, finance expert at Moneyfacts. There are now 361 options available, the highest count since May 2022, when there were 369 deals.

There is lots of room for growth in this area of the market, as it currently represents just 5% of all deals available to borrowers across fixed and variable mortgages. Overall product availability continued to increase, spreading a positive sentiment on mortgage choice for another successive month, its highest point in 16 years, she added.

Springall said that while the increase in the overall average two- and five-year fixed mortgage rates may come as disappointing news to borrowers, one positive aspect to take away from activity during June is that the rises were modest.

One notable difference month-on-month has been a return to the stability in the shelf life of a mortgage deal, which has doubled to 30 days, up from 15 days, she added. Lenders have been repricing their deals in response to volatile swap rates, which calmed during June. If swap rates reach a turning point to drop, then there will be an expectation for fixed mortgage rates to drop, but this may be a slow and steady process to have a huge impact on overall average rates, she added.

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