First Time Buyer Number Higher

by Mark Johnston

The coalition government has been trying all sorts of tricks to boost the sensitive first time buyer population in the mortgage market and recently market insiders have revealed that there is not a 32 per cent increase in the number of high LTV (loan to value) mortgage taken out during June.

Your Move Estate Agents have said that much of this activity has been down to purchases by first time buyers who were previously struggling to make it into the housing market.

There has been a marked increase in 90 per cent mortgage taken out, welcomed news for those first time buyers who are hoping to raise the thousands in deposits. The Yorkshire Building Society has thankfully brought a quite competitive rate into the market, they offer a five year fixed rate below 4 per cent, with a 25 per cent deposit. If you have up to a 40 per cent deposit then the rate goes up to 3.89 per cent.

First Direct have weighed in where borrowers with a 35 per cent deposit can take advantage of a 3.99 per cent rate with a £899 administration fee. Nationwide offer a 4.29 per cent mortgage rate requiring a 30 per cent deposit and a administration fee of £400.

‘The very cheapest deals are still trackers, and if the base rate stays low, these will be cheaper in the long term. However, if you are looking for peace of mind, then fixed rates are getting more competitive. I would expect to see other lenders reduce rates soon, as well.’ David Hollingworth broker from London and Country.

Market insiders have seen the Bank of England keep the base rate at a record low for over two years and now there is a suggestion that the rate will only increase next spring. And then, it will only be an increase of about 0.25 per cent if at all.

Fixed rate mortgage rates give you the benefit of a consistent and predictable monthly outgoing, lending themselves to slightly higher interest rates to compensate for the currently lower tracker rates. Trackers on the other hand give you the benefit of tracking the Bank of England Base Rate with a few per cent added on top. This gives borrowers a break while interest rates are low but this is equally as dangerous as it is generous in time of good. As the base rate goes up, so will the interest payment on your lending. This is often unpredictable and can lead to significant increases in monthly repayments and in some cases may lead to customers defaulting on their loans.

Paul Flitter from Your Move said “Obviously this is great news for first time buyers who would otherwise have found it hard to enter the market and also for those who have been looking to escape the rising costs of renting.

“With interest rates unlikely to rise this year and with property prices generally much lower than in recent times it obviously makes sense that people consider making a move now.

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