Britain’s largest mortgage lender has raised rates on more than half of its mortgages in response to the base rate hike, with some products increasing three times the bank rate increase of 0 , 15%.
Nationwide will increase rates on 238 mortgages starting today, with increases of between 0.05% and 0.45%, but it has yet to announce any rate improvement for savers.
Of the mortgage products that have increased their rates, 185 are fixed rate mortgages and 53 are trackers.
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Nationwide said the increase was triggered by the Bank of England’s base rate hike, which occurred on Dec. 16, to drop the rate from 0.1% to 0.25%.
But although he decided to raise mortgage rates in light of the change, he did not raise rates for savers who are still making paltry amounts.
Nationwide said it “is still working on what the increased bank rate means for savers” and “will announce any changes in the near future.”
For those with less than £ 10,000 in reserve, Nationwide’s best easy-to-access savings rate is 0.01%, like most other major banks and building societies.
Who will be affected by the rise in mortgage rates?
Those looking to fix their three-year mortgage rates could be hit the hardest by rate hikes, as the mortgage company abandons its policy of offering the same rates on three-year mortgages as it does on two-year ones .
Thus, the rates of certain three-year contracts will increase by 0.45%, or three times the increase in the discount rate of 0.15%.
The rate gap between large and small mortgages is closing
First-time buyers safe from worst mortgage rate hike
Nationwide changes primarily affect those with deposits of 15% or more, with many first-time homebuyers staying at the same rates.
In almost all lenders, the rates for low deposit mortgages have come down in recent months. Now the changes to the higher deposit rates bring the two closer together when it comes to rates.
In mid-2021, rates for those holding large deposits fell to all-time highs of as low as 0.83%, but they began to rise slowly as rumors of a base rate hike were heard. more and more widespread.
Today the best buy rate for someone with a 60% deposit on a two year patch is 1.11% and charges £ 999 with Barclays.
For someone with a 90% deposit, the best available rate is 1.61% and a fee of £ 1,249 with Platform.
In January 2021, the average two-year fixed deal for someone with a 10% deposit was much higher at 3.65% according to Moneyfacts.
The rates of some two- and five-year fixed-rate products will increase by 0.05 to 0.20 percent, and those with larger deposits of more than 15 percent are more likely to see rates rise.
Rates on some two-year trackers with deposits of 15 percent or more will increase by the same margins.
Those with existing fixed rate mortgages will not be affected until their original term comes to an end and they must remortgage however.
While no mortgage rates have been reduced as a result of the latest changes, just under half have remained the same. This includes all ten-year fixed rates.
In total, the prices remained the same for 154 fixed products and 45 tracker products; 199 products in total.
Variable rate borrowers from the real estate company will also see increases from February 1, when changes to their monthly payments will take effect immediately.
It increases its standard mortgage rate from 0.15% to 3.74% and its base mortgage rate from 0.15% to 2.25%.
Jonathan Harris, managing director of mortgage broker Forensic Property Finance, said mortgage rate hikes would be “a tough pill for cash-strapped borrowers to swallow, given the rising cost of living.”
He added: “It is more important than ever that borrowers research the best mortgage when buying a property or refinancing, using an independent broker to compare all the offers in the market.”
Experts predicted that December’s base rate hike was the first in a long series, meaning mortgage rates – while not directly tied to the base rate – could rise further to the end. ‘to come up.
Getting a new mortgage will become more expensive for many, with experts predicting further base rate changes in 2022, which would likely result in even higher interest rates.
Henry Jordan, Nationwide Mortgage Manager, said, “We regularly review our mortgage lineup and these latest changes to our new business and switching rates reflect the current environment.
“With swap rates continuing to rise, fixed rates have started to rise and our new rates keep pace with changes in the mortgage market.
“We are also increasing our [variable] rate in line with rising bank rates. We are announcing them now to give borrowers the certainty of what their payments will be starting February 1, as well as time to consider switching to one of our fixed or tracking products, which are the same or lower priced. at our equivalent mortgage rates.
What rate changes are happening with other lenders?
As a result of the base rate hike, most lenders have raised the rates on at least some of their mortgages, although these can be difficult to track accurately as changes are often made quietly and gradually. .
However, some lenders continue to cut interest rates on some mortgages, especially those with lower deposits where rates were disproportionately raised due to risk concerns at the start of the pandemic.
Mark Harris, Managing Director of mortgage broker SPF Private Clients, said: “There is a mixed picture when it comes to the recent price review.
“Coventry BS has reduced some fixes to two and five years, while Scottish Widows and Halifax have increased some products at two and five years up to 0.13%. At the same time, HSBC has reduced the prices of its higher loan-to-value products.
“To be fair to Nationwide, the lender has only increased its [variable] rate of 0.15 percent in accordance with the increase in the base rate.
“NatWest, Barclays, Halifax and Santander have all announced their reversion rate increases, which are also in line with the base rate change.”
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