Mortgage borrowers spoilt for choice as product numbers climb
Increased competition between mortgage providers has resulted in more than 5,000 mortgage products being available to borrowers – the highest number seen since the 2008 financial crisis.
According to the Moneyfacts UK Mortgage Trends Treasury Report, the market has increased by 244 products month-on-month. In June, 4,791 mortgage products were available on the market, while this month borrowers have access to 5,035 products; the largest monthly increase since November 2014.
Currently, fixed-rate deals make up 82% of the mortgage products available, as lenders capitalise on borrowers’ desire to secure a low mortgage rate before the anticipated increase in the base rate later this year.
Borrowers with smaller deposits seeking a mortgage with a 90% loan-to-value are also benefiting from the booming product availability, with fixed product numbers reaching 624 – the highest on Moneyfacts records.
Wider range of incentives
Unusually, the availability of extra products on the market does not seem to have driven average mortgage rates any lower. It seems lenders are hedging their bets on a base rate rise and don’t want to get caught out with unsustainably low rates, choosing instead to incentivise new customers with alternative benefits such as fee-free and cashback deals.
Borrowers have never had more choice in recent years but determining what the best deal is can be difficult. It’s as important as ever for borrowers to make sure they choose the right deal for their circumstances, and not get blinded by appealing incentives. Borrowers that find navigating the products available complicated would be wise to seek expert advice before making a final decision.
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