HOMEOWNERS with less than six months to go before remortgaging have been told to contact their lender now after mortgage rates soared again.
The average five-year fixed rate mortgage ticked up from 5.97% to 6.01% overnight, data site Moneyfacts said.
The average two-year fixed residential mortgage rate today is 6.47% – up from 6.42% yesterday.
Average two-year fixed-rate mortgages went as high as 6.65% in October last year amid market volatility following the mini-budget last autumn.
Mortgage rates later started to settle, but the average two-year fixed-rate mortgage topped 6% once more earlier in June, for the first time in 2023.
Rates have been on the rise again amid expectations that interest rates will need to stay higher for longer as the Bank of England tries to subdue sticky inflation.
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The central bank increased rates from 4.5% in May to 5% in June, the highest in just under 15 years since September 2008.
Around 2.4 million fixed-rate deals are due to end between now and the end of 2024, according to figures from UK Finance.
David Hollingworth from broker L&C Mortgages its likely that lenders will continue to make "quickfire changes" for the foreseeable future as they try to keep up with the fast-moving market.
He said: "Although two year rates rose the fastest, five-year deals have not been far behind although still remain available at lower rates than their shorter term counterparts.
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"We’re still seeing borrowers opt for shorter term deals in the hope that rates will fall back, but there’s obviously no guarantee that will be the case.
"Rates may be higher for longer before easing, so a five-year deal could still have merit given the level of uncertainty."
A new mortgage charter has been agreed by lenders representing around 85% of the mortgage market.
Under the charter, lenders will allow customers who are up to date with their payments to switch to interest-only payments for six months or extend their mortgage term to reduce their monthly payments without having to do a new affordability assessment.
Borrowers will have the option to revert to their original term within six months by contacting their lender.
A borrower will not be forced to leave their home without their consent, unless in exceptional circumstances, in less than a year from their first missed payment.
How to get the best deal on your mortgage
If you're looking for a traditional type of mortgage, getting the best rates depends entirely on what's available at any given time.
But there are several ways to land the best deal.
Usually the larger the deposit you have the lower the rate you can get.
If you're remortgaging and your loan-to-value ratio has changed this could also give you access to better rates than before.
A change to your credit score or a better salary could also help you access better rates.
If you have a fixed rate, you could see higher rates when you come to the end of the current term after thirteen Bank rate rises since December 2021.
And if you're nearing the end of a fixed deal in the next six months it's worth contacting your broker now to lock in a rate.
If they come down between now and the end of your deal, you can always apply for another rate before you remortgage.
Leaving a fixed deal early will usually come with an early exit fee, so you want to avoid this extra cost.
But depending on the cost and how much you could save by switching versus sticking, it could be worth paying to leave the deal – but compare the costs first.
To find the best deal use a mortgage comparison tool to see what's available.
You can also go to a mortgage broker who can compare for you, with most offering free advice to secure you the best deal for you.
Some brokers charge for advice, so ask them first.
It could cost a couple of hundred pounds but it might save you thousands on your mortgage overall.
You'll also need to factor in fees for the mortgage, though some have no fees at all, or you can add it to the cost of the mortgage, but beware that means you'll pay interest on it and so will cost more in the long term.
You can use a mortgage calculator to see how much you could borrow.
Remember, if you decide to remortgage to a new lender you'll have to pass the lender's strict eligibility criteria too, which will include affordability checks, and looking at your credit file.
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You may also need to provide documents such as utility bills, proof of benefits, your last three month's payslips, passports and bank statements.
It's possible to avoid new affordability checks by remortgaging to a new deal with your existing lender, providing you don't want to borrow more or extend your term.
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