Sceptic remortgagors continue to capitalise on low rates

Sceptic remortgagors continue to capitalise on low rates

A new report from LMS has revealed that the proportion of remortgagors who believe that interest rates will rise has decreased by three percentage points from 25% in December 2015 to 22% in January 2016.

Global economic uncertainty and the possibility of a Brexit in 2016 has delayed the likelihood of a base rate rise. The percentage of people now expecting a rate rise is therefore eight percentage points lower than in January 2015 last year, when nearly a third of people (30%) of people expected a rate rise.

However, this has not dissuaded homeowners from remortgaging or caused borrowers to become complacent. Almost two-thirds of people (65%) remortgaged to take advantage of lower interest rates.

Monthly gross remortgage lending rose to a seven-year high of £6.2bn in January 2016, a rise of 49% from £4.2bn in December 2015.

Savvy borrowers were also able to reduce their monthly outgoings. More than a third (36%) who remortgaged were able to reduce their payments by up to £500. A further 3% were able to reduce their monthly payments by more than £500.


Almost a third (29%) of remortgagors were able to increase the size of their loan, of which 72% increased the size by more than £10,000.

Other reasons to remortgage included paying off other debts, a factor that has fallen by four percentage points to 7% from 11% in December 2015 as financial pressures ease following Christmas. A small number of remortgagors also chose to release cash to help a child buy property (1%) while one in five opted to spend on home improvements (20%).

More than eight in ten (83%) people deciding to remortgage chose to switch lenders. There was a five percentage point rise from 41% in December to 46% in January 2016 in the number of people opting to use brokers or mortgage advisers in the remortgage process, as more borrowers saw the value of financial advice to help navigate them through the range of options.

Andy Knee, Chief Executive of LMS, comments: “With the looming possibility of a Brexit, and in the midst of global uncertainty and shaky markets, we’re seeing indications from the Bank of England of a base rate rise being pushed back further. Some have predicted a rise to be delayed until as far as 2019.

However, borrowers appear to be wiser, and are still remortgaging to reduce costs rather than becoming complacent. Remortgage lending rose by 49% to £6.2bn in January from £4.2bn in December and was also recorded as 45% higher than the same time last year. With the cost of a fixed-rate mortgage at historic lows, plummeting swap rates and so many great deals on the market, it’s never been a better time to lock into low interest rates.

It’s also encouraging to see borrowers taking greater control of their finances and seeking advice, especially at a time when many property investors in particular are hoping to complete their transactions before April tax changes come into effect.”

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AbbieP.
AbbieP. 22 Jul 2016

"While house prices in the most expensive eleven boroughs have declined values in the cheapest eleven boroughs continue to rise" - not a nice way to even out the price range. London is overrated as it

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AbbieP.
AbbieP. 21 Jul 2016

And try to profit from your decisions, I may add

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CommercialTrust
CommercialTrust 19 Jul 2016

Retirement investment has always been one of the biggest draws of buy to let. And the buy-to-let demographic is, on balance, older. (Over a third of our applicants are over 50 at the time of application.) It...

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Forrest Wheatey
Forrest Wheatey 11 Jul 2016

I find the time perfect for ever home-owner wannabe. Prices should slowly, but steadily drop, at least for the inner buyer. Making it harder for outsiders to buy properties (the whole Brexit thing means...

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property guru
property guru 11 Jul 2016

Why should Ajay even have to be looking for it. It should be public knowledge. Why is not just publish each years and to were it is and be AUDITED. Accountability.

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property guru
property guru 11 Jul 2016

Surprise suprise

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CommercialTrust
CommercialTrust 30 Jun 2016

This is great news for buyers and investors in a period of significant uncertainty. The 10-year buy-to-let fix at 3.99% in particular is excellent, a clear 100 bps ahead of the nearest competition. Though...

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Lee
Lee 30 Jun 2016

Let's see what happens to north-east property prices when Nissan announce they're leaving.

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DmitriKara
DmitriKara 29 Jun 2016

I just read another article about eviction rising and this was exactly what was on my mind, Housing has become "cat and mouse"...

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DmitriKara
DmitriKara 29 Jun 2016

I am really not surprised. I've seen one too many impudent tenants and in my humble opinion renters have one too many privileges and options to abuse heir landlord in so many ways...

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DmitriKara
DmitriKara 29 Jun 2016

There is still so much uncertainty and I will surely step back and see what's happening before I could make any decisions on my end.

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ChristinaReedUK
ChristinaReedUK 20 Jun 2016

I don't understand why it's always a war between the two sides. Either, way the landlord is probably keeping a detailed inventory and will see the changes you've made. I just don't understand why there...

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