U-turn from Nationwide on two-year tracker products

Warren Lewis
25th March 2020
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Nationwide has announced that despite withdrawing all tracker products five days ago in response to the second Bank Rate cut, it has re-introduced its two-year tracker products back into its range.

The lender revealed that the new range will cover a variety of LTVs and with both £0 and £999 fee options. For house purchase and first-time buyer tracker products, rates will start from Bank Rate plus 1.39%, while remortgage tracker products will start from Bank Rate plus 1.19%.

Borrowers on an existing tracker rate mortgage will also see their rates reduced by a further 0.15%.

Henry Jordan, director of mortgages at Nationwide, had this to say: “With two cuts in interest rates in just over a week, we took the prudent decision to carefully consider the impact on our mortgage range. However, as the UK’s second-largest mortgage lender, it is important the Society continues to offer members a range of options, while also ensuring we continue to maintain our high levels of service. We are re-introducing two-year trackers to our mortgage range to enable us to offer products with flexibility and no early repayment charges.

“With a second cut in interest rates in just over a week, it is important that borrowers have clarity about what this second change means for them and the future interest and payments on their mortgages. By passing on this latest rate reduction in full, from 15 April, we hope to minimise mortgage costs for our members during this difficult period.

“We understand the concern our members are feeling at the moment, including homeowners. As a member-owned organisation, we want to ensure we are able to continue offering our usual high standard of service at the same time as helping all our members through what is an uncertain period.

“As such, we recently announced a range of support options for members financially impacted by coronavirus, including mortgage payment holidays, which can now be applied for online. While we continue to work hard with valuation and conveyancing partners to progress applications, we ask members and brokers to bear with us during what is an unprecedented period.”

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