According to industry reports a number of lenders have slashed the rates on their fixed rate mortgage offerings even though the Bank of England decided to keep the base interest rate on hold again this month at its record low of 0.5 percent. A number of building societies and banks have cut the rates on their fixed rate deals.
High Street banking giant HSBC recently launched its lowest ever five year fixed rate deal, and last week saw Coventry Building Society and Nationwide Building Society reduce their fixed rate deals. One industry expert said that the reason why lenders were slashing their fixed rates even though the base rate had remained static was because they wanted to try and entice people off going for low standard variable rates. With banks already struggling the situation is being made worse by people opting for low standard variable rates, and this has led the banks to start taking action.
She said that many people that had come off special fixed rate deals had then moved onto standard variable rates, and with the base rate being so low this had been their cheapest option. This has resulted in lenders struggling, and many are now working on the hope that by cutting their fixed rate deals they can tempt people into remortgaging and taking out a fixed rate deal rather than a standard variable rate one.
Financial expert Michelle Slade stated: ‘Millions of customers who have come off short-term fixed-rate and tracker deals in recent years have gone on to their lender’s standard variable rate as it has been cheaper than fixing again. For example, Nationwide’s base mortgage rate is just 2.5%.’ She added: ‘The new fixed rates are certainly mouth-watering and could be worth grabbing for some borrowers.’
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