The average rate of a five-year fixed mortgage has
decreased over the past year, from 5.59pc to 4.86pc. The falls will trigger
interest from home owners because many lenders increase their SVRs from May 1.
Louise Holmes, spokesperson for Moneyfacts.co.uk, said:
“Average rates for five year fixed rate deals have been falling steadily for
the past couple of years.
“Fixed rate mortgages offer the reassurance of a set
monthly payment and can be beneficial when planning financial budgets, as the
repayment amount remains the same over the duration of the term.
“The cost of funding through the swap rate market has also
decreased dramatically, causing a knock-on effect of lenders offering low rates
on long-term mortgages.
“Interest rates are predicted to stay at the historical
low of 0.50pc for the foreseeable future. Borrowers would be wise to take
advantage of the low mortgage rates, however, as lenders will begin increasing
product rates once interest rates rise.”
Mark Harris, chief executive of mortgage broker SPF
Private Clients, sid that for those who require the certainty of a fixed rate,
a five-year deal makes a lot of sense. With interest rates unlikely to rise in
the next couple of years, there is not much value in opting for a two-year fix.
However, a five-year fix will give you security for longer and with rates
significantly lower than a year ago, there are some excellent deals available.
However, he warned that the low rates may not last.
He added: "While five-year Swap rates have fallen
considerably over the past year, they have started to creep up since Easter. So
while lenders have reduced their five-year fixes since last year, this
situation is unlikely to last, particularly as they are increasingly using
mortgage rates as a way to maintain service levels i.e. if they are inundated
with business, they raise rates to keep service levels at a manageable level.
But if you have at least 20 per cent equity in your home or that level of
deposit, you should still be able to fix for five years at less than 4 per
cent, which is cracking value.\"
David Hollingworth of London & Country mortgage
brokers said: “Some people will remortgage to put more certainty into their
finances, either by fixing the rate or taking a tracker directly pegged to Base
rate in light of the recent hikes in standard variable rates.
“The clear benefit is the potential to save money and or
lock into a very competitive fixed rate while they are still so low. Borrowers
need to remain careful about the fees that can be incurred and factor in
incentives like free valuation and free legal work to get the best overall
“Those seeking longer term security could opt for a five-year
fix from Yorkshire Building Society at 3.79 per cent up to 75 per cent LTV with
a £495 fee, free valuation and free legal work.”